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Introduction: God's truth outlasts every fact

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MAIN IDEA

Regardless of the circumstances you are facing today—a health challenge or bad news causing you distress or confusion—you can hold on to God’s Word and promises which are eternal!

key scriptures

Ps. 128:6, Gen. 22:18, Isa. 53:5

KEY TAKEAWAYS
FOLLOW PASTOR PRINCE AS HE EXPOUNDS ON THESE POINTS
  • Today’s sermon is a continuation from last week’s sermon, Guard the Imaginations of Your Heart.
  • We are now living in a world that makes us question which “facts” are real and which are lies. In the last decade especially, there have been many occurrences of fake news being propagated. In the midst of all this, there is one truth that we can be sure of, and it is the Word of God.
  • We can be sure that God’s Word is always true, no matter the “facts” we see around us. God’s Word is eternal and will outlast every temporal fact. 
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Do you know who you are in Christ?

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MAIN IDEA

Your worth is based on what God says about you: you are a new creation and the righteousness of God in Christ!

key scriptures

Rom. 8:9, 2 Cor. 5:21, 2 Cor. 5:17, 1 Cor. 6:19

KEY TAKEAWAYS
FOLLOW PASTOR PRINCE AS HE EXPOUNDS ON THESE POINTS
  • Jesus has removed sin from every believer through His finished work at the cross. At the cross, Jesus bore all your sins so that you might become the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). This is the divine exchange. Today, we do not become righteous by doing righteous acts but by receiving the Lord’s righteousness.
  • The flesh that remains with us in our mortal bodies is not the sinful nature. It is just the residue of the sinful nature, which has been put to death at the cross. 
  • “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 NKJV
  • The moment you accept Jesus, you are a new creation and your spirit man has become new
  • Don’t despise yourself. You are highly valued in your Father’s eyes. God paid with the blood of His Son to save you. Your precious value is proven in this
  • You are not unvalued, unseen, or overlooked. God loves you. Your worth is not tied to your circumstances, your occupation, or what people think or say about you. All these things are shakable and movable. You must judge your worth based on something immovable—and that is what God says about you!
  • A life of holiness stems from knowing your identity as the righteousness of God in Christ. The Bible tells us that we do not have to do anything to become righteous because we have already become the righteousness of God through the finished work of Jesus Christ. The way to live above sin and live a life that glorifies God is by first being sure of your righteous identity in Christ. When you know your identity, you will eventually live and act out of that identity.
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Stop trying to become who you already are!

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MAIN IDEA

Live the overcoming life when you lay hold of who you are in Christ—a new creation, righteous and holy.

key scriptures

Eph. 4:24, Col. 3:1

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • The Christian life is not about doing good in order to become righteous. We are to realize that we are already righteous and then act of out this identity. 
  • When temptation comes, you may feel discouraged because it seems as though you still have your old sinful nature, and then you may try your best to get back into fellowship with God. But that is just the devil bringing you a lie. Realize that you are righteous and created in true holiness (Eph. 4:24). Because you are already risen with Christ (Col. 3:1), you can put to death the things of the flesh; these things are already under your feet.
  • Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.” —Romans 6:12 NKJV 
  • You can’t overcome sin by trying hard not to sin. That's the “try harder” mentality, and the Bible doesn't teach holiness this way. Instead, the way to overcome sin and failure is to esteem who we are in Christ!
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You are not invisible to God

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MAIN IDEA

Even in the midst of your struggles, the Lord will seek you out to save you and make you whole.

key scriptures

Rom. 6:12, 1 John 4:19, John 4:9, Luke 19:1–10, John 4:4

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • In the Bible, we see how the Lord takes time to seek out those who need a touch from Him. Jesus will treat both men and women, even if they are social outcasts, with respect. He calls them by name. Today, He will do the same for you. He knows what you're going through and He will seek you out. We serve a living Savior, and He is with you in the Holy Spirit.
  • “Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.”
    —Romans 6:9–12 NKJV
  • Today, because you are risen with Christ, death no longer has dominion over you. When Jesus died for our sins, it was once and for all, not gradually. We’re not dying slowly to sin. Death is behind Him and behind us!
  • To reckon is to esteem (judge or count) something according to what is true. Faith is reckoning something based on what is true in God’s Word. Faith is not just positive thinking in order to conjure up something that doesn’t exist. Faith is reckoning yourself, your life, and your situation according to spiritual reality. 
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Don't let your feelings define you

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MAIN IDEA

What you feel does not reflect who you are; God’s word has the final say!

key scriptures

Rom. 6:12, Eph. 4:24

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • “Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.”
    —Romans 6:9–12 NKJV
  • Likewise” — The word “likewise” means “in the same manner.” The fact that Jesus died to sin once and for all, and the life that Jesus lives, He lives to God, not looking to die to sin anymore—we are to also reckon ourselves in that same manner. 
  • We may sometimes still have negative feelings of anger and frustration, but remember that they are nothing more than feelings. We are to reckon our lives based on spiritual reality—not what we see around us. When you feel temptation, know that it does not reflect who you are and does not define you. You are a new creation created in true righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24). 
  • Reckon yourself dead to sin, and you will live your life unto God. Therefore, because you esteem yourself as dead to sin, you will not let sin have dominion over you. Having dominion over sin becomes easy and even effortless when we rest and relax in our identity in Christ. Just like it is easy and natural to speak our mother tongue, it will become easy to live a holy life when we know we are righteous in Christ. 
  • The devil will point out all your failures and tell you you’re the same person as before, stuck in a cycle of sinful habits, but you are not the same person. Even though you might feel it, it's not the truth.
  • Most feelings come and go, and we need to learn to handle both good and negative feelings. See your feelings as fleeting things; you may experience them but they are not you.
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Renew your mind with faith pictures

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Change your reality by renewing your mind with faith pictures from God’s Word.

key scriptures

Eph. 4:22, Eph. 4:23–24

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • When negative or condemning feelings come, throw them back to the devil and declare that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. The more you see and believe the truth of God’s Word, what He says about you and what the finished work has done for you, the more you will see your life transformed!
  • “That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.”
    —Ephesians 4:22 NKJV 
  • “That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man” — This verse is not telling you to put off your old nature but it is telling you to see that you have already put off your old nature (your former conduct). 
  • Sometimes you may feel the sensations of your old sinful nature, but you must know that you are on the solid ground of righteousness in Christ. Don’t let the former sensations from a past experience determine how you see yourself and see your life today.
  • There are people who are crippled by their fears from past experiences. However, the truth is that it is all in the mind, in the imagination. It is not about the actual object of fear, but what the person believes about it and imagines it to be. Memory is a form of imagination that represents reality. Your imagination represents those pasts events to you now. The word “represent” is made up of two parts, “re” and “present,” which means to repeat and make present again. The only way to see the imaginations of your heart change—and your reality follow suit—is to replace those negative pictures with positive pictures from God’s Word. 
  • “and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
    —Ephesians 4:23–24 NKJV 
  • new man” — The new man which you put on was created in true righteousness and holiness. We are already righteous by grace, and we can start walking it out and living the glorious and victorious life that God has given us. 
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Be the actor, not the reactor

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Because you are a new creation in Christ, you have the power to respond to your situations with grace instead of reacting based on fleshly emotions.

key scriptures

Matt. 5:39, Gen. 6:5, Phil. 4:8

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • What you give attention to, you give power to. Matthew 5:39 says, “But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” Most people are right-handed. This means that if you are to slap someone, you would likely slap their left cheek. In order to slap their right cheek, you would have to slap them with a backhand. In Jesus’ time, to slap someone with a backhand was to challenge that person to a duel. So when Jesus says, “Turn the other cheek,” He is saying, “Don’t react to the provocation. Take control of the situation.” The same thing goes for us when we face provocation today—whether it is a provocation to anger or bitterness or any negative feeling toward someone. Choose to respond with grace instead. 
  • You are a new creation in Christ. Your new man is created according to God in true righteousness and holiness. Though your thoughts and actions may not be holy at all times, when you know you’re truly righteous and holy, your thoughts and actions will line up with your identity as a new creation in Christ. This is an identity that you must first see on the inside—in the imaginations of your heart.
  • “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
    —Genesis 6:5 KJV
  • The devil wants to continually bombard your heart with unclean, evil, and fearful imaginations (pictures). Choose to meditate on things that are of virtue (Phil. 4:8) and find rest. 
  • When God speaks to us, one of the ways He speaks to us is by giving us pictures in our hearts. Let’s guard our hearts by guarding what we see and hear.
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Own your true identity in Christ!

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You are king-priest in Christ with the power to speak forth your God-given visions and see them come to pass!

key scriptures

1 Pet. 2:9, 1 Cor. 14:1, Prov. 18:21, 1 Sam. 9:9

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • In Old Testament times, Israel had one king, many priests, and a few prophets. Today, Jesus has made us all kings and priests (1 Pet. 2:9) and He has made the gift of prophecy available to us (1 Cor. 14:1). So the Lord has enabled us to see visions from Him and also given us the authority as king-priests to speak forth these visions and see them come to pass.
  • When we speak, things happen, and that is why the devil wants us to use our own words against us. He has programmed negativity into our language and culture. Let’s live life aware that the power of life and death is in our tongues (Prov. 18:21).
  • “(Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he spoke thus: ‘Come, let us go to the seer’; for he who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.)”
    —1 Samuel 9:9 NKJV 
  • the seer” — In those days, prophets were referred to as “seers.” God spoke to them by showing them pictures. This is in reference to the prophet Samuel. Today, we may not all be prophets but we all have a prophetic anointing; we have a kingly and a priestly anointing. 
  • We have a propensity to be negative because of the residues of our old nature, but we are learning to renew our minds to think positively. You can put on the helmet of the hope of salvation and have a confident expectation of good.
  • Pastor Prince closes the service by asking the congregation to declare their identity as a new creation.

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