Being Renewed In Jesus Christ is Enough

This is a guest post from Joshua Reid.


Jesus Christ is enough. Spending time with Him, through praise and worship, reading the Bible, prayer and listening leads to being renewed.

A.W. Tozer once said, “It is simply not enough to know about God. We must know God in increasing levels of intimacy that lifts us up above all reason and into the world of adoration and praise and worship.” We must be renewed in Him.

What does it mean to be renewed in Christ?

Throughout the New Testament, we see not only Jesus Christ but also the Apostles and even Paul himself speak on this topic.

Colossians 3:9-10 (NKJV) says, “9. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10. And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…”

As Christians, we are called to let our old sinful flesh die and become a new creation in Christ but it’s not easy. When we first begin our walk with God, it can become easy for us to indulge in the desires of our flesh but here’s the thing:

As we grow in our walk with God, renewing our hearts and minds should be paramount.

One story in the Bible that talks about being renewed in Christ is the story of Paul and how he went from killer of the Christians to becoming one of its most prominent speakers of the Gospel.

Through Paul’s life, we see the power of God and how He renews us and restores us, particularly when we feel that we are pursuing God’s calling for our lives and He corrects our misconceptions.

Through examining Paul’s life and how he went from a murderer of the followers of Jesus to one of Christ’s Apostles, there are several lessons we can learn about what it means to have renewal in Jesus Christ.

1). God will show us a different perspective on who He is

Acts 9:5-6 (NKJV) says, “5. And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads. 6. So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord, what do You want me to do?’ Then the Lord said to him ‘Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’”

In this passage of Scripture, we see how God is already beginning to correct Saul’s misconception of who He is. To Saul, those that followed Jesus were straying from the faith of their families and following a heretical teaching.

Later within the chapter, Saul’s sight restores to him through the disciple Ananias. When his sight restores, the first thing Saul did was get baptized. Then he spent time with the disciples in Damascus.

“Changing a person’s reality comes from changing a person’s mentality.”

Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) says, “16. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”

2). Through faith, Christ lives within us.

Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) says, “20. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

This year, make it a compulsory action to win more souls to the kingdom of God. Also try as much as possible to do God’s will, in as much we live in a troubled and tempting world. We are different.

If you haven’t given your life to Christ and you reading this, I welcome you into the family of Jesus our Saviour. Accept Him as your Lord and Saviour.

When you believe that the blood that Jesus shed on the cross was for you, you then receive the life of Jesus in you. You are now born-again.

A new level of Monday Motivation.

Your Greatest Success In Life

This is a quick break down:

  • Your greatest success in life is the easiest success you can ever have.
  • It comes by making the greatest decision of life: which is choosing to spend eternity with God in heaven.
  • This success is impossible by your efforts (can never come by your good works).
  • It’s very easy because “God has cancelled your ticket to help. Hell is no more your destination”
  • Life outside Christ is full of crisis.
  • Life Moves Pretty Fast. If You Don’t Stop And Look Around Once In A While, You Could Miss It.

    “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”(Matthew 5:16).

    As Christians, we often talk about living our lives in such a way that others see God’s light shining through us. It’s the idea that actions speak louder than words. While the bible obviously conveys this principle in verses such as Matthew 5:16, it’s always a blessing to see it in action. We get to see this principle at work when we look at someone and just see life radiating from them. It is not really about what they are doing or saying, but about how they are going about it. It’s always an amazing site when you see life sparked by a revelation of Christ’s love just pouring out of someone. It is impossible to miss.

    Recently, I made a new friend that has really challenged me in this regard. He has challenged me in a very beneficial, life giving way and doesn’t even know it. At first, this guy sort of took me by surprise. I almost missed it. I mistook his energy and enthusiasm as an attempt to gain attention and notoriety from others. Quite frankly, that pushed me away at first. However, when I really took the time to observe, and watch his interaction with others, I realized that he was truly just radiating with the Holy Spirit. It is absolutely contageous when someone is going through life that way. This is especially noticable in people who have just given their life to Christ. You can just look in their eyes and see that there is something different, something supernatural going on. It attracts people like a magnet.

    Now here is the challenging part. In the above paragraph I said, “I almost missed it.” That is a pretty scary statement. The transformational, revitalizing love of God was pouring out of someone right next to me and I almost didn’t recognize it. Why is that? It’s because the things of God were becoming common place and habitual in my life, and God used this man to fan the flame inside of me. God used this man to remind me that walking with Him is not about religious practice or doctrine, or even about filling up our schedule with minstry related activities. Walking with God is about the life changing power of love that pours out of us and onto others when we are walking closely with Him.

    Unfortunately, we are all susceptible to this as human beings. We are creatures of habit. We can get so comfortable and set in our ways, and this includes our walk with God, that we resist anything that might disrupt the comfortable, familiar world we have created. This is exactly why the Pharisees and Saducees, who claimed to understand God better than anyone else in their day, didn’t even recognize the Son of God walking right in front of their faces. They were clinging too tightly to the familiarity of the traditions they had created.

    The infamous Ferris Bueller said it very well, although he said it for very different reasons. In this excellent 1986 film, the main character sums of the movie with the line, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” True life only comes from the giver of life, and He is constantly beckoning us to embrace it. If we don’t stop and allow Him to interupt our habitual routines, we could miss His voice speaking life directly into our ears. Stop and look around today. Allow yourself to be motivated by His love.

    The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. – John 6:63

    “Who am I?” Three Answers That Can Change Your Life


    The question, “Who am I?” is one that I have struggled with for an extremely long time. I believe that most of us have struggled with this same question at one point or another in our lifetime. Living in a world that teaches us the opposite of what our heart should already know makes it especially heart to know the answer to this question.

    In today’s society, beauty is valued above wisdom, to be known as “hot” is better than to be known as a “beautiful person” inside and out.

    You are told to be unique but once you finally are, others torment you for not being a part of the worldly “mold”. For many years, I fell into that trap, believing that my identity was my appearance or how others thought of me was the way I would be identified. When I would have a friendship breakup or perform poorly at a job, there was an internal struggle that would have never seemed to end. Until the day I found my true identity in Jesus Christ.

    Yeah, okay bro. I hear this all the time, but what does that even mean or have to do with answering “Who am I?”

    Let me show you.

    Let’s look at the very first book of the Bible, Genesis. In the beginning, God created everything; I mean everything! He spoke the sun and stars into existence. He spoke the earth and the Heavens into life! However, when God created man, He made him with His own hands.

    • Think the stars are incredible?
    • Think the ocean is amazing?

    He spoke both into existence, but with you, my friend, God created you and I with His bare hands; and to add more to it, in His own image!

    “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27

    We weren’t thrown together like a last-minute school project. God created an amazing environment because He valued our lives so much. He created this entire universe, only to give you Heaven on Earth.

    “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14

    Who am I?

    1. Identity in Christ: Fearfully and wonderfully made in the Image of the Great I AM.

    In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul states “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” When I accepted Christ into my life, I was made new. I was made whole. Jesus Christ took away all the sins of, not only my past, but also my present, and my future. If you accept Jesus, He can do the same for you.

    2. Identity in Christ: I am a new creation in Christ, perfected in the eyes of God.

    Jesus is the healer. From the Old Testament to the covenant of the New Testament, God has given us a Savior to renew our hearts, minds, and souls. To give us everlasting life, to take us out of servitude into the lives of Heirs to the Kingdom of God. James 2:5 “Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love Him?”

    3. Identity in Christ: I am an heir to the kingdom of the most High God!

    As I turned to my new identity, I realized that, unlike the cares and pleasures of this world, my identity in Christ is everlasting. These 3 identities I listed are just a few grains of sand on God’s beach compared to all that God has in store for each and every one of us. God has even more for us, as revealed through His Word, than we could imagine!

    I want you to read this declaration below as you go on to conquer today and realize your question no longer is “who am I?”, but a declaration of freedom knowing “who I am!”

    Declaration of Freedom

    My name is (Your name) and from this day forward, I will declare “who I am” instead of asking “who am I”. For I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. I am a new creation in Jesus Christ and perfected in the eyes of my Heavenly Father. I am an heir to the kingdom of God. The Bible says I am a friend of God (John 15:15). I am a warrior in God’s army fighting daily for the people around me. I am a Godly (man or woman) on the road to self-discovery in Christ, a road that will continue throughout my entire lifetime with many more identities given to me by my Almighty God! In Jesus name I declare – Amen!

    Credit: Kristy Simpson

    How Can I Come Back to God After Backsliding?

    Life as a Christian can be quite an adventure. It is like the amazing journey that Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee went on in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

    You may progress from hiking along a treacherous mountain trail, to braving a fierce storm, to battling the enemy, to sailing on a placid lake or strolling through a pleasant field.

    There are ups, downs, and unexpected turns. Though you may go back along a trail you have been traveling, the one thing you don’t want in your Christian walk is to go backwards spiritually.

    Backsliding refers to going backwards spiritually and morally. When a believer backslides, he falls back in some way into a less desirable condition. His lapse may be a relatively minor one and unintentional. He may simply fall back through neglect by not praying, reading the Bible, and keeping his focus on living for God.

    On the other hand, a believer may backslide by deliberately choosing to indulge in this life’s sinful pleasures. This type of backsliding can carry disastrous consequences. It can bring dishonor to the One who laid down His life for us, Jesus Christ. It can also sadden and bring grief to the lives of loved ones. Of course, backsliding can bring turmoil into the believer’s own life. He may be plagued by guilt or even a feeling of despair or condemnation.

    But there is good news for the backslider! God does not condemn him. God’s loving concern for the backslider is steadfast and sure. The Lord calls that person back to Himself through the work of the Holy Spirit. We can see this clearly in the parable of the prodigal son. In the parable, the father saw his son returning while he was still far off. But the father did not lock the doors or demand that his son leave. Instead, the father welcomed his return.

    But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. ( Luke 15:20 )

    Then the son confessed to his father:
    Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son. (v. 21)

    The father’s relief and joy at seeing his son was so great that he did not even reprove him or rebuke him. Instead, the father instructed his slaves:

    Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found. (vv. 22-24)

    The father showed that the son’s return was not a time for condemnation, but for celebration.

    And they began to celebrate. (v. 24)
    If you are backslidden.

    Like the parable of the prodigal son, know that the Heavenly Father truly cares about you and wants you to return. He does not post an angelic guard to keep out your prayers and your heart’s cry. When the Lord hears you calling out to Him, He will respond positively to you.
    Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. ( James 4:8)

    Do not let anything hold you back from God and His forgiveness and grace. Don’t let the pleasures of sin deceive you. In time, sin will bring you pain. Also, do not let doubt or guilt hold you back, for He promises you:

    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ( 1 John 1:9 )

    The Lord’s mercies are new every morning, but do not assume that you are promised tomorrow. Pray to the Lord now.

    After you have called upon the Lord and asked for His forgiveness, believe His promise to forgive you. He will surely cleanse you of your sins and restore you to fellowship with Him. Let His Spirit touch your heart and bring healing to your soul.

    If you hurt people while you were backslidden, then ask them for forgiveness. Do what you can to repair any damage you may have caused in other people’s lives. Seek healing and reconciliation of broken or injured relationships.

    Learn from the mistakes you made that led to backsliding, and determine to not repeat those mistakes. Ask the Lord for wisdom in how to live faithfully as an overcomer.

    If someone you know is backslidden.
    It can be disappointing or even heartbreaking when someone close to you backslides. But be encouraged and do not give up on him or her.

    First, intercede for the one you are concerned about. Bind the work of the enemy in that person’s life. Be faithful to pray for him every day.

    Ask the Lord if you are to say something to the person, and if so, what you should say and how you should say it. Always keep a loving and humble attitude toward the backslidden person. You don’t want to push him farther away.

    Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. ( Galatians 6:1 )
    There may be a time for tough love, but make sure that you are being led by the Lord and that you are not reacting out of your hurt, frustration, or anger.

    How to keep yourself from backsliding.
    Pay close attention to matters of the heart. The Christian life is about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Avoid focusing primarily on a list of dos and don’ts. Stay close to the Lord throughout each day. Keep your heart and mind upon the kingdom of God.

    Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. ( Prov. 4:23 , NIV)
    Beware of the enemy’s schemes. Flee from situations that tempt you. Rebuke Satan when he attacks you. Have a trusted prayer partner that you can share your personal struggles with.

    Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. ( 2 Timothy 2:22 )

    Finally, let the Holy Spirit lead you, fill you, encourage you, and empower you as you go through the day.

    If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. ( Galatians 5:25 )

    Source: cbn.com