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Widow for a Season: Finding Your Identity in Christ

Chapter Two: Bad News — Good News

Summary: 

   This chapter is a simple presentation of the gospel message.  It is not intended to be long and theological in content.  This author will not assume that every reader is a believer and hope that this book may be used as an evangelistic outreach for those whom the Lord may lead to Himself.  The entire premise of this book is found in the power of our identity in Christ.  Without that surrender the truths in this book will possess no power for recovery.

   This chapter will also examine the elements of our spiritual authority as defined by scripture.  I find in my mentoring experience with widows that they do not have a working definition for identity in Christ that can be practically applied to their daily life circumstances.  For the unbelieving reader this chapter may mark the beginning of a walk of victory and freedom in Christ.

 

Excerpt:

 

Chapter Two - Bad News—Good News

 

     Imagine going to the store to buy a lamp for your home or office. You bring the lamp home and cannot wait to see how nicely it complements your decor. You put in a new light bulb, eagerly plug in the lamp, and expect to see a bright light. To your dismay, though, the light is not forthcoming. You check the bulb to be sure it is not defective and it seems to be okay. Finally, you conclude that there is no power in the socket. Even though the lamp and bulb are in place and plugged into the power source, nothing is going to happen until power comes through that socket.

 

The Source of Truth: God's Word 

 

     Think about this book as that lamp.  It contains the truth that can lead you to safety, courage, and victory in Christ. Without surrendering and receiving Him as Lord and Savior of your life, however, this truth will have no power for you. It will just be a book of worthless knowledge.     

     A young family recently went through a great personal trial with paralyzing anxiety. She had become totally imprisoned by her fear and emotions. She was unable to leave her house or get into her car and was on the verge of losing her job as well as her sanity. Yet she had grown up hearing about God and knowing a lot about the Bible. She prayed every day and tried with great effort to gain control of her life. She read God’s Word but it was only a temporary help. She claimed that she believed in God and loved Him, but she was unable to find victory. Until she learned how to receive Jesus Christ by surrendering her will to His authority, she could not find peace. Many others struggle with the same frustration of a faith that seems to be dead in the water. I pray that this chapter will help you discover Christ’s power and find victory for the rest of your journey. Paul said in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

     Maybe you thought you had received Christ at some point in your past but are now unsure. Maybe, like my friend, you are doing everything your faith has taught, but you are constantly defeated in your effort to overcome your trials. Perhaps, for the first time in your life you are ready to surrender your life to Christ but you don’t know how. The Lord tells us, “In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee… behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (Isaiah 49:8, 2 Corinthians 6:2).

 

The Source of Salvation: Christ's Sacrifice

 

     God has accomplished our salvation with the peace and power that accompanies it through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Many people are uncertain about their role in the salvation process. They mistakenly assume that salvation is just believing that God exists. When asked about their assurance of going to heaven when they die, few will say with certainty that they are eternally secure. God, however, does not provide weak and uncertain power. Further, that is not the kind of power that will help us through trials and testing.  Even the New Testament Jews thought they had met the conditions for salvation, but Paul revealed their true condition. “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth” (Romans 10:1-4).

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