Who God Says I Am
Multiple situations over the past month have motivated me to write this post. Every day, or close to every day, I try to share a word of encouragement over on my instagram stories. 90% of the time when I share, I look like a hot mess meaning that I am in my pajamas, no make-up, unbrushed hair, or quite often have just finished a work out. Well last week I was called out by a friend after something I shared.
That something? I didn’t even realize I did this, but before sharing the word of encouragement I said “I am so sorry y’all have to see me like this.” And a friend responded and reminded me that I have should not apologize for how I look. She reminded me that I am made in God’s image and that I am beautiful just the way I am.
Is that a truth you need to hear today? Let me continue by sharing that I have seen so much shaming on social media lately. There are so many hateful comments going around. People are so disrespectful of other people.
Add in a hard season, like infertility, where many woman are on medication or dealing with side effects of an imbalance of hormones and it doesn’t take long before the lies start to creep in. “I am not good enough. I am too fat. I am ugly. I have too many wrinkles. My grey hairs are showing. No one loves me.”
We have all thought them. We have all believed them. But who needs to be reminded that your identity should always be found in Christ? Not in what you do for a living. Not in your financial situation. Not in how many kids you do or don’t have or what size bra you wear or what color your skin is or how fast you can run a mile.
But your identity needs to be rooted in Jesus Christ and him alone.
So, what if we all viewed ourselves as God viewed us? What if we believed we are who God says we are?
I have put together a list of who God says you are. You know what? You might not feel like any of these things are true, but God’s Word is always truth. So I encourage you to print these off and declare them over yourself and just as my friend reminded me, I am reminding you: you are beautiful just the way you are and it’s time to start speaking life and truth over yourself every day.
Who God Says I Am
I am created in his image (Genesis 1:27)
I am delighted in Christ (Zephaniah 3:17)
I am washed clean (Isaiah 1:18)
I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
I have been guaranteed victory (Psalm 18:35)
I am set apart (Jeremiah 1:5)
I am a friend of Jesus (John 15:15)
I am the branch of the true vine (John 15:1-5)
I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit (John 15:16)
I am justified (Romans 5:1)
I am set free from the law of sin (Romans 8:2)
I am adopted (Romans 8:15)
I am co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)
I can never be separated from God’s love (Romans 8:39)
I am no longer a slave to sin (Romans 6:6)
I am accepted by Christ (Romans 15:7)
I am part of one body (Romans 12:5)
I am sanctified and made acceptable in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:2)
I am made righteous and holy in Christ (1 Corinthians 1:30)
I have been bought with a price and belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:19,20)
I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I receive God’s righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21)
I am God’s child (Galatians 3:26)
I am one in Christ with all other believers (Galatians 3:28)
I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3)
I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4)
I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4,11)
I am adopted as God’s children (Ephesians 1:5,6)
I am given glorious grace, lavishly without restriction (Ephesians 1:5,8)
I have the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7)
I am chosen and brought under Christ’s authority (Ephesians 1:11)
I am the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:12)
I am identified as belonging to God by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13)
I have been seated in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)
I have been given the incomparable riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:7)
I am God’s work of art (Ephesians 2:10)
I have direct access to God by the spirit (Ephesians 2:18)
I am built together as a holy building (Ephesians 2:22)
I share in the promise of blessings through Christ (Ephesians 3:6)
I am completed by God (Ephesians 3:19)
I can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
I am light in the Lord (Ephesians 5:8)
I am a member of Christ’s body, the church (Ephesians 5:29,30)
I am citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
I am holy and faithful (Colossians 1:2)
I am fully mature in him (Colossians 1:28)
I am rooted and built up (Colossians 2:7)
I have been given the fullness of the deity (Colossians 2:9-10)
I am set free from my sinful nature (Colossians 2:11)
I have the promise of life (2 Timothy 1:1)
I am healed (1 Peter 2:24)
I am a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that I may proclaim the excellencies of him who called me out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
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