As we learned last week, there are two kingdoms in the spiritual realm: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the devil, and these are at war with one another.
Years ago, the former owner of the San Diego Padres gave Miles tickets to his box at the stadium. Having these tickets in hand revealed to Miles information he hadn’t known and new privileges, such as traveling through secret doors, sitting behind home plate, ordering food directly from his seat, and walking through a special, unseen buffet. Now, he wanted to know all the privileges that holding those tickets would allow so that he could fully enjoy the experience of having them.
You must fight your battles based on who God - not the devil, your mother, your critics, or society says you are.
Similarly, if you are going to be a kingdom warrior who fights for the powerful impact of God’s kingdom and to destroy the works of the devil, then you need to understand your kingdom identity and all the power and authority it gives you.
1. Kingdom Warriors wage war based on their Kingdom-of-God identity, not their kingdom-of-Satan identity.
You must fight your battles based on who God - not the devil, your mother, your critics, or society says you are. So the questions for today are:
- Who does God say you are?
- Do you know your identity and believe it?
You may have issues or fears with which you have struggled for a long time. Sometimes we can pray, read information, memorize scripture, and yet not experience change with issues that we long to see changed.
We all have some of these strongholds in our lives that we can’t seem to break, even though we experience victory in other areas. This is because every person has a body, a soul, and a spirit, and each area is affected differently in our lives.
Mind, conscience, will, emotions, personality
Interacts with the physical world
Interacts with spirit and body
Interacts with God
Identity: established by what you see in the mirror
Identity: established by what you feel and think
Identity: established by God’s Word
Salvation impact: it depends
Salvation impact: it depends
Salvation impact: completely new creation
How do you know the condition of your physical body? You can look in the mirror and see how it looks, but you generally wouldn’t just trust your feelings about how it looks without seeing it
When you are saved, the impact on your body just depends, but likely has little effect. If you weigh 200 pounds or are six feet tall when you become saved, those things don’t change simply because you accept Christ, as salvation generally doesn’t have anything to do with the body.
Your soul is your mind, will, conscience, emotions, and personality, which interact with the body and spirit. This is an area where the devil enjoys battling you.
How can you know the condition of your soul? Its condition is established by what you feel and think. If you wake up sad, are greatly impacted by what other people say about you, or are riddled and anxiety, these are reflections of your soul’s condition.
Salvation may or may not impact your soul’s condition. Some people accept Christ and yet continue to struggle with the same mental and emotional issues they had before they were saved.
Your spirit is your spiritual self that interacts with God. God communicates to you in your spirit.
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.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God… Romans 8:15-16
If you have bouts of fear, that is a spirit or the activity of demons lying to you (not possessing you, but messing with you); this is spiritual warfare.
When the Holy Spirit came upon you, you were adopted as God’s child - picture Pastor Miles with that amazing ticket that permitted him to sit behind home plate, go through secret passages, and order a steak sandwich! By that spirit as God’s child, you can call God “Daddy!” He will tell you again and again that you belong to Him and that you are a co-heir with Christ, seated at the right hand of God,
He tells you repeatedly because your mind is often being attacked, and you can’t be a kingdom warrior if you are being ruled by your mind and not your spirit. (This is also why we are called to continually renew our minds - See Romans 12:2.)
How can you know the condition of your soul? Your soul’s identity is established by the reality and truth of God’s Word, not the mirror or your emotions or thoughts, or anything anyone else says about you.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:23-25
Who you are in God’s eyes has nothing to do with what you feel or with what other people say. The Bible dictates the truth of who you are. When you are saved, the rebirth of your should and re-creation of your new life in Him is a completely finished work.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
If you are saved and are in Christ, then when the Father looks at you, He looks through His Son, as if you were “wearing Jesus” or as if God were wearing “Jesus glasses.” He looks at you and sees Jesus’ holiness and righteousness. Whether or not you think this or feel that this is true doesn’t change the reality that this is, in fact, how God sees you.
So why then do you still worry about things or struggle with issues? This is because those things are part of the body and soul, not the spirit. The body and spirit are works in progress as long as you are living on the earth. Your sanctification, Christian growth, and maturity are your soul being transformed, not your spirit.
In your spirit, you already have the righteousness of Jesus because of God’s grace and Christ living in you.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus... Ephesians 2:4-6
All these things are true about your identity in Christ and have already happened:
MY KINGDOM OF GOD IDENTITY
• I am His adopted son/daughter Eph 1:5
• I am approved 2 Tim 2:15
• I am accepted Acts 10:35
• I am reconciled 2 Cor 5:18
• I am the apple of His eye Deu 32:10
• I am hidden in Christ Col 3:3
• I am seated with Christ in the heavenlies Eph 2:6
• I am chosen 1 Pet 2:4
• I am called Gal 5:13
• I am destined Rom 8:29
• I am sealed Eph 1:13
• I have been filled Col 2:10
• I am His workmanship Eph 2:10
• I am a new creation 2 Cor 5:17
• I am the salt of the earth Matt 5:13
• I am the light of the world Matt 5:14
• I am the head, not the tail Deu 28:13
• I am above, not beneath Deu 28:13
• I am more than a conqueror Rom 8:37
• I am an overcomer 1 John 5:4
• I am free Luke 4:18
• I have power, love, and a sound mind 2 Tim 1:7
• I am a king and a priest of the Most High Rev 1:6
• I am an heir to the King Rom 8:17
• I am a friend of God John 15:15
• I am His beloved Psa 127:2
• I am blessed Psa 112:1
• I am the joy set before Him Heb 12:2
• I am anointed 2 Cor 1:21
• I was made in the image of God Gen 1:27
• I was exquisitely fashioned Job 10:8
• I am a child of God Deu 14:1
• I am a temple 1 Cor 3:16
• I was crucified with Christ Gal 2:20
• I am redeemed Gal 3:13
• I am a royal priest 1 Pet 2:10
• I am a living stone 1 Pet 2:4
• I am a holy nation 1 Pet 2:9
• I am an heir Rom 8:17
• I am a branch John 15:5
• I am His disciple John 8:31
• I am His body Rom 12:5
• I am a son/daughter of the Great I AM
But if the Holy Spirit lives in you, you are saved, and all the above list is true of your identity in Him! In your spirit, you are fully locked and loaded. You can start living that out by learning about what power and authority being in Christ really gives you. You can choose to see yourself where you actually are, seated with Christ at the right hand of God, believing He loves you and sees Christ’s righteousness when He looks at you. But you still have choices to make every day with your body and soul - to pray, walk with Him and be guided and empowered, or to go your own way and do your own thing.