Week 2 // Planted: My Identity in Christ
Know: I have been crucified with Christ; and 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 up for me. Galatians 2:20
Ginger Harrington Talks About Having “IT” All Together
Consider: What is the first thing we get when we became part of the military – an ID card, right? This card has our picture and information, but it is not our true identity. If I am a Christian, Christ is the basis of my true identity however I am often tempted to follow my flesh rather than follow the Spirit.
Following my flesh means my focus is primarily on myself, rather than on God. As a result, I rely on my own natural resources, rather than God’s supernatural strength to cope with life. This can be especially tempting for very capable people (like many military folk). When life is going well, this subtle tendency to live independently of Christ can be harder to recognize – and thus weed out – than obvious sin. Because of this subtlety, we need to be alert and intentional about understanding and remembering who we are in Christ.
Be willing take your old life, your old habits and ways of thinking, and lay them down. These are the old, ingrained ways that we can’t fix, but we CAN surrender them. In Christ, we CAN take them off and let them go. Surrender your right to have it your way, to fix yourself, to get what you want, and to “prove yourself” as a means of finding identify and life. To walk freely in the Spirit, we have to trust that God alone is the source of our sufficiency.
To walk in the flesh is to be independent, to walk in the Spirit is to be God-dependent.
Reflect: Questions for Discussion & Journaling
1. What does it mean we have been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)?
2. In your own words, describe your understanding of the flesh vs. the Spirit.
3. When trying to solve a problem or meet a need, am I typically self-sufficient or God-dependent?
4. Is there an area of life I am afraid or unwilling to surrender to God?
5. Regarding my identity in Christ, what can I thank God for today?
Continue: Weekly Memory Verse & Daily Homework
Day 1: Using a Bible and journal or blank notebook, write out Galatians 2:20 and work on memorizing it. Write out a prayer asking God to make it’s truths a reality in your own life.
Day 2: What does Galatians 5:16-18 say about walking according to the Spirit? Make a list. Now meditate on that list, allowing the Holy Spirit will work the miracle of renewal in your heart and life as you think on His amazing promises moment by moment and rest in them.
Day 3: Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. In our struggles with identity, we question but God answers with the truth of who we are and what we’ve been given in Christ. We struggle when we rely on our flesh, trying to live out of our own resources. In Christ, we can choose to rely on who God says we are and live out of the resources of Christ in us. How can this verse encourage me?
Day 4: Are there weeds of self-sufficiency in my life? Read Galatians 6:8 and 1 John 1:9 and respond in humility and thanksgiving.
Day 5: Do I have what it takes? What do Ephesians 2:10 and 2 Peter 1:3 say? Respond it prayer.
Adapted from www.womansday.com (Accessed 3-5-15)
1 stick butter, softened 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cups hot water
1 teaspoon lemon oil 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking powder Paste (gel) food colors (purple, white, yellow)
1/4 teaspoon salt Cookie cutter(s) and 3 ziplock bags
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 large egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
1. In a large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar, peel, baking powder, salt and extract until smooth. Beat in egg. On low speed, beat in flour just until blended. Divide dough in half. Wrap and freeze 2 hours.
2. Heat oven to 350°F. Have baking sheets ready.
3. Roll out dough on floured surface and cut out desired shapes (we used fluted circles)
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown at edges. Transfer to wire racks to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.
5. Icing: Whisk confectioners’ sugar, water and corn syrup in a small bowl until smooth. For each color you plan to use (don’t forget white), tint with food color to de¬sired pastel shade in a separate bowl. Working with one color at a time, put icing into ziplock bag, cut off corner, and pipe onto cookie. Let dry about 20 minutes.
Tips & Techniques
Can be made up to 3 days ahead. Store in tightly co¬vered container with wax paper between layers.
Post a Comment: What are some practical ways we can be alert and intentional about understanding and remembering who we are in Christ? What does this look like on a daily basis?
Submitted by Ginger Harrington (www.GingerHarrington.com) & Andrea Plotner.