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Church was great today! I know, I say that every time. To be honest, God has so blessed me with wonderful, God-fearing pastors who are also gifted teachers. It makes going to church an extra joy. Of course, I always make sure they love God, love the Bible and teach its inerrancy, and are solid on the core doctrines of the Bible. I have to admit, I also look for ones who can tell a good joke to illustrate their sermons. I don’t know why, but a little humor acts like glue to cement the lesson into my brain. It’s a wonderful gift from God.
Our pastor reminded us, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” When he said that, it reminded me of a wonderful list, “Who I am in Christ,” that I discovered a few years ago. It lists many of the blessings God has given us, when we are His children, that make up our spiritual identity in Christ Jesus. These include:
I am accepted…
I am God’s child. – John 1:12
I am secure…
I am free from condemnation. – Romans 8:1-2
I am significant…
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit. – John 15:16
(Excerpt from “Who I Am in Christ” by Neil Anderson)
You can find the full list with 15 more gifts on it at the Freedom In Christ Ministries website. They have an artistic version , text version , or you can purchase a screensaver of it. While I was there today, I discovered that Mr. Anderson has also written a book based on each of these verses. It is definitely worth looking at and you’ll find a picture of it below this article.
As caregivers, grandparents, parents, we have so many different "identities." But this is the one that is most important to me. I highly recommend printing, reading and meditating on this list often. These are such awesome gifts to us from God to be treasured joyfully. Happy Sunday!