On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hidden with Christ



In memorizing this verse about being hidden with Christ in God, I am reminded of an illustration my boss told called The Envelopes. I found a link that explains this better than I can and it is as follows:

"It starts with an envelope that represents you. On the outside of the envelope is written the word "You." (Maybe it would be better to put our own name on the envelope.) Before you asked Christ into your life you were in bondage to sin. You had no defense before God but yourself.

Next, the You envelope is placed inside an envelope marked "Jesus." When you responded to Jesus, you received His forgiveness and your identity rested in Him. In John 10:30, Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.”

Lastly, the envelope marked Jesus is slipped into an envelope marked "God." Your identity is now rooted in God through Christ. You are hidden in Christ. We read in Galatians 2:20, “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me.” Ephesians 2:5-6 tells us, “ … by grace you have been saved … and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

Trust God with your new identity. As you trust God with your identity you need to remember that it’s not what you feel that shapes your identity – it’s what God says about you. Satan loves to come and attack your sense of identity. But think about the envelope illustration: If Satan wants to get to you or me he has to go through God and then Christ. Doesn’t that make you feel secure? Trust God with your identity. No matter what you’ve done and no matter how you feel, trust God with your identity.

When you and I responded to Jesus in faith, we received our new identity. Our identity is now rooted in Him and all He has done. Our identity is no longer defined by what we’ve done and how we feel. We have received His forgiveness. We have received His righteousness. Our identity is now rested in Him. We are adopted into His family. Galatians 3:26 says, “For in Christ you are all sons of God.” We are now His children. We are able to call God “Abba Father” (Romans 8:15).

Trust God with your identity!"

6 comments:

  1. I love your explanation of all this! It makes this scripture much clearer in my mind! What a wonderful illustration. Have a blessed day.

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  2. A great explanation. I'm saving it in my scrapbook.

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  3. That is a beautiful explanation, Connie. Thanks for taking the time to share your heart here. xo Diana

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  4. What a great illustration and explanation. I love this. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  5. Never heard this message before. Great job and very inspiring.

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  6. What a great explanation! And what a blessing to be nestled in Christ, through our Lord God. Amen!

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