Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The following testimony took place on the date indicated below.
February 13, 2011, Sunday
Last week I spent some time reminiscing over faded photographs of beloved friends from the youth group and academy of Heritage Baptist Church. Combined with my sentimental nature, and the flood of memories they evoked, I wound up doing a good bit of crying. But, it wasn't all for me. I look at the faces of people, who other than my parents and sisters, meant more to me than words can say. They were my family. They were my closest, dearest friends. Our daily lives were intertwined, and though we had spats here and there, in the end we all got along. It was hard to look at those beautiful faces and not wonder if their lives have turned out as they'd dreamed they would.
When you're a teen in a church with hard preaching, there are lots of sermons that move you to make decisions and promises to God and man. Whether it was just the emotions of the moment, or God's calling is not mine to know.
As a child, then a teen, I was sheltered from any problems behind the scenes in the church. We were blessed to have Pastor Hummel, and Mr. Griff, then Mr. Reid, as youth directors, who truly cared for us individually. They loved the LORD Jesus enough to sacrifice their money, and time, and a portion of their lives to us on a regular basis.
What I remember about Heritage, are happy times, some of the happiest of my life.
25 years later, I see things differently. And, it all started with a photographic trip down memory lane with old friends on facebook .
When Mr. Griff told me that the the owners of the property, formerly Heritage, intend to tear down the old building, I cried. Oh! If those wall could talk, the stories they would tell: cries to God for help, mercy and courage; soul stirring singing, heart changing preaching, lives eternally altered at the altar there.They'd chuckle while telling about the joyful noise of children shout-singing "Father Abraham", giggling through "O Once There Was A King," and competing, screaming, "Hal-le-luh, Hal-le-luh, Hal-le-luh, Hal-le-lu-jah! Praise ye the LORD!" My! My, how those old walls would laugh describing the hilarious games of our youth activities, and our after church basketball games!
I wonder how many souls are in heaven now, how many people know they are going there, because of that old church building. It really wasn't the building, or course, but what it stood for, and God's people and God's Word.
It will really be something when we get to Glory. God will pull back the veil, to reveal to the full, the far reach of a little baptist church with a heart for souls, that loved His word, and that didn't compromise to have big numbers.
Special, and monumental moments in the history of Heritage Baptist church, and it's people, took place in that old building, and how those walls must now heave and grieve, knowing it's glory has left, and it's fate is sure.
Well,after a week of reliving the past, I was listening to the Haines Family. (A few years ago, my husband converted all our cassettes to mp3.) Whew! More memories! More tears! It was like being back in the auditorium listening to them singing their hearts out to the LORD. It's hard to believe the words to those songs just came back to me like it was yesterday. Every time I listen to them singing those songs, the LORD ministers to me.
While I was listening, I just started to cry. Suddenly, a wave of grief swept over me. I had to confess to the LORD how sorry I was that I didn't appreciate what He'd given to me, and where He'd put me, all those years ago. Without a doubt we had the best church around as far as preaching and teaching goes, and it breaks my heart that I took it all for granted. I never considered that one day it would all be gone.
Then I started thinking about the old building being torn down. That building was the foundation of Heritage when it began as Warfieldsburg Bible Church. With the Haines family singing in my ears, it occurred to me that the devil hated Heritage so much that he had to destroy it. He couldn't bust it up with new "bibles" or loose standards of music and dress, so he did it another way. He split it! And even that wasn't good enough! Now the last bastion of Heritage is being torn asunder, and he thinks he has won. He is tearing it down to the very foundation. He keeps thinking he can one-up God.
There I was, finally mouring the demise of my beloved church, when my husband asks me, "Do you know who this is?" He was listening to a preacher on the radio over the internet. The voice was so familiar, but I didn't answer. I couldn't answer, I was overcome with emotion. My tears were more than 2O years overdue! He kept on listening. Between my cries of indignation over the revelation that Satan had set out to destroy Heritage and he'd succeeded, and sorrowful tears over what was lost on a very personal level, I kept listening. When he asked me, "Your pastor was Hummel, right?" Then I knew who it was. It was Pastor Hummel! What comfort! How amazing.
As cliche' as this sounds, words cannot express what I felt at that moment. God had given back to me a brief glimpse of my beloved church. It was like getting to be at Heritage again, for just a few minutes, (sort of like Scrooge in the" Christmas Carol" without all the eeriness). God had pulled me up on His lap, laid my head on His gentle breast, and soothed me with sweet music and preaching from"my preacher." How could I not be comforted! It was like being handed a gift so precious that you are almost afraid to believe that you really have it in your hands.
My husband didn't know until a few hours later that I had just finished listening the the Haines family, and was grieving for Heritage, when he got my attention about Pastor Hummel. Wasn't that the LORD? Glory to God!
I'm sure that looking through the eyes of a child to a young woman of 20, my vision was clouded by my youth, and that love for my church, my pastor, and my friends, covered a multitude of sins, but I will always be thankful to the blessed LORD JESUS CHRIST for making me a part of the best church in town, under the best Bible preaching and teaching in town, with the best people in town, who loved the LORD JESUS, and served Him with their hearts, from their hearts.
PS: Pastor Hummel was preaching a wonderful sermon on Christians who cannot get victory over doubting their salvation and they cannot rest in the eternal security that is ours in Christ.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Mothers of sons and daughters have crossed my path lately, all asking the same question: Why does my son __________?
Allow me to explain, briefly, their dilemna. They have several children, a mix of boys and girls. These mothers are frustrated by the rowdiness of their sons, and their inability to sit still. They are upset with their natural aggressiveness, especially when it is acted upon a younger sibling. They need to know a way to settle them down.
And, when it comes to school, they simply don't know how to get him to do his lessons. He is destructive, he fights, he wrestles, he shouts, he takes things apart, he wants to play, etc. These are just the tip of the iceberg of complaints from moms who just don't know what to do. That little adorable boy is fast becoming a mean bully that they don't like very much. "Where did I go wrong?" they wonder. http://www.brainy-child.com/article/boys-behavior.shtml" target="_blank">Why do boys behave the way they do?
Ladies, Moms, sit down, take a deep breath, relax...I'm going to let you in on a secret about boys. Are you prepared for this. It is simple. So simple, in fact, that it will knock your socks off and make your hair curl. Ready?
Moms, Ladies, they are B-O-Y-S, boys! You changed his diapers, you should know.
Yep, them boys, let me tell ya, sister, are not like those girls. Oh yes, they have many common flaws and wonderful features, and some girls just naturally act like boys, but boys will be boys is a tired, old, but true, cliche'.
There's been a big mix-up in our world since Adam knew Eve. During the 20th century great strides were made to do away with gender differences, to prove that men and women were exactly alike except for biology and anatomy. Unfortunately, scietific research has proven, conclusively, that that is not true. We are different on many levels. But I want to get back to my mom friends.
Boys will be boys! It's true. They have an instinctive need to be in charge, to fight, to make things happen, to be busy doing, to fix -which mean break things to find out how they work so they can fix them. They don't like to sit still, be quiet, or be confined--it's in their nature. They can be trained to do all this, in short spurts, when it is necessary, but otherwise they want to be out exploring new territory, hunting a bear, building a fort, being a cowboy, making a fire, fixing a car,... you get the idea.
If males did not have this inner, God-given instinct, the human race would have died out long ago. Man, woman, and child, would have died of starvation, exposure to the elements, or been eaten by some wild creature. Yes, ladies, we need them. But they need us too.
So, what's a mom to do? Mom has to learn to let them be boys. They need to wrestle and venture and within reason, do what boys do.
There is a big complaint today of men not being manly. How do you think they got that way? Between personal observation, brainstorming with other parents with sons, and reading articles on this topic, the conclusion is this: boys and men are no longer permitted to act like men and boys. Common thinking says: aggression is bad, no-one should be the boss-certainly not a man, "anything you can do I can do better" thinking has taken over, and the results are upside-down thinking about what a normal, healthy male should be like.
Mothers of boys need to find the line between molly-coddling their sons and sissifying them, and not letting them go so wild that they have no self-control and wind up in the state penitentiary.
Let them be rough, play rough, wrestle, jump, climb trees, play football, seek adventure, do things that scare you to death and make you fear for their safety. Yes, they will get hurt, and break things, and take years off your life, and add grey hairs to your lovely locks, but they will love you all the more for it. They will thank you for letting them be boys and not making them into "girlie-men." Their future in-laws, and wives with thank you for it too.
Mrs. Bob (Terry)
Joyful, Blessed mother of 4 sons and 2 daughters & living proof that you will survive--our sons are 23, 21, 18, and 12. daughters are 21 and almost 15.
http://www.brainy-child.com/article/boys-behavior.shtml Why Boys Behave the way they
Friday, February 11, 2011
If you have visited with me before, you might have noticed the newest addition to the sidebar. Rejoice with me! That's right, in 194 days, give or take a few weeks, we will be welcoming our firstborn grandchild into the family.
It is amazing to me how you can love and miss someone you have never met before.
Can you think of any more precious heirloom than that? Not spiritually, but physical heirlooms. The GREATEST heirloom we can pass on to this child is the knowledge of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Even now we are praying for this child, yet unborn, to accept Christ as his or her personal Saviour. Even now, we are praying this child will love God and serve Him with their wholeheart, and with joy and gladness.
I don't know about you, but thinking sometimes gets me into trouble.
In church, we have been studying through the New Testament. We are up to Romans 10 (next week), but a couple weeks ago we were in Romans 7. This is the chapter where Paul is testifying of his personal struggle with his flesh.
Pastor Bob brought out an excellent point that never occurred to me before. Brief background first: some Christians believe, teach and preach, that Rom. 7 was Paul talking about himself before he was Saved. The reason that cannot be true is that an unsaved man has no struggle with the flesh, all he can do is sin, so to speak. If he were to do any good works they are meaningless and vain.
Paul struggled like all of us do. He struggled all his life just like we do. He was just a man, one who God used to deliver to us the great and glorious gospel and teaching on the Christian life, and church.
Remember Paul wrote Rom. 12: 1, 2.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God".
Pay special attention to "renewing of your mind". So much of what we do begins in our mind. Not just the heart, but the mind, which are not the same thing, though we often use them interchangeably. Notice also that we are transformed by the renewing of our mind.
For more verses on the mind: Rom. 7:23-25 "But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? (Paul could do nothing else buy cry out here.) I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."
Rom. 8:7, 27 "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.;"
Rom. 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counseller?.
God has a mind too.
It's more than just a mind set: I Cor. 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. "mind of Christ" and "mind of the LORD"
God wants to renew your mind.
These have minds too:
Eph 4: 20-24
But ye have not so learned Christ;
If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness
Eph. 4:20 tells us to Learn Christ.
This is about a PERSON, not just knowing about "stuff".
Eph. 4:21-24 put off the old man, and be renewed in your mind, and put on Christ
We have the choice. We have to decide old man or new man.
" Let this mind be in you,
What mind? Would you let this mind be in you?
which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
So many times I get caught up in thinking and it just takes me down the worse path, all the worst case scenario, which leads to doubt and fear, robs me of my joy and peace. It tempts me to try and fix or reason things out rather than letting the LORD do it His way.
I remember in school when we studies communism and socialism. Both of these strive to get children in their early years because the recognize the need to get their minds, and brainwash them to believe the falsehood behind these systems. They, the communists and socialists knew that they would not fight a war with guns and bombs and killing, they would wage it in the classroom, in books, on television, in movies, in politics and policies of government, in doing away with as much of God and the Bible from public life as possible, instilling fear of Bible Christians, in the general population. All this, and more, made way for the the election of unfit, immoral, ungodly, lying, cheating, politicians, who in their suave manner of speaking hoodwinked this country to not only elect them, but to allow them to make and change policies which are taking away freedom, but worse, ridding our great nation of God's Word. The socialist/communist has gotten the mind of many americans.
In the church, satan has done this by causing doubt about where God's word is, can we have it? are their mistakes?...it is all a MIND GAME and satan is behind it all.
Satan cannot take our souls, and since some believers are able to live holy before God avoiding many of the wicked pleasures once craved, where else can he tempt us?
All sin begins in the mind, but there is another part of this. Satan wants to keep us bogged down over how wicked we used to be, remind us of all our failures and shortcomings,(even if they aren't sin, he makes us think they are), he gets us all wrapped up about our life before Christ, and our sin, that we forget who we are IN CHRIST. Yes, IN Christ. We are IN Christ, and in Him is no sin at all. We are sinless, in that sense, because in Him is no sin. It's time for Believers to stop letting satan drag them into the mud to wallow in pity over their past, which is under the blood, remembered no more by God, because of Jesus Christ, and start rejoicing in who we are in Christ, beloved bride, children of God, joint heirs with Christ.
Imagine if you went around being all upset about a man who jilted you before you married your husband, how would your husband feel? what would he think? Probably be jealous or think your crazy right?
Christ is the bridegroom and we are His bride. We need to start relishing this thought. We need to focus on the FACT that we have a husband more glorious than any made up storybook husband, than the best earthly husband in the world. Christ sees only the beauty of us. He has washed us, made us clean, given us a new life, and is waiting for us to join Him at the marriage supper of the Lamb. Lets focus on that!
And if that isn't enough to get your mind straight...preaching to myself gals....how bout this:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:7,8
If we focus our minds and meditate on these things, we will do fine. And be filled with joy and peace.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
61 THINGS THAT WERE TRUE OF ME BEFORE I WAS SAVED...
I was on the broad way (road) leading to destruction (Matthew 7:13).
I was lost (Luke 19:10; 2 Corinthians 4:3).
I was condemned already because of my unbelief (John 3:18; compare 1 Corinthians 11:32).
I was a lover of darkness (John 3:19).
I was under God's abiding wrath (John 3:36) awaiting God's coming wrath (Luke 3:7; Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 3:6).
I was an ignorant worshipper (John 4:22).
I was an evildoer deserving judgment (John 5:29; compare 3 John 11).
I was of the world and from below or beneath (John 8:23).
I was yet in my sins (John 8:21,24; compare John 20:23).
I was a child of the devil (John 8:44).
I was a Christ-rejecter (John 12:48).
I was a Christ-hater (John 15:18) and a hater of those belonging to Christ (John 17:14).
I was under the power of Satan (Acts 26:18; 1 John 5:19).
I was unthankful, not giving honor to God (Romans 1:21).
I was unrighteous (Romans 1:29-31; 3:10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
I was under sin (Romans 3:9) and sin-sick (Luke 5:31-32).
I was unprofitable (Romans 3:12; compare Philemon 11).
I was without the fear of God (Romans 3:18).
I was guilty before God (Romans 3:19).
I was a sinner (Romans 3:23; 5:8).
I was without strength (Romans 5:6).
I was ungodly (Romans 5:6; 4:5).
I was God's enemy (Romans 5:10; Colossians 1:21).
I was a servant (slave) of sin (Romans 6:17,20; John 8:34).
I was deserving of death (Romans 6:23; compare 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).
I was in the flesh (Romans 7:5; 8:8).
I was in danger of perishing (1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 2:15; Luke 13:3,5).
I was a natural man who considered the things of God as foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18; 2:14).
I was under God's curse (1 Corinthians 16:22).
I was blinded by the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4).
I was part of this present evil world (Galatians 1:4).
I was dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1,5; Colossians 2:13).
I was walking according to the course of Satan's world (Ephesians 2:2).
I was a child of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2).
I was a child of wrath (Ephesians 2:3).
I was without Christ (Ephesians 2:12).
I was an alien from the commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:12).
I was a stranger from the covenants of promise (Ephesians 2:12,19).
I was one who had no hope (Ephesians 2:12) and no foundation (Luke 6:48).
I was without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12).
I was far off (Ephesians 2:13).
I was walking in the vanity of my mind (Ephesians 4:17).
I was one whose understanding was darkened (Ephesians 4:18; Romans 1:21).
I was alienated from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18; Colossians 1:21).
I was ignorant (Ephesians 4:18).
I was blind and hardened (Ephesians 4:18).
I was given over to unbridled lust (Ephesians 4:19).
I was corrupt according to deceitful lusts (Ephesians 4:22).
I was once of the darkness and of the night (Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; 1 John 2:11).
I was in the realm and under the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13; Luke 1:79; Acts 26:18).
I was one who did not know God (1 Thessalonians 4:5).
I was foolish (Titus 3:3; Romans 1:22).
I was disobedient (Titus 3:3).
I was deceived (Titus 3:3).
I was one who served various lusts and pleasures (Titus 3:3).
I was one who lived in malice and envy (Titus 3:3).
I was one who was hateful and was hating one another (Titus 3:3).
I was a sheep who had gone astray (1 Peter 2:25).
I was one who lived in the flesh to the lusts of men (1 Peter 4:2).
I was one who walked in lasciviousness, lusts, abominable idolatries, etc. (1 Peter 4:3).
I was sensual, having not the Spirit (Jude 19).
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In light of our former, unsaved state and condition, notice how important the little word "but" is in these precious passages:
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" (Ephesians 2:2-5).
"For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:3-5).
"That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ" (Ephesians 2:12-13).
MARVELOUS GRACE OF OUR LOVING LORD!
Having reminded ourselves of our former, unregenerate state, we are now ready to consider the great things God has done for us in His grace, saving our souls and making us whole. This listing is by no means original. For example, Lewis Sperry Chafer has a similar listing in his book entitled Salvation. Also this listing is by no means complete or exhaustive. We have listed 215 things but there are more. You can add to this list through your own study of the Scriptures as you find other things that are true of you now that you are saved. This study can be used as a devotional aid. One or two of the following points could be considered each day as you meditate on the riches of God's grace.
Consider these as "SPIRITUAL VITAMIN PILLS" and take one or two a day! As you go through the day remind yourself of who you are and what you have in Christ! As a saint, live saintly! As a child of God, so walk in a way that would honor your heavenly Father! "To God be the glory! Great things He hath done!" Don't forget WHO YOU ARE! Consider the following:
215 THINGS THAT ARE TRUE OF ME NOW THAT I AM SAVED:
My salvation is fully accomplished (John 19:30).
I have eternal life as a present possession (John 5:24; 6:47; 1 John 5:11-13).
I have Jesus Christ as my present possession (1 John 5:12).
I know the one, true God (John 17:3; 1 John 2:3; 5:20).
I have been saved by His grace (Eph. 2:1-10).
I have been justified by His grace (Tit. 3:7).
I have passed from death unto life (John 5:24; 1 John 3:14).
I have been quickened (made alive) by God (Eph. 2:1,5; Col. 2:13).
I have been made fit for heaven (Col. 1:12).
I have the forgiveness of sins (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14).
My sins have been taken away (John 1:29; Heb. 9:26; 1 John 3:5).
My sins have been completely purged (Heb. 1:3).
My sins will never be remembered by God (Heb. 8:12; 10:17).
I have been washed (1 Cor. 6:11; Tit. 3:5; Rev. 1:5).
I will walk with Christ in white (Rev. 3:4-5).
I have been healed by His stripes (1 Pet. 2:24).
I have been forgiven all trespasses (Col. 2:13; 1 John 2:12).
I have been fully justified (Rom. 4:5; 8:30; 1 Cor. 6:11; Gal. 2:16; Tit. 3:7).
I am reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:18-19; Col. 1:20).
I am made nigh by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13).
I am redeemed through His blood (1 Pet. 1:18,19; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14).
I am redeemed from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13).
I am redeemed from all iniquity or lawlessness (Titus 2:14).
I am bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23).
I am delivered from so great a death (2 Cor. 1:10).
I have been delivered from this present evil world or age (Gal. 1:4).
I have been delivered from the power of darkness (Col. 1:13).
I have been delivered from the wrath to come (1 Thess. 1:10).
I will not come into condemnation or judgment (John 5:24; Rom. 8:1).
I am a child of God (John 1:12; Rom. 8:16; Gal. 3:26; 1 John 3:1,2).
I am a son of God (Gal. 4:5-7).
I belong to Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:29; 5:24).
I have been adopted (Gal. 4:5; Rom. 8:15,23).
I am an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17; Tit. 3:7).
I am an heir of the grace of life (1 Pet. 3:7).
All things are mine (1 Cor. 3:21-23).
I possess all things (2 Cor. 6:10).
I will inherit all things (Rev. 21:7).
I am enriched by Christ in everything (1 Cor. 1:5; 2 Cor. 9:11).
I am a fellow heir (Eph. 3:6).
I am rich because of Christ (2 Cor. 8:9; Rev. 2:9).
I am blessed with every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3).
I have obtained an inheritance (Eph. 1:11,14; Heb. 1:14; 9:15; 1 Pet. 1:4).
I have been appointed to obtain salvation (1 Thess. 5:9; Heb. 1:14).
I am His inheritance (Eph. 1:18).
I am a partaker of His promise in Christ by the gospel (Eph. 3:6).
I am a new creature (creation) in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:10; 4:24; Col. 3:10).
I have been renewed by the Holy Spirit (Tit. 3:5).
I am accepted and highly favored in the Beloved One (Eph. 1:6; cf. Matt. 3:17).
I have been seated in heavenly places with Christ (Eph. 2:6).
I am to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:6,12).
I am light in the Lord (Eph. 5:8).
I am a child of light (Eph. 5:8; 1 Thess. 5:5).
I am a "peculiar person," even God's special, purchased possession (Tit. 2:14; 1 Pet.2:9).
I am a priest who can offer spiritual sacrifices (Heb. 13:15-16; 1 Pet. 2:5,9; Rev. 1:6; 5:10;20:6).
I am a king who will reign (Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 20:6).
I am privileged to have fellowship with the Father and with the Son (1 John 1:3).
I dwell in Christ (John 6:56; 1 John 3:24; 4:13,15,16).
Christ dwells in me (John 6:56; Gal. 2:20; 1 John 3:24; 4:12-16).
I am in Christ (John 14:20; 2 Cor. 5:17).
Christ is in me (John 14:20; Col. 1:27; Rom. 8:10; 1 John 4:4).62. The Spirit of God dwells in me (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 2:21-22).
The Spirit of God dwells (John 6:56; Gal. 2:20; 1 John 3:24; 4:12-16).
I am not in the flesh but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9).
My "earthen vessel" houses a great Treasure (2 Cor. 4:7).
My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19).
I have been blest with the gift and pledge of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 1:22; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Thess. 4:8; Tit. 3:6; 1 John 3:24; 4:13).
I have an anointing (unction) from the Holy One (1 John 2:20,27).
I am one of the "called" of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:6; 8:28-30; Jude 1; Rev. 17:14).
I have been called unto the fellowship of God's Son (1 Cor. 1:9).
I have been called unto eternal glory (1 Pet. 5:10).
I have been called with a holy calling (2 Tim. 1:9).
I am a partaker of the high, heavenly calling (Phil. 3:14; Heb. 3:1).
I have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet. 2:9).
God foreknew me (Rom. 8:29; 1 Pet. 1:2).
God predestined me to be conformed to Christ's image (Rom. 8:29; Eph. 1:5,11).
I have already been glorified according to God's mind and purpose (Rom. 8:30).
I am eternally secure in God's love (Rom. 8:38-39).
I am chosen in Christ (Eph. 1:4; Col. 3:12; 1 Thess. 1:4; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 17:14).
I have been chosen to salvation (2 Thess. 2:13).
I am complete in Christ (Col. 2:10).
I am beloved of God (Col. 3:12; 2 Thess. 2:13).
I am chastened and disciplined by my Heavenly Father (Heb. 12:6-7).
I am part of that group that Christ is not ashamed to call His "brethren" and "friends" (Heb. 2:11; John 15:14-15).
I am a child of Abraham (Gal. 3:7).
I am Abraham's seed (Gal. 3:29).
I enjoy the blessing of Abraham (Gal. 3:9).
I am a child of promise (Gal. 4:28,31).
I am faithful (Rev. 17:14).
I am a sheep in His flock (Luke 12:32; Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25).
I am a member of His body (1 Cor. 10:17; 12:27; Eph. 3:6; 4:25; 5:30).
I am a stone in His building (Eph. 2:20-22; Heb. 3:6; 1 Pet. 2:5).
I am a branch in the Vine (John 15:1-7).
I am a child of the kingdom (Matt. 13:38; compare Mark 10:14-15).
I am born again into His family (John 1:12-13; James 1:18; 1 Pet. 1:3,23; 2:2; 1 John 5:1).
I am one of God's people because He graciously claims me as His own (1 Pet. 2:10; Rev. 21:7).
I am a fellow citizen with the saints (Eph. 2:19).
I was baptized into Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27).
I was identified with Christ in His death (Rom. 6:3-6,8-11; 2 Cor. 5:14; Col. 2:12,20; 3:3).
I was identified with Christ in His resurrection (Rom. 6:5,8,11; 2 Cor. 5:15; Gal. 2:20; Col. 2:12; 3:1).
I died to sin (Rom. 6:2).
My "old man" was crucified with Christ (Rom. 6:6).
I have been crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20).
I have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts (Gal. 5:24).
I am alive unto God (Rom. 6:11,13; Gal. 2:19,20).
Christ is my life (Phil. 1:21; Col. 3:4).
I can walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4).
I can serve in newness of spirit (Rom. 7:6).
I can live unto righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24).
I died to the law (Rom. 7:4; Gal. 2:19).
I am delivered from the law (Rom. 7:6).
I am not under the law but under grace (Rom. 6:14).
I have God's laws written in my heart (Heb. 10:16).
I am married to Jesus Christ (Rom. 7:4).
I am a partaker of Christ (Heb. 3:14).
I am identified with Christ in His suffering (2 Tim. 2:12; Phil. 1:29; 1 Pet. 2:20; 4:12-13; 1 Thess. 3:3; Rom. 8:18; Col. 1:24).
The knowledge of God is made known by me (2 Cor. 2:14).
The savor (aroma) of Christ is made known by me (2 Cor. 2:15-16).
I am an epistle of Christ (2 Cor. 3:3).
I am being changed into Christ's glorious image (2 Cor. 3:18).
I am being perfected (Phil. 1:6).
My inward man is being renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16).
I have put on Christ (Gal. 3:27).
I am not of the world (John 17:14,16).
The world is crucified unto me (Gal. 6:14).
I am crucified unto the world (Gal. 6:14).
I am separated unto the gospel of God (Rom. 1:1).
I am set apart and sanctified in Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11; Heb. 10:10; Jude 1).
I am holy (Col. 3:12; Heb. 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 20:6).
I am clothed in His righteousness (Rev. 19:8).
I am a saint (1 Cor. 1:2; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:2; Rom. 1:7).
I am faultless in Christ (Eph. 5:27; Col. 1:22; Jude 24).
I am perfected forever (Heb. 10:14).
I am not my own (1 Cor. 6:19).
I am called unto holiness (1 Thess. 4:7).
I am a citizen of heaven (Phil. 3:20).
I am a stranger and pilgrim who is not at home in this world (Heb. 11:13; 1 Pet. 2:11).
I have been translated into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Col. 1:13).
I am circumcised in my heart (Col. 2:11; Phil 3:3; compare Deut. 10:16).
My faithful God will sanctify me wholly (1 Thess. 5:23-24).
My faithful God will keep me from evil (2 Thess. 3:3; 2 Tim. 4:18).
Christ has made me free, free indeed (John 8:32-36; Gal. 5:1; 1 Cor. 7:22).
Jesus Christ is my Deliverer (Rom. 7:24-25).
I am free from sin (Rom. 6:7,18,22).
The law of the Spirit of Life has made me free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:2).
I am God's servant or slave (Rom. 6:22).
I am Christ's servant or slave (1 Cor. 7:22).
I am a servant of righteousness (Rom. 6:18).
I have been called unto liberty (Gal. 5:13).
I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16).
I have a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7).
Christ has given me an understanding (1 John 5:20).
I have the righteousness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21).
I have all sufficiency in all things (2 Cor. 9:8).
I have all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3).
I can ever be content for I have Christ (Heb. 13:5).
I have all the armor and weapons I need (2 Cor. 10:4; Eph. 6:10-17).
I have God's all-sufficient grace (2 Cor. 12:9).
I have grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16).
I have God's power (Eph. 1:19; 3:20).
I have access to the Father (Eph. 2:18; Heb. 4:16).
I have a great High Priest (Heb. 2:17-18; 3:1; 4:14-16; 8:1; 10:21).
I have an unfailing Intercessor (Heb. 7:25; 9:24; Rom. 8:34).
I have a righteous Advocate with the Father for times when I sin (1 John 2:1).
I have peace with God (Rom. 5:1).
Christ is my peace (Eph. 2:14).
I have rest for my soul (Matt. 11:28-29; Heb. 4:9).
I am led by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14).
I am enabled during trials and temptations (1 Cor. 10:13).
I am given assurance by the Spirit (Rom. 8:16; Heb. 6:18).
I am given comfort by God (2 Cor. 1:3-7).
I am tranquilized by His peace (Phil. 4:7).
I am freely given truth and knowledge by the Spirit (1 Cor. 2:12).
I am not distressed (2 Cor. 4:8).
I am not in despair (2 Cor. 4:8).
I am not forsaken (2 Cor. 4:9).
I am not in darkness (1 Thess. 5:4).
God is my Sufficiency (2 Cor. 3:5).
God is my Strength (2 Cor. 12:9-10; Phil. 4:13).
God is my Helper (Heb. 13:6).
I belong to a Sovereign God who works all things together for my good (Rom. 8:28).
All things are for my sake (2 Cor. 4:15).
My God is for me (Rom. 8:31).
My every need is supplied (Phil. 4:19).
I am a laborer together with Christ (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor. 6:1).
I am His workmanship (Eph. 2:10).
God works in me (Phil. 2:13; Heb. 13:21).
God's Word works in me (1 Thess. 2:13).
I am sealed by God (2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13).
I am on the Rock, Christ Jesus (Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 3:11).
I am established securely in Christ (2 Cor. 1:21; 2 Thess. 3:3).
I am kept by the power of God (1 Pet. 1:5).
I am preserved in Jesus Christ (Jude 1).
I am kept from falling (Jude 24).
I have a building of God eternal in the heavens (2 Cor. 5:1).
My name is forever written in heaven (Luke 10:20).
I am more than a conqueror, even a super-conqueror (Rom. 8:37).
I have victory through Christ (1 Cor. 15:57).
I have overcome the world (1 John 5:4-5).
I always triumph in Christ (2 Cor. 2:14).
I am indwelt by the victorious Christ who is greater than Satan (1 John 4:4).
Satan cannot touch me (1 John 5:18).
I have a living hope (1 Pet. 1:3).
I have a glorious future (Rom. 8:18; 2 Thess. 2:14).
I have been given eternal encouragement and good hope through grace (2 Thess. 2:16).
I will be preserved unto His heavenly kingdom (2 Tim. 4:18).
I am receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved (Heb. 12:28).
I have a place reserved in heaven for me (John 14:2,3; 1 Pet. 1:4).
I will eat of the tree of life (Rev. 2:7).
I will not be hurt of the second death (Rev. 2:11; 20:6).
I will have a new name (Rev. 2:17; 3:12).
I will have power over the nations (Rev. 2:26; 5:10).
I will not have my name blotted out of the book of life (Rev. 3:5).
I will be a pillar in God's temple (Rev. 3:12).
I will sit with Christ in His throne (Rev. 3:21).
I will be with my God forever (Rev. 21:3-4).
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