Friday, December 01, 2006

Your Self-Image in Christ

Who do you think you are? How do you perceive yourself?

As a child of God, you are not bad. You are not evil. You may have committed sins or evil things.
But at the very heart of your being is a desire to do what is right. Or else, you wouldn't be around seeking God!
Many today suffer from damaged self-image. This may be caused by memories of abuse, wrongdoing, sin, evi, or emotional entanglement. Such memories could haunt you even throughout your life.
If you are in Christ, there is hope. There is no damage that's beyond repair. A bright future awaits you. Look at the following Scriptures that show who you are in Christ:

IN CHRIST, I AM ACCEPTED.

I am God's child. (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend. (John 15:15)
I have been justified. (Romans 5: 1)
I am united with the Lord and one with Him in spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
I have been bought with a price - I belong to God. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
I am a member of Christ's Body. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:18)
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. (Colossians 1:14)
I am complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10)

IN CHRIST, I AM SECURE.
I am free from condemnation. (Romans 8: 1, 2)
I am assured that all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
I am free from any condemning charges against me. (Romans 8: 31-34)
I cannot be separated from the love of God. (Romans 8: 35-39)
I am a citizen of heaven. (Philippians 3:20)
I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me. (1 John 5:18)

IN CHRIST, I AM SIGNIFICANT.
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit. (John 15:16)
I am God's temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
I am a minister of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5: 17-20)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm. (Ephesians 2:6)
I am God's workmanship. (Ephesians 2:10)
I may approach God with freedom and confidence. (Ephesians 3:12)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

It is never easy to see the ugly presence of evil in this life. Consequences can mar victims. But all of us can exercise Christ's authority over evil and throw off the chains of bondage.

You and I are not mere products of the past. But rather we are new creations in Christ. Because of that, we can walk free. We can live in freedom. We can begin living according to who we really are in the eyes of God.
You are a child of God. Jesus meets all your needs for life, self-image, identity, acceptance, security, and significance.

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