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As HE Is So Are WE

Note, Quotation marks and a * at the end of sentence means bible quote or quote.

Chapter 1

Our Identity

One day a lady shared with me how she had discovered she was adopted; this caused her to become insecure about her identity and position with her adopted family and over a couple years had to deal with depression and low self worth, but eventually over time with the help of counseling and support of her adopted parents, she was able to find peace of mind with her past and establish an identity in her adopted family.

Now, most of us will not identify with this problem because we have not been taken from our birth family. We have not experienced this kind of rejection or can we truly understand the pain it causes, but we do identify with our parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents. We not only identify with them but we have identity with them because we share the same DNA, resemblance and actions. We may even inherit money, property and rights because we are of the same name or related. This identity is ours and we can not change it, we may say we will never have any part of this identity but it does not change the fact that we are still related to this identity.

"For the Spirit which you have know received is not a Spirit of slavery to put you once more into bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption, the Spirit producing son ship in the bliss of which we cry, Abba, Father! The Spirit Himself thus testifies together with our own spirit, assuring us that we are the sons of God."*

As the sons of God it is vital to understand our true identity and worth, which comes as a result of knowing the value God, has placed on us as His sons.  Not a value that’s based on earthly value, but a value based on how God sees and has positioned us within the Son through the ultimate payment of death.

One of the greatest life changing truths we can discover is the death of God’s Son on the cross, this not only demonstrates the unconditional love of God, it reveals our worth as an individual and raises us to a new dimension.  And by becoming aware of this incredible truth, we can begin to live out of the absolute rights and privileges as a son.

"But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority, power, privilege; right to become the sons of God”*

"The Spirit Himself thus testifies together with our own spirit, assuring us that we are the sons of God.”*

"And because you really are His sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father!”*

These words exemplify our identity, a position as sons or as having adult son ship, which identifies us within His family, His household and rights to His kingdom, Identify meaning to establish identity.

As the sons of God we are associated with Him through our position of relationship and we are to partake of His characteristics, resemble, and even be identical as a mirrored image of Him.

When I say positioned I mean a proper place of advantage, a place of rank and stature. In other words, in this identity or position, we are imputed by the Spirit of God an inherent right with all its advantages and benefits.

The bible says, “And if sons, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with the Son.”*

Again I must reiterate as the sons of God it is vital that we learn and understand this truth. Why is it so important? So we can begin to walk out the fullness of the life as a son.

Now this Position has been accredited to us, as the bible says, "But to one whom, not working by the Law, trust believes fully in Him, his faith is credited to him as righteousness, the standing acceptable to God."* Another verse says, "God credits" another "Credited to our account" It also says, "We are to reckon ourselves to this truth."* The words credited or reckon also mean, imputed or counted on, this means we can claim for ourselves that which God says is true about us in His Word.

Through reconciliation we have been credited a new identity and we are to reckon it as ours and benefit from it now; we did not receive this status as sons by anything we have accomplished but through the son’s accomplishments. By trusting in this fact, we are taken from a state of indebtedness and bankrupt, and placed into a stature of adult son ship with complete positional rights to the kingdom.

Understand these positional rights are essential to the progression of our temporal life. In other words, our position in God must first be established in our identity with him in order to live the life God in this temporal earthly walk.

Temporal truths are simply the correct application of a positional truth. For example, God through the work of the cross has declared me righteous, righteous meaning I have right standing before God, without guilt, condemnation or inferiority.

Again I did not receive this righteousness by anything I have done; I received it by free grace from God and by what He had done. This righteousness is a positional truth, positional meaning placed into this position of a righteous identity through the reconciled work of the cross.

This positional truth must now be moved from the realm of the spirit to the realm of our temporal life by seeing us first by the Spirit as righteous before God. As this truth becomes a reality to our soul or mind, we will then begin to act out of our position which in turn will cause righteous fruit in our temporal life.

Now remember this, the flesh I live in cannot walk righteous and is dieing but I am spirit and alive unto God and hidden in Him, so in this I become righteous conscious instead of flesh conscious. The reason many of us struggle is because we are flesh conscious or trying to make the flesh become righteous. Understand flesh will never be righteous so I must stop trying to make it righteous but become righteous conscious and in turn the flesh will submit to my son ship as righteous.

So In God we walk it one step at a time in the new identity or new nature, no one else will walk it for us. When we recognize our identity or position as sons of God, we can then transfer this understanding by the spirit to our daily walk, then producing and experiencing the desired results of our position.

What is our new nature or identity? For one thing, we have been declared righteous, if this is true, then righteous people should produce righteousness. Why? It is our nature and we need to stop trying to be something we are not, a sinner, and walk in our position of righteousness which is a son of God.

Kenneth Wuest's Greek New Testament says "And stop assuming an outward expression that does not come from within you and is not representative of what you are in your inner being but is patterned after this age; but change your outward expression to one that comes from within and is representative of your inner being."*

What is representative of our inner being? It is a new creation or creature all together which is the righteousness of God in us. If this is true, then we should be acting according to our God nature, not the nature of the flesh!

Now this position or identity must be appropriated by faith, you must believe it. If you do not, then you will never truly walk out the full benefits of your position because you will be dictated by the flesh. So to know and understand our position and the benefits of this position by faith is to trust God and desire it. Understand that God desires all sons to partake of their rightful inheritance.

Many times we lose out on the benefits of our identity because of wrong teachings that create unbelief and legalism. This unbelief causes us to see through the eyes of flesh instead of the eyes of God, righteousness conscious. I personally believe we have been teaching more on striving with God, the do's and don'ts of legalism! When we should be telling the sons of God who and what they have become. Now those who know their position as sons will live out of their real nature, the nature of God which is righteous.

The bible says, "Therefore if any person is engrafted into the Messiah he is a new creation, a new creature altogether; the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold the fresh and new has come!"* So if you know God, you are a new creature altogether, that old moral and spiritual condition has passed away and you are no longer to see yourself any other way but identified as the new creation.

Understand that God sees you as justified, declared righteous, sanctified holy, made complete in Him. He sees you as a son in your proper place with access to all its benefits. The problem we have is that we are trying to view God's redemptive work by the flesh. This cannot be discerned or understood by flesh and in turn we simply can not believe that the God of this universe could show us such unconditional love, but He has.

Friend you have an identity with God, a God as a father who so desire you to walk and live out of your rightful place as a son. He desires you to reap the benefits of your position in the royal chambers, a place of great stature!

Chapter 2

He is Holy

I was raised on a farm in the Canadian prairies. My father was a hard working individual who endeavored to teach me what he knew about farming. I was not always the best student especially when it concerned building or fixing things. My father never showed me his frustration concerning this lack of attention, but one day he could not hold it and said, "My man, you can't put the cart before the horse. It just won't work."*

As a one time pastor I have found this to be true concerning spiritual matters. Many including myself have started our beliefs from the wrong end of the horse, by doing so we have done things that we had no true knowledge of and tried to accomplish or gain spiritually what we already had through our identity in God.

We developed legalistic law driven belief systems and at times we have been led like horses to bad feed, in doing so we have suffered great pain in our spiritual journey.

We have taken the words of men without question, never searching for the real truth of God; in turn creating thousands of different doctrines and religions to fit every conceivable persuasion. We have taken words like faith and in time created a denomination around the world, people proclaiming, I am of word of faith, I am Pentecostal, the list is endless.

So it is with the subject of this book and that is a word, "holy," which can also be translated "holiness, sanctification, sanctified, consecrated, set apart ones of God."

Now the doctrine of holiness has not been popular when spoken of in our traditional environment, most will cringe with different emotions when they hear the word. If a speaker says they are going to teach on the subject of holiness, many assume they are about to get a tongue lashing or straightening out on how to live.

Why would we think this way? Because of previous legalistic teachings and indoctrinations using man made rules and regulations that are set out in doctrines of holiness. For example holiness rules like cannot wear slacks, make-up, or cut hair, play sports, work on Sundays, must have church attendance, bible reading, tithing; all kinds of teachings to help us be holy and supposedly geared to improve the our outward performance to create good works and good clean living, this list is never ending and always growing.

Now the first thing I want to establish up front when it concerns your holiness before God, is that no amount of outer works, performance or clean living is going to make you any more holier than you already are through your identity as a son of God.

Our holiness is not or will not ever be based on our outward performance or merit. It is totally based and built on the foundation of reconciliation given to all men through the finished work of the cross.

Everything we have received from God is based on our relationship to Him as a son. It is virtually impossible for us to be worthy enough or to add anything to this relationship. The only thing we can do is to become aware of what we have in this position and appropriate the rights to walk it out by faith.

Remember our righteousness is as filthy rags, "For we have all become like one who is unclean ceremonially, like a leper, and all our righteousness, our best deeds or rightness and justice is like filthy rags or a polluted garment; we all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away far from God's favor, hurry us toward destruction."*

Everything we have received in the Father is based solely on His performance and what He has done through reconciliation on the cross!

"But it is from Him that you have your life in God, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, revealed to us a knowledge of divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as our Righteousness, thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God, and our Consecration-making us pure and holy, and our Redemption providing our ransom from eternal penalty of sin."

Our life is hidden in God. It is no longer I that live but God in me, because of this incredible fact we are made holy, righteous, acceptable and pure before God!

The question maybe asked if I am holy and pure before God, does God require perfection. As the bible says, "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect."

If I am really going to take this seriously from God, I am forced into an undesired human dilemma because I could be tempted to feel hopeless, a command that seems impossible. "Thy command is exceedingly great”

Now I know that God Himself is perfect. He is the sum total of everything that is perfect, perfect love, perfect peace, perfect wisdom and perfect glory.

Everything we know about God, according to the Word says He is perfect and holy and to bring it home even more, no one has to tell God He is perfect and holy, because God is and can never be anything less that what He already is, complete perfect Holiness. Evil can never or will ever be found in Him. He is a perfectly holy God! So how can a mere human like you and I ever attain such a position of perfection or even be asked to be perfect like God.

Man in the flesh is imperfect in every way because of the fall of Adam and if there was ever a creation that has frailties it was humanity.

So the question needs to be asked, if we are told we shall be perfect just as God is perfect then how do we get this perfection? How can we be like the God of this universe? Again looking and knowing who I am by the flesh and being aware of my limitations pushes me to a brink of feeling unworthy and unable to even look this direction.

So what's the use? I can't be what this is asking me to be and if it is I might as well live as I please and act as I want, I mean I'm beat before I begin! There's no way I can walk in this command.  Now this may sound like a quitter mentality but let's get serious and down right honest, trying to be perfect in the flesh is impossible.

Now we need to understand that in this world we are bombarded with religion and religious leaders whom are telling us we must be perfect like God and the byproduct is a humanity that is running away from God. All they have ever heard is what they are supposed to be or do a message of works and legalism.

Legalism meaning, preconceived notions of God and ideas as absolute on others, teachings that add or take away from what God has already accomplished through the work of the cross. It is an attitude that a person must act or be a certain way in order to accepted by God.

The problem is we are not being taught who we really are in God or explained properly what our rights are as sons of God.

Our relationship to holiness must first be established in the position of reconciliation, not by personal efforts, works, goodness, merit or performance.

As we seek God for this truth about our place in holiness, I believe that hope can be established in our heart which in turn will produce change or the results of our position of holiness. In other words by knowing who we are in God, we come to learn that our holiness before God was secured in reconciliation. Holiness has been credited to us because we are now the sons of God and because the Son went to the cross, bore our sins and died for all humanity. By becoming aware of the finished work of the cross, we step into the benefits established in the cross!

One of the benefits is being proclaimed perfect and holy as God is perfect and holy, again not because of our personal holiness or perfection, but because of His holiness and perfection. I know this can be hard to grasp from a human perspective but it is truth whether we believe it or not.

By the cross God has credited this holiness to us, thus in the bible David congratulates the man and pronounces a blessing on him to whom God credits righteousness apart from the works he does. “Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried.”

Friend, by revelation of this truth it will create victory; we will not see God with eyes of inferiority but through the eyes of a son who is holy! This results in the ability to access the very presence of a Holy God because we are coequal, perfect holy before and with God.

Through this new reality, we are no longer mere humans but have been brought from a lower life as a sinner, to a higher life as a saint. We are no longer in the class of being lost in the dunghill, but brought into the place of son ship, with all its rights and privileges as royalty.

Son of God, at this very moment in God you are seated with Him in heavenly spheres seen only as holy, without blame in God's sight. Spiritually you cannot get any holier than you already are positional. If you think you can become more holy, that would mean God would have to become more holy, but God is already perfect holiness because He is!

So as He is, so are you! In other words, you are in Him, so you are holy, not your holiness but His holiness which is now yours, so that make you as him, holy! I know a tongue twister, but this means that even if you miss it by the imperfect perishable flesh, God still considers you holy.  Remember God knows you by the spirit He does not view you by the flesh but through the Son, so as he is so are you as a son.

To help us understand let us look at Paul for a moment and his statement from the bible when he said, “I don not know why I do the things I do but this thing I do no it is no longer I that do it, but it is the sins within my flesh.” He then goes on to say, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in the Son, for the law of the spirit of life in the son has set me free from the law of sin.” Why? Because Paul was in the Son, so as the Son is, so was Paul.

The difficulty we have in understanding our place or position is due to how we have been taught  about God, a view that has caused misunderstand and confusion about our identity to Him! We can not seem to see what God sees because we see more from the flesh which is a flesh conscious. We have a difficult time believing or seeing ourselves in a class with God. Yet through accepting the Son, that is exactly what has happened and now as He is so are we.

Chapter 3

We are Made Holy

As I have grown into my senior years, hair is whiter, skin is wrinkling and my belly, well it’s getting bigger. But one of the consistent remark I get from my family is, “Your just like your father, your just like grandpa, they see my father’s positions, humor and action, now some times I am proud of this but I also have shown the not so elegant sides of my father, but he is and always will be my father because his jeans are in me.

The bible says "For if the first fruit is holy, the whole mass is also holy, and if the root is holy, so are the branches."   Another verse says, "I, the Son, have sent my messenger to you to witness and to give you assurance of these things. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the radiant and brilliant Morning Star."
If the Son is the root and we are the branches and the word says that the root is holy, so are the branches, then this must also mean we are holy.

Quote, "Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?" and "For the temple of God is holy." So if we are the temple of God and God says the temple is holy, that must means we are holy!

Another bible verse says, "And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities. Yet now has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His presence."

So the question is when did we receive this holiness or when were we able to approach His faultless presence? At the cross! We were instantly made holy and thus able to approach the awesome, majestic Glory of God without condemnation or guilt. "Therefore, there is now no condemnation no adjudging guilty of wrong for those who are in the Son."

"Even as He chose us in the Son before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love." Simply, we were chosen to be holy. All we can do is become aware of it and live out what we are chosen to be.

The bible also says, "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation." This is a bold statement to call us called us a holy nation, a holy people. I mean if we stood up and said this in certain circles, "we are a holy people," we would be facing rejection and excommunication.

Many of God's sons see themselves as old sinner. The question is if we are sinners, what is it that sinners do? They sin! If we believe the bible that we are holy, what is it that holy people do? They should be producing holiness!

Paul said, "Paul, An apostle of Christ Jesus, by the divine will to the saints at Ephesus who are also faithful and loyal and steadfast in Christ Jesus."

Notice Paul called them saints! The word "saints" means "holy ones." The word "holy" means "separated to God, separated unto God," or simply set apart for God.

So through our position in the Son, we are saints or holy ones. These words are interchangeable. When the Word calls us saints, it is saying we are holy ones separated unto Him.

Paul again wrote "To the people of God which is in Corinth, to those consecrated and purified and made holy in the Son...” A study of history will reveal that the Corinthian people were some of the most carnal people that ever existed. They were into drunkenness, adultery, suing each other, disrespectful and arrogant. Yet Paul states the fact that they are holy, purified, and consecrated. Unbelievable!

I’m sorry but this is hard for my religious thinking. But because we can be so performance oriented and steeped in legalistic attitudes of God, it is hard to comprehend or even accept this as a fact. I mean for us to even think ourselves as holy and purified before God seems to border on blasphemy. Yet my friend that is exactly what the Word of God is saying when it refers to us as a saint.

Please understand we are not old sinners anymore; we are saints of God. And the sooner we realize this amazing truth the quicker we will begin to manifest the works of holiness in our life.

We must understand that we are new creations, spirit beings, something that was not there before. The bible says, "For neither is circumcision of any importance, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation."  "Therefore if any person is in the Son he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the fresh and new has come!" It also commands, "And put on the new nature created in God's image, in true righteousness and holiness."

How do we put on the new nature, by renewing our mind to the new self, our position as a son? As we do this, we will produce righteous fruits and holy living, because it is our nature to do so.

Well, does this mean that I do not sin or that I'm sinless? Now sadly in this flesh you will sin and you will never be sinless. But by the Spirit you no longer have to be living by the dictates of the flesh because you are spirit first, the real you who is already sinless and holy. Sin's power was broken on the cross so we do not have to serve or obey it; greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

"Even so consider yourselves also dead to sin and your relation to it broken, but that you are alive to God." Our position or identity is alive to God, Sin and your relationship to it is broken because you are not of the flesh but Spirit who has set us free from the power of sin and death. The problem again is our thinking, we think of ourselves as flesh because we see it and feel it, but flesh will stumble and fall but we are still perfect, so as He is so are we.

Friend, when we see ourselves as God sees us as saints; it will change our perspective on sin and its power. Nowhere in the New Testament bible does God refer to a believer as sinners but calls them a holy people, saints separated unto God.

So we become righteous conscious and not flesh conscious and we may see this incredible truth and be set free of our legalist works attitudes.

Chapter 4

We live Holy

Sanctification and holiness are two words that can be interchanged. They both mean separation unto God. When we think of the word sanctification we think of the separation from evil things and ways, a step by step, day by day working out of salvation. We believe that as we are obedient to God, we will be transformed more and more into the image and likeness of God.

"Clothe yourselves therefore, as God's own chosen ones His own picked representatives, who are purified and holy and well-beloved by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, and patience which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper." "But as the One who called you is holy, you yourselves also are holy in all your conduct and manner of living."

Friend, we are called to practice our holiness and yet we are positively already holy, the question we need to ask is how do I take my position of holiness and apply it in my temporal life and can this be done? Yes! By grace available through faith.

The grace I'm speaking of is the ability of God that helps us do something that is impossible for us to do on our own. I know that with this flesh it is impossible for me to live holy outwardly and I especially know in my own ability and strength the flesh will never submit, but in God's ability and strength by grace, I can walk and produce holiness.

The book of Hebrews says, "Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace that we may find mercy and find grace to help in good time for every need."

Now if we believe that no unholy thing can come into the presence of a holy God, then these words should not be in the Bible. Yet the context is very specific about telling us to fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace.

How could this possibly be true, little old me coming into the presence of a Holy righteous God? Well it is easy, I am not there because of me or anything I have accomplished but I am there because of the holiness of the Son, He is the veil that I have walked through.

Because I am holy in the Son and what He has accomplished, I can go boldly to God and draw from His grace, which is His ability to walk out my holiness. Whenever I am in trouble, let’s get honest in sin, I can still come confidently before God and get help. Why? Because in Him I am righteous, justified and holy, it never changes. Knowing this truth alone will change my prayer life and bring confidence knowing my God will receive me.

Let us look at an earthly example. My children have access to me at all times, because they are my children and they have that right. Even if they are not always good they can still ask Dad for anything and know that he will hear them, this is called relationship! This is the same with God. There are times when we do not feel very holy but because of our relationship with God He says My grace is sufficient for you; in the time of your weakness that is when I will be there.

"Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; he cannot sin because he has been born of God."

Now you can take this word two ways, one that because we are holy and perfect in his site God does not see our sin. This is true but a study of the original Greek also shows this to say, "Whoever is born of God does not habitually keep on sinning and does not sin." In other words, God's children do not make sin a lifestyle. In fact, there's an opposite effect, that is, a desire to walk holy because we are holy.

Another version says, "No one born (begotten) of God deliberately, knowingly, and habitually practices sin, for God's nature abides in him, His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God."

In other words, we have a new nature within and our new nature cannot sin. It is God's seed, which is holy and lives forever within us, so we will not practice sin.

The word goes on to say, "You have been regenerated, not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God." Every child of God needs to know their origin is from an immortal holy seed and that this origin was from the Son who credited His holiness to our account.

Another statement says, "But to one who, not working, trusts in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness (the standing acceptable to God). Thus David congratulates the man and pronounces a blessing on him to whom God credits righteousness apart from the works he does."

Simply stated! We were bankrupt; our account was empty, but through the Son God looks at our account as full, so He does not see sin but righteousness, now not ours but Son’s.

"Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried. Blessed and happy and to be envied is the person or whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him." When you know someone loves you and looks beyond the human frailty, it is very easy to want to please them, not because of fear but because of the intense love.

God sees us in this light! If anyone knows in our humanity that we're not perfect it is God. That is why He sent His Son, so that through Him He could look past into the cross and see His incorruptible seed through our new identity!

Because of this, we should desire to walk properly on the earth. Our God’s incorruptible seed lives in us and because of the holy seed in us, our nature is not to sin.

We are no longer sinners but have been made holy and perfect by God. Our Father has imparted His nature and attributes. The best way we can live out this life of holiness is by understanding our position of holiness then by God's enabling grace; we can walk it out in this life.

Even if we miss it in life, our God considers us holy without blame.

Chapter 5

Free to be Holy

Today, because of who we are in God we can be something we in and of ourselves could never be, holy. But because we lack revelation of holiness or trying to attain holiness by our works has caused much heartache. In their dilemma they soon excuse their action through a self-righteous attitude or just plain give up and quit.

Religion is forever at work trying to find acceptance and holiness through their deeds, church attendance, tithes, and prayers or serving some so called man of God. Humanity seems to have an incurable slant towards legalism no matter how good God is.

The reason lies in the flesh that is rebelliousness towards God, flesh that does not like to be told it can not do anything to merit God's approval. In turn, it designs works that will give it some credit for its actions. This is called self-righteousness, which leads to plain old legalism!

By realizing that our holiness is based in the finished work of the cross, we will understand our good deeds are only a byproduct of our holiness in Him. It is impossible to find it in us by the flesh.

"And in accordance with this will [of God], we have been made holy (consecrated and sanctified) through the offering made once for all by the Son."

"For by a single offering He has forever completely cleansed and perfected those who are consecrated and made holy."

To present this holiness to other should be the heart's desire of the sons of God. We should desire it because it is our nature to do so.
"Even as He chose us in the Son before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love."

"Yet now the Messiah reconciled you to God in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His presence."

Friend, I have no problem standing before people and proclaiming they are holy and without blame in His sight. God sees the intent of my heart, my thoughts, my personality and actions, but it is through Him that His people are holy. It is through Him they are made perfect and it is through Him they are accepted. So it is only by Him they will be able to walk by the spirit!

How many have grown up in an environment where acceptance was based on performance? An attitude that has caused many to feel they will never measure up to people's expectations. Many in have fallen into this perfection excellence attitude.

Soon they begin to question, "Is God happy with me? Is He pleased with me? Do I have favor with God? Does God really love me and accept me for who I am?" The results are losing their zeal and effectiveness in their walk with God. Their trust is slowly eroded, hope is stolen, and depression set its ugly claws.

But when you understand your position of identity in God, the answer is simple; He is happy and finds favor in you. He really does love you as you are!

Our relationship with God is not based on our performance. God is not asking us to measure up to His expectations. He just wants us to believe in Him and what He has accomplished for us through the cross.

Read carefully we in ourselves can never wash our flesh clean enough to be accepted. By trying to do it our way, we will never enter God's presence guiltless but by knowing who we are as sons, we can walk into God's presence, as a King's kid holy and acceptable in His sight.

It is time that we move to the next realm of maturity, and realize that it is only through Him that we will find our life. For too long, we have tried to walk our life as a believer with a mentality of self-works, trying to appease God, trying to find His favor. We will work ourselves into the grave if we think it is our goodness that will do it.

Real rest will come when we see the liberty of our identity through the finished work of the cross. When we are secure, then and only then will the good works be truly produced, it won't be some artificial, legalistic, self-righteous façade, It will be genuine heart of God being and doing naturally who we are as sons.

I believe it is vital for each of us to understand their position in Him and to know what was accomplished through His death and resurrection. For too long, we have been living below our inheritance and have only received condemnation and guilt instead of freedom and victory.

So let us proclaim we are completely holy in Him and As He is so are we!"

Copyright Roxy Nolin 1997