A few weeks ago, my son mentioned to me that a few boys were picking on him at recess. Apparently they were calling him names, and it made him sad.
As his momma, I hate that he has to go through that. But I also realize that it’s a part of growing up, and that it’s my job as his momma — not to take all the bullies away — but to teach him how to deal with them appropriately.
So I asked him a question:
“So, if these kids said the sky was purple, would it automatically make it purple? Just because they said so?”
“No! Of course not. Just because they say something doesn’t mean it’s true. It just means that they’re mean, and they’re wrong, and they’re being bullies. And I don’t know about you, but I really don’t care what mean, wrong, bullies have to say, do you?”
Of course, as grown ups, it’s fairly easy for us to know when other people are being bullies to us and we shouldn’t listen. But what if the bully isn’t outside of us, but inside of us?
After all, in my experience, the MEANEST people most women encounter these days are themselves.
Don’t believe me? Check out my article How to Take Every Thought Captive (It’s Easy than You Think!)
In that article, I shared tons of examples of lies women tell themselves all the time, before going on to explain exactly how to take those lies captive and replace them with the truth of Christ. I bet you’ll recognize some of those lies in your own life as well.
But there’s just one problem… in order to replace negative thoughts with the truth about your identity in Christ — you have to know what it is!
Getting in the habit of reading your Bible regularly and learning how to study your Bible for yourself are the two BEST ways to do this. But today I thought I’d get you started off with 10 very powerful “Who I Am in Christ” statements to get you thinking.
Because, remember, we don’t listen to mean, wrong bullies–even when those bullies are ourselves. Instead we ask ourselves “Who does God say I am?” or “What does God say about me?” because it isn’t what the world says about us that matters. It’s what God says about who I am in Christ that matters.
And knowing who we are in Christ–really knowing–and finding our identity in him? That changes everything.
Who I Am in Christ: 10 Life-Changing Truths All Christians Must Know
1. I am Loved (Colossians 3:12)
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” — Colossians 3:12
As Christians – this is often one of the very first (and most important!) lessons we learn. And yet, how easy is it to forget or question this basic truth about our identity in Christ?
The God of the entire universe LOVES you! He DELIGHTS in you! He REJOICES over you with singing! (Zeph 3:17) He doesn’t want to harm you. (Jer 29:11) He came so that you might have a life that’s full and abundant! (John 10:10) That’s good news!
2. I am Forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” — Ephesians 1:7
Is your past full of mistakes? Doesn’t matter. In Christ, you are forgiven. You are redeemed! In fact, Psalm 103:12 tells us “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
God doesn’t hold your sins against you. He forgives you and forgets them entirely! (Heb 8:12)
Related Reading: Four Things Every Christian Needs to Know About Forgiveness
3. I am Chosen (1 Peter 2:9)
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” — 1 Peter 2:9
Have you ever felt left out, abandoned or unwanted? Not with God!
God chose you before the beginning of the world (Eph 1:4). He formed you before you were born (Psalm 139:13), and He has called you for a specific purpose. (2 Tim 1:9) You are not an accident, and you are not here by mistake!
4. I am a New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” — 2 Corinthians 5:17
Do you have a sinful past that makes you feel ashamed? Not anymore.
According to Christ, you are a brand new creation. Our old self is crucified with him (Romans 6:6); now we put on our new self and a new identity in Christ, which is continually being renewed (Col 3:10).
The labels that once defined you are completely stripped of any power over you. Every day is a new day. You can start fresh TODAY.
Related reading: How to Find Freedom from Past Sin and Shame
5. I am Not Condemned (Romans 8:1)
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” — Romans 8:1
Are you constantly beating yourself up because you’re not skinny enough, smart enough, talented enough, young enough, or any other “enough?” Enough! Your identity is no longer rooted in your past — your identity is in Christ and Romans 8:1 tells us there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
You are not allowed to beat yourself any longer and satan isn’t allowed to either. You’re forgiven, remember? You’re brand new!
Related Reading: Three Truths to Remember When You Feel Like a Failure
6. I am More than a Conquerer (Romans 8:37)
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” — Romans 8:37
Don’t think you can do it? God thinks you can. Romans 8:37 tells us that we are MORE than conquerors. Philippians 4:13 tells us we can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength. And 1 Corinthians 15:57 reminds us that God gives us the victory!
Whatever circumstances you’re facing today are NOT too much for you to handle. Not with Christ anyways. When you’re on God’s team, you’re ALWAYS on the winning side.
Related Reading: How to Trust God’s Plan (When You Don’t Know What it is)
7. I am God’s Workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” — Ephesians 2:10
Don’t feel special enough? You should! You are God’s handiwork! He made you. He created you exactly the way He wants you. He LOVES you! And God doesn’t make mistakes. Nor does He have bad taste. He knew exactly what He was doing when He created you!
8. I am a Work in Progress (Philippians 1:6)
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus,” — Philippians 1:6
Of course, just because God made us doesn’t mean that any of us are perfect (unfortunately….). But the good news is — God isn’t done with us yet! God doesn’t just leave us in our sin. He sanctifies us and makes us holy (1 Corinthians 6:11). He works on our hearts more and more every day.
9. I am Provided For (Philippians 4:19)
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:19
Worried how you’ll make ends meet. Don’t be. The Bible promises us over and over again that God will meet all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). After all, if God takes care of the birds and flowers, won’t He also take care of us as well, His children? (Luke 12:28) Just because you don’t know HOW God will work things out yet doesn’t mean that He won’t!
10. I am Victorious! (1 Corinthians 15:57)
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 Corinthians 15:57
Whatever you’re facing today — whether lies on the inside or tough circumstances on the outside — it’s not too much for God and it’s not too much for you. God will give you the victory when you follow Him! No matter what circumstances you’re facing, God always provides a way out. (1 Cor 10:13) God is working everything out for your good. (Romans 8:28)
The battle may not be over, but the winner has already been decided. You are victorious!
Do you ever struggle to believe any of these “Who I Am in Christ” statements? Which ones? How would your life change if you based your self-worth on God’s view of you, not the world’s view of you?
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