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Knowing and believing your completeness in Jesus Christ is vital. This knowledge provided in Colossians 2:10 (NKJV) is your identity in Christ. The verse specifically states that in Him, referring to Christ, you have been made complete. This is one of the many good news in the Bible that must be grasped wholeheartedly. It is the hope of the gospel, and we are encouraged not to shift away from it -Colossians 1:23.
You are complete in Christ not by your efforts but because all things hold together in Him Colossians 1:17; having the fullness of Deity in Him-Colossians 2:9. And all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom are hidden in Him- Colossians 2:3. This means in Christ, you are fulfilled. No more emptiness!
Jesus is more than sufficient
Just as today some Christians act as if Jesus Christ is not enough, so it was during the days of the early believers. There were some in Colossae who doubted the sufficiency of Christ, and therefore demanded rituals including circumcision, as necessary additions. In fact, their doubts led them to embrace some philosophies while strictly adhering to the traditions of men. Thus, they chose to follow the teachings of men instead of the teachings of Christ. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote that letter as a warning and also as a reminder of the fullness of Christ. He cautions us against allowing anyone to rob us of our adequacy in Christ.
Faith, Forgiveness, and Victory
To better appreciate our completeness in Christ, let’s explore three essential elements provided in Colossians chapter 2. The first element is found in verses 11-12. We learn that in Christ, our circumcision is not made with hands but made by Christ. This means circumcision is by faith in Christ alone. We know that the Old Testament ritual of physical circumcision is of no value unless one can obey the whole law perfectly. This is why Galatians 5:6 is emphatic that in Christ, faith expressing itself in love is more important. We are complete in Christ through faith in ChristJesus.
The second is found in verses 13-14. We were dead in sins until God made us alive in Christ by forgiving us of all our sins. We are therefore complete in Christ because we are alive in Christ and sin-free in Him. Verse 9 of Romans chapter 5 affirms this truth when it says that we are justified by the blood of Jesus. Praise God! It’s only Jesus Christ who can set you free from sin and also declare you debt-free. We are complete in Christ through the forgiveness of our sins.
The third element of our completeness in Christ is found in verse 15. “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him.” Through His death and resurrection, Jesus has gained victory over supernatural forces and evil agents working against you and me. We are winners because Jesus is a winner. We are therefore complete in Christ through victory over all evil powers and agents. What more can we ask for?
Dear Christian, it’s either Jesus did all the work, or He did nothing. It is not 95% of what Jesus did plus 5% of what you add to it. I choose to believe 100% that Jesus completed His assignment concerning my redemption, and that is why I am complete in Him. Jesus is all-sufficient.!
Enjoy your identity in Christ by accepting your completeness in Him. And remember, it is in Christ Jesus that you are complete. Therefore, remain in Him-Colossians 2:6-7.
You may be known all over the world or even have great riches but never allow that to define your identity. Dear Christian, your identity is in Christ Jesus. Knowing who you are in Christ is not selfish. It is not boasting and it is not pride. It is the confidence to stay focused on Christ -Hebrews 12:2 and to tell others about HIM. It makes you want to bring others on board so they can also enjoy a new identity in Christ.
So, if you ask me who I am in Christ? My answer is simple: I am everything God says that I am in His word. My identity in Christ helps me to reorient my priorities, purposes, and passions.
I am not just a child of God, I am a disciple of Christ. A disciple is a follower and a learner, adhering to the teachings of the one they follow. Applied to Jesus Christ, a disciple is someone who follows and learns from the teachings of the Messiah-Luke 6:40. In John 8:31, Jesus told the Jews who had believed in Him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.”
The Pharisees are bold to announce that they are the disciples of Moses-John 9:28. I will therefore not hide who I am. I am not a disciple of Moses, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. In John 12:26, Jesus says “anyone who serves Him must follow Him.“ We are to follow Jesus Christ and nobody.
I understand what is expected of a disciple in Matthew 28:18-20. I can go into all nations and make disciples by sharing the good news of salvation because I have been equipped in all dimensions- I have freedom in Christ-Galatians 5:1, I have been delivered from the power of darkness into the kingdom of Christ – Colossians 1:13, therefore, I am not under any curse or bondage. I have also been made righteous in Christ – 1 Corinthians 1:30 and I have been given the power to speak about Christ -Acts 1:8.
This is a continuation of the series “I KNOW WHO I AM IN CHRIST”.
I know who I am in Jesus Christ and so I am inspired to walk boldly in my identity. I am a child of God – John 1:12 and I belong to the family of God -Ephesians 2:19. My status is confirmed in 1 John 5:1 which states that everyone who believes that Jesus is Christ is born of God.
Dear reader, you’ve been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ- Ephesians 2:8-9. Hallelujah! My question to you is: do you know who you are in Christ? So important is your identity, you should not take it for granted. There is enormous comfort and security when we have the knowledge and an understanding of our identity in Christ.
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You are a new creation in Christ- 2 Cor 5:17. This means in Christ, you begin a fresh clean page of your life. The knowledge you have about your identity helps you to stand firm in every situation; good or bad, sweet or sour. We are able to enjoy our new life in Christ uninterrupted. It gives us the confidence to live in God’s will and to act in faith accordingly. The knowledge about your identity spares you the headache of being a crowd follower and a people pleaser.
As Christians, we are not just followers of Christ. We are in fellowship with Christ. Our identity is in Christ. The word of God says we are joined in one spirit with Christ-1 Corinthians 6:1. In Him, we are complete -Colossians 2:10, reconciled to God- 2 Corinthians 5:18, children of God-John 1:12 and many more.
Because Jesus knows who He is, we must also know who we are in Him. Staying ignorant will be denying yourself the rights and privileges you have in Christ. You become susceptible to deception and false doctrines.
Identity is of essence to Jesus that one day, He had a conversation with his disciples on the subject -Matthew 13.
He asked, “who do people say that I am?” The second question was more specific: “ who do you say that I am ?”
Jesus did not ask these questions because He had identity issues. Never! His identity is unquestionable. He is the beloved son of the living God. Satan and his demons know that too. Scripture records that demons cried “ You are the son of God” when they see Jesus -Luke 4:41. In spite of the knowledge, satan will still put the identity of Jesus to the test – Luke 4:1-13. Note that satan began two of the three temptations with the words, “If thou be the Son of God.” But Jesus would show through the scriptures that He did not need to perform, neither did He need to be popular nor possess all the riches of the kingdom of this world to prove his identity. Jesus Christ is the son of God and that is it.
Dear Christian, knowing your true identity in Christ is one of the greatest defenses you can have against temptation. It is your best weapon against agents whose activities are mainly directed at causing you to doubt who you are.
So, let’s stay informed about our identity in Christ through this new series I’ve titled “ I know who I am in Christ Jesus”. Through the word of God and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will affirm our identity in Christ Jesus as we enjoy our lives in Him and walk in that truth.
“that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,”-1 Peter 1:7
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Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6 tells us, that without faith it is impossible to please God.
“But without faith, it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.”-Hebrews 11:6
Faith is an essential element in our new life in Christ. I call faith the heartbeat of a Christian. Our relationship with God through Jesus Christ relies hugely on faith. Faith in God is the difference between those who believe in the existence and power of God and those who do not. Faith in Jesus Christ is also the difference between those who are saved and those who have not been saved.
Faith produces righteousness
Salvation is by Grace through faith-Ephesians 2:8-9. We receive eternal life through faith-John 3:16. We are justified and made righteous through faith-Romans 3:22, 10:10 and we can continue to live in righteousness through faith-Romans 1:16-17. We also receive the Holy Spirit and all His gifts by faith-Galatians 3:2. Faith in God makes us world overcomers-1 John 5:4. Faith is the key you need to access everything God has in store for you.
As important as faith is, it is often overlooked by many Christians. God says you just can’t please Him if you don’t have faith. And Romans 14:23 says “Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”
Both verses serve a strong caution. God is never pleased with the so-called right things that you do when you do them without faith. That should tell you how valuable faith is. Faith is more precious than gold in 1 Peter 1:7. It is a treasure worth keeping and defending.
What is faith?
Let’s look at one of the definitions of faith by the Oxford Languages dictionary. – “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.”
This definition is an indication that people can have faith or trust in anything -living and non-living things, objects, and structures. People all over the world embrace some kind of belief.
Let’s now look at how faith has been defined in the Bible -“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. ” Hebrews 11:1-2
Faith as defined in Hebrews 11:1 is not the faith you have in anybody or in anything. It is not just any kind of belief. It’s faith in God. It’s faith that originates from God and is made available through His word -Romans 10:17. It is faith that draws a sinner to God. It is faith that identifies a particular group of people who are called “children of God”. Hebrews 12:2 reveals Jesus Christ as the author and founder of our faith.
Verse 2 of Hebrews 11 says by this faith-faith in God, some people of old, obtained a good report. The rest of Hebrews chapter 11 profiles each elders’ act or acts of faith in God that earned them the good report.
Now let’s take a closer look at Hebrews 11:1 The first part says faith is a substance. It’s not abstract and it is not immaterial. The substance has to do with matter and tangible presence. Matter is anything that has weight and occupies space. Therefore, faith is believing in reality even if you don’t see or feel it.
The second part says faith is evidence of things not seen. It is the certainty that because what we believe is real, they exist; they just aren’t seen. And that is why you can have hope in them. And by the way, hope that is seen is no longer hope according to Romans 8:24-25. Therefore, faith is the evidence of things that are real even if you do not see or feel them. Faith as defined in Hebrews chapter 11 is belief and absolute confidence in the existing God. God is real, He just can’t be seen.
Faith is trust that produces obedience. You don’t see God, but you believe and trust in Him and therefore you obey Him. That is the import of the story of Abraham when he was willing and therefore prepared to offer Isaac as a sacrifice in obedience to God-Hebrews 11:17-19
Faith, not doubt
Faith can be limited by the physical senses-what we see, hear, taste, smell or feel. One of the disciples of Jesus, Thomas, wanted to “see to believe” when he was informed of the resurrection of Jesus. Later Jesus would appear to the disciples and tell Thomas “ Blessed are those who have not seen but yet have believed “-John 20:29. What we see is no longer faith.
Relying on the physical senses produces doubt. And anything that comes out of doubt does not please God. This is why a Christian must walk by faith and not by sight -2 Corinthians 5:7. God demonstrated that faith goes beyond sight when Romans 4:17 says, “God … called those things which be not as though they were.” Creation was made possible out of invisible things-Hebrews 11:3. Hallelujah!
So valuable is faith, that Christians are encouraged to “fight” or contend for their faith-Jude 1:3. Jude was advising the early believers to guard their faith against ungodly people and that piece of advice is for you and me.
John 1 verses 1 and 2 confirm the word is God. It is the word that produces our faith, and it is by faith that we believe the word. Let’s keep our faith by keeping the word of God. And remember that your good report will be written based on your faith in God and nothing else.
“Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)” –Psalm 150:6 (AMP)
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Let’s do a little bit of journalism today as I share with you, what I learned in school years ago. It’s known as the Five Ws and H. The Five Ws and H constitute a formula for getting the complete or full story. Answers to the questions: WHAT, WHO, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, and HOW, are considered basic and necessary in information gathering. Every student journalist is familiar with this formula. It will help you to write a catchy lead in a story.
I could use so many scriptures in the Bible to explain why you must praise God, but I chose Psalm 150 because I discovered that the 6-verse chapter goes beyond answering the question of why. Psalm 150 answers all 5 Ws and even the H. I believe this Psalm, titled “ A Psalm of Praise” will spark a new desire in us to praise God always with a better understanding.
A Psalm of Praise.
150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty heavens.
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to [the abundance of] His greatness.
3 Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. 4 Praise Him with tambourine and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flute.
5 Praise Him with resounding cymbals; Praise Him with loud cymbals.-
6 Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)- Psalm 150:1-6 (AMP)
Now let’s see how the formula works. The whole chapter of Psalm 150 from verses 1 to 6 answers the question WHAT. What is the Scripture talking about? Praise, specifically praise for God. The 6- verse chapter has praise mentioned 13 times including praise God, praise the Lord, and praise Him.
Verses 1 and 6 answers the question WHO. Who should be praised? The answer is God. Who should praise God? Everything that has breath. If you are breathing, then you are to praise God. That goes beyond human beings to include every living creature on the face of the earth.
WHERE should we praise God? Everywhere. We are to praise God in His sanctuary and in His mighty heavens according to verse 1. As a believer in Jesus Christ, God dwells in you therefore wherever you are, you can praise God. We don’t have to wait to get to the building called “church”. We don’t have to wait for conferences. We can praise God in the garden, garage, or even in the kitchen. I think I do a lot of praises when I’m taking a shower.
WHEN should we praise God? Anytime and every time. Verse 6 specifically calls on everything that has breath to praise the Lord. To have breath is to be alive. Therefore, every second, minute, and hour that you are alive, is a good time to praise God. The dead cannot praise. No! there is no breath in them. It’s only the living who can. Let’s praise God as long as we can breathe.
Let’s now answer WHY? Why should I praise God? Verse 2 teaches us to praise God for his acts of power and for His surpassing greatness. Some people think that praise must be a response to what happens. If good things happen to them, they will automatically praise God but if bad things happen, there will be no place for praise. That is not what the word of God teaches us. The focus of praise here is God not us. That means praising God in every circumstance. Praise God when emotions have been affected. Praise God when in trouble. In prison, Paul and Silas sang praises unto God-Acts 16:25 (KJV) and when they were thrown into the fire, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego with one voice praised and glorified God-Daniel 3:51
With all five Ws answered, let’s look at the only H which is HOW. How should one praise God? The answer is in verses 3 to 5. We are to praise God with every instrument that can give a good sound- trumpets, harp, tambourines, drums, clapping, and dancing. Yes! praise God through dance. Bible says David danced before the Lord with all his might -2 Samuel 6:14
I can confidently write that Psalm 150 is a complete journalistic report on praising God. Hallelujah! It qualifies for a headline. Symbolically, it is also the last psalm.
Praise is an expression of gratitude and respect towards God usually in songs. It’s a powerful way to rejoice in the Lord. It’s a great tool to help us encounter any negative vibe. I believe when we allow praises to abound, problems will become afterthoughts.
God is no longer requiring any sacrifice for sin because of Jesus Christ. But you can continually give to God, the “sacrifice of praise” -Hebrews 13:15 David said the praise of God will continually be in his mouth-Psalm 34:1 You should praise God, believing in your heart that God indeed inhabits the praises of His people -Psalm 22:3 (KJV)
So, don’t wait till you get to heaven, praise God now!
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, -2 Timothy 3:1-2 (NKJV) (Emphasis mine)
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Scripture says in the last days, perilous times will come and that will produce in men certain ungodly traits which include being ungrateful. Perilous connotes trouble, difficulty, risky, dangerous, or stressful situations. The havoc and uncertainties of covid-19 have caused a lot of fear and stress.
Because men will be lovers of themselves, they will find it difficult to say, “thank you”. They will appreciate nothing. Selfishness will always get in the way of acknowledging God.
To be thankful is to be grateful or to be appreciative.
The Bible, our manual for living, is loaded with verses that command us to be thankful always. But one may ask; “ why should I be thankful?” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 answers this question.
“ in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”-1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)
Giving thanks, not in some things or in a few things but in Everything is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Ephesians 5:17 admonishes us to understand the will of God. But we often make God’s will for our life to be some big, mystical plan that we’re constantly in search for, when that will, has been provided in His word for us. All that is required of us is to obey.
What should we be thankful for?
Thankfulness is usually in response to a gift or a good act. But for the believer in Christ Jesus, thankfulness should not be limited to only gifts and good acts. We are to be grateful in all things; good or bad. That sounds impossible to do in bad circumstances. God is not asking us to pretend but to trust Him in the most difficult situations because all things work together for good -Romans 8:28. Giving thanks in all things is therefore a demonstration of faith or trust in God at all times. Thankfulness must become a lifestyle, not a duty or an obligation.
We have to be grateful to God for all things – everything that pertains to life, godliness, and precious promises – 2 Peter1 :3-4. The more we know God, the more we will appreciate Him. When we become aware of the good things He has given us, the more thankful we will be. And as we reflect on the goodies, let’s not forget our greatest gift from God, Jesus Christ, and our salvation through Him. In Colossians 1:12, Apostle Paul admonishes the believers to give “joyful thanks” to God for their salvation.
Be grateful to God for your life and for every ability. Learn to appreciate those little things and moments in your life. And let’s not forget to give thanks to those around us—our spouses, children, relatives, friends, co-workers, and many others who help us in different ways.
Allowing the worries and rush of life to overwhelm you is a pathway to ingratitude. You focus so much on your needs and wants that you fail to see the abundance that is present. And instead of thanking God for carrying you through that trouble, you’ve rather allowed that problem to steal your joy away leaving you to complain and be resentful.
Aside from personal issues getting in the way of gratitude, the world through various mediums has created an environment of fear. We are greeted with bad news and grim predictions that affect our emotions and general perspectives. We become anxious.
But that is not how God wants us to live according to Philippians 4:6
“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.”–Philippians 4:6 (AMP)
We are commanded never to be anxious. Rather, to give thanks in prayer, while making known our requests to God who is our provider. To be anxious is to worry. To worry is to allow your mind to dwell on the difficulties and troubles and that can even affect your health. Today, make a choice to see the good in the bad.
You can do this by allowing the peace of God to guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus -Philippians 4:7
In some countries including the USA, a day has been set aside purposely to give thanks known as “Thanksgiving Day“. It is observed once a year. For a Christian however, every day is a Thanksgiving Day, because we are to “give thanks always and for everything ” – Ephesians 5:20.
”And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; ….”-Ephesians 6:17
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I want to draw our attention to the importance of the word of God in our faith life. The word of God is God -John 1:1. It is the source of our faith –“ So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”– Romans 10:17.
The process of salvation begins when you hear the word of God. The word then produces faith in you. The faith you have is used to accept the grace of salvation. Without faith, you cannot be saved because salvation is not by grace only. “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith”-Ephesians 2:8-9. You became born- again through the word of God. -1 Peter 1:23
Your new life in Christ ( your faith life ) must continually be sustained with the word of God. This means the word of God must be in you. Everything you need to discover about yourself is in the word of God. It contains all the promises God has for you. The word is one of the means through which God speaks to you. Jesus says “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you”-John 15:7. In First Peter 2:2, the word of God is the milk you need for your growth in Christ. The word of God is the lamp that will guide your feet and the light that will brighten your path -Psalm 119:105. It is profitable for every area of your life-2 Timothy 3:16-17.
We discover in Ephesians chapter 6 that the word of God is the sword of the Holy Spirit. It is the sixth piece of armor that Paul talks about as he details the full armor of God. Paul admonishes Christians to put on the whole armor of God, so we can stand against the wiles of the devil- Ephesians 6:11. Take note that it is the schemes, strategies, and deceits of the devil that you need to fight against with your full armor. All the weapons mentioned are undoubtedly vital for defense. The sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, is the only weapon that is both defensive and offensive. It is sharper than any double-edged sword – Hebrews 4:12. It is the word that endures forever -1 Peter 1:25
Jesus Christ used the same weapon, the word of God, to dismiss the devil in Matthew chapter 4. Jesus thus demonstrated how valuable it is to be well-grounded in the Word of God.
Shouting and screaming “fire” at an all-night service, or an early morning prayer session without any knowledge about the word of God will not help you. It is the right knowledge and application of the word of God that will let satan walk away. He may leave to return at another time just as he did to Jesus Christ in Luke 4:13, but as long as you are abiding in the word and the word is abiding in you, you will not fall prey to any of his schemes.
Never replace the word of God with anything else. It is the ultimate tool you need to survive all the potholes, dark and slippery places in this troubling world. The Bible which is the word of God is still the best book to read.
Don’t keep a sword without having any knowledge about its worth and usage. Master the art of using it. This is why Jesus Christ has given us another teacher in the person of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ values teaching and learning. He was a teacher during His ministry here on earth. And He wants us to learn from the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Depend on the Holy Spirit and He will lead you into all truth as you meditate on the word of God-the sword you need with you always.
Patrick Quainoo Global Ministries, PQGM, has presented a mix of reading and coloring books to children at the Volta Home Orphanage in Ghana, West Africa.
This is to encourage good reading habits in the children. Other items donated to the orphanage included toiletries and hand sanitizers.
The gesture falls under the ministry’s Love Mission initiative, which takes care of widows, orphans, and disaster victims across the world . Below are some pictures.
The occasion also marked the joint birthday celebration of Pastor Patrick and Joyce Quainoo. The delegation from PQGM treated the children to some food and soft drinks. They also prayed for the children.