100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 19

Day 19

You Have Been Granted Peace With God Through Jesus (Romans 5:1)



What does it mean to have peace with God?

The word peace in the original language of the text is eirene and it means peace, harmony, tranquility, safety, welfare, health.1 So, these attributes constitute our relationship WITH God, and they are possible THROUGH Jesus.

Peace With God

 Before you became a follower of Jesus Christ, you lived apart from a conscious acknowledgement of God. Oh, you might have believed that He exists, but you conducted yourself from a carnal nature, never fully dependent upon His grace and never fully glorifying Him in all things. See the difference? You can say, “I know God exists,” but still go on living as though you are your own god. But to live with an awareness of having died to self and been raised in Christ to live a God-honoring life, that’s new life founded upon a holy fear of God. You revere God’s holiness above everything else, and it shows in the way your perceive life’s circumstances, talk about the issues of life, and act upon your beliefs.

Through Jesus Christ

Do you want to experience peace with God? The Bible states that Jesus opened the way. Through His body, we are welcomed into relationship with the Father in heaven.

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith…” (Hebrews 10:19-22).

What grants a believer confidence to go before holy God? It’s faith in the cleansing blood of the Lamb! If God says I accept you based on your confession of Christ, then acceptance is guaranteed. Enter in with a sincere heart. Acknowledge that there is nothing you personally have done to deserve God’s love and acceptance; you simply have believed in everything Jesus did on your behalf.

Peace draws you near to God’s heart.

Do you have peace? If you do not, then you are ruled by fear of past sin. God says, “That’s been covered by the blood of My Son.” Therefore, release the fear by confessing the truth: God loved me and demonstrated it in the giving of His Son for the payment of my sin, and now I’m completely holy and welcomed into His presence, never to depart. Child of God, you have been granted peace with God through Jesus Christ.


Walk It Out   Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).

Say aloud: “I have been granted peace with God through Jesus Christ, and I will not allow the enemy of my soul to inject fear and cause me to run from God’s Presence. Instead, I will demonstrate by faith in action that I am ruled by God’s proven love, ‘for God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life'” (John 3:16).


1 Kohlenberger, John R. and James Swanson. A Concise Dictionary of the Greek. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.

100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 18

Day 18

You Are Justified by His Grace (Romans 3:24)

I stood before the traffic court judge and listened to the charge brought against me. Although I anticipated his knocking the gavel against wood and stating a fine I was to pay, he, instead, cleared my wrongdoing on account of a spotless driving record. In an instant I went from thoughts of rightfully being declared guilty, to leaving the courtroom free from any charges of violation.

A record of perfection substitutes your record of wrongs.

What a beautiful freedom Jesus secured for all who believe upon the sacrifice of His life for the sins of mankind! When the believer stands before God, he will hear that all wrongs are removed from his personal record because he, through faith, acquired the perfect record of the spotless Lamb of God.

“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:23-24).

Child of God, a legal transaction took place the moment that you confessed faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, and now you are justified. 

The wonder of justification is this:

“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:11-12).

Walk It Out    Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).

Read 1 Timothy 1:13 and write the three sins of Paul’s past. In red ink symbolizing the blood of Jesus, write the word JUSTIFIED on top of the list. Do the same for a list of three or more sins of your past.





100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 17

Day 17

You Are Declared Righteous (Romans 2:13-15)

In a group discussion centered on the truth found in Hebrews 4:16, one member confessed that she sometimes does not feel worthy to approach God’s throne. And she was right. Apart from the sin-cleansing power of Jesus’ blood, none is worthy to commune with Holy God. Therefore, the follower of Jesus Christ must reflect on the grace of God extended to the sinner through Jesus Christ when he or she is reminded of his past sin, current sinful state, or the temptation to sin. Have you confessed your sin and turned from it to draw near to God but still find yourself mindful of sin? The Bible states that Jesus’ life was the final sacrifice for sin. “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:19-23).

Righteousness, or right standing with God, is made possible only through believing upon the sacrifice of Jesus life. The reason the enemy of your soul reminds you often of past sin is because it is an effective tactic to keep you from seeking God. Mindful of your previously sinful state, you are more likely to run from His Presence in belief that you are not worthy to commune with Him. Yet, God says the power of Jesus blood removes your sin as far as the east is from the west (See Psalm 103:12). And, “if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits- who forgives all your sins…” (Psalm 103:1-3).

     Child of God, you are declared righteous by God because by faith you believe you are washed and forgiven of your sin. Faith is the necessary element to the bold acclaim of righteousness. Although my memory reminds me of my past sin, and although I know how I struggle with weakness when tempted, I can still stand on God’s Word and know that He declares me righteous because of my believing upon the power of Jesus’ blood.

Your spiritual journey began with a faith confession, and it continues daily in faith. You must live by faith to please God. It’s not confidence in self- “that’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence” (1 Corinthians 10:12, MSG). It’s a confidence in the finished work of Jesus on the cross and in His resurrection from the grave.

Walk It Out     Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).

Because the righteous are as bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1), take a current need or concern to the throne of God with thanksgiving because you know He receives you, accepts you, hears your prayer and answers it.

Relationship Complications

God created us for Himself and designed man to live in relationship with Him and with others (See Genesis 2).

But, we will always complicate these relationships when our earthly relationships influence us to take our eyes off of God (See Genesis 3).

Be found faithful in holding fast to God and His promises.

Freshly inspired,



100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 16

Day 16

You Are a Witness for Jesus (Acts 1:8)

Big John, my husband’s grandfather, lived an interesting life. Although I never knew him, I could share some facts about his love of baseball, his military tours, and his retirement years in Fountain Hills, Arizona. But, if you were to ask me about my mother, I would go into much greater depth about her life. Mom is not just someone I knew about, she was my mother and was involved in my everyday life for approximately forty years.

In the same way, the disciples had experiences with Jesus. They were with Him when He taught with authority. They saw innumerable miracles happen. Some saw Him transfigured and later saw Him suffer and die. They all saw Jesus resurrected from the dead and witnessed His ascension to heaven.

“We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32).

Though you did not witness Christ’s ministry 2000 years ago, still you are His witness because of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus prepared His friends for His soon-coming departure and told them that He will ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit, and He will be with them and in them. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13).

Today, the faithful followers of Christ are witnesses of Jesus Christ because of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling. The revelation of the Savior to the world comes through your transformed life. With or without words, your life gives testimony to the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He is alive!

“You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness” (Romans 8:9-10).

The person who previously lived only to satisfy personal desires in obedience to the sinful nature, now cannot help but to serve others, and that is a living testimony to the power and presence of God in their life. I recall a conversation another swim team mom and I had about my home schooling experience. The thought of teaching my children everyday bewildered her, so she reasoned that I must have great patience. I shared that I do have a big measure of patience but that is only because of God changing me from who I used to be- a very impatient person!

What testimony do you have from experiencing the resurrection power of God through the indwelling Holy Spirit? If Jesus has come into your life, then you know your life has not been the same. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (1 Corinthians 5:17). If, however, you cannot identify any change in your life, you can ask a family member or a trusted friend if they detect anything different about you.

You have experiential knowledge.

Pastor Jim Rodriguez says, “If your gospel isn’t touching others, it hasn’t touched you.” Think about the implications of those words. If you have been changed by Jesus, then you are impacting others around you because of His holy presence with you. But, if you have not been changed for God’s glory, then you are unable to lead others to trust in His faithful name. You cannot give away what you do not have.

Child of God, you are a witness for Jesus, and because you experience Him, you reveal the Lord like John the disciple did. “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3).

Walk It Out   Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).

Read John 14-16


100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 15

Day 15

You Are Endued With Power (Acts 1:8)


On Day 9 we looked at the boldness to witness for Jesus through the Spirit’s anointing. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Fulfillment of Jesus’ words was realized just days after His ascension. The promised gift of the Father came upon the believers during the feast of Pentecost.

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?” (Acts 2:2-8).

I find it interesting that Almighty God initially chooses to demonstrate His power through a yielded servant’s tongue. It satisfies the hopelessness of man’s limitation in controlling the tongue: “… no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8).

An evangelist told the congregation he visited about his witnessing the supernatural power of God demonstrated in the worship of young Egyptian orphans. He was overseas on a mission trip with American students when the Egyptian girls entered the church service and responded to the Presence of God with praise in tongues. One orphan’s tongue was easily identifiable by the evangelist; she was praising God in English declaring, “Worthy is the Lamb of God!” Like those who gathered in Jerusalem on that day of Pentecost, what the American evangelist heard amazed him.

The Bible gives you instruction on the purpose of tongues. “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God” (1 Corinthians 14:2). The Apostle Paul clarifies that speaking in tongues is a manner of edification for the believer. It is putting the spirit, mind and physical being into alignment and declaring the praises of God.  King David knew this prescription for building himself up in the truth of God and wrote, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:11). Speaking in tongues will bring your total being into perfect accord with the realities of heaven. King Jesus is Lord over all, and praying in tongues is the vehicle to center yourself quickly in that truth.

I must clear up some widely spread confusion about the ability to speak in tongues. It is the ability of all who receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. However, there is also a supernatural gift of tongues that has its place in a corporate setting and is accompanied by the supernatural gift of interpretation. When believers utilize these gifts in worship, the entire gathering of worshipers is encouraged and strengthened. In fact, all gifts of the Holy Spirit are given for the common good of the believers (See 1 Corinthians 12:4-6). So, in my private worship, I speak in tongues to strengthen my spirit. It makes no difference that I do not understand the words my mouth confesses. My spirit is encouraged which will lead to a strengthening of my mind and body.

When you gather with other believers, Paul states the gift of prophecy in the shared language of the participants is preferable so that all are strengthened and encouraged. “I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. He who prophesies is greater than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be edified” (1 Corinthians 14:5).

You have a supernatural gift.

At this point of understanding the power of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life, you see that speaking in tongues edifies your spirit. You know that God intends the working of His supernatural power to benefit all believers, and you recognize a few of the gifts of the Spirit: prophecy (speaking truth), speaking in tongues and interpretation of the tongues. So that the body of Christ is completely equipped, God’s power enables the following gifts to also manifest: message of wisdom, message of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers and distinguishing between spirits. “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines (1 Corinthians 12:8-11). In addition, there are gifts of serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, and showing mercy (See Romans 12:6-8).

Did you get that? Child of God, when you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you are endued with power, and it is Father’s will that you operate in the spiritual gift(s) that the He has determined for you to have and utilize. Are you interested in learning what supernatural gift is within you? I recommend an online diagnostic test (www.giftstest.org) created by Dr. Dorena Dellavecchio. It is a quick yet effective tool for unveiling the potential of heaven within you!

Walk It Out     Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).

  • Ask the Father in heaven for the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:11-13). You can look at this request as a desire for more of God or for God having more of you! A life yielded to God Almighty is a blessed life.
  • Take the Gifts Test at giftstest.org and make a written record of your results.



100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 14

Day 14

You Are Sanctified (John 17:19)

Impossible? Unattainable? Unrealistic? What words come to mind when you think of the process of being conformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ? If the burden for sanctification rests on man, the words above are accurate, but, because sanctification is an act of God, not only is it possible, it is His will for your life!

Jesus prayed that His disciples would be sanctified by the truth (See John 17:17). “Your word is truth,” He declared to the Father in prayer concerning them.

How does God’s Word work as an instrument in sanctifying the believer?

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

This scripture cues us on the careful instrumentation of God’s eternal Word. Included in Hebrews 4 is the understanding that nothing is hidden from God’s sight, so as in a patient’s body splayed open before the attentive surgeon, God uses His Word like a scalpel to open up the hidden places to expose and remove the diseased tissue.

For instance, if you hold a family member in contempt because you truly feel that he wronged you, God’s Word will illuminate that attitude because it is not pleasing to Him nor beneficial to you. In your obedience to always keep the Word of God before you (See Psalm 119:97), He will use His truth to show you that contempt for another’s actions has resulted because you do not place your full trust in God. Had your expectation been in the Father and not in the relative, the disagreement would have been minimal and the bitterness of heart avoided. In that “splayed open” state, you decide to come into agreement with the truth of God and to begin to think differently about your expectation of others. As you heal from the “surgery,” you realize that you need to extend grace to the people in your life, because you, too, are in need of God’s grace.

Sanctification involves a process called renewing of the mind. Romans 12:1-2 clarifies that the process produces a distinguished outlook on life- one that is in contrast to the typical worldly view of life. In essence, a total transformation occurs as the believer takes in the word of truth and begins to understand the circumstances of life through the heart of God. His thoughts change; therefore, his words change. A transformed person speaks and acts differently. All this is possible because the mind has undergone a powerful renewing.

God sets you apart and makes you holy.

Did you know that a sanctified person is identifiable? Remember, the transformed person believes and acts in a way that is unlike normal beliefs and actions. In fact, Jesus described the lifestyle of the sanctified; His teaching about it is known as the Sermon on the Mount (See Matthew 5:1- 7:27). You, child of God, are sanctified by the word of truth, and because of its “living and active” work in your life, you are like a house built on the rock. The storms of life come, but you remain steadfast in hope, in your witness for Christ, in relationships, in truth, in humility, in love, in service to God, in prayer and fasting, in faith and in extending grace.

Walk It Out   Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).

Schedule (put it on your calendar if necessary) a time each day for reading the Bible, and expect the Father in heaven to teach you as you study. Pray about what you learn.






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