Last week I wrote a post entitled: ‘My identity is in Christ’ and then I went away for a few days to do a course where it was a prominent theme! God is clearly trying to get my attention on how vitally important it is that I know my true identity and live my life accordingly.
There was a powerful moment on my course when the teacher stopped mid-lecture and told us all to turn to the person next to us and tell them with conviction who we are in Christ. It was hard to do but she said that we needed to keep saying truths over ourselves until we actually believed them. We need the truth in the Bible to move from our heads to our hearts for it to shape our lives. Saying words of truth over ourselves out loud is really powerful; it can help you break wrong thinking patterns (e.g., worry, belittling yourself, negativity) because it renews your mind (Romans 12:2). We are called upon in Philippians 4:8 to think about truth and what is right, this includes truth in the Bible about who you are in Christ, for example:
- I am a Child of God and co-heir with Christ (John 1:12;Romans 8:17);
- I am forgiven, I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17-19);
- I was chosen before the beginning of time, I am valued by God (Ephesians 1:4);
- I am fearfully and wonderfully made, God knitted me together (Psalm 139: 13-14);
- God has good works for me to do and has equipped me with everything I need to do them (Hebrews 13:21; Ephesians 2:10);
- I am gifted (Romans 12: 6-8);
- I am loved (Romans 8:37-39).
My challenge for you today is to speak words of truth over yourself about who you are in Christ. Say it like you mean it!