Children are not responsible for paying for health care coverage: their parents are responsible for meeting this need. The DNA of children prove that they belong to their parents, and as a result, children reap the blessings of their parents. The same is true of our faith walk. Our Christian DNA proves that we belong to God and that we are covered by His health care plan. God’s ultimate will for our lives is that we walk in divine health.
Jehovah Rapha means “the God who heals” and is one of the names of God defined in the Bible. He is our great physician and this is part of His character. His desire is for us to be whole both physically and mentally.
Unfortunately, the earth was cursed with sin and sickness when Adam and Eve broke God’s covenant. By willfully choosing to eat the forbidden fruit, they introduced all sorts of evil, including disease, into the world.
Deuteronomy 28:15 But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. (ESV)
Jesus tells us that He came to restore our health so that we can live abundantly and overcome the sin that had overtaken the world.
John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (NKJV)
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The Bible is full of many different names for God. Each of these names reveals an aspect of God’s character, His DNA. Many of these names are found in the Old Testament and point to the fulfillment of His promises, through the life of Jesus, in the New Testament.
El Shaddai means The All Sufficient One. He is the source of all our blessings. He is all powerful and is able to make good on His promises in due time. He supports us and provides for us. He is our God who is enough!
This particular characteristic of God can be vividly seen in Abraham’s story.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. (NKJV)
I would encourage you to read Abraham’s entire story in Genesis sometime, but here in this verse, we see in the beginning God asking Abraham to go beyond his “regular, everyday” faith walk by walking before God and trusting Him completely. What Abraham did not know (what none of us know entirely) is the future plans that God had for him. Abraham did not know that God would ask him to sacrifice his son before God – the same son that God had just blessed him with.
Think about that, God has asked Abraham to sacrifice his most precious blessing, his son, Isaac. So what does Abraham do? He obeys God without having a clear understanding of why God had asked him to sacrifice his son because Abraham had complete trust and faith in God and knew that his God would provide — and He did. Just as Abraham had traveled up the mountain to do just as God commanded, God sent His Angel to stop Abraham and provide a way to save Abraham’s son and take his place.
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Let us start this discussion with a very important question: why did Jesus come to earth?
1 John 3:8-10 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. (NKJV)
This scripture tells us that Jesus, the Son of God, came to the earth so that He may destroy the works of the devil. However, there is a condition which follows this statement in 1 John where we must be born of God and not of sin. Whether you agree with the Bible or not, if you are not saved and born of God you will be dominated by darkness and the nature of sin and death. As 1 John describes, sin is of the devil – Satan.
Let us look at a few characteristics of Satan:
1. He controls the world.
1 John 5:19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the power and control of the evil one. (NLT)
2. He operates in darkness.
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (NKJV)
3. He encourages evil deeds.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (NKJV)
Even as a Christian, you will yield to the nature of sin if you don’t make an effort every day to walk in the spirit of life. However, as a Christian, we do not have to yield to our sinful nature and desires, nor do we have to submit to what Satan dictates on this earth.
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Jesus died on the cross to restore the rights and privileges we have as God’s children.
We cannot “do” anything to change our DNA; it is what gets restored/changed through grace. Our God-connection was lost when Adam and Eve sinned — a sinful nature replaced God’s nature. Our DNA changed in the garden because of sin; Jesus died on the cross to restore our DNA as children of God.
Galatians 2:16 …knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified (NKJV)
In this verse, “justified” means to be declared righteous in God’s sight and vindicated of any charge of sin in connection with failure to keep God’s law.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; 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 for me. (NKJV)
In this verse, “crucified” means that I am crucified with Christ. Crucifixion with Christ means “death to or separation from the reigning power of the old sinful life and freedom to experience the power of the resurrection life of Christ by faith.”
Although by nature we are children of wrath and disobedience, we become children of love, and partake of the nature of God because of grace. Grace is GIVEN, not EARNED!
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Recognizing the Christian’s DNA – We should reflect our Father.
Let us first take a quick look at DNA and what it means for us as humans:
- Genetic code for all living things
- Stores biological information
- Pivotal for building and maintaining an organism
- Blueprint for your life
Just as our DNA defines how we will look and act, God created us with a Christian’s DNA to both look and act like HIM!
Genesis 1:26a Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” (NKJV)
His image refers to our appearance. His likeness refers to our personality. As God’s children, we physically look like Him and His Word has plenty to say on this topic.
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In looking at a Christian’s DNA and asking the question “Who Do You Think You Are?”, we must first remember that we have committed ourselves to Christ. When we commit ourselves to follow Christ, we are “born again” and receive His nature as the scriptures say.
2 Corinthians 5:16 – 17 At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (NLT)
Your old life is gone. You have, in a sense, been genetically connected to a new blood line. You have the Holy Spirit in you.
Ezekiel 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. (NLT)
As a Christ-follower – You are a Glass, a container designed for a purpose as Ezekiel tells us where God places His love and heart into us. Just as God has placed his nature inside of us as we become Christians, we can also remove and add things from our own lives – from our own glass. What we place into that glass, into our lives, will affect everything we do as Christians.
2 Timothy 2: 20 – 21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. (NKJV)
Here in Timothy, we see that we are intended for use and work, preferably good use and good works. However, if we are to be used for good works, we must learn to control what we put into our glass and guard it diligently.
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