I don’t know about you, but I can be my own worst enemy.
Why is it so much easier to think about what I’m not rather remembering who I am?
And you’d think after years of experience with this bad habit, I’d have learned a thing or two about consistently taking negative thoughts captive and replacing them with God’s truth.
That I’d be better at thinking less about who I am and more about whose I am!
So, I’m making a list. One I can grab any time I need a truth pep talk.
Seriously, I don’t believe God wants me to sit around dwelling on who I’m not when He has given me all I need to remember who I am in Him.
Maybe you struggle too! Maybe you, like me, need a regular reminder that…
We have the presence of His Spirit.
Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16
Think about that for a minute. You and I have the Spirit of the Living God dwelling within us! And I for one, am ready to quit pushing His voice to the background while I waste time listening to the lies that defeat and discourage me.
It’s time to make a more permanent change. So, I’m making a list of God’s promises to help me. I hope it helps you too!
And as you read through the list of verses, put your name or a personal pronoun in each blank…
The Wonderful Truth about Who You are in Jesus
Who You are in Jesus:
♥ You are Known – God Thinks about You
How precious are your thoughts about ________, O God. They cannot be numbered! Psalm 139:17
♥ You are Loved
I am writing to ________, who has been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. Jude 1:1
♥ You are a Child of God
But to _________, who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become a child of God. You are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. John 1:12–13
♥ You are a Friend of Jesus
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command … Now ________ is my friend, since I have told you everything the Father told me. John 15:13–15
♥ You are a New Creation
If _________ belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NCV)
__________ has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20
♥ You are Chosen and Holy
Even before He made the world, God loved ________ and chose _________ in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. Ephesians 1:4
♥ You are Chosen and Loved
God loves _________ and has chosen you to be His own people. 1 Thessalonians 1:4
♥ You are Dead to Sin and Alive in Christ
When He died, He died once to break the power of sin. But now that He lives, He lives for the glory of God. So ________ also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Romans 6:10–11
♥ You are a Citizen of Heaven
________ is a citizen of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior. Philippians 3:20
♥ You are God’s Masterpiece
For ________ is God’s masterpiece. He has created ________ anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
♥ You have God’s Peace to Guard Your Heart and Mind
Then ________ will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
♥ You have Strength for Life
________ can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
♥ You are Victorious
Can anything ever separate ________ from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ________ through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:35, 37
♥ You are Forever Safe in God’s Love
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate ________ from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither ________ fears for today nor _______ worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate ________ from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate _________ from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38–39
You know it’s funny…
When you and I focus on ourselves, on our faults and failures, it’s easy to get lost in the negatives … in what we’re not. But when we take those heart and mind discouraging thoughts captive and replace them with the truth…
The truth of who you are in Jesus.
The truth of who I am in Jesus.
Then and only then do we have everything we need.
Because we are known and loved, a child of God, a friend of Jesus, a new creation, chosen, loved, and holy, a citizen of heaven, and God’s masterpiece. And we have everything we need to live fully alive in His presence. We have strength, peace, victory, and we are forever safe!
Whew! I need to keep this close and change my thoughts more quickly because in Jesus … it is well with my soul. And it’s well with my heart and mind, too!
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