Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Who Are You?

Who are you...?  Are you a lawyer? Are you a wife? A mother? A gay person? A straight person? Are you just a sinner? How do you identify yourself?  It's an important question, because who we believe we are dictates who are going to be.  Proverbs 23:7 says " For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he."  Who do you think you are?  
Go ahead, whats the first thing that comes to your mind when I ask WHO ARE YOU?

Hi, I'm Jennifer Flickinger, I'm a busy mom of four children all under the age of four and sometimes I lose my temper with them, sometimes I forget what day it is, and I like to make stuff... That's what I'd probably tell you if you asked me right now who I was. But I have to tell you, that's not who I am. Those are things that I do, they're a part of me, but they do not define who I am.

For me to be a loving mother, a sweet helpmeet and a faithful friend I must first remember who God says I am. My identity needs to be in Christ alone.

Do I sin? Yes, of course. Do I get angry, do I get lazy or selfish or sometimes drink too much wine? Yes, sometimes I do all of those things, and yet I am not a sinner. I am called a saint. Even when Paul addressed churches that were receiving a strong rebuke he wrote, "to the Saints at Corinth" or Ephesus or wherever else. He never addressed them as sinners because they weren't. They were holy people, chosen by God, his very own children, and the body of Christ. Though we sin we are not called sinners by God. And though we may be successful on this Earth as athletes, mothers, executives or politicians God calls us His own. We are Christ's. This is one of the most important things that you must understand as a believer. Everything else that we do comes second to our holy identity as God's people. 

The following is an excerpt from a hand out I once received called Realizing the Power of Your Identity in Christ. 

Realizing The Power of Your Identity in Christ

What we perceive ourselves to be will greatly affect our relationship with Jesus, God the Father, and one another.

Please read through this list prayerfully, choosing to believe what God says in His word about who and what you are in Jesus Christ!

I am the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13).
I am the light of the world (Matt. 5:14).
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 personal witness of Christ (Acts 1:8).
I am a servant of righteousness (Rom. 6:18).
I am a servant of God (Rom. 6:22).
I am a son of God; God is spiritually my Father (Rom. 8:14,15; Gal. 3:26; 4:6).
I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him (Rom. 8:17).
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28).
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom. 8:35-39)
I am God’s co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor. 6:1).
I am a temple—a dwelling place—of God.  His Spirit and His life dwells in me (1Cor. 3:16; 6:19).
I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him (1Cor. 6:17).
I am a member of Christ’s body (1Cor. 12:27; Eph. 5:30).
I am a new creature (2Cor. 5:17).
I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation (2Cor. 5:18,19).
I am a saint (Eph. 1:1; 1Cor. 1:2; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:2).
I am God’s workmanship—His handiwork—born anew in Christ to do His work (Eph. 2:10).
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18).
I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family (Eph. 2:19).
I am a prisoner of Christ (Eph. 3:1; 4:1).
I am righteous and holy (Eph. 4:24).
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected (Phil. 1:5).
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13).
I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now (Phil. 3:20; Eph. 2:6).
I am hid with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).
I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life (Col. 3:4).
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (Col. 3:12; 1Thess. 1:4).
I am a son of light and not of darkness (1Thess. 5:5).
I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling (Heb. 3:1).
I am a partaker of Christ; I share in His life (Heb. 3:14).

I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house   1Pet. 2:5).
I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession (1Pet. 2:9,10).
I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live (1Pet. 2:11).
I am an enemy of the devil (1Pet. 5:8).
I am a child of God and will resemble Christ when He returns (1John 5:18).
I am born of God, and the evil one—the devil—cannot touch me (1John 5:18).
I am not the great “I Am” (Ex. 3:14; John 8:24,28,58), but by the grace of God, I am what I am (1Cor. 15:10).

Since I am in Christ, by the grace of God…..

I have been justified—completely forgiven and made righteous (Rom. 5:1).
I died with Christ and died to the power of sin’s rule over my life (Rom. 6:1-6).
I am free forever from condemnation (Rom. 8:1).
I have been placed into Christ by God’s doing (1Cor. 1:30).
I have received the Spirit of God into my life that I might know the things freely given to me by God (1Cor. 2:12).
I have been given the mind of Christ (1Cor. 2:16).
I have been bought with a price; I am not my own; I belong to God (1Cor. 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 (2Cor. 1:21; Eph. 1:13,14).
Since I have died, I no longer live for myself, but for Christ (2Cor. 5:14,15).
I have been made righteous (2Cor. 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 (Gal. 2:20).
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3).
I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before Him (Eph. 1:4).
I was predestined—determined by God—to be adopted as God’s son (Eph. 1:5).
I have been redeemed and forgiven, and I am a recipient of His lavish grace.
I have been made alive together with Christ (Eph. 2:5).
I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heaven (Eph. 2:6).
I have direct access to God through the Spirit (Eph. 2:18).
I may approach God with boldness, freedom and confidence (Eph. 3:12).
I have been rescued from the domain of Satan’s rule and transferred to the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13).
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.  The debt against me has been cancelled (Col. 1:14).
Christ Himself is in me (Col. 1:27).
I am firmly rooted in Christ and am now being built in Him (Col. 2:7).
I have been spiritually circumcised.  My old unregenerate nature has been removed (Col. 2:11).
I have been made complete in Christ (Col. 2:10).
I have been buried, raised and made alive with Christ (Col. 2:12,13).
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 (Col. 3:1-4).
I have been given a spirit of power, love, and of a sound mind (2Tim. 1:7).
I have been saved and set apart according to God’s doing (2Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5).
Because I am sanctified and am one with the Sanctifier, He is not ashamed to call me brother (Heb. 2:11).
I have the right to come boldly before the throne of God to find mercy and grace in time of need (Heb. 4:16).
I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God, by which I am a partaker of God’s divine nature (2Pet. 1:4). 

If you know who complied this list please let me know so that I may give them proper credit. Special thanks to Gary S. for sharing this with us years ago. 

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