Who am I? Who am I that God would _____________ for me? Do you have a fear or doubt that you could fill in the blank with?
I was reading something this morning & it took me back to a time of great refinement for me last year. One of the greatest things I learned in that year was who I was. I didn't learn who Jennifer was in Jennifer. I learned who Jennifer was in Christ. It changed forever the way I viewed myself.
You see, in a time of refinement God is bringing to light our impurities. Our filth is displayed in full light for us to see & there is no getting away from it. This process can be quite painful to realize the realities of our "fleshiness" & it can lead to a lot of self condemnation.
During such a time for me I could barely stand to think anything good for myself. I could not believe how much work I had to do inside of me, it was mind blowing. But then God led me to a book by Joyce Meyer called The Secret To True Happiness. Great book by the way. The best part of the book is in the Appendix. Why, you may ask. In the Appendix of this book are all the scriptures listed in statement form that say who we are in Christ. I have listed all of them in this post.
I read them once and never thought about them much again. I continued to grow but I still felt something was missing. God led me to a wonderful woman who sent me some tapes on speaking the expected end and the power of words. God spoke to me in all of that and led me back to those statements of who I am in Christ. It was like God impressed upon me that I needed to not only know who I was in Christ, but I needed to speak it also. So I began to do that, I included my kids in this journey also. Part of our daily routine is to take 5 minutes and go off alone and read these out loud.
You know, it was amazing how the condemnation left me when I started doing that. I felt so much love in what God was showing me that I needed to work on instead of feeling shame, humiliation and great embarrassment. It was like God was extending an invitation to me to do a work in me with him. Each opportunity to work on something new became a treasure instead of another trip down condemnation lane.
Now, each new impurity became an opportunity to be closer to my Lord. Each victory brought me closer to my King. We were working together to remove my filth because God wants the best for his children and he loved me way to much to let me stay the way I was. What a treasure when we can work with God to overcome our obstacles!
I saw so much of me in what I read earlier, I found it a great source of joy because I know (having gone through this process) what is waiting on the other side. God deals with us so individually of course though and for me, I had to learn who I was in Christ along with my refinement. It may not be the same for others but can I also suggest that it is extremely critical that you know who you are in Christ.
I have heard "who you are in Christ" forever it seems and nobody ever told me what any of that meant. They just said I should know it, which really aggravated me as I guess I just couldn't figure it out on my own or realize it as I studied. Would you please buy Joyce's book or click here and print them and read them out loud please? I promise after reading these out loud for a few days the scriptures will begin to settle inside of you. They will become your reality. You will identify yourself with who the scriptures say you are instead of how you feel about yourself based on your emotions. That is freedom my friends!!!!
I truly hope that some of you will take the time to copy, paste & print these scriptures. Reading them once will not do it. Who of us can read a bunch of scriptures once and have them all memorized and settled inside of us? Not me! Please, know who you are based on the scriptures & not your emotions. There is a huge difference and it will make a tremendous impact on how we battle, how we pray, how we approach the Lord & how we view ourselves. But it takes reading them for a bit to let them sink in. Soon it won't be long before some negative thoughts creep into your mind and you will immediately shake it off and say "I can quench the fiery darts of the evil one with my shield of faith!" and you give those negative thoughts the boot and finish it off with a "I am holy and without blame before Him in love".