By: Tina Coble
I am currently going through a season where God is teaching me that His opinion is the only opinion that counts. It’s amazing the power that one negative word someone speaks about you can have on you and how suddenly we forget all the beautiful words God says about us. It seems easier for us to believe what man says about us than what God says about us. Don’t get me wrong, I trust God and His Word and it is easy for me to believe what God says about himself or even what He says about others, but harder to believe it personally. Can anyone relate to this? If so I want to encourage you to join me in this season of beginning to claim the beautiful truth about who we are in Christ from the heart of our God. God’s opinion after all is the only one that matters. He is the one that gets the final vote. He is the one who created us. So join me in this challenge. Let’s speak the truth of God’s Word out loud and claim our identity in Him. These are the scriptures God has me speaking over myself. Will you join me in speaking over yourself this week?
- I am loved. (1 John 3:3)
- I am accepted. (Ephesians 1:6)
- I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
- I am Jesus’ friend. (John 15:14)
- I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him. (Romans 8:17)
- I am united with God and one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
- I am a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in me. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
- I am a member of Christ’s body. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
- I am a Saint. (Ephesians 1:1)
- I am redeemed and forgiven. (Colossians 1:14)
- I am complete in Jesus Christ. (Colossians 2:10)
- I am free from condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
- I am a new creation because I am in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. (Colossians 3:12)
- I am established, anointed, and sealed by God. (2 Corinthians 1:21)
- I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
- I am God’s co-worker. (2 Corinthians 6:1)
- I am seated in heavenly places with Christ. (Ephesians 2:6)
- I have direct access to God. (Ephesians 2:18)
- I am chosen to bear fruit. (John 5:16)
- I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. (1 Peter 2:5)
- I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I share His nature. (2 Peter 1:4)
- I can always know the presence of God because He never leaves me. (Hebrews 13:5)
- God works in me to help me do the things He wants me to do. (Philippians 2:13)
- I can ask God for wisdom and He will give me what I need. (James 1:5)
If I am honest, when I started speaking this it made me very uncomfortable. In fact when I first began to speak this truth about my true identity, the enemy started bombarding my mind with lies. I heard:
- Who do you think you are?
- God doesn’t notice you.
- Look how you have failed so many times.
- This stuff might be true for some people, but it certainly is not true about you.
- God could never use you.
- You are not one He has or ever will choose.
Then God interrupted the voice of the enemy with his still, small yet powerful voice and it pierced my heart. He said, “Tina who’s opinion counts? Mine, the One who created you, what the enemy is speaking to you now, or what the world says about you. Are you going to believe Me and begin seeing yourself as I see you and am showing you through My Word or are you going to continue believing the lies of this world?”
I believe God has greater things for me and for you and knowing who we are in Christ will give us a stronger “knowing” of who we are in Jesus. The biggest question I had for myself was “Am I going to remain stuck because I am too insecure and from this place of insecurity find it easier to believe the lies of this world and the enemy then the truth of my God? Would this insecurity stop me from taking the steps toward the promises God has for me?” When I named this fear and acknowledged the power it was having over my life the Lord put in me a righteous anger against the strategic attack that Satan had on my life to keep me stuck. I determined to defeat insecurity and walk in the secure and firm, never-wavering, truth of my Father. I am going after my promises. I am going to fulfill the call on my life and walk in the true identify God breathed into me at the moment He created me. I Tina Coble will walk out my God given call and I will believe what God says about me. Will you?
Let’s take hold of our true identity. Let’s renew our minds by speaking out loud who we are in Christ and in when we do I believe how we think and what we know about ourselves will be transformed. Once we begin to speak this every day, we will start to align our thinking with the truth of who we ALREADY ARE in Christ. God wants to do more in your life and mine than we could ever imagine.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)