It’s been a long week, and it’s only Thursday. Ever had a week like that? The job hunt continues. Monday afternoon, discouragement kicked my hope in the shins. I limped around for a few hours and felt good and sorry for myself. But as I climbed in bed, I decided to sing myself to sleep counting gratefuls. That did the trick. I slept in peace and woke up with my hope slightly bruised but fully in tact.
While I continue to look for a full-time job, I’ll do some subbing at a Christian school nearby. And I’ll keep earning my keep at my sister’s house by helping out wherever I can. Believe it or not, I’m pretty good at mucking horse stalls and slinging hay bales.
Monday’s doldrums reminded me of why I chose the word “mindful” for my word this year. This battle for the mind isn’t for sissies. If I don’t assertively fill my mind with truth, the enemy of my soul will aggressively fill it with lies.
Counting gratefuls is a fool-proof truth-stoking strategy. No matter how bad life seems, there is always plenty to be thankful for.
Another way we can set the old liar’s pants on fire is to become fully convinced of who we are in Christ.
The enemy wants you to suffer from a case of mistaken identity. Makes his job a whole lot easier. And makes your defenses a lot weaker. He’s working overtime to keep your identity masked, to keep the truth from coming out–that you are indeed alive and free and empowered by God’s own Spirit to fight victoriously against him. He’d rather conspire to keep you in a constant state of mourning, grieving over who you wish you were, intead of relishing who you really are, exacerbated by insecurity and crippled by self-doubt.
That’s why he doesn’t want you praying–not fervently–because fervent prayer keeps your true identity in focus. Reminds us of who we really are and taps into the power we really have in Christ.
God’s Word brims with bold statements about who we are in Christ. Let’s get to know ourselves!
Because of Jesus and the price He paid for me, I approach You now with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:11-12).
My grateful soul rejoices because my identity is sure and secure by the grace-filled blood of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:21; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8).
I am Your cherished child, adopted into Your family, and co-heir with Christ (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:15-18).
I am a citizen of heaven. Christ is preparing a place for me, and He will come back to take me home (Philippians 3:20; John 14:2-3).
I am fearfully and wonderfully made by Your creative hand, chosen and appointed to bear much fruit…fruit that will last (Psalm 139:13-14; John 15:16).
I am a friend of Christ, an ambassador of Christ, and a co-worker of God (John 15:15; 2 Corinthians 5:20, 6:1).
I am complete in Christ, lacking in nothing. I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Colossians 2:10; Ephesians 1:3).
I am redeemed and forgiven of all my sins, free from condemnation, and a new creation in Christ (Colossians 1:14; Romans 8:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
I am my Beloved’s and He is mine. Nothing can separate me from Your love, and nothing can snatch me from Your hand (Song of Solomon 6:3; Romans 8:35; 1 John 5:18; 1 Corinthians 6:20; John 10:28-29).
I am Your servant, thoroughly equipped for every good work through the living Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
I am crucified with Christ, dead to sin and hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:1-3; Galatians 2:20).
I am the salt and light of the earth. Use me, today, to point others to You (Matthew 5:13-14).
In the name of Jesus, I proclaim the truth of who I am today and always, AMEN
This identity prayer has a new home on my bathroom mirror. What better way to start the day than to agree with God about who I am in Christ. I challenge you to print out and post this prayer in a prominent spot. Better yet, take the time to write out your own “I am” prayer. Are you in? Leave a comment and let me know!