It is vital in this life as a born again Christian that you have a continuous consciousness about who you are in Christ. If you are not conscious of your life in Christ; and the life of Christ in you, then it will surely leave a door wide open to your mind for devil to have a field day with you. Now understand, devil does not have the ability to read your mind or know your thoughts; however, he is master predictor. He has the ability to predict what will tempt you, and he is hard at work to put every kind of temptation before you; manipulating the things surrounding you to paint a very attractive canvas of corruption in your life.
Thanks be to God, for 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” This is a wonderful portion of scripture; but let’s look at another verse in scripture that will make this clearer – “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” [James 1:12] & “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” [Revelation 3:10]. Now although the verse in Revelation is speaking closer to the time of the second coming of Jesus, it is still applicable here; because it is through the Word of God that we may endure temptation. Without the knowledge of God’s Word, you might find yourself weak in the flesh, because the Word of God is food to the soul of man. This is where devil will attack you, in the mind. Therefore, the first point to stress here in ‘Your Consciousness in Christ’ is having knowledge on the Word of God. In this type of knowledge I want to relate to you the Greek rendering of ‘epignosis’, which is revelational knowledge. To have revelation on the knowledge God’s Word gives us, is to have the fire-power of the Word. It will cause you to act on the Word! It will cause you to function in a higher realm; the realm that makes God a reality to you. You become conscious of your life in Christ – being more than a conqueror [Romans 8:37].
In order for you to live a higher life, you ought to love God not only by word, but moreso by action. Jesus said: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” [John 14:15] and also in John 15:10 – “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” Love is a verb; and without action there is no love, but empty words.
Here are two remarkable stories in the Bible that relates to this:
“But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.  And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.  And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
Notice this: Peter stepped out of the boat unto the water and walked on the water, because he heard the Word; but when he didn’t hear the Word and started noticing the winds and waves, he started to sink. This happens to us manytimes: we get stirred up hearing a message or teaching on the Word of God, we hear the Word [Romans 10:17 – ‘For faith comes by hearing; and by hearing the Word of God’], but soon after hearing the Word we continue to live our lives, somehow seeming to forget what we have heard and we are swallowed up by the waves of this world, being pushed down and tossed to and fro by the winds of life. Although Jesus rebukes Peter for having little faith, I want you to notice what Peter did when he realized he is in trouble – ‘…he cried, saying, Lord, save me.’ And Jesus was ready – ‘immediately stretching forth his hand, and caught him.’ Peter was aware Jesus was there, but just at that moment he took his eyes off from Jesus, he started sinking. We do that often, we remove our eyes from Jesus, we stop for a moment, not hearing the Word; and then we allow the dream crushers of this life to knock us down.
Looking at another situation with the disciples and Jesus:
“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” [Mark 4:37-40].
Although the disciples were aware Who they had in their boat, they were not aware of the authority they have of Him Who were in the boat with them. Jesus was asleep during the storm, not considering the storm as a treat. How many times is this our case? Storms will come, but are you aware Who you have in your boat? Are you aware of the authority you have of Him Who is in your boat?
Let’s take a look at what it means to be conscious in Christ:
Christ has come; we all believe that, hence our believing in Christ has moved us into obtaining salvation through confession [Romans 10:9]. The Old Testament was a shadow of things to come. The prophets of old prophesied about the sufferings of Christ; and the glory that will follow. The book of Acts is the chronicle of the early church. The epistles are the revelations of the new creation. The epistles also reveal who we are, where we are, and what we ought to be doing. Knowledge is very vital; and men who are ignorant of the Word of God will sink in life.
So let’s look at a vital reality revealed in the epistle of Ephesians 1:15-23;
“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,  Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand [a place of high authority] in the heavenly places,  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”
The Father of Glory? If God is the Father of Glory; and Jesus is the Son of God, then Jesus is the Father’s Glory, right? But look further, for now we are made the sons of God [Philippians 2:15 / 1John 3:1 / 1John 3:2 / Romans 5:19]; and if we are also the sons of God; and He is our Father, then we also are the Glory of God! You have to know who you are! Use your authority!
If the situation doesn’t change, don’t give up; don’t say ‘this devil –or- this situation is stubborn…’ Say; I have stubborn FAITH! When you know what you have; and you know how to use it – You are DANGEROUS! You have the name of JESUS! You are a principality… You have authority to keep the peace in your house, in your job, on your street, in your ministry… You have authority to keep devil out of your marriage, out of your relations, out of your finances, out of your health and body. As a principality, only what you allow in your world can happen. There is power in the name of Jesus. Some Christians don’t take advantage of this power, because they don’t know. Others think it is blasphemy to talk what the Bible says about them, because they don’t have the revelation of the Word. The prophet Hosea said by the Spirit of God: ‘My people perish for the lack of knowledge’ [Hosea 4:6]. Get a hold of this knowledge and live by it; you will discover that you are all who God says you are.
“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God” [Romans 8:19]. Be that believer who express God to your world! You are blessed to be a blessing – Amen!
BE CONSCIOUS IN CHRIST
Have a blessed Easter