Monthly Archives: January 2015

Who I Am (Ephesians 1:1-14)

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In Ephesians 1:1-14 the preposition “in” is used over a dozen times, most of them connected to Christ. Paul repeats the phrases “In Christ,” “In Him,” “In the One he loves,” throughout the chapter. In doing so he wants to remind the Ephesian Church of who they are in Christ in order to strengthen and build them up.

At times I feel my own inadequacies, my failures, my shortcomings, and consequently, develop the wrong mental picture of who I am. I believe the enemy wants to make us forget about who we are in Christ so that he can steal the joy, confidence, hope overall blessing that Christ offers us when we understand our position of being “in Him.” A few weeks ago the accuser, satan, was again attempting to convince me to believe things about myself that were depressing, defeating and debilitating. After a several weeks of this battle, I had an Ephesians 1 moment and quickly wrote down how the Bible defined me as a person who is in Christ. This is what I came up with:

I am adopted, I am redeemed, I am loved, I am forgiven, I have been died for, I have been sung over, I have been given a calling to lead God’s people, I have a future that belongs to God, I am a new creation, I am being perfected, I am made complete in Him, I am free from oppression of sin, I am living forever, I am holy, I am a temple of the holy spirit, I have the mind of Christ, I am more than a conqueror, I have the peace that passes understanding, it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, I can resist the fiery darts of the devil, I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength, I am God’s workmanship, I am an overcomer by the blood of the lamb, I am delivered from the power of darkness, I am healed by the stripes of Jesus, I have hope, I eat the bread of life and drink from the well of living water, the yoke I carry is not burdensome, I am in God’s hands, His care, His protection, His love, His favor, I wear His armor, I bear His fruit, I have my name written in his book, I have more than I throne……I have the incomparable riches in Christ Jesus!!!

I recognize that this list is far from complete. Yet so often we define ourselves, let others define us, and believe the definition of how Satan tries to define us. These definitions are inadequate or even false. When we are “in Christ” God has already perfectly defined who we are…end of story!!! We need to start believing it. We need to take ownership of who God says we are in Christ Jesus. Until we do, we will always live under the cloud of doubt and inadequacy. You are in Christ. Start believing who He says you are!


Purity

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Purity, a simple single word that means so much and a word that I have thought of over & over in the last weeks in preparation for the purity for life weekend. I have noticed that we often apply purity to all types of different things in our lives. From diamonds to gasoline purity is advertised and made known to everyone who is in ear shot of an ad or commercial. While the desire for purity in many parts of our lives is there, society tends to forget and even mock the need for sexual purity but I don’t think it starts with the physical. I know that purity starts with the heart. Whether we seek purity in our speech, thoughts, or sexually. I believe that true purity is only possible through The Lord.

As my amazing wife and I discuss purity, it has becoming increasingly apparent that it is obtained through obedience to the Lord. An obedience to God that calls us to refrain and separate our selves from the world “Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord” (2 Corinthians 6:17). The obedience that God desires from us is one that will bring purity in all aspects of our lives, making things like sexual purity just another part of our desire to show love to our amazing God by keeping his commands in our lives“If you love me, keep my commands. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭15‬ NIV)

Pastor Chris Littlecreek


Don’t Settle for Defeat before You Get Started

I was recently having a conversation with my Pappy. As we were talking about the talents that people have, I was surprised to hear something so profound, and yet so simple: “Bryan, people don’t know they have talents, because they’re too lazy to start trying.” In that moment of silent surprise, I realized the extent to which we are missing out on our full potential; we don’t try and are therefore defeated before we even start!

As we begin this new year, my challenge is that you would realize the potential that you have in Christ and live up to it. Consider Paul’s encouragement to Timothy: “Keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry…[For] I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:5, 7) As Paul was finishing up his ministry (and life), his encouragement to Timothy was for steadfastness. Timothy already knew what God’s calling was upon his life, but he needed the reminder to hold true to that precious calling.

In a world that challenges us to be lazy and undisciplined, I say, “Swim upstream!” There is no one that can hold you back from your calling in Christ Jesus, except for you. Christ has already promised that there will be hard times for his followers, but you can also rest assured in the peace of his comforting words: “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)

When you set your course for 2015, make sure it is pointed directly toward Christ. He will enable you to fulfill your God-ordained purpose in life and he will bring you in close to the Father. Let’s not settle for defeat before we get started. Rather, let us fight the good fight and bring glory to our God, who is worthy of more praise than we could ever consider or imagine. Run your race this year and finish strong!