Chump or Champion?
Updated: Sep 8, 2021
The church today has given the believer an inferiority complex. We are told we are nothing but poor wretched sinners, continually begging to the Father for forgiveness, and if we just pray enough and do enough good works then possibly God will hear us and forgive us.
The church prides itself in being content with just making it into heaven by the skin of their teeth. As if, Christians are the most weak of beings, content with just getting by.
It is partly true, in that, before knowing Christ we were all lost, poor wretched sinners, but once coming to the knowledge of Jesus and accepting Him as our Lord and Savior, all of that changes!
The church has skipped one of the most beautiful parts of the Gospel, the transformation of the believer.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says,
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
We are a new kind of being, transformed and with the likeness of Christ.
"For it is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me! (Galatians 2:20)
We are a new class of being, with the DNA of the Almighty!
Now at this point you may be saying, "Whoah Annaly, you are taking it too far." Well, don't take it from me, take it from the Bible.
The Bible tells us that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us (Romans 8:11), that we are seated together with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6) and that we have been given power over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19).
Does this sound like a poor wretched sinner to you? Does that sound like a beggar, crying at the foot of the cross, scraping through life?!?
No, my friend! We are so much more! Not because we have placed ourselves there, but because God has told us so.
We are champions! We are over-comers! We are anointed and appointed to take on the forces of the enemy, coming against our families, our bodies, our lives and be over-comers! That is who we really are!
That sin in your life, that you have struggled with for so long, that sickness that has pained you, that oppression that has overtaken you, it has no power over you!
You are a champion!
It's time for believers to take their place in the Kingdom of God. To receive the positioning the Father has given to us and walk in the power that raised Christ from the dead. It is available to us!
We don't overcome by our own will power or skill power. We don't overcome by doing enough good deeds. We overcome by the "renewing of our minds" on what the Word tells us we are. The "it is written!"
Jesus overcame with "it is written," and so do we!
I love the song "Champion," by Maverick City for this very reason. It embodies the attributes and realities of the Kingdom Believer. It confesses the positioning the believer has been given in Christ.
This is the confidence of the believer! This is our identity!
It's time to change our mentality from sin-mindedness to God-inside-mindedness. Then and only then will we be able to walk this life as Jesus did His!