A Revelation of who you are In Christ


(To be read out loud twice a day, with a big smile on your face, for 30 days)

* I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

* I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

* I am the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath.

* I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might; strengthened with might according to His glorious power.

* I am a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Generation.

* I am salt and light in the world.

* I am holy and dearly loved.

* I am forgiven of all my sins; washed in the blood of Jesus.

* I am loved with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness He has drawn me.

* I am healed by His stripes.

* I am delivered from my destructions and healed of my diseases.

* I am the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

* I am hidden with Christ in God.

* I am rooted and grounded in His love.

* I am saved, healed and made whole.

* I am free through the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony.

These Truths take a while to get down into the heart. Keep confessing them: day after day.

Next month: “What I can do…”

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New Year. New Life.

At the beginning of this new year I am thinking of a need for something new, something to really grab hold of and put my faith in – a New Life, if you will. The year has had it’s fair share of up’s and down’s and I wanting to seek the Lord for His direction over a number of issues.

At times like this, I imagine I am seated at a beautiful pool in the Garden of the Lord. The sun filters through leafy branches and birds chatter out of view.
I begin to wonder what life would have been like before the Fall. Before Adam fell for Satan’s temptations. Before we lost our intimate relationship with God. And before we got so confused about life.

I long to return to that relationship. And as I sit pondering that possibility, I am drawn to a peaceful place in my heart. This is the place where I begin to commune with the Lord. It is an opportunity to hear from Him anew.

“The truth is Peter,” He begins, “you have not lost relationship with Me. The effects of the Fall have not touched your Born-Again spirit. Our relationship is perfectly intact. Welcome to your New Year. And welcome to your New Life.”

“Ok Lord,” I counter. “So why am I constantly affected by the ups and downs of life. Things are never straight forward; there’s always some problem or other needing sorting out.”

I ask the question in a slightly tongue-in-cheek manner, knowing the answer but wanting to express something of my frustration.

“My son, I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you to Myself, and you will be with Me forever. Yes, there will be tribulations in this life – but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”

I contemplate His words in my heart. I chew them over – analyse them – and finally choose to take the role of ‘devil’s advocate…

“Yes Lord, it’s true – You have overcome the World. But I haven’t! I am very much in the World and the World has a direct affect on me: my mind, my will and emotions. So how does that help me?”

There follows an awkward silence. I wonder if I have expressed too much unbelief – disrespect even! I choose to bring my attention back to the gentle rhythm of water splashing into the Pool. Birds still chatter and flutter in the trees and the sun still dapples brightly on the water. God is still very much with me.

I have a choice, as ever, to choose either new life in Him or the old life in Me!
His life is Eternal Life but my life is temporary. Yet even in this temporary life of tribulations I am still in Eternal Life ‘In Him.’ And so, I take from my pocket my pen and pad and begin to write a ‘Blue Print’ plan for my life: How to live my life ‘In Him’ – that is ‘in Christ’ – and not in me.

* Remain, in my heart, bowed before the finished work of the Cross.
* Fear-not! But rest in His Love.
* Speak out the Truth of what God say’s about me in His Word.
* Pray in tongues – regularly!
* Praise Him and thank Him for His new life in me.
* Humble myself.
* Stand still and I will see the Salvation of the Lord God who is with me.
* Choose to live out of Him and out of His new life.

Pleased with my efforts, I pack my belongings to leave. And as I do so I hear the Lord say: “Are you wanting to leave me now?”

I pause and bow my head to focus on that place in my heart where He lives.

“No Lord,” I reply. “No Lord, I’m taking You with me!”

Living Fear Free

Jesus came to give me fullness of life. So why am I sick? Why am I fearful? Why am I troubled in my mind – concerned about the Recession, my children’s welfare, my place in the church, etc., etc.

The answer is: ‘Yes,’ in my flesh – the soul’ish realm – I am struggling with the issues of life. BUT, in Christ Jesus I’m Blessed! I’m healthy, healed in my soul, prosperous and have good success. How do I know that? Because the Bible tells me so.

And yet, there is another voice in me – the soul’ish part of me – that screams ‘Fear! Failure! Rejection!

So who do I believe? They are both true if I want them to be. I have a free will choice to believe either realities. And like Paul the Apostle who said in Romans 7:19: “For the good that I will to do, I do not do…” I too have that dilemma.

Yes, I know Satan is the enemy of my soul. I know that he comes to kill, steal and destroy. Generally I stay alert to his schemes and devises. And yet more often than not, he catches me unawares.

For example: I’m sitting in church and someone brings a ‘Prophetic Word’ from the front. I think to myself:

“Well, I knew that! I could have said that! Why did God give him that ‘Word’ to bring and not me?”

Within moments I’ve slipped into jealousy, self-rejection, bitterness etc.,. I hear myself say:

“I’m a hopeless Christian! I don’t know why I bother to come to church…!”

Have you noticed the way the Enemy speaks very loudly? It is his ploy to prevent us from hearing the ‘still small voice’ of the Father speaking to our hearts.

Eventually, after say an hour or so, (sometimes days!), the loud condemning voice begins to subdue and the still small voice of the Father comes to the fore.

“My son, I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you to Myself. Rest in Me. You are the Apple of My Eye.”

And then I begin to realise that, yes, I could have brought that Word to the church but God choose someone else to bring it – someone who was humble enough to step forward and simply do what they felt the Lord ask of them.

The only important thing is that the Word was brought.

And this is where the ‘rubber hits the road!’ God gives me a Word to share – or some other blessing – and I have a choice. Do I choose to serve Jesus or the enemy of fear?

The only way I have found to resolve this issue is it do it as an act of my own free will. I humble myself – that is, the soul’ish part of me – and I allow Jesus, through His Spirit, to speak or ‘do’ through me.

Yes, it’s scary! Very scary. It might go horribly wrong! But hey! – It’s no longer I that lives anyway; but Jesus Christ that lives. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of Jesus.

This is the remedy to my fear: His perfect Love. Him. Jesus! For it is His perfect love, activated and working through me, that drives out fear! (1 John 4:18)

It is time to step out on His Word. In Isaiah 41:10 He says:

“Fear not for I am with you. Be not afraid for I am your God. I will help you. I will strengthen you I will uphold you with the right hand of my Righteousness.”

God only has me and you to work through. There’s no one else going to do it for Him. And as soon as we choose to step out IN HIM and do it, then FEAR IS DEFEATED

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“How Can I Love Myself?”

I found it impossible to love myself before I was a Christian.

I recognised – and am grateful – that I was loved by my parents. I loved certain aspects of my life: I loved nature, beautiful music and art. I loved the countryside and the seaside. Yes, I knew that love existed but I had no real basis upon which to love myself. All I saw was a mixture of faults, fears, hurts, disappointments and failures.

Yes, there were good times – great times even! I had wonderful relationships; I had success in business and as an Entertainer. I travelled much and truly valued my experiences. But that didn’t mean I was loved and that I had intrinsic value and worth.

In fact, I now realise the real motivation behind much of these pursuits was as a means of making me feel loved and valued. Alas, it didn’t work!

The only basis upon which I now know I am loved is because the Bible tells me so.

Not that I particularly feel it. Not that it is worked out in my relationships with others as yet nor myself. It’s true, I still have emotional bagage, hurts and feelings of insecurity and rejection.

But the Bible tells me I am now loved with an everlasting love.

Then what must I do to believe?

* I repent and keep renouncing the lies of the Devil that tells me I am not loved.
* I declare out loud the truth that – in Christ Jesus – I am loved by my Heavenly Father with an everlasting love. “I believe therefore I have spoken.”
* I forgive others for how I perceived they did not love me.
* I forgive myself for not loving me.
* I forgive myself for pressing love in wrong places.
* I forgive previous generations for teaching me to not love myself!
* I choose to love others.
* I reject the lies of the Devil who would try tell me I’m still unloved.
* I turn from jealousy towards others; together with bitterness and resentment.
* I keep focussing on God’s love for me.
* I meditate on the Truth of God’s Word towards me.
* I ask God to help me in all the above.
* I share my love with others.
* I seek prayer ministry, a Counsellor or a Christian Life Coach where I find there are hurts, fears or un-forgivenss in the way of God’s love for me

Discover Your Passion

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Passion to serve Jesus will reveal itself in any number of ways, depending on who you are, where you have come from and your life events.

Your passion will always be related to people and not ‘things.’

Your passion may be buried so deep you may not even be aware of it.

So why not take the ‘Passion Test’ right now…?

Take a deep breath and ask yourself the following question.

“What grieves my heart more than anything else?”

Don’t be in a rush to answer; just let the question sink deep down into your heart.

Wait to see what stirs.

Keep a check on your spirit. What is going on deep inside of you?

Are there memories stirring? Perhaps injustices rising to the surface. Anger, bitterness, resentment, jealousy even towards certain people or situations.

It’s ok to feel angry. God feels anger at injustice and sin. But we are to be careful not to trip over into bitterness, blaming and feelings of revenge!

The Bible tells us to be angry and not sin. We are to give our anger over to God for He is the Righteous Judge. (Easier said than done!)

God uses our passion so as to co-operate with Him in converting our anger to positive actions of justice, reconciliation and compassion.

Our greatest healing comes from taking what the Devil intended for harm and turning it to good.

The very act of forgiving others and repenting of sinful attitudes enables justice to be done by handing the situation over to the Lord.

“Vengeance is mine,” says the Lord.

Our part is to keep our hearts right with Him, whilst at the same time exposing the wrongs and confronting the sin. It won’t always mean we have to confront someone (or people) face to face. Often our part is simply to forgive others – maybe ourselves too – and repent of any ungodly attitude towards others, even to God or ourselves.

We are to recognise our ‘part to play’ in bringing about reconciliation where needed.

On the other hand, our part may be to take action in bringing about reconciliation or justice.
That’s how Charities came into existence. Someone, somewhere saw a desperate need to help others; passion arose within them and they took action to help.

Accompanied with prayer, ‘action’ can move mountains – both in our own hearts and in the lives and situation’s of others.

You may feel you want to explore this subject deeper. Why not talk it through with a trusted Minister or seek out a Christian Life Coach – someone who is trained to identify ‘vision’ and to help discover ways to fulfil them. Someone who will pray with you and seek the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

You will never be the same again!

What is your Passion?

Our passion is to do exploits for God.

Our passion has the same power that drove Jesus all the way to the Cross, to die for our sins.

Just think of the enormous challenges Jesus had to face in accomplishing His Goal of salvation for Mankind.

It was a challenge fraught with fears, trepidation – even doubt!

So how did Jesus do it? How did Jesus endure the shame of the Cross? He was rejected by his own people; criticised by the Religious Jews and was finally humiliated by hanging on a wooden cross.

The answer is: He endured the Cross because of the joy set before him.

His joy and fulfilment was to provide forgiveness of sins to all peoples of the world – not that we deserved it nor would many embrace his forgiveness, but he still went to the Cross to provide it.

His joy was to do the Father’s will.

It is only passion that will keep us going when the going gets tough.

Jesus never said it would be easy to fulfil God-given dreams and goals. There is a huge price to pay for success: it will take much of our time, money – even our reputation. But it will be worth it!

So how do we do it?

When I received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour I received his passion into my heart. His passion is always for the lost, the hurting, the sick and the ‘unsaved.’

His passion is a Gift that will enable us to get the job done!

It is the gift that enables us to keep going in the face of resistance, persecution, rejection – even at the risk of our very life!

Yes, it’s a huge price to pay. But a higher price to pay is to deny the gift of passion and to live in subjection to our feelings by taking the easy way out! Yes it’s a safe place to live but a passionate-less place is a pointless place – and is to deny the greatest joy known to Mankind.

Next Bog: ‘Discover your Passion.’

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Bearing Fruit

Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness – berries and fruits everywhere; the result of months of preparation beneath the surface. Nature has dutifully carried out Gods instructions to both provide food for all manner of creatures and to reproduce of its’ kind.

The Bible teaches us to do likewise: to bear the fruit of his Spirit, to love others, to give, serve, bless and forgive. And yet in common with all of nature, we have an enemy that seeks to subvert Gods plan. This enemy is ever working deep beneath the surface of out hearts to bring us into fear, condemnation, hopelessness and offense. He knows that if he can discourage us in God’s plans, he lives to tell another lie!

It’s good to remember that what we put in to the ground of our heart is what we get out. The farmer or gardner knows only too well the necessity of preparing the ground for sowing or planting; and the effort it takes to weed and protect its’ growth. How much more are we to work diligently to apply God’s Word so as to bear fruit with patience.

Hello world!

This is my space for expressing thoughts, ideas and encouragement for folk who want to see The Kingdom of Heaven come in both their own lives and the lives of others.

I am a Christian Life Coach and Writer (www.peterjfoster.co.uk) and am passionate to see the Body of Christ prosper in all that Father God has planned for us. I want this Blog Site to be a Blessing to you and am planning to keep you inspired and challenged with regular entries. If you have any thoughts or ideas to develop in this space, please let me know.

Peter J Foster.