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25 Week Identity in Christ Study – Introduction

Identity in Christ

Introduction to 25 Week Study on Knowing Your Identity in Christ

I have been teaching and counseling for several years and I have discovered that the root of most issues that people face is that they do not understand who they are in Christ. We casually toss around the phrase ‘Identity in Christ’ but we do not really know how to apply it to our lives.

As a resource for my students and counseling clients, I am putting together a 25 week study on “Who I am in Christ”. My goal is to help you apply the Word of God to our life and to connect with the Holy Spirit so that you will see the tangible fruit of righteousness in your life.  Each week we will focus on a few scriptures, a few worship songs and videos that reinforce the passages for the week.  I did not design this study to spoon feed  you but rather it is my hope and prayer that you set aside time each day to focus on what the Word of God says about you. I want you to hear more from the Holy Spirit than you do me.

Several years ago I realized that I idolized information and I could not get enough of it.  I had a lot of information at my disposal but no real knowledge of the Living God and His ways. One day in prayer the Lord asked me to set aside all books except the Bible.  I was afraid to do this because I was fearful of missing out on something until the Holy Spirit reminded me that I could easily talk to the author of The Book!  That experience was life-changing and now I long for Holy Spirit revelation not words from man.  He always personalizes scripture and shows you how to apply it to your life or situation. God is so good and He is the best teacher.

I encourage to meditate on the scriptures, let them transform your thinking and renew your mind so that you are free to see people, including yourself, and situations like God does so that we can bring heaven to earth.  I have several resources available for download as we start this study.  Each week I will post on the blog and have a downloadable version for you which will be formatted for journaling.

If you have any questions please contact me at Michelle@JeweledSteel.com.

Week One Scriptures

Week One Overview

  1. Psalm 8
  2. Matthew 5:13 – I am the salt of the earth.
  3. Matthew 5:14 – I am the light of the world.

 

Three Very Handy Downloads To Keep Close

 

 

Father's Love Letter
Father’s Love Letter

 

What To Do In A Spiritual Attack
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Week 4 – I an enemy of the devil.

no weapon

Week 4

Weekly Overview

Each week during this study we will focus on several scriptures. I want to encourage you to spend time in worship, prayer and meditation without the use of dictionaries or concordances.  Worship songs, videos and supplemental material will be included in each weekly study.

Read about the purpose of this study here.

Download the weekly overview pdf.

 

Download Who I am in Christ Affirmations

 

Scriptures:

  1. 1 Peter 5:8
  2. Romans 8:17

Affirmations:

  1. I am an enemy of the devil.
  2. I am a joint heir with Christ.

Worship Song:

In Jesus’ Name by Darlene Zschech

 

1 Peter 5:8

 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.

Affirmation: I am an enemy of the devil.

Worship Song:

The Champion by Carman

Questions for reflection:

  1. Do you believe the devil is your enemy?
  2. Do you ever feel like a victim and powerless over the enemy?
  3. Read John 15:4-7, Revelation 12:11, Psalm 8, 1 Corinthians 15:27 and Philippians 2:9-11. Does this change your thinking on the enemy?
  4. Read Isaiah 14:9-21. Do you view the enemy differently now?
  5. How do you battle the enemy? Read Ephesians 6:12-18, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.

 

Romans 8:17

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him that we may also be glorified together.

Affirmation: I am a joint heir with Christ.

Worship Song:

Revelation Song by Phillips, Craig and Dean

 

Questions for reflection:

  1.  What does it mean to you to be a joint heir with Christ? Ephesians 1:3-6
  2. Read the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32 and compare to Romans 8:17
  3. Do you view God as a loving Father? What are some characteristics of a loving Father?
  4. Do you believe God loves you and has good things in store for you? Jeremiah 29:11
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Week 3 – I am Christ’s friend.

john 15:15

Weekly Overview

Each week during this study we will focus on several scriptures. I want to encourage you to spend time in worship, prayer and meditation without the use of dictionaries or concordances.  Worship songs, videos and supplemental material will be included in each weekly study.

Download the weekly overview.

Scriptures:

1.        John 15:15
2.       John 15:5

Worship Song :

Jesus by Christ Tomlin

 

 

Affirmations:

1.       I am Christ’s friend.
2.       I am part of the true vine.

 

John 15:15

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father, I have made known to you.

Affirmation: I am Christ’s friend.

 

Worship Song:

Jesus is Calling by David Crowder

 

  1. Do you see yourself as a friend of Christ?
  2. What makes a good friend?
  3. Are you a good friend?
  4. What makes a strong friendship and strong community?

 

John 15:5

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Affirmation: I am part of the true vine.

 

Worship Song:

True Vine by the Anointed Brown Sisters

 

  1. Do you think you are fruitful?
  2. What does it mean to be a branch?
  3. What is a vine without branches?
  4. Does a vine bear fruit without branches?

 

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Week 2 – I am a child of God

Week 2

Weekly Overview

Each week during this study we will focus on several scriptures. I want to encourage you to spend time in worship, prayer and meditation without the use of dictionaries or concordances.  Worship songs, videos and supplemental material will be included in each weekly study.

Download the weekly pdf.

Scriptures:

  1. John 1:12-13
  2. I John 5:18-21

Worship Song :

I Choose to Believe by Phillips, Craig and Dean

 

Affirmations:

  1. I am a child of God
  2. I am born of God and the enemy cannot touch me.

 

John 1:12-13

Affirmation: I am a child of God

But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believed on His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Worship Song:

No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music

Questions for Thought:

  1. What does being a child of God mean to you?
  2. Do you compare your Heavenly Father to your earthly father?
  3. How is being a son different than being a friend?
  4. Compare Romans 8:15-16 to John 1:12-13.
  5. Does this knowledge change your view of yourself?

 

1 John 5:18 – 21

Affirmation: I am born of God and the enemy cannot touch me. 1 John 5:18

We know that whosoever is born of God does not sin; but he that is born of God keeps himself, and that the wicked one does not touch him.  We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Worship Song:

Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin

 

Questions for Thought:

  1. Is Jesus Christ Lord of your life? Is there anything in your life that you place above Him?
  2. What do you think ” the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” means? Compare with Ephesians 2:2.
  3. What does it mean to you that the ‘wicked one’ aka Satan cannot touch you? Do you believe it?
  4. Does this passage give you assurance of your standing with God? Does it give you confidence to live boldly for Christ?
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Week One Overview

Overview

Week 1 Overview

We will begin each week with a weekly overview followed by separate blog entries for each scripture. I encourage you to spend time in worship, prayer and meditation without the use of dictionaries or concordances.  We include worship songs, videos and supplemental material  in each weekly study.

If you are like me and enjoy journaling please download the pdf version for each week shown above, it is formatted for journaling and note taking.  I also want to encourage you to take your favorite scripture(s) and write them on sticky notes or index cards and put them everywhere.  I have them all over my desk (pic below) so everywhere I look I see God’s word which reminds me of what is really important. Make it a goal to review your scriptures as often as you check Facebook.

Scriptures on desk photo

I introduced and explained the purpose of this study in a previous blog post but you can read it here if you missed it.  Please download these 3 handy references to keep with you through the study:   Who I am in Christ Affirmations, The Father’s Love Letter and What to do in a Spiritual Attack.

If you have any questions please email me at Michelle@JeweledSteel.com.

Scriptures:

1.        Psalm 8

2.       Matthew 5:13

3.        Matthew 5:14

Here is a reference guide with all the scriptures in our study. Keep them handy for a daily reminder of who YOU are in Christ.

Memory Verse of the Week:

Matthew 5:14

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

 

Worship Song of the Week :

So Will I by Hillsong Worship

 


 

 

 

 

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Week One – Psalm 8

Psalm 8

Week One

Psalm 8

Psalm 8 (KJV)

1.        O Lord our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth! who have set Your glory above the heavens

2.       Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings have You ordained strength because of Your enemies, that You might still the enemy and the     avenger

3.        When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained;

4.       What is man, that You are mindful of him? and the son of man, that You visit him?

5.        For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor.

6.       You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet:

7.        All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

8.       The fowl of the air, and the fish of the seas.

9.       O Lord our Lord how excellent is Your name in all the earth.

In case you missed the Week One Overview, you can read it here.
 
Questions for Thought

  1. What are your initial thoughts about Psalm 8?
  2. Reread Psalm 8: 4-8. What does it say to you?
  3. How does this apply this to your life?
  4. How do you view yourself in light of Psalm 8?

Download the complete Week 1 study in an interactive pdf designed for journaling and notetaking.

 

Worship Song:

How Majestic is Your Name by Sandy Patti

Week One Scriptures:

  1. Psalm 8
  2. Matthew 5:13
  3. Matthew 5:14

The Week One Overview is available for download below.


 
If you would like all the Who I Am In Christ Affirmations you can download them below.

 

 

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Week One – I am the light of the world.

light of the world

Week One

Matthew 5:14

I am the light of the world.

Matthew 5:14

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

We are the light of the world.  At first glance this seems simple enough, we represent the light of Christ in a dark world.  However, if we look back in Genesis 1:3-4, we see that light was the very first thing God created.  God saw the light and that it was good; He then divided the light from the darkness.  In Genesis 1:14, He put lights in the heavens to be signs for the seasons, days and years and to give light to the earth.

Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world so we must have the same characteristics of the light mentioned in Genesis.   We are good, we are set apart from darkness, we are signs pointing to Jesus Christ, we reflect His glory (2 Cor 3:18) as we are changed into His image.

Are you reflecting His light?

Questions for Thought:

  1. Do you see yourself as a light in a dark world?
  2. How important is light to the world?
  3. What does this say about your importance?

 

Worship Song:

We are by Kari Jobe

Week One Scriptures

  1. Psalm 8
  2. Matthew 5:13
  3. Matthew 5:14

Download the Interactive pdf for Week One below.


 
Download all the Who I Am In Christ Affirmations.

 

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Week One – I am the salt of the earth

Salt of the earth

Week One

Matthew 5:13

I am the salt of the earth.

Matthew 5:13 (NKJV)

You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

What does it mean to be the salt of the earth?  For those of us that like to cook or eat, we know that salt gives food great flavor. Salt is also used in preserving foods, clearing icy roads and making homemade ice cream.  Salt is one of the most abundant minerals, is found primarily in our seas and oceans, and is necessary for our bodies to function.  Salt is a very stable mineral and the only way for it to lose it saltiness is to become diluted in a liquid.  So, what does this have to do with a Christian being salt?

Well if Jesus says that we are salt then we know that life on earth would not function without the body of Christ.  We add spice and flavor, we can adapt to most any situation and we are very stable as long as we maintain our saltiness.  When we become diluted by the world’s standards or man’s opinion we lose our saltiness and no longer are useful.

 

Here are several interesting articles about salt.

Salt shaker on salt

1.     The Weird Benefit of Eating Salty Food

http://time.com/3730061/the-weird-benefit-of-eating-salty-food/

The mice fed the higher amounts of sodium showed stronger immune responses to the wounds, and cleared their infections faster than the mice eating less salt. In fact, Jantsch speculates that certain skin cells may transport sodium preferentially to sites where bacterial populations are high in order to create another barrier preventing the microbes from entering deeper into the body.

2.     Benefits of Sea Salt

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/cary-kelly/sea-salt_b_1886639.html

Salt helps in the preservation of melatonin and serontin, hormones very useful in fighting the physical effects of stress. It is a sleep aid (take with a glass of warm water at night); it relieves fluid retention; helps with food absorption and, contrary to long-ago disputed reports, it helps to regulate blood pressure.

Sea salt enhances the flavor of all foods, even chocolate. It has an amazing way of making foods taste more like themselves. Broccoli is more broccoli-like; salad greens are brighter; chocolate is richer; ice cream is creamier.

Questions for Thought:

  1. What does it mean to be the salt of the earth?
  2. Are you salt to the world around you?
  3. How can you apply this to your life?
  4. How important are you, as a Christian, to the world?

 

Worship Song:

We’re the Salt of the Earth by the Rance Allen Group

Week One Scriptures:

  1. Psalm 8
  2. Matthew 5:13
  3. Matthew 5:14

Download the interactive Week One pdf below:

 

If you would like all the Who I Am In Christ Affirmations you can download them below.

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God is with you!

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua was a leader who saw all the works of God and how He delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt, who at that time was the most powerful nation in the world. He knew that His God was bigger than any army or problem that rose in their midst. God even provided water out of a rock. He can meet any one of our needs. It may not be the way we think it should happen or the timing we want, but He is faithful. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him. Tell the spirit of fear to leave. Trust in God alone.

Thoughts?

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What’s Your Biggest Regret

As I watched this video, I asked myself the same question. What is my biggest regret? I thought about it for a while and decided my regrets could be categorized into 4 areas: 1) things I did not do because I was afraid; 2) things I did not say because I was afraid; 3) places I did not go because I was afraid and 4) people I did not meet because I was afraid. It was really impactful for me to see that FEAR was the reason behind most of my regrets. What a different world we could have if we gave no place to fear. Second Timothy 1:7 says that the Lord did not give us a Spirit of Fear but of power, love and a sound mind.

I believe the absence of fear would change our lives. We would forgive quicker because we would not fear getting hurt again. We would mess up a lot more because we would not be afraid of failing. We would speak up more because we would not be afraid of people. The Bible gives clear instruction on how to not fear and this is simply to believe that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). We must chose to believes what the Word of God says about us rather than listen to the voice of fear. God’s Word framed the worlds (Hebrews 11:3) and it must be the framework for ours because His Word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

God is good and His thoughts toward us are good (Psalm 139:17). He has a future for us and it has a hopeful end (Jeremiah 29:11). God is on our side; whom shall we fear (Psalm 27:1) and most importantly, it is impossible to please God without FAITH (Hebrews 11:6).

Let’s choose to forgive ourselves for missed opportunities and start believing in things we cannot see knowing that we are in the palm of HIS hand!
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What Is It?

What Is It?

We come across all sorts of interesting things living out here in the country and David loves to take photos of everything that flies, crawls, creeps or hops.  We wanted to have a little fun with some of his pictures of the next few months.

We will share a close up of one of David’s photos to see if you can guess what it is.

 

October – Pic of the Month

Close Up

 

Full Picture

We call this a Zig-Zag Spider because of the Zig-Zag design it creates with its web.

 

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Canton Tornado

2017 Canton Tornado

April 29, 2017 is a day I will never forget. My name is David Broussard and I am a metal artist/sculptor who lives in Canton Texas. I display my work every month at the world famous Canton First Monday Trade Days which has taken place every month for well over 100 years. Thousands of people were out enjoying themselves and the weather called for thunderstorms that would take place later that night, but around 4:00 pm, the weather started turning for the worse. Sirens went off and there were tornado warning alerts on my phone every few minutes. People started scrambling for their cars and vendors started closing their shops.

A little after 5:00 pm, I grabbed a ride home with Shannon and Becky Cunningham, vendors from Louisiana who stay in our guest house. It was raining hard and the sky was very dark. When I got home, Michelle was soaked and her bible was wet. She had been standing in the back yard speaking the Word of God over the storm. She was declaring Psalm 91 over our life, our property, our friends and neighbors. When I put my things up, I joined her.

I remember us standing in the back yard, facing southwest and looking at this wall of terror coming at us. You could hear it in the distance. All of a sudden, the wind stopped and not a leaf was moving on any of the trees. It was like watching a horror movie where there’s a moment of silence before the monster springs out of nowhere to snatch its prey. That is truly what it was like. The wind started to pick up again and the sound of the tornado grew all the more intense. It is a sound that I will never forget as long as I live. I’ve heard people talk about tornados sounding like a freight train but I could never quiet understand it. If you’ve ever been close to a train traveling at full speed, there is a rumble that is very distinct. What I heard was like several trains at one time.

At the same time Shannon and Becky were standing outside the guest house and Becky was watching the swings in our front oak tree. She saw them swing high back and forth, but then they blew up into the tree and disappeared. She yelled at Shannon to get in the house. They were also standing in agreement with us, praying Psalm 91.

When the wind started blowing harder where we could no longer safely stand in the back yard, we ran into the house and stood in a room behind the brick fireplace. Michelle and I did not lay down but stood in that room declaring the Word over our lives, our house, our property and the same for our neighbors.

I have to say that even though we were very concerned about the intensity of the moment and our hearts were racing, we were not fearful. We were not freaking out at all. When I think back over the brief moments that this storm from hell was on us, we stood firm and declared the salvation of the Lord on our lives. “Though a thousand fall at my side, even 10,000 at my right hand, it will not come upon me. Only with my eyes shall I look upon the destruction.” We declared and believed it would not touch our dwelling place. I had my arms around Michelle and told her I loved her and that we were going to be fine. We definitely were standing in agreement.

While were were inside declaring the Word over us, we did not hear anything except our voices. We have many windows in our home and not a single window vibrated. After maybe a couple of minutes, we paused and it was eerily quiet and still. We went to a side door of our home and looked out the window and the sky was a lighter gray and we saw some branches on the ground. I remember Michelle saying she was surprised that it wasn’t that bad after all. Then we stepped out of the house and looked to the back yard and were blown away by what we saw. One of our oaks by the patio was snapped off at the ground. A huge tulip poplar, about 2.5 feet at its base, which is only five feet from our back door was snapped off right at the top of our roof line. The even bigger poplar at the corner of our back yard was completely pushed over and uprooted, destroying a section of steel fence. We have huge 2 – 3 foot in diameter Blue Spruce trees all over our property that were snapped in two like pencils.

 

There are 4 metal buildings in back of our home. The first one is an RV shed which we do not put to use. Heavily damaged! Next to it is Michelle’s office with an attached warehouse for inventory etc. We use it daily. It is completely intact. Next to it is another building that we don’t use that was destroyed.

Across from it was a double carport steel building where I keep my trailer in which I store all my display for shows. It was destroyed by a cedar that fell on it, but it stopped about three inches from the top of the trailer. Last of all, the biggest building where I do my metal work, which contains all of my equipment and tools was completely untouched except for the weather head that brings electricity to the building. One of the big trees that fell ripped it from the building. There are four long metal vents on top of the roof. They were completely intact yet a three foot spruce directly behind the building about 20 feet from vents was snapped off just a few feet higher than the vents. The other cedar of the same size is pushed over and crashed into another cedar of the same size and broke it at the base.

Another surprise was our radio antenna, which is our only source for internet signal was not damaged, yet was equally as high and in line with the trees only a few feet away.

My van that I use for shows was parked three feet from the building that was the most heavily damaged. In fact, the porch in front of the building was completely destroyed and tin was laying everywhere, but the van was untouched. We have a tower that is as tall as the trees that is connected to Michelle’s office where she makes jewelry. This is where we get our signal for our cell phones and internet. Without it, we can’t run our business. It is no more than 20 feet from one tree and 30 feet from the other, directly in between them. The trees were snapped off and yet that tower which we must have for communication was intact.

Now after a day of having the road cleaned where we can get out, we saw the scope of our experience. This storm came at us from the Southwest where it completely destroyed many homes and beautiful trees. We were dead center in the path of this monster storm. The biggest oaks are on the south side of our house and all the trees that were destroyed fell to the north. These huge oaks would have destroyed our home. When the tornado reached our property, it took out a few trees at the front, lifted over these oaks and our house, destroying only the trees behind our home, either by snapping the tops which were higher than our roofline or uprooting them. The buildings in the back that we use were also untouched. After it got over our property, the storm dropped back on the ground and almost completely devastated the community behind us.

On Monday morning, Mike Charles, a master electrician and new friend showed up at my door and asked if I needed any help. He helped me pick out a generator and hooked it up to our home so our food would not spoil and also for basic lighting etc in the house. Early Tuesday morning he showed up again to fix the weather head for my workshop. Without it, I would not be able to get power to the building. We worked about an hour just clearing the trees out to have space to work.

While Mike and I were working on my shop, Michelle was feeling overwhelmed. She was wondering how on earth we were going to clean up the mess on our property. We had major trees down all over our buildings to the back plus two in our back yard and we didn’t have the equipment nor the man power to do it. She prayed for help. About two hours later, eight men and two women showed up with chain saws, a tractor and a skid steer which can pick up whole trees easily. They worked tirelessly for around five hours and then there were gone. We know a couple of them, so we know they were not angels. Within an hour of them being done with the cleanup, Mike and I finished bolting on the meter box and power head to my workshop. As we were tightening the last bolt to secure it to the side of the building, T-VEC, our electric provider, showed up to connect us back to the main line. It was the most amazing day. If those guys had not shown up to help with the cleanup, T-VEC would not have been able to do their job and our power up would have been delayed.

 

We experienced a miracle that is beyond anything that has ever happened in our life. Our God protected us from all harm. He is faithful to deliver all who will call upon His great Name and believe that He truly is able to do what His Word says. His Name is Jesus of Nazareth, The Creator of Heaven and Earth. We continue to pray for the people on both sides of our property. By the grace of God our place does not look like the photo below, which was taken in the neighborhood behind our home. The trees you can see in the background is our property which is about 500 yards away. Several of our friends lived here and we are so thankful that no lives were lost. They will soon start the rebuilding process and life will go on.