I Am United to Jesus
Yesterday, I shared with you some of the truths, or biblical concepts, that the Lord has been impressing upon me in recent weeks and months. Most importantly, that I must consciously think on things that are true of God, and of me–in God’s sight–rather than what my fallen nature may say to me. Instead of letting Self talk to me, I must discipline myself to talk to Self. This is true of each of us as believers. We must discipline ourselves to repeatedly speak biblical truths to our own heart so that we may think as God thinks.
One way to do that is to ask three questions of the biblical text. Here is an example of how I did that with two verses at the beginning of the book of 1 John.
1 John 1:2
What is true of God? – Eternal life is with the Father, was manifested in Jesus, the Word.
What is true of me? – I am united to Jesus. Therefore, I already possess eternal life, which Jesus said is to know God (Jn 17:3).
Lies I must repent of believing – This earthly life is more valuable than the eternal. What others think of me is more important than what God already says is true.
1 John 1:3
What is true of God? – The Father established fellowship with sinners through union with His Son.
What is true of me? – My father desires my fellowship. Jesus desires my fellowship. God delights in me.
Lies I must repent of believing – I must perform, achieve to please God. I must strive for acceptance, not rest in it as already mine. The way others love me is the way God loves me.
As one sister in Christ expressed to me this past Sunday evening, these three questions may be asked of any portion of Scripture. Try it sometime this week. Choose a few verses, read them in context, and see what truths you need to meditate on in order to shatter the lies you may believe, which influence the way that you function.
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