Good morning ladies!
I come from a long line of bible lovers. I can remember my mom’s parents in their old age, sitting together and reciting scriptures that they had memorized. Often when someone would quote some of those well-known bible verses that are packed with hope my grandparents would mouth the words along with the reader. The scriptures they had on the tip of their tongue were ones that had taken them through very difficult times of grief and loss. They had committed them to memory so they could pull them out when needed.
That was impressive to me as a child. Because of my own personal struggles I now understand the importance of knowing the word and knowing who I am in Christ.
The reason why we need these truths stamped on our hearts is because we often get thoughts in our heads that are contrary to what God says about who we are. These thoughts come every day and in order to combat them we need to know the truth.
I often find myself readjusting throughout the day as I interact with others around me. I catch myself having negative thoughts. Sometimes I fall prey to the lies of the enemy about me, and I realize later that I have gotten stuck in a mindset that is stopping me from being all I can be.
That’s the work of the enemy. He wants us to get stuck in certain beliefs about ourselves so that we are ineffective in the kingdom of God. If he can convince us that we are too old, too young, not talented enough, have nothing important to say….then he will deactivate us. He will stop us from moving ahead and he will cause us self-doubt that is paralyzing. Not only that but he will turn all of our attention inward, so that our eyes are fixed only on ourselves.
Instead we are to focus on Jesus and keep Him in the centre of all we think and do.
To quote one of my favourite speakers Bill Johnson, he says “We can’t afford to entertain thoughts about us that He doesn’t think about us. The moment we do we entertain a lie and we actually war against the very purposes of God in our life.”
Here are some foundational truths with their scriptural references that we can bank on.
I am greatly loved by God – Romans 1:7, Ephesians 2:4, Colossians 3:12.
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works – Ephesians 2:10.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – Philippians 4:13.
I am born of God and the evil one does not touch me – 1 John 5:18.
I have the peace of God which passes understanding – Philippians 4:7.
I have no lack for my God supplies my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:19.
I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith – Ephesians 6:16.
I am holy and without blame before Him in love – Ephesians 1:4.
I am far from oppression and fear does not come near me – Isaiah 54:14.
I am born of God and the evil one does not touch me – 1 John 5:18
I am alive with Christ – Ephesians 2:5.
I have the greater One living in me; greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world – 1 John 4:4.
I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me – Romans 8:37.
I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus – 2 Corinthians 5:21.
I am a temple of the Holy Spirit, I am not my own – 1 Corinthians 6:19.
I am a partaker of His divine nature – 2 Peter 1:3-4.
I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the blood – Ephesians 1:7.
I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom – Colossians 1:13.
I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude – Colossians 2:7.
I am healed by the stripes of Jesus – Isaiah 53:5.
I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power – Colossians 1:11.
With all this truth about who we are we have lots of ammunition to use against those negative thoughts.
There are many more, but I wanted to give us some to hold on to this week.
Doesn’t it make you love the Word?
Have a great day!