Behold, God is Making All Things New (including you!)

For those of you who have been following this 31-day series on our identity in Christ, you know that it has been quite a journey! We took a look at life before salvation in Jesus and the consequences of our slavery to sin and death. In contrast, we learned about who we are now in Christ according to His Word. We are alive and free! But the truth is that none of this matters unless we act upon our new identity. We have to walk in it in order for it to affect our lives as well as the Kingdom. God is making all things new, and He longs to use us in His ultimate plan for mankind’s redemption.

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Our Victory in Jesus: The Spiritual Battle is Already Won

The battle is already won. Jesus defeated the enemy and has made a way for us to become brand new. These truths are present throughout the New Testament, but I’ll be honest. It’s hard sometimes to embrace them fully when the world still seems so utterly broken. When I watch the news, see loved ones struggle, or face my own difficult circumstances… it is hard to fully grasp this newness the Bible speaks of so often. But we must never forget that our victory in Jesus is secure, and He goes before us in every battle we face.

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Our Victory in Jesus: The Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail

When God speaks, whatever He declares is done. His Word is His Word. With His Word, He brought the world into existence. His Word became flesh (Jesus) and defeated the enemy, breaking the power of sin and darkness. When God puts something into motion using His Word, it will be completed. God declared our victory in Jesus. We have His Word that the gates of hell will not prevail against His Kingdom. So as we continue to fight our spiritual battles against sin and darkness, we can trust that victory is ours in Jesus’ name.

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From Glory to Glory: Your Glorious Future in Jesus

When you look around at the world today, do you ever wonder what God is doing? It’s easy to feel hopeless when we watch the news or when life becomes personally difficult. But the truth is that we have a glorious hope and an amazing future in Christ. And even though we don’t always understand how God is working, we can trust that He is always at work carrying out His plan for mankind. From glory to glory… This is the way the Bible describes our growth and transformation as children of God.

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3 Ways to Protect Yourself from Spiritual Identity Theft | alyssajhoward.com

3 Ways to Protect Yourself from Spiritual Identity Theft

Have you ever known someone to have a mid-life crisis? We see it all the time in the movies… the stereotypical middle-aged man running out and buying a sports car of some kind. And while I’ve never personally known anyone to take it to the extreme we see on television, I do know that we all experience times in our lives when we have a mental crisis of sorts. We forget who we are and question our place in life. When it comes down to it, what we are really questioning is our identity. We either don’t know who we really are, or we are questioning whether or not we like the person we’ve become. We are questioning our purpose and destiny as well. It’s in these moments that we make unwise decisions. (This is one of the reasons why the enemy loves to steal our spiritual identities.) So how do we protect ourselves from spiritual identity theft?

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3 Common Lies of the Enemy Concerning Your Identity | alyssajhoward.com

3 Common Lies of the Enemy Concerning Your Identity

Identity is important. Every decision you make stems from who you believe yourself to be. This is one of the many reasons why the world preaches the idea of believing in yourself. There is some truth behind the idea that you have to have confidence in who you are in order to find success in life. As a child of God, we know where this confidence should come from. It’s not about believing in yourself and your own abilities, but rather believing in He that is in you and all that He created you to be.

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Living as a Christian Even When You Don’t Feel God Near

Has there ever been a time in your life when you didn’t “feel” like a Christian? Perhaps you didn’t feel God nearby. Or maybe you struggled with doubt and fears that you were really saved or that God was even listening to your prayers. When it comes to our identity in Christ, it is one thing to know who you are, but it’s another thing entirely to feel like a child of God. And trust me when I say that there will be times in our lives when we don’t feel like ourselves… when our feelings don’t match what we know to be true. So what do we do in these moments? How do we cope and change the way we feel?

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How to Live by Your Spiritual Identity in a Physical World

When we think of heaven, we typically imagine a wonderful, far-off place where God dwells and where we will one day (in the distant future) be with Him. But this isn’t exactly how the Bible defines things. We are told in God’s Word that we have a spiritual identity and are currently seated in “heavenly places” with Christ. So how do we reconcile this spiritual truth about ourselves with our physical reality on earth? Is it possible to live by your spiritual identity in a physical world? And if so… how?

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Transferred from Darkness: You Are the Light of the World | alyssajhoward.com

Transferred from Darkness: You Are the Light of the World

If there’s one thing our culture understands, it the concept of light and darkness. We know that most of the time, light is a good thing. We want light in our lives. But darkness is usually a bad thing. Even in our movies and television shows, we see people fighting for light and goodness. And those that are filled with darkness are generally evil or have villain-like tendencies. The Bible describes light and darkness as well, and it does so in a similar fashion. The enemy’s kingdom is known as the “dominion of darkness,” while Jesus is known as being the “Light of the world.” But did you know that you are the light of the world as well? In Christ, you have been given a divine purpose… to share the light of Jesus with the world.

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You Are a Work of Art in the Hands of the Creator

What do you suppose goes through the mind of an artist when they set out to create a magnificent work of art? I’ve always loved art, but I’ll be honest in saying that I was never great at it. I couldn’t draw or paint well as a child. I took a pottery class in high school, but I was average at best. The Bible tells us that we are God’s workmanship. In other words, we are His work of art. And trust me when I say that when we allow Him to be the artist of our lives, we will truly be a masterpiece.

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