[notice]A monthly column by farmer, preacher and writer for Jesus, Angus Buchan[/notice]
One of the most important factors of a successful Christian life is to know who you are in Christ. A short while ago while reading the Book of Judges God impressed upon me a very vital scripture found in Judges 8:21 which says “for as a man is, so is his strength.” That statement was not made by a child of God in fact it was made by the enemy. Two Midianite Kings had been captured after Gideon had defeated the Midianite nation and when these two Kings stood before him as prisoners, Gideon said to his older son Jether “Kill them” but the Bible says because Jether was a young man he was afraid and he had no confidence so he did not take his sword out of his sheath. It was then that the two Midian Kings said to Gideon (the mighty man of Valor) “For as a man is, so is his strength” and with that Gideon took out his sword from his sheath and he killed both of those kings.
When you know who you are in Christ you will attempt great and mighty things for the Lord but when you are not spending time with God and you forget the authority and the power that God has given to you which is at your disposal than you become weak, insipid and a compromiser. Therefore, of course you can be of no use to man or even to beast. I want to encourage you to get back into Gods Word, start to believe what God says about you and not what the world says about you and it will change your whole lifestyle. Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) says “I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me” and in fact verse 19 says “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We have the promises of God and all we need to do is apply them, to live them and then we will be more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.
So may God bless you as you continue to focus on what God says about you and not on what the world says about you. The devil has one objective and that is to destroy you and he will destroy you from the inside out. Remember it is your mind that is the battlefield, so what you say is literally what you will become. If you speak enough negativeness about yourself that is exactly how you will become, doomed to be a failure but if you start to speak the Word of God over yourself, believe what God says about you there is nothing that will hold you back.
God bless you as you continue to run the race for Jesus Christ.