I Am Who God Says I Am

“I am who God says I am”

 
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:13-16

 
As you read the beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-10, you will notice the first 8 statements Jesus makes are just that, the BE-attitudes not the DO-attitudes. At the heart of God’s kingdom are attitudes – not actions. God knows what goes on inside a man or woman’s heart leads to our outward actions. The beatitudes then are the believer’s birthmark. The Spirit plants them in us when we are Born Again. Now it’s up to us to nurture them as we grow in our walk with Jesus as we follow Him. Like a good gardener, we keep pulling the weeds that attempt to use up the water supply and grow along side the fruit God is producing.

None of these Be-attitudes can be obtained by direct pursuit. They are by-products of the Holy Spirits work in our lives as we follow Jesus. It’s an inside out job with God. The kingdom of heaven you can say then is the world system flipped upside down. In the world the winner gets to the top first, where as, in the kingdom of God, the race is to the bottom. The lowest man wins in God’s economy. The greatest in the kingdom is the servant of all. Jesus wins!

The eight beatitudes we read of in Matthew 5:3-10 stand in contrast to the values of this world...
The world admires haughtiness... Heaven admires humility.
The world loves to laugh... Heaven listens to our mourning.
The world is impressed with force... Heaven loves gentleness.
The world is into here and now... Heaven hungers for the spiritual and eternal.
The world demands justice... Heaven shows mercy. The world assumes a corruption... Heaven expects innocence.
The world insists on its own rights... Heaven pursues peace.
The world crushes its enemies... Heaven loves its enemies.

Have you discovered in reading your bible how amazing your life in Christ is meant to be? This list below reveals the truth about who God created you to be and how He wants you to live! They are just a few of the truths that reveal how amazing our lives were meant to be as children of God. In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and to destroy. I have come that you might have life and life more abundantly.”

This list identifies who you are in Christ and how God wants you to live.

I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
I am complete in Him Who is the head over all rule and authority—of every angelic and earthly power (Colossians 2:10).
I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
I am free from oppression, and will not live in fear (Isaiah 54:14).
I have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5).
I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (1 John 5:18).
I am holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:16).
The Spirit of God, who is greater than the enemy in the world, lives in me (1 John 4:4).
I have received abundant grace and the gift of righteousness and reign in life through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
I have received the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my heart enlightened, so that I know the hope of having life in Christ (Ephesians 1:17-18).
I have received the power of the Holy Spirit and He can do miraculous things through me. (Mark 16:17-18; Luke 10:17-19).
I am merciful, I do not judge others, and I forgive quickly. As I do this by God’s grace, He blesses my life (Luke 6:36-38).
I am renewed in the knowledge of God and no longer want to live in my old ways or nature before I accepted Christ (Colossians 3:9-10).
God supplies all of my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
In all circumstances I live by faith in God and His shield extinguishs all the flaming darts (attacks) of the enemy (Ephesians 6:16).
I can do whatever God calls me to do in life through Christ Jesus who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).
I am chosen by God who called me out of the darkness of sin and into the light and life of Christ so I can proclaim the excellence and greatness of who He is (1 Peter 2:9).
I am born again—spiritually transformed, renewed and set apart for God’s purpose—through the living and everlasting word of God (1 Peter 1:23).
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ to do good works that He has prepared for me to do (Ephesians 2:10).
I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
In Christ, I am dead to sin—my relationship to it is broken—and alive to God—living in unbroken fellowship with Him (Romans 6:11).
The light of God’s truth has shone in my heart and given me knowledge of salvation through Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6).
As I hear God’s Word, I set my heart do what it says and I am blessed in my actions (James 1:22, 25).
I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17). I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me (Romans 8:37).
I overcome the enemy of my soul by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
I have everything I need to live a godly life and am equipped to live in His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4).
I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).
I am the righteousness of God—I have right standing with Him—in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit; I belong to Him (1 Corinthians 6:19).
I am chosen by God, forgiven and justified through Christ. I have a compassionate heart, kindness, humility, meekness and patience (Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12).
I am redeemed—forgiven of all my sins and made clean—through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 1:7).
I am redeemed from the curse of sin, (Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Galatians 3:13).
I am called to live a holy life by the grace of God and to declare His praise in the world (Psalm 66:8; 2 Timothy 1:9).
I am strengthened with all power according to His glorious might (Colossians 1:11).
I have been rescued from the domain and the power of darkness and brought into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
I am saved by God’s grace, raised up with Christ and seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:5-6; Colossians 2:12).
My life is rooted in my faith in Christ and I overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done for me (Colossians 2:7).
I am greatly loved by God (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4).
I press on each day to fulfill God’s plan for my life because I live to please Him (Philippians 3:14).
I am not ruled by fear because the Holy Spirit lives in me and gives me His power, love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).


Yes, loved one, you are who God says you are! And my favorite one of all is...



“My beloved is mine, and I am his.”

Song of Songs 2:16


I LOVE YOU!


 






Michael Osthimer

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