Food for thought today.... I often hear the phrase, "Just accept me as I am." I want to make 2 points about this sentiment.
1. Yes, God accepts us just as we are .... in the condition we are now. He loves us unconditionally! BUT... he does not want us to stay in our present condition. He wants us to renew our minds daily and to rise to a higher standard in the way we live our lives. Everyday we should have a desire to be more like Him. Staying "just the way we are" is a laziness mentality and keeps us "lukewarm". Nobody ever achieved greatness by being lukewarm. Dreams die in the bed of neutrality.
2. Of course we must "accept" the FACT that we are all different. We have different tastes...different looks...different thoughts...different skills and abilities. That's what makes life interesting! We should never "accept", however, any negativity or abuse that comes from another person. I do not accept or "receive" from another anything that is contrary to God's Word. Name calling, anger, hateful words that curse, put downs, ridicule, bullying, just to name a few. We need to have enough of Christ in us to allow those things to flow like water off a duck's back. Knowing who we are in Christ...as a child of the Most High... allows us to rise ABOVE what any person on this earth or any demonic force can do to us.
So....who are we in Christ?? This list is long, but I hope it helps someone today to realize who you really are... ~Kimberly @ God's Healing Power Radio Ministry.
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The Word of God Says in Jesus Christ… I am faithful (Ephesians 1:1) I am God’s child (John 1:12) I have been justified (Romans 5:1) I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15) I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20) I am a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27) I am assured all things work together for good (Romans 8:28) I have been established, anointed and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21-22) I am confident that God will perfect the work He has begun in me (Philippians 1:6) I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20) I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3) I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7) I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18) I am blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3) I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11) I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4) I am adopted as his child (Ephesians 1:5) I am given God’s glorious grace lavishly and without restriction (Ephesians 1:5,8) I am in Him (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30) I have redemption (Ephesians 1:8) I am forgiven (Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 1:14) I have purpose (Ephesians 1:9 & 3:11) I have hope (Ephesians 1:12) I am included (Ephesians 1:13) I am sealed with the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13) I am a saint (Ephesians 1:18) I am salt and light of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14) I have been chosen and God desires me to bear fruit (John 15:1,5) I am a personal witness of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8) I am God’s coworker (2 Corinthians 6:1) I am a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20) I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5) I am raised up with Christ (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12) I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6) I have been shown the incomparable riches of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:7) God has expressed His kindness to me (Ephesians 2:7) I am God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10) I have been brought near to God through Christ’s blood (Ephesians 2:13) I have peace (Ephesians 2:14) I have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18) I am a member of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19) I am secure (Ephesians 2:20) I am a holy temple (Ephesians 2:21; 1 Corinthians 6:19) I am a dwelling for the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:22) I share in the promise of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6) God’s power works through me (Ephesians 3:7) I can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12) I know there is a purpose for my sufferings (Ephesians 3:13) I can grasp how wide, long, high and deep Christ’s love is (Ephesians 3:18) I am completed by God (Ephesians 3:19) I can bring glory to God (Ephesians 3:21) I have been called (Ephesians 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:9) I can be humble, gentle, patient and lovingly tolerant of others (Ephesians 4:2) I can mature spiritually (Ephesians 4:15) I can be certain of God’s truths and the lifestyle which He has called me to (Ephesians 4:17) I can have a new attitude and a new lifestyle (Ephesians 4:21-32) I can be kind and compassionate to others (Ephesians 4:32) I can forgive others (Ephesians 4:32) I am a light to others, and can exhibit goodness, righteousness and truth (Ephesians 5:8-9) I can understand what God’s will is (Ephesians 5:17) I can give thanks for everything (Ephesians 5:20) I don’t have to always have my own agenda (Ephesians 5:21) I can honor God through marriage (Ephesians 5:22-33) I can parent my children with composure (Ephesians 6:4) I can be strong (Ephesians 6:10) I have God’s power (Ephesians 6:10) I can stand firm in the day of evil (Ephesians 6:13) I am dead to sin (Romans 1:12) I am not alone (Hebrews 13:5) I am growing (Colossians 2:7) I am His disciple (John 13:15) I am prayed for by Jesus Christ (John 17:20-23) I am united with other believers (John 17:20-23) I am not in want (Philippians 4:19) I possess the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16) I am promised eternal life (John 6:47) I am promised a full life (John 10:10) I am victorious (I John 5:4) My heart and mind is protected with God’s peace (Philippians 4:7) I am chosen and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12) I am blameless (I Corinthians 1:8) I am set free (Romans 8:2; John 8:32) I am crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20) I am a light in the world (Matthew 5:14) I am more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37) I am the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21) I am safe (I John 5:18) I am part of God’s kingdom (Revelation 1:6) I am healed from sin (I Peter 2:24) I am no longer condemned (Romans 8:1, 2) I am not helpless (Philippians 4:13) I am overcoming (I John 4:4) I am persevering (Philippians 3:14) I am protected (John 10:28) I am born again (I Peter 1:23) I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) I am delivered (Colossians 1:13) I am redeemed from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13) I am qualified to share in His inheritance (Colossians 1:12) I am victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57)