Walking in Newness of LifeBy: Dr. Rodney Howard-Browne
Publish date: 01/07/2018
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4 KJV
1. A New Creation.
If you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead, and if with your mouth you confess Him as Lord, you are saved (Romans 10:9-10).
The moment you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you become a new creature – a new creation.
Not only are your sins forgiven, but He gives you a brand new heart.
Colossians 1:13 KJV - “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
You are translated out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light.
He gives you a new identity.
You are no longer who the world, the devil, or your past says you are.
You are who Jesus says you are!
2. Identify With Christ.
See yourself as He sees you.
Begin to see yourself through the eyes of God‘s Word.
Begin to speak life and faith over yourself.
Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV - “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
WE have the choice of death or life.
God’s choice for us is life – the devil’s choice is death.
The enemy is a thief – killing, stealing and destroying.
Believers have a covenant with Almighty God and the devil has no more rights over us.
Jesus defeated the devil and we have to enforce his defeat in our own lives.
We need to activate God’s Word and His Promises by choosing life and speaking His Word and Promises over ourselves.
Proverbs 18:21 KJV - “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
3. Speak Life.
Stop speaking death and start speaking life.
Speak God’s Word.
Romans 4:17 AMPC - “As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.”
Almighty God created the universe, out of nothing, with His faith and by His words.
He speaks things into existence.
He calls those things that are not as though they were.
He called Abraham a ‘father of many nations’ even though it was impossible in the natural.
Abraham and Sarah became parents because they believed and received the words that the Lord spoke over them.
He expects us to follow His lead – if He speaks a thing (even if it looks impossible) it will come to pass.
We need to come into agreement with His Word and speak it over ourselves.
Speak life. Speak health. Speak blessings.
4. Calling Things Into Being.
Call things that are not, as if they are.
You cannot call things that are, as if they are not.
For instance: If you are sick, you can’t say, “I’m not sick,” because that would not be true.
You CAN say, “By His stripes, I’m healed!” (1 Peter 2:24)
God’s Kingdom operates on laws.
There are laws that govern natural things.
God’s Laws supersede natural laws – His Law is higher than natural law.
Apply His Word to every area of your life.
Start speaking His words over yourself.
Confession of Faith:
I am who Jesus says I am.
I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I have redemption through His blood, and forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7).
I give thanks to the Father, Who has qualified and made me fit to share in the inheritance of the saints. He has translated me out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son (Colossians 1:12-13).
Through Jesus Christ, I have received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. I reign in life, through Him (Romans 5:17).
God is rich in mercy. Because of His great love, He has quickened me – made me alive, given me His life – and has raised me up together with Christ. I am seated in heavenly places with Christ (Ephesians 2:4-6).
Because I am in Christ, there is no condemnation. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2).
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).
Once, I was darkness. Now, I am light in the Lord. I walk as a child of the Light, as one native-born to the Light. Because of His Light in me, I walk in kindly goodness, uprightness of heart and trueness of life. Every day, I am learning more and more to please the Lord (Ephesians 5:8-10).
I am God’s own handiwork, His workmanship, recreated in Christ Jesus – born anew – that I may do those good works which He planned beforehand for me to do, that I should live the good life He prearranged and made ready for me to live (Ephesians 2:10).
I am His child. In Him I live and move and have my being (Acts 17:28).
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
Greater is He who is in me, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ – who loves me (Romans 8:37).
Jesus took my infirmities and bore my sicknesses (Matthew 8:17).
By His stripes I WAS healed; therefore I AM healed (1 Peter 2:24).
I give Jesus all the glory, because He is made unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).