By Amanda Idleman, Crosswalk.com
Our minds are the place that the battle for how we live our lives is waged. We are constantly fighting against negative labels, self-talk, fear, defeat, anger, frustration, stress, and the list goes on! It is not our circumstances that determine if you are joyful, it's your state of mind that dictates your joy level.
That’s where God’s Word comes into our lives! Thankfully, God wrote a powerful book that gives us the language that we need to combat the lies that the enemy places in our minds as his way of attempting to stop us from walking in God’s joy and freedom.
Joshua 1:8 says, “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
It is essential that we take time to meditate on and memorize God’s Word. It is the most important tool we have to help overcome those negative and untrue joy-stealing thoughts that we are constantly being bombarded with! If you want to have the power to tell the enemy of your soul to take a hike you first have to internalize who God says you are. It is our identity given to us by Christ that gives us the power to overcome this world.
Here are 10 powerful biblical truths to meditate on and verses to memorize that spell out the truth of who God has made you to be.
1. I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
For I know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you. 1 Thessalonians 1:4
God has chosen you to be a part of his family. He loves you with a never-ending, death defeating love! It is because you are his and that you are so loved that you have the power to live with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
2. I have been justified and completely forgiven.
If I confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
You are not defined by your failures. When you surrender our lives to Jesus and ask for his forgiveness you are counted as righteous and justified by God. God’s grace is sufficient to overcome even our greatest failures.
3. I have been given strength in exchange for my weakness.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
God is the one that gives us the strength you need for every season you walk through in your life. Even when you feel weak and defeated, you have strength through Christ. Your circumstances are never too much for Jesus to handle.
4. I am God’s workmanship.
For I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that I should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
You are a reflection of our God’s amazing creativity and are designed for good works. He has prepared a plan for each of our lives. You are unique, special, and loved by our Creator.
5. I have been given grace in Christ Jesus.
I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:4
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Grace is the unmerited favor of the Lord. We have access to an amazing love that we could never deserve. God never sees you are unlovable.
6. I am victorious through Christ Jesus.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
There is always hope in every situation when Jesus is on your side. He makes a way when there appears to be no way. He is always working, even when we can’t see it, for the good of all who love him.
7. I am loved.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10
You are loved. God sent his only Son to die in your place so he could welcome you into his forever family. By God’s grace there is nothing so great you can do that would separate you from his love once you are in his family.
8. I am capable.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10
God has given you gifts and talents that he desires you to use to bless others. You are able to accomplish so much when you step out in faith! Don’t be held back because of the lie that says you have nothing to offer. God made only one of you! You are special, called, and equipped to do good works with your life.
9. I am a child of God.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
You are a part of the best family! God’s family is big, beautiful, and full of all kinds of interesting people. When you decide to follow Jesus you are adopted into God’s family. You have a good Father that desires for you to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
10. I have been redeemed.
And they sang a new song with these words:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and break its seals and open it.
For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation. Revelation 5:9
Sin and death no longer have the right to keep you bound up! Jesus gave his life so you could find freedom. You have been set free by God’s amazing grace.
Let God’s Word do the heavy lifting in the battle for your spiritual well-being. Take time to read, memorize, and pray God’s promises. The more we internalize what it is that God says about us, our thoughts become more and more filled with truth, and we can find freedom from the lies that want to try to stop us from living joy-filled lives.
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Amanda Idleman is a writer whose passion is to encourage others to live joyfully. She writes devotions for My Daily Bible Verse Devotional and Podcast, Crosswalk Couples Devotional, the Daily Devotional App, she has work published with Her View from Home, on the MOPS Blog, and is a regular contributor for Crosswalk.com. You can find out more about Amanda on her Facebook Page or follow her on Instagram.