Jun. 14, 2014

We are Beloved Children in Whom Our Father is Well Pleased

We Are Valuable Because of the Prize Jesus Paid for Us

People in the world derive their self-worth from things such as their looks, their deeds, their age, their career, their money, and their influence in the world. But all these things are unstable and cannot give them a secure and unshakable sense of self-value and identity. 

When we have come to Christ, then we know that we are valuable to God because of the prize that Jesus paid for us. This is an unshakable foundation on which we can base our self-worth and identity.

 

Before Jesus Ever Performed any Miracles, the Father Approved of Him

Before Jesus ever did any miracles, the Father approved of Him and called Him “my beloved son.”

16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." 4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' "5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,' and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.' "(Matthew 3:16-17, 4:1-6)

So after Jesus was baptized and the Spirit of God came on Him, the Father approved of Jesus and said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 

So the Father said that He was pleased with Jesus before Jesus every performed any miracle. It is the same with us. Once we have become children of God through Jesus Christ, we need to know that the Father is already pleased with us, whether or not we will ever perform any miracles or do anything good. We need to know that the Father is pleased with us before we start our walk with the Lord.

But then we also see that the devil came along and straightaway challenged Jesus' identity. He tempted Jesus to perform miracles as a proof that He is the son of God. Notice also that the devil dropped the word ‘beloved.’ The devil will never remind you of God’s love for you. If he can get you to take your focus off the fact that God loves you, you become an easy target for him. But praise the Lord that Jesus didn’t fall for the temptation of the devil. Jesus understood that he didn’t need to do miracles to prove His identity. Neither do we. Jesus promised that miracles will follow us when we exercise authority in His name. But miracles don’t prove who we are in Christ. 

Miracles are an expression of God’s love. But they don’t prove who we are in Christ. We need to know that before we ever start to lay hands on the sick and exercise authority in Jesus name. We don’t perform miracles to prove who we are. Just as Jesus didn’t perform miracles to prove His identity. Jesus performed miracles out of His love for people. That’s all.

 

The Devil Will Try to Tempt Us in the Same Way as He Tempted Jesus

We need to understand that the devil will also try to pull the same trick on us as he did on Jesus. He will say to us, “If you were a real child of God, you would be doing this or that. You are not doing these things, so the Father is not so pleased with you.”

If we hear the devil talking like that in our own thoughts, we need to understand that this kind of thinking is from him. The truth is that we are crucified, buried and resurrected with Jesus. Now we are ‘in Christ.’ Now the Father says to us, “You are my beloved child in whom I am well pleased.” The more we focus on what God says about us, the more our faith will be quickened and we will be able to live in the manifestation of being a sons and daughters of God. The more we allow the devil to condemn us and speak bad to us,t he more we will be weakened and not be able to walk in our inheritance that belongs to us because of what Jesus Christ has done for us.

 

We are No Longer Condemned 

To be able to resist the devil, we need the word of God. That’s how Jesus did it. We also need to do it in the same manner. 

The devil wants us to forget what God has already said about us. Here is a scripture that we can use when the devil tries to attack our identity in Christ and make us feel unworthy and condemned.

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

We believe. So we saved. We are no longer condemned. We have everlasting life, which means union with God forever. This is the truth about us.

 

We are Beloved Children of God

Here is another scripture that we can use when the  devil tries to tempt us through our own thoughts and feelings.

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  (Romans 8:14-17)

We now have the Holy Spirit which is the spirit of sonship. Now the Holy Spirit testifies deep down to our spirit that we are children of God and heirs of God. So all of God’s inheritance belongs to us. Jesus has become our brother. Just as He is the heir, so are we heirs of everything that belongs to God. 

We are children of God and have been adopted into the family of God. God loves us dearly. Let this scripture fill your mind and all of the devil’s accusation will break off you. Praise the Lord!

 

Summary

Jesus was approved by the Father before He ever performed any miracles. The Father said to Jesus, “You are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” Straight away the devil came along to tempt Jesus’s identity. He wanted Jesu to prove his sonship by performing miracles. Jesus resisted the devil through the word of God.

Today, the devil tries to tempt believers in the same way. He tries to attack our identity in Christ. So he says to believers, “If you were really a believer you would do this and that.” We also need to resist the devil through the word of God. God says to us today that we are beloved children of God, not because of what we do or what we have done, or what we will ever do but because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross. We are valuable to God because of what Jesus paid for us. We are not like people of the world who base their self-value on their looks, behavior, possessions and other things of the world. If we are in Christ, we base our worth on what Jesus has paid for us on the cross. And the Holy Spirit in us testifies to our spirit that we are children of God. We can call God, Papa who loves us dearly all the time. Praise the Lord!