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In Ephesians 1:1-14 the preposition “in” is used over a dozen times, most of them connected to Christ. Paul repeats the phrases “In Christ,” “In Him,” “In the One he loves,” throughout the chapter. In doing so he wants to remind the Ephesian Church of who they are in Christ in order to strengthen and build them up.
At times I feel my own inadequacies, my failures, my shortcomings, and consequently, develop the wrong mental picture of who I am. I believe the enemy wants to make us forget about who we are in Christ so that he can steal the joy, confidence, hope overall blessing that Christ offers us when we understand our position of being “in Him.” A few weeks ago the accuser, satan, was again attempting to convince me to believe things about myself that were depressing, defeating and debilitating. After a several weeks of this battle, I had an Ephesians 1 moment and quickly wrote down how the Bible defined me as a person who is in Christ. This is what I came up with:
I am adopted, I am redeemed, I am loved, I am forgiven, I have been died for, I have been sung over, I have been given a calling to lead God’s people, I have a future that belongs to God, I am a new creation, I am being perfected, I am made complete in Him, I am free from oppression of sin, I am living forever, I am holy, I am a temple of the holy spirit, I have the mind of Christ, I am more than a conqueror, I have the peace that passes understanding, it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, I can resist the fiery darts of the devil, I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength, I am God’s workmanship, I am an overcomer by the blood of the lamb, I am delivered from the power of darkness, I am healed by the stripes of Jesus, I have hope, I eat the bread of life and drink from the well of living water, the yoke I carry is not burdensome, I am in God’s hands, His care, His protection, His love, His favor, I wear His armor, I bear His fruit, I have my name written in his book, I have more than I throne……I have the incomparable riches in Christ Jesus!!!
I recognize that this list is far from complete. Yet so often we define ourselves, let others define us, and believe the definition of how Satan tries to define us. These definitions are inadequate or even false. When we are “in Christ” God has already perfectly defined who we are…end of story!!! We need to start believing it. We need to take ownership of who God says we are in Christ Jesus. Until we do, we will always live under the cloud of doubt and inadequacy. You are in Christ. Start believing who He says you are!