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Who I Am In Christ



I am accepted



I am God's child.

  John 1:12

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 


As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.

John 15:15

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

 


I have been justified.

  Romans 5:1 

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

 


I am united with the Lord, and I am one with him in spirit.

  1 Corinthians 6:17 

But he who is joined to the Lord is one Spirit with Him.

 


I have been bought with a price, and I belong to God.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price ; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.

 

I am a member of Christ's body.

1 Corinthians 12:27

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

 

 


I have been chosen by God and adopted as his child.

Ephesians 1:3-8 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as he chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before HIm, in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to tethe good pleasure of His will, to the praise and glory of his grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace, which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,.."

 


I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.

Colossians 1:13-14 

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 


I am complete in Christ.

Colossians 2:9-10 

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

 


I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 4:14-16 

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.



I am secure...



I am free from condemnation.

Romans 8:1-2 

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

 


I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.

Romans 8:28 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

 


I am free from any condemnation brought against me, and I cannot be separated from the love of God.

 

Romans 8:31-39 

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.

Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 


I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

 


I am hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:1-4 

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

 


I am confident that God will complete the good work he started in me.

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.

 


I am a citizen of Heaven.  

Philippians 3:20 

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

 

 

I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

 


I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me. I am significant...

1 John 5:18 

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.

 


I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of his life.

John 15:5

  "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

 


I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

John 15:16 

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

 


I am God's temple.

1 Corinthians 3:16

  Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?

 

I am a minister of reconciliation for God.

  Corinthians 5:17-21 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 


I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.

Ephesians 2:6

  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

 


I am God's workmanship.

Ephesians 2:10 

For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

I may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Ephesians 3:12

  In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

 


I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13 

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

 


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I would like to deeply thank Kerry for sharing the text of the above with me! This is her list of verses. She came through with them for me in a time of deep distress! Thank you, dear friend!



As I climbed out of the "pit" of depression, I found the Experiencing God study invaluable.

Seven Realities of Experiencing God


1.God is always at work around you.  

2.God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.  

3.God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.  

4.God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.  

5.God's invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.  

6.You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.  

7.You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and He accomplishes His work through you.  

Access Experiencing God site here


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LINKS

Do You Want to Get Well?


This is a powerful testimony: Gatekeeper's 

Depression and The Christian


IN TOUCH Biblical Answers

 

Excellent site:

Dr. Carol Jackson on Depression

 


Recovery Resources


HOPE IN SIGHT

This is a great sight with lots of good links
Grief and Loss Resource Center

WINGS OF MADNESS A DEPRESSION GUIDE

"Walkers In Darkness" Links, E Mail, Chat Rooms Available For Those Seeking Help

 

Victory Over Depression from The Christian Student Equipper



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