It may sound eery, but when I opened my eyes this morning, one verse came to mind….
Be of sober mind. Be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger] seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand [Resist] him; be firm in your faith. 1 Peter 5:8,9 AMP
I sense him. I know my adversary is lurking. So this morning, I am girding my loins and wielding my Sword. Establishing myself firmly in God’s Word.
The enemy is not out to aggravate us or ruffle the feathers of our day. He seeks to kill us, steal from us, and destroy our lives. He is a rotten liar. He will whisper in our ears all day long if we entertain it. He will tell us that we are horrible mothers. Irresponsible wives. Poor husbands. Lousy employees. He wants you to think you are no good and that God can’t do anything with your life.
He will tell you that your sin is too big for God’s grace. That you are the one exception to God’s healing or God’s goodness. He might shame you into secrecy about your addiction or marital problems. He might make you feel small in light of other Christians. Or make you think you’ll never measure up.
He wants to convince you that you are God’s one mistake. Or that you have irrevocably messed up your life. Or that all of God’s big love ran out when you were next in line.
He wants you hopeless. Weary. Burnout. Defeated. He wants to slump your posture and ruin your day before it begins. Well. I have a word for you (and for me)…
HE IS A DEFEATED FOE. And has NO AUTHORITY over you, Child of God. YOU, my sweet friend and reader, YOU are powerful and have EVERY WEAPON to fight and to WIN against every lofty opinion the devil has about you. And trust me, he has an opinion.
For the though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10;4
This morning, I feel urgency in sending this one out. I can not hit “publish” fast enough. We need to know WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST. I want you to know that YOU are the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST. When God sees you, He does NOT see your past. Or your failures. He absolutely adores you. Do you really know that??
Read the verses below and bask in who GOD says you are. Read these verses out loud (the enemy must FLEE in Jesus’ Name). Ear mark them in your Bible. Memorize them. Read them over your children. Encourage others by these passages. Once these Truths becomes a part of who you are, your life will never be the same.
This I guarantee.
And if you are feeling the enemy prowling around your tent today, sharpen your Sword and get serious. I, personally, am calling in my prayer troops.
Here you go….
Who does God say I am?
• I am a child of God.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. John 1:12
• I am a branch of the true vine, and a conduit of Christ’s life.
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:1, 5
• I am a friend of Jesus.
No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15
• I have been justified and redeemed.
[You are] justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:24
• My old self was crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin.
Our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, that we would no longer be slaves to sin. Romans 6:6
• I will not be condemned by God.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
• I have been set free from the law of sin and death.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:2
• As a child of God, I am a fellow heir with Christ.
[You are His] children, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him. Romans 8:17
• I have been accepted by Christ.
Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. Romans 15:7
• I have been called to be a saint.
To those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. 1 Corinthians 1:2 (Ephesians 1:1; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2)
• In Christ Jesus, I have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30
• My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in me.
Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19
• I am joined to the Lord and am one spirit with Him.
But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17
• God leads me in the triumph and knowledge of Christ.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14
• The hardening of my mind has been removed in Christ.
But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. 2 Corinthians 3:14
• I am a new creature in Christ.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
• I have become the righteousness of God in Christ.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
• I have been made one with all who are in Christ Jesus.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
• I am no longer a slave, but a child and an heir.
Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:7
• I have been set free in Christ.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
• I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3
• I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God.
He chose us before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. Ephesians 1:4
• I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7
• I have been predestined by God to obtain an inheritance.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will. Ephesians 1:10-11
• I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13
• Because of God’s mercy and love, I have been made alive with Christ.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). Ephesians 2:4-5
• I am seated in the heavenly places with Christ.
[He has] raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6
• I am God’s workmanship created to produce good works.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
• I have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ.
But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13
• I am a member of Christ’s body and a partaker of His promise.
[We] are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Ephesians 3:6; 5:30
• I have boldness and confident access to God through faith in Christ.
We have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. Ephesians 3:12
• My new self is righteous and holy.
Put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Ephesians 4:24
• I was formerly darkness, but now I am light in the Lord.
You were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8
• I am a citizen of heaven.
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20
• The peace of God guards my heart and mind.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
• God supplies all my needs.
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
• I have been made complete in Christ.
In Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority. Colossians 2:10
• I have been raised up with Christ.
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1
• My life is hidden with Christ in God.
For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3
• Christ is my life, and I will be revealed with Him in glory.
When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Colossians 3:4
• I have been chosen of God, and I am holy and beloved.
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion,kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
• God loves me and has chosen me.
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you. 1 Thessalonians 1:4
Leave a comment letting me know if you needed this today or what the Lord is doing in your heart through these verses…
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Love this! Needed to see it this morning!!! April
Thank you so much for this today Becky! Its so amazing how GOD will get msgs to us when we really need to hear them. You are such a great woman of GOD and you really truly help people when they need it whether its by your blog or other nice things you do. GOd is lucky to have you on his side because you are def a servant for GOD and doing what he has called you to do. I still can’t believe this msg today, its just amazing!! All the things you said I needed to hear them and I normally don’t get on FB in the morning but today I got on there and here is your blog and I got to see your msg!! All I can say is WOW!!!!
I love this, Kristi!
Yes!! desperately needed this today! Thank you Becky. Looking forward to hearing you speak at FBC in May.
Thank you Ligia xoxoxo
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We need to constantly realign our thinking with that of the Bible/Gospel. Your post challenges us to do that. Not only people in the world, but even people in the church have a severe identity crisis. Meditating upon these verses you have spelled out could help us with that. Good post.