LEAP FOR JOY
12″ X 32″ Mixed Media on Board
Lyn Deutsch 2007
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“But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,That those who love Your name may exult in You.”
Your Identity In Christ
[Only those who are genuinely saved and are true believers of Jesus Christ can claim these promises.]
At salvation, God does not call you a sinner; He calls you a saint – a holy one!
Understanding your identity in Christ is absolutely essential at living the Christian life. No person can consistently behave in a way that is inconsistent with the way he perceives himself.
See yourself as a child of God who is spiritually alive in Christ, sanctified in Christ – made a saint by participating in the life of the only true Holy One, Jesus Christ.
If you think yourself as a sinner, you’ll live like a sinner, you’ll sin.
Remember it is not what you do as a Christian that determines who you are; it is who you are that determines what you do
– (2Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 1 John 3:11-12).
The list below itemizes in first-person language who you really are in Christ. These traits are guaranteed to you by the Word of God simply because by His grace you were born into God’s holy nation by faith in Christ Jesus.
Make these traits more meaningful and productive in your life by simply choosing to believe what God has said about you.
I suggest that you read it aloud to yourself right now.
Read the list once or twice a day for a week or two.
Read it when you think Satan is trying to deceive you into believing you are a worthless failure. The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity.
Take time to read and meditate on the reference verses.
WHO AM I
I am the salt of the of the earth (Matthew 5:13).
I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:13).
I am a child of God (John 1:12).
I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life (John 15:1,5).
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15).
I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear his fruit (John 15:16).
I am a slave of righteousness (Romans 6:18).
I am enslaved to God (Romans 6:22).
I am a son/daughter of God; God is spiritually my Father (Romans 8:14, 15; Galatians 3:26; 4:6).
I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing his inheritance with Him (Romans 8:17).
I am a temple – a dwelling place – of God. His Spirit and His life dwells in me (1Corinthians 3:16; 6:19)
I am united to the Lord and am one in Spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17).
I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 5:30).
I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18, 19).
I am a child of God and one in Christ (Galatians 3:26, 28).
I am an heir of God since I am a child of God (Galatians 4:6,7).
I am a saint (Ephesians 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1, Colossians 1:2).
I am God’s workmanship – His handiwork – born anew in Christ to do His work (Ephesians 2:10).
I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family (Ephesians 2:19).
I am a prisoner of Christ (Ephesians 3:1; 4:1).
I am righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24).
I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now (Philippians 3:20; Ephesians 2:6).
I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3).
I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life (Colossians 3:4).
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (Colossians 3;12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4).
I am a son/daughter of light and not of darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling (Hebrews 3:1).
I am a partaker of Christ; I share in His life (Hebrews 3:14).
I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5).
I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession (1Peter 2:9, 10).
I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live (1 Peter 2:11).
I am an enemy of the devil (1 Peter 5:8).
I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns (1 John 3:1,2).
I am born of God, and the evil one – the devil- cannot touch me (1John 5:18).
I am not the great “I AM” (Exodus 3:14, John 8:24,28,58)., but by the grace of God, I am what I am (1 Corinthians 15:10).
SINCE I AM IN CHRIST, BY THE GRACE OF GOD…
I have been justified – completely forgiven and made righteous (Romans 5:1).
I died with Christ, and died to the power of sin’s rule over my life (Romans 6:1-6).
I am free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1).
I have been placed into Christ by God’s doing (1 Corinthians 1:30).
I have received the Spirit of God into my life that I might know the things freely given to me by God (1 Corinthians 2:12).
I have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
I have been bought with a price; I am not my own; I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:19,20).
I have been established, anointed and sealed by God in Christ, and I have been given the Holy Spirit as a pledge guaranteeing my inheritance to come (1 Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:13,14).
Since I have died, I no longer live for myself, but for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14, 15).
I have been made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living is Christ’s life (Galatians 2:20).
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing ( Ephesians 1:4).
I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and am without blame before Him (Ephesians 1:4).
I was predestined – determined by God – to be adopted as God’s son/daughter (Ephesians 1:5).
I have been redeemed and forgiven, and I am a recipient of His lavish grace (Ephesians 1:6-8).
I have been made alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heaven (Ephesians 2:6).
I have direct access to God through the Holy spirit (Ephesians 2;18).
I may approach God with boldness, freedom, and confidence (Ephesians 3:12).
I have been rescued from the domain of Satan’s rule and transferred to the kingdom of Christ (Colossians 1:13).
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. The debt against me has been cancelled (Colossians 1:14).
I died with Christ and I have been raised up with Christ. My life is now hidden with Christ in God. Christ is now my life (Colossians 3:1-4).
I have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline (2 timothy 1:0; Titus 3:5).
Because I am sanctified and am one with the Sanctifier, He is not ashamed to call me brother/sister (Hebrews 4:16).
I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I am a partaker of God’s divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).
It is imperative to your growth and maturity that you believe God’s truth about who you are.
You’re a righteous, accepted child of God. No matter what else you have been taught or believed about yourself, your identity in Christ is solid Bible truth.
Read and reread the identity statements listed above. See yourself in them. Believe them. Walk in them. and your behavor as a Christian will conform to what you believe as you walk by faith.
Dear heavenly Father, I honor You as my sovereign Lord.
I acknowledge the You are always present with me.. You are the only powerful and only wise God. You are kind and loving in all Your ways.
I love You and I thank You that I am united with Christ, and spiritually alive in Him. I choose not to love the world and I crucify the flesh and all its passions.
I thank you for the life that I now have in Christ, and I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I may live my life free from sin.
I declare my dependence upon You, and I take my stand against Satan and all his lying ways. I choose to believe the truth and I refuse to be discouraged.
You are a God of all hope and I am confident that You will meet my needs as I seek to live according to Your Word. I also express with confidence that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I now take my stand against Satan and command him and all his evil spirits to depart from me and I put on the whole armor of God.
I submit my body as a living sacrifice and renew my mind by the living Word of God in order that I may prove that the will of God is good, acceptable and perfect. I ask and do all these things in the precious name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen
The above post has been excepted from the book of Neil T. Anderson “Victory Over Darkness”, Regal Books 1990 pages 45-47, 57-59.
This has helped me a lot in my walk with God and it is my prayer that this will be a blessing to you as well.
God bless you beyond measure!