In a previous blog, we discussed the principle of the counterfeit self—what it is, how it manifests, and the need to cleanse ourselves from it. As we continue on our journey of learning more about our spiritual heritage and Jewish roots, we begin to unlock knowledge of what takes the place of the counterfeit self and how to walk in faith.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”—2 Corinthians 5:17
Looking back on painful experiences after being born again, you come to realize that you can’t restore your personal identity without first saying goodbye to the old one.
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”—John 1:12
Being born again, you embark on a spiritual journey of discovering your purpose and God’s reason for creating you. When you first enter the family of God—your new family—you likely don’t know much about Him. You are now faced with learning a new family culture and understanding the wisdom and knowledge of doing things in a new way… your Father’s way.
Read this excerpt from Curt Landry’s book Reclaiming Our Forgotten Heritage. He explains his personal journey of being adopted by the Father and learning the freedom that comes with it…
“I also had to learn what faith was and how ‘without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him’ (see Hebrews 11:6).
“When we live for ourselves, we can calculate our risks and choose accordingly, but when we live for God, everything is by faith. This can be very scary for a type-A personality like me, who is used to being self-sufficient, self-providing, and self-protecting.
“It is hard to let go of the reins of our own lives, but God is a loving God and the Holy Spirit is the Comforter. He will not stretch us further than we can survive in the season we’re in, even when it feels like that is exactly what He’s doing.” (see page 53-54)
When your old identity is knocking at the door, begging for reentry, remember that the Lord’s strength—not your own—rests upon you, and will carry you through. Ask Him to bring to mind who you are and whom you belong to…
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”—1 Corinthians 10:13
Trials Come with the New Creation
Through the journey of faith, you come to realize the Lord arranges circumstances that can sometimes appear as trials and tribulations, but they are hidden opportunities for you to draw closer to Him.
Once the battles have been overcome, the other side of the struggle is blessed with a deeper expression of your place in the family of heaven. His sovereignty and creative power have a supernatural way of bringing divine destiny out of suffering and heartache.
Picking up the robe of righteousness and putting it around your shoulders is a way to wear the Lord’s new royal wardrobe for you.
But there’s one more thing… surrendering control and choosing to wear the robe daily. Why? Because with God’s royal robe and full armor, He has a plan to set you out to accomplish His purpose. Our Abba Father has “predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (see Ephesians 1:5).
This “good pleasure of His will” is often found in areas you excel in. These are His gifts to you! These spiritual characteristics are like pieces to a puzzle that help guide you into your purpose. But you must turn them all over to the Lord, and that begins with the death of the counterfeit.
Blessings Come with the New Covenant
When the new creation is formed, and the old passed away, you become sealed by a new covenant. Your new adoption is not merely a legal document signed and enforced in the heavenly realms but an act of covenant that changes your name and identity.
Read here about what Curt Landry writes regarding covenant relationship in his book Reclaiming Our Forgotten Heritage…
“That’s a wonderful thing, a big deal. But too many of us limp into Christianity as if we have our tails between our legs. Though we may not voice it or consciously recognize it, we’re not quite sure being a Christian is going to be better.
“One reason for this, as I have mentioned before, is because what we pass off as Christian heritage and legacy has become misshapen. So we don’t step out of the world and into the covenant relationship Jesus provided for us. We don’t realize He was sacrificed on the cross, rose on the third day, and then went to the right hand of the Father so He could be the advocate of that covenant.
“We may not even know what a covenant is supposed to be. Even though the Bible is divided into two ‘testaments’ (another word for covenant), we don’t hear talk of ‘covenant’ in most of our churches today. If we do, we probably think of it as an Old Testament word that doesn’t have much to do with Jesus, so we miss out on so much of the richness of what it means to become part of the family of God.” (see page 63-64, emphasis added)
Are you curious about your new identity and covenant?
Whether you are a newly born-again Believer or a mature Christian who walks by faith daily, the Lord always has revelation He wants you to discover through the covenant.
“…a covenant involves an agreement and a promise to abide by it. But the main difference between a contract and a covenant is that covenants don’t tend to limit responsibilities and don’t have escape clauses. A covenant establishes a relationship that is intended to last. And from the beginning of time, covenants defined the kinds of relationships God developed with His people—His family on the earth.” (see page 65, Reclaiming Our Forgotten Heritage)
Check out Curt Landry’s book Reclaiming Our Forgotten Heritage | How Understanding the Jewish Roots of Christianity Can Transform Your Faith to discover mysteries that are unlocked through your spiritual heritage.
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