Sometimes we forget who we are in Christ. The enemy of our souls hopes we believe all the wrong “I am” declarations. Those negative statements we often say and repeat to ourselves that damage our true identity.
So we need to remind our hearts of four powerful “I am” declarations to regain our true identity in Christ.
Please enjoy this guest post by my friend, Karen Friday.
(1.) I am loved.
If you’re anything like me, you grew up questioning if people really loved you.
And—gulp—wondering if God loves you. Maybe these questions formed in various stages of life. Or, the enemy used and continues to use uncertainty of love to haunt the present.
But the love of Christ is firm and certain. To believe and know the truth about His love, write out and pray these Scriptures.
- Love lays down His life for me (John 15:13).
- Perfect love drives out my fear (1 John 4:18).
- The Lord quiets me with His love, singing over me (Zephaniah 3:17).
- Christ crowns me with love (Psalm 103:4).
- God’s love stands firm forever (Psalm 89:2).
Believe and say: I am loved. This is my true identity.
(2.) I am chosen.
Please choose me pounded in my chest. Our physical education teacher picked two team captains for the softball game. Back and forth, each captain chose students as team members. Yet, no one chose me.
And as an adult, I still carry the silent plea of hoping others choose me. But Jesus is the captain of His team. Christ always chooses me…and you.
To believe and know the truth about how the Lord chose you, write out and pray these Scriptures.
- God chose me as His treasured possession (Psalm 50:15).
- The Father chose me and appointed me to bear fruit in His name (John 15:16).
- I belong to a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation…a people for his own possession…to proclaim the excellencies of him who called me out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).
- God chose me before the foundations of the world to make me holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4-5).
Believe and say: I am chosen. This is my true identity.
(3.) I am redeemed.
The Blue Letter Bible online gives the Hebrew word for redeemed as qanah. Biblical usage includes: “to get, acquire, to buy, obtain, purchase and recover.”
Furthermore, look at these Google definitions: “compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something); gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment.”
Redeemable things in the Bible included land and property and sometimes people.
And the Redeemer recovered us from the clutches of the enemy, sin, and eternal death. Because He paid for our sins with His own blood.
To believe and know the truth about redemption, write out and pray these Scriptures.
- Christ redeems me by His blood and forgives my sins by God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7).
- Christ became a curse for me to redeem me from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13).
- I put my hope in the Lord, with Him is full redemption (Psalm 130:7).
- My redeemer lives (Job 19:25).
- The Lord redeemed me from the hand of my adversary (Psalm 107:2).
Believe and say: I am redeemed. This is my true identity.
(4.) I am free.
Our two beloved dogs sleep in crates at night with latched doors. So after the last outside potty trip, it’s time to go inside their respective crates. Then, as morning dawns, they are ready for freedom…to romp about freely.
Often, we take our spiritual freedom for granted. Or, we fail to maintain our freedom in Christ. We may live according to the flesh and not the spirit. Perhaps our soul’s chained to an addiction.
Maybe we refuse to forgive, and the bitterness imprisons us. In Christ, we can break free from every form of bondage.
To believe and know the truth about freedom, write out and pray these Scriptures.
- Real freedom is when the Son set me free (John 8:26).
- Christ set me free from sin for eternal life and holiness (Romans 6:22).
- True freedom means nothing masters me (1 Corinthians 6:12).
- For freedom Christ set me free…guard against going back to slavery (Galatians 5:1).
- God’s precepts help me walk in freedom (Psalm 119:45).
Believe and say: I am free. This is my true identity.
This is who we are in Christ. Let’s know our identity, walk in our identity, and live our identity.
I am loved.
I am chosen.
I am redeemed.
I am free.
Karen Friday is a pastor’s wife passionate about the local church, women’s ministry, speaking, and sacred callings. Known as Girl Friday in the writing and blogging world, she founded the award-winning, online community, Hope is Among Us at Karen Girl Friday. Karen is also an award-winning author who has published devotions and articles, contributed to several anthologies and a devotional, Dear Wife: 10 Minute Invitations to Practice Connection with Your Husband. She writes monthly for A Wife Like Me and Inspire a Fire while working on her first non-fiction book. The Friday clan includes two grown children and two grandchildren. The entire family is fond of the expression, “TGIF: Thank God it’s Friday.” They owe Monday an apology. Connect with Karen on social media: Twitter, Instagram.
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