Identify Yourself

Your self-image controls the power released in you. Do you see yourself strong able to do “all things through Christ who gives you strength?” (Philippians 4:13) “Having all sufficiency in all things, with an abundance for every good work?” (2 Corinthians 9:8) Or, do you identify as sick, depressed, weak, and always in need?

As we read these passages from the Bible, who can you relate to the most?

Luke 8:40-56 So it was, when Jesus returned, that the multitude welcomed Him, for they were all waiting for Him41 And behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, 42 for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

But as Jesus went, the multitudes thronged Him. 43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.

45 And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”

46 But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” 47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.

48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

49 While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.”

50 But when Jesus heard it, He answered Jairus, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” 51 When He came into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father and mother of the girl52 Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” 53 And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.

54 But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” 55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. 56 And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened. (NKJ)

It could be easy to relate to everyone in these Scriptures. But have you ever imagined yourself in Jesus’ shoes? You might say, “Oh, that was Jesus. I could never do what He did.”

Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (NKJ)

John 14:12 Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (NKJ)

Both Peter and Paul put on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 5:15 They brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.  16 Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

Acts 19:11-12 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. (NKJ)

Mark 16:15-18 Jesus commanded, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believeIn My name they will cast out demonsthey will speak with new tongues18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt themthey will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (NKJ)

Matthew 10:7-8 Jesus said, “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demonsFreely you have received, freely give.” (NKJ)

What you have been given is not for you alone. You are who God says you are. You can have what God says you can have. And you can do what God says you can do. He resides in you.

Romans 8:16-17a The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, (NKJ)

So, believe Him and receive. Put His Word into action. It’s yours! Identify with Jesus. You are His representative here on this earth. Identify yourself as His heir.

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