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Each of us born again has an independent standing with God. We present ourselves individually to Him and give our service to Him as priests of God. None of the other Christians even if related by blood or marriage will represent us in front of God. We individually have been given a ministry to fulfill: ministering to God and ministering God to people. Although we do not have to always be in front of people we are in front of God 24/7. What a privilege it is to be given such a place in Christ to be able to minister to God! We are free to worship Him as much as we want. We do not have a pharaoh in our lives who is holding us back, in fact no one can hold us back from worshiping. We are free to present ourselves as the living sacrifice, free to give Him thanks in all circumstances, free to obey Him in truth. NO situation or people can hinder us from ministering to God. This is the freedom that Christ made us step into by laying His life down. We are created to be worshipers of God and Jesus restored us back to that place. Now we are freely set apart for Him alone. Nothing can hold us back unless we purposefully let things hold us. It really is now our choice whether we want to worship Him or not.

Friends, be encouraged with this that you as a believer have a ministry you have been given by Jesus and till you fulfill it you wouldn’t be content with your living. The truth over your life is that you have been made to worship God. Seek Him with all your heart and fulfill your ministry in Him by the Spirit.

We Christ followers can be victorious in every situation simply because Christ Jesus has overcome this world. This means no matter what the situation is we now have a perspective to live from because Jesus made that possible. Let us imagine if Jesus had not come or if God had not initiated the promise of sending His Son ever since the fall of Adam happened. We would never have had the knowledge of God’s desire to restore us back to Himself. We would have also never had a bigger view which far exceeds above the present circumstances we find ourselves in. Now because Jesus came we have this bigger perspective and fullness of hope that that present situation is not the Lord over our lives and we press on for the faith of the gospel knowing that we are one with God always. The bible says that the faith is our victory in this life. Therefore, we have no worry or need to be anxious. We have His peace that passes all understanding when our minds are continually stayed on Him. His faithfulness towards us is our lifeline. Such a good God never left us to ourselves when fall of Adam took place and did not change His mind due to man’s continual unfaithfulness and disobedience. He kept displaying His goodness that is able to move our hearts to repent and turn to Him. Is it not also a victory that we are now one with God in the spirit? Is it not a victory that Jesus’ blood speaks better things on our behalf although the enemy brings legitimate accusations against us? Is it not a victory that we now have no dominion of sin over us and have been freed from sin? Beloved friend, you are above your present situations in life , you are victorious in Christ. We encourage you to draw close to Spirit of counsel and let Him lead you on what victory looks like for you where you find yourself. Nobody can give you that secret place of communion with Holy Spirit, it is something a believer individually has to step into.We encourage you today with this video,a sermon preached by Dr. Vincent G. Artese titled “Be Strong and of Good Courage” :

Whatever we do in Christ will resound for eternity. Eternity is time independent. How we live here will determine the legacy that will get attached to our name. If Jesus had not gone to the extent that He did to buy back our opportunity to live in Him and be children of God we would have been lost forever. But because of what He did we now can be those that believed and hence live a life of faith in God which will leave a legacy to remembered for eternity which will keep lifting Father’s holy name.

Friend, do you not wish that your life speaks of how everything you did and how you moved in life all pointed to how awesome God is? Isn’t that a better legacy than living this life that shows you lived for you? The truth is very simple, we were never made to live for ourselves. We were created by God for His purposes to live and flow as one with Him. When this was the original state then having lived in this world has truly corrupted us from this truth. This is the exact reason Jesus came so that He can reconcile us with our Father, put us in that flow of life where all we know is Him and Holy Spirit in us reveals how the truth looks like. Beloved, when we understand that we were made for a greater reason what good will it be to hold onto a life full of self? This legacy in Christ can only be unleashed being one with Him, receiving His work for us, walking contrary to what the world has taught us and instead in the truth.

Each one of our lives is a painting of God and we are the paintbrush that can be picked up by Him so He can paint His masterpiece. But if we do not give ourselves to Him so that He can paint then how can He have paintings He can hang that will be displayed for eternity.Father God cherishes our lives in Him. Beloved, think about the legacy you want to leave in Christ. The fact is that what He wants to paint is only in Him and can be revealed in the place of intimacy with Him. If for whatever you are not in that place of intimacy, go to Him in that secret place and ask Him to help you surrender as a state of being and not a seasonal affair. When surrender to Him becomes a daily living with Him then surrender and later forget lifestyle will disappear. Let Holy Spirit help you draw closer to Him! Your legacy is IN Christ!

Enjoy this song as you pray:

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