By Salt 106.5 Network Wednesday 21 Oct 2020
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 mum, I hate that he has to go through that. But I also realise that it’s a part of growing up, and that it’s my job as his mum — 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.
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There’s just one problem… in order to replace negative thoughts with the truth about who we are in Christ — we have to know what the truth 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” Bible verses 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 am I in Christ?” or “Who am I in Jesus?” It is not what the world says about us that matters. What matters is who God says I am.
When up against a bully, even when that bully is looking at me in the mirror, I focus on who I am in Christ. And knowing who I am in Christ gives me the strength and wisdom I need to face every bully. I gently (or more firmly if needed!) remind myself “I am who God says I am.” And knowing who you are in Christ–really knowing–and finding your identity in him? That changes everything.
Who I Am in Christ: 10 Life-Changing Truths All Christians Must Know
1. In Christ, 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. Just think of the Sunday School songs you probably learned, like “Jesus loves me” or “Jesus Loves the Little Children.”
And yet, how easy is it to forget or question this basic truth about our identity in Christ?
Who am I in Christ? I am loved!
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. In Christ, 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. Who we are in Christ means we are someone who is 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. In Christ, 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!
This is one “Who I Am in Christ” statement you won’t want to forget!
4. In Christ, 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.
5. In Christ, 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. In Christ, I am More than a Conqueror (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.
This is one of my favourite “Who I Am in Christ” statements because it’s just SO powerful!
7. In Christ, 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. In Christ, 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.
Who am I in Christ? I am a work in progress!
9. In Christ, 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. In Christ, 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 it’s the lies on the inside or the 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)
Ask it. “Who am I in Christ?” Now say it with me! “I am who God says I am!”
The battle may not be over, but the winner has already been decided. You are victorious!
Looking for even more “Who I Am in Christ” statements to encourage and inspire you? Be sure to check out these Who I am in Christ Bible Verses.
Want more? 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 recognise some of those lies in your own life as well.
Article supplied with thanks to Equipping Godly Women. Brittany Ann is a wife, a mother of three, a writer, author, teacher, and lover of Jesus!