Who does God say you are?

About two years ago I was struggling with figuring out who I was. I lacked confidence and a mentor emailed me a list of verses that showed me who I am in Christ. Anyways, I came across the email recently, added some verses of my own, and decided to share with all of you.

You are so many things in Christ. I’ve learned through out my middle school and high school years that we need to be confident in God and who He says we are. Many times we rely on our looks, possessions or social status to boost our confidence when instead we should be confident in the fact that God created us perfectly. He loves us and knows what’s best for us. God-confidence trumps self-confidence any day. Here’s what the bible says about who we are in Christ………

 

You are God’s Child

Yet to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave right to become children of God. (John 1:12)

You are assured that God works for your good in all circumstances

And we know that for those who love god all things work together for good, for those called according to his purpose.(Romans 8:28)

You cannot be separated from God

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

You are comforted

Praise be to the God our Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comforts, who comforts us in a ll our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with comfort we ourselves have received from God. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is form because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)

You are capable of all things

I can do all things through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

You are God’s handiwork

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in a dance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

 You are Loved

In this love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)

You are complete in Christ

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. (Colossians 2:9-10)

You are a citizen of heaven

But our citizenship is in heaven and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord, Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20)

You are alive in Christ and hidden with Christ in God

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is in your life appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory.(Colossians 3:3-4)

You are fearfully and wonderfully made

You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my Mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:13-14)

You are established, anointed and sealed

And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put a seal on us and given us his spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

 

You are not alone

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

 

You are a new creation

Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has passed away and the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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A few verses on forgiveness

God forgives us no matter what we’ve done in our past. All we have to do is come to Him and ask for forgiveness.

Jeremiah 31:34 says that God will remember our sins no more.

Isaiah 43:25 talks about God blotting out the Israelite’s transgressions.

Philippians 3:13-14 is a good motto: but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 103:8 says that the Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love.

How to respond to forgiveness:

Repent– therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked for us. -Hebrews 12:1

Turn to God– let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning it’s shame and sat down at the right hand of God. -Hebrews 12:2

Fight Temptation– no temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. -1 Corinthians 10:13

Forgiveness is never ending. In Matthew, when telling the parable of the unmerciful servant Jesus tells us to forgive someone seventy-seven times. Just as God forgives us every time we mess up we should forgive the people around us again and again.

Single? Not Single?

I’m single at the moment but the topic of relationships has been on my mind and heart lately. The more I think, pray and dig into what God says about relationships I become encouraged and excited. I want to share how God uses unhealthy relationships, healthy relationships, singleness and even breakups to prepare us for our future spouse.

Healthy Relationships

First off I’m going to talk about what a heathy relationship is. A heathy relationship is one where the couple sees each other as potential spouses and they are encouraging each other in their walks with Christ. It is a relationship free from abuse and one where neither the girl nor guy is pressured to do anything that they are uncomfortable with. In the ideal healthy relationship both the girl and the guy are serious about saving sex for marriage simply because that’s what God wants and he will bless that decision. In a healthy relationship neither party is obsessed with the other because their life is centered on God and not each other. Don’t center your life on your boyfriend or girlfriend. It is a huge mistake because you will lose yourself and wind up putting God, friends and family aside for something that may not last forever. 

God uses healthy relationships as learning experiences. I believe that he blesses them. Healthy dating relationships are what turn into marriages.

Unhealthy Relationships

Obviously unhealthy relationships are the opposite of healthy ones. They are the relationships where the couple is too involved physically. They are relationships where couples constantly break up and get back together. A relationship isn’t healthy if it’s hidden from anyone. Teens if you’re hiding a relationship from your parents it’s not good. Dating behind your parents back puts strain on your relationship with them, God, and your boyfriend or girlfriend. Also, a relationship is unhealthy if either party is addicted to porn. If there is lots of arguing or if a relationship is not serious then it’s not healthy. You should NOT be in a relationship with someone just for the fun of it. Dating is to prepare for marriage. 

A dating relationship can still be “healthy” if you’re having sex but it can’t be godly because sex before marriage is not biblical at all. I know that in high school having sex is kinda a “cool thing to do” cause everyone does it but PLEASE don’t. It’s not worth it. Sex will be more enjoyable with your husband or wife if you don’t sleep around in high school and college.

If you’re in an unhealthy relationship right now you need to end it. I understand that it’s easier to remain in the relationship because you really do care for the person and don’t want to get hurt. From experience I will tell you it is going to hurt like crazy and it will take time to heal and get over the person. But also from experience I can promise you that you will be okay and in the end you will be happier then you are now.

God uses unhealthy relationships as learning experiences. Through a bad relationship you can learn what you want and don’t want in a partner. You can also learn a lot about yourself and God.

Breakups

This may be surprising to some people but God can use breakups. After a breakup you feel lost and alone because the person that you loved and spent time with is now not in your life. It’s sad and it’s hard but it’s a chance to turn to God. Breakups are painful but many times it’s in the midst of a struggle that we find ourselves closest to the Lord.

Singleness

Being single can be hard because as humans we’re made to be relational and made to be attracted to the opposite gender. It’s natural to want a girlfriend or boyfriend every once in a while but we don’t need to dwell on it. Being jealous of couples and constantly longing for a relationship is not a good way to be. If we look at our singleness with a positive approach we realize that when we’re single we are able to grow close to God. When not focusing on a boyfriend or girlfriend we are able to spend more time on family and friends. While we are single we should work hard to become the very best versions of ourselves. 

God uses every situation for our good. Romans 8:28 says that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. Whether you are in a relationship, going through a breakup, or single God is using it for good. You may be with your future spouse now or you may not have met this person yet. Remember that God’s got it under control. He knows who you are going to marry and will bring that person into your life in His perfect timing.

God Wants You!

Hi Guys!

I started this blog really hoping to encourage at least one person in their personal walk with Christ. I’m by no means perfect and I am not an expert in any of the topics that I’ll be blogging about. I just feel that this will be a good way for me to share things that God places on my heart as I strive to grow closer to Him.

The blog is named genuine joy because I believe that true happiness can be found through Christ. I found myself really searching for the Lord this past summer and longing for a better relationship with Him. Once I began to build my relationship with God I started finding happiness in the smallest of things.

If you’re reading this and you feel lost and far from God you need to understand that He wants you to come to Him.  James 4:8 says to draw near to God and He will draw near to us. Luke 19:10 tells us how Jesus’s mission is to seek and save. Jesus is constantly looking for those who are lost. Isn’t it comforting to know that God will draw near to us and that He is constantly pursuing us? God loves us so much and wants us to seek Him.

Never forget how loved you are. God loves you and I love you! I’m praying for you guys!

-Bailey