We will never live the life that God has planned for us until we learn who we are in Christ. We will only have as much victory in our lives as the knowledge we possess of who we truly are in Him. Too often we live our lives like we are no more than we were before Christ – we are saved and on our way to Heaven, but we have no victory in this life. We are not who we used to be, we are now “In Christ”. God wants us to overcome, conquer and reign in life (Romans 5:17) through Jesus.
I have put together some verses (below) that illustrate who we are and what we have been given “In Christ”. They describe our inheritance in Him. This, of course, is not an exhaustive list – there are many more wonderful promises which I will add. But I believe that this list is a very good starting point to begin to transform your mind, your thoughts, your believing and eventually your life.
Learning to be spiritually minded vs. carnally minded means growing in the Word of God. The Word is Spirit and life (John 6:63). It is the Word of God that divides between soul (the carnal part of us) and spirit (Hebrews 4:12). So in order to learn how to walk in the Spirit rather than the flesh (spiritual mindedness vs. carnal mindedness), we must transform our thinking from the natural human way we have been accustomed to thinking and reacting to things and begin to think like the Word (which is Spirit and life).
We must know the Word in order to learn this new way of thinking – according to James (chapter 1) God’s Word is the mirror that shows us how we are to think and live. James 1:25 tells us that if we continue in the Word (and not be a forgetful hearer only) that we will be blessed. But James 1:23-24 says that unless we continue in it, it’s like looking at our face in a mirror and then forgetting what we look like… and nothing changes.
So, in order to ‘continue’ in the Word, we must keep the scriptures before us (Prov. 4:20-22 instructs us to keep His Words before our eyes and in the midst of our hearts).
Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. How do we hear the Word of God?…when it is SPOKEN! God’s spoken Word ignites our faith when we hear it enough.
The best way to continue in the Word and grow our faith is to SPEAK it out loud repeatedly…until it becomes a part of our natural thinking. This is how our minds are renewed from carnal (which produces death and despair) to spiritual (which produces life and peace).
The litmus test for life “in the flesh vs. in the spirit” is PEACE. If what you are thinking produces sadness, depression, depravity, a downtrodden spirit, feelings of inferiority, etc., then you are thinking and living “in the flesh”, but if you are thinking and living “in the Spirit” peace, hope and love (and the other fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23) will be your constant companions.
Let’s get started…begin to study the verses below and then speak out loud the confessions of faith regarding these truths (enclosed by parentheses and italicized underneath the scriptures). Please feel free to change and make the confessions your own…what I’ve written in italics is only a suggestion.
The pathway to victory is paved with persistence. Please try to develop the habit of speaking Bible promises each day, especially those related to the specific areas of weakness in your life.
God bless you in your victorious journey my friend!
So, let’s begin…
Romans 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
(Thank You that I am redeemed, justified – made righteous – in You Lord.)
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
(Thank You that in You I have righteousness, purity, everlasting life and wisdom.)
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
(Thank You for removing my condemnation and giving me a new life.)
Romans 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Thank You that in You I am completely loved by God.)
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
(Thank You that in You, I have life and wholeness – meaningful, abundant life…in every sense of the word.)
Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
(Thank You that in You, I have been given every good thing.)
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
(Thank You that in You, I am an overcomer. You are greater than Satan and all the problems he sends my way.)
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
(Thank You for healing my broken heart and making me whole again, for delivering me from captivity and setting me free from sin and all its horrible side-effects.)
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
(Thank You for giving me Your own joy as I abide in You.)
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
(Thank You for giving me Your peace. In You, I will not be troubled or afraid, but Your peace rules over every worry and care.)
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
(Thank You for giving me abundant life. No more boring, futile, just-let-me-get-through-the-day kind of life – thank You for giving me a wonderful life in You.)
Isaiah 53:4 Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
(Thank You for carrying away my sorrows and griefs to the cross; because of You I can rejoice in this day. Thank You Lord Jesus for taking all my pain, all my hurt and all my sorrow to the cross and for setting me free and giving me victory over it.)
Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgression, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
(Thank You that in You, I am healed.)
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
(Thank You for setting me free from fear and for giving me power, love and a sound mind.)
Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, though Him that loved us.
(Thank You that in You, I am more than a conqueror, I am a victor.)
2 Peter 1:3 According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
(Thank You that in You, I have all things that pertain to ‘real’ life and godliness.)
2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
(Thank You that in You, I am able to triumph over anything Satan or the world sends my way.)
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(Thank You that in You, I am new; I do not have to follow the same old patterns of defeat and wrong thinking.)
Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
(Thank You that in You, I am a child of God.)
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
(Thank You that you have a good plan for my life. Thank You for prospering me and giving me hope and a good future.)
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
(Thank You for setting me free from any and all bondage.)
Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
(Thank You that in You, I am lifted up to rule and reign over the sin and defeat of this world. I am victorious.)
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
(Thank You that in You that I am being transformed and made in Your image and likeness and have inherited Your attributes of love, joy, peace, etc.)
Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
(Thank You that in You, I am now able to have an intimate fellowship with God.)
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave himself for me.
(Thank You that in You, it is not I who live, but You living in and through me.)
Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
(Thank You that in You, I am rooted and grounded in God’s love and nothing can separate me from Him.)
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
(Thank You that in You, I have been given a high calling and purpose for my life.)
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
(Thank You that in You, all my needs will be met. You have all the riches of glory and are well able to meet all my needs. You have everything I need.)
Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
(Thank You that in You, I have a new victorious way of living and thinking.)
1 Timothy 1:14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
(Thank You that in You, I have entered into the exceeding abundant grace of God.)
2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
(Thank You for giving me purpose and hope for my life.)
Philemon 1:6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
(Thank You that in You, I have good things in me.)
Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
(Thank You that You are always working in me to bring about Your will.)
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
(Thank You that in You, I have peace with God.)
Romans 5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
(Thank You that in You, I have the joy of God. Thank You for atoning for my sins.)
Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Thank You that in You, I do not have to fall prey to sin – You have set me free and sin has no power over me anymore.)
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Thank You that in You, I have eternal life.)
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Thank You that in You, I have the victory over sin and its negative effects.)
2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
(Thank You that in You, I am rich.)
Galatians 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
(Thank You that in You, I am an heir of God and His kingdom.)
Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
(Thank You that in You, I have God’s own peace.)
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(Thank You that in You, as I confess my sins, I can know that I am forgiven and will be cleansed from all unrighteousness.)
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
(Thank You that in You, I have the ability to do all things. Thank You for giving me the strength to get through the tough times, to complete Your will for me, and to live a life of victory, etc.)
Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
(Thank You that in You, I am completely sanctified, made clean and pure.)
Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:
(Thank You that in You, I am complete.)
1 John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked once toucheth him not.
(Thank You that in You, Satan cannot touch me.)
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
(Thank You that in You, I am the light of the world.)
Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law (Deut. 28:15-68 sin, sickness, poverty, etc.), being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
(Thank You that in You, I am redeemed/delivered from all curses.)
1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.
(Thank You that in You, just as You are right now in Heaven, so am I in this world.)
Colossians. 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
(Thank You that in You, I am strong!)
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son:
(Thank You that in You, I am delivered from the power of darkness.)
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
(Thank You that as I give, it will be given to me in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.)
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
(Thank You that in You, I am never alone.)
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness: and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
(Thank You for never leaving me, nor forsaking me.)
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