Who I am in Christ : Understanding my true significance in Christ

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Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by! Thank God today is Thursday. Thursday always remind me to count my blessings and to thank God. I am learning to be thankful daily but to write about it and share with others, really helps me to remember God's goodness and mercies to me daily.

♥ I thank God for seeing me through another week. The last one week has been a very busy one for me as I took on some new freelance assignments. The income will really help me but I need to remember to pace myself moderately to avoid over-straining and over-stressing myself. I thank God for giving me strength, grace and wisdom daily.

♥ I thank God for saving me through our Lord Jesus Christ and giving me a new life in Him. Due to undiagnosed recurrent clinical depression over some 17 years, I have a lot of distorted views regarding God, myself and the Christian life. During depression my thoughts all turned negative and turned against me. This is mainly due to the chemical imbalance in the brain which caused my brain not able to function properly thereby affecting my thoughts and feelings. Partly also the enemy made used of such times to cast doubts into my mind about God, myself and the Christian life. I was often very confused. Due to the lack of understanding on the issue of clinical depression, many people around me have misjudged me and misunderstood that my depression was due to me being very weak, emotional and lack of faith in God. The enemy made used of them to discouraged me further. I was very discouraged by what they said but I also made the mistake of believing them. So these negative thoughts and negative self-image have been ingrained in me for some 17 years.

Thank God that after my diagnosis of bipolar, I realized that my condition is a medical condition just like asthma and diabetes and not due to a weakness in my character or a lack of faith in God. I need to trust that God has a purpose in allowing me to have this condition, and allowing me to go through 17 confusing years, and He is working all things for His glory and my good even out of all these. In order to do that, one of the most important thing I have to do is to understand afresh my true identity in Christ. I need to know afresh that God loves me and I am of value to Him. It is true that I am a sinner with many sins, weakness and failures, but God loves me, I am precious to Him and I am valuable to Him because He sent His Son to die on the cross for me and He has redeemed me. It is precisely because I am a sinner that I can find salvation in Christ. He has been doing a wonderful work of grace in my soul ever since the day He saved me though I was not sensible of it due to recurrent depression. The many prolonged severe depression caused me to remember mostly only the negative thoughts and experiences. I need to understand afresh God's love for me and my true worth in Him, and find meaning once again in my new life in Christ. The Lord in His mercies has been helping me over the last 3 years to do so and I found that as He lead me step by step to understand His great love and mercies, I have grown to love Him more than I ever did. It is so important to have a right understanding of our identity in Christ and to fight against those wrong notions that threatens to draw us away from God daily.

♥ I thank God for a friend who sent me this encouraging list of reminders on Who I am in Christ.
Who I am in Christ
I am accepted...

I am God's child.
As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
I have been justified.
I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
I am a member of Christ's body.
I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
I am complete in Christ.
I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.



I am secure...
I am free from condemnation.
I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
I am hidden with Christ in God.
I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.
I am a citizen of heaven.
I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.


I am significant...
I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
I am God's temple.
I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
I am God's workmanship.
I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

♥ Thank God for this video with these encouraging verses:




♥ I thank God for my family, my church and all my friends, who love me, pray for me and accept me.

I thank God for everyone of you, my dear blogging friends, and for your prayers and encouragements. They mean a lot to me.You have made a great difference in my life by your friendship and encouragements. I thank God for every one of you. May God may your visit here a blessed one too!

Thank you for stopping by. Take care and have a blessed day!

Warm Regards,
Nancie

21 Kind thoughts:

gemini said...

God is always there and He is just a prayer away. Thanks you for you post it reminded me of His unfailing love.

Nana Jul said...

What a GREAT list of who we are in Christ!! He is our EVERYTHING! Believe it girlfriend, He's got us covered!

Happy Thursday!
Love,
Julie

Debbie said...

Your list of who we are in Christ is wonderful. It soo blessed me. I was also very blessed about your personal testimony of how you suffered with depression for 17 years. It is an area that is soo misunderstood by so many. I have suffered with an anxiety disorder that also is very misunderstood. Many people in their efforts to help I am sure were really soo discouraging and judgemental that it does make it all the more difficult to deal with sometimes. Satan had a field day with me as well. But praise God He has handled that all for me now and I know my anxiety has NOTHING to do with my spirituality or my relationship with Him. He has taught me much through my experiences with this, as I am very certain He has done with you as well. I admire you speaking out on this. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Debbie

Denise said...

I love you, and your thankful post.

Barbara said...

So totally true, every word of who we are in Christ. And it never changes.
Blessings.

Michele said...

This was a Great Great Thankful Thursday list. Something we should be thankful for everyday.

bp said...

Happy Thankful Thursday!

I like your list and thought it was extra cute that you put the little heart for each item on your list.

Also, how did you get involved in freelancing? I'm interested in that and not sure where to start.
Thanks,
Bethany
email: Preciousmoments2004 AT gmail DOT com

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

That's a great list! God is our strength and our shield - in Him we can be strong even when our bodies and minds are weak.

Blessings to you this week.

Debbie said...

Nancie, whenever I feel down I try to remember who I am in Christ too. How reassuring it is to know who we are in Him. Our flesh may falter at times as our emotions can take over but the Truth is very real. God's Word is so very true. You are loved by the Most High God and you are a beloved child of the King. How can you not be special, my friend?

What a perfect video to go along with your thankful heart to God.

Blessings and hugs to you,
Debbie

Karen said...

Wonderful list of blessings...your thankful heart shines with the love of God!

More Than Conquerors said...

Thanks, Gemini, Nana, Debbie, Dennis, Barbara, Michele, bp, Heather, Debbie and Karen, for stopping by and all your encouragements. Happy Thankful Thursday! Take care and have a very blessed weekend.

Warm regards,
Nancie

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

Thanks for your post. I have some dear people that I am close with struggle with depression, as well as a nephew that was recently diagnosed with bi-polar. Also, thanks for reposting the list that your friend gave you. I am going to copy it and pass it along!

More Than Conquerors said...

Hi LeAnn, thanks for stopping by! I am glad the list will be useful to you to pass along. Thank God for His love and goodness to us. Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Warm regards,
Nancie

Peter Stone said...

Praise the Lord that your bipolar could be diagnosed, even after so long. I was not diagnosed as having complex partial epilepsy until I was 35.
Thanks for sharing the list of who we are in Christ. To be accepted amongst God's beloved is wonderful indeed.
God bless

marja said...

Nanie, You said,
"The Lord in His mercies has been helping me over the last 3 years to do so and I found that as He lead me step by step to understand His great love and mercies, I have grown to love Him more than I ever did."

Isn't it something how God works. In our weakness - in the midst of our mental disorders, like bipolar, - God can do His greatest work. You are proof of that.

As you know, I've been struggling again due to my bipolar disorder, and - as I reach out to Him - I've felt that I've come closer to Him than I would have if things had been easy. Amazing how God works. Praise the Lord!

Love you, Nancie.
marja

More Than Conquerors said...

Hi Peter,

Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's so good to hear from you! I have been thinking of visiting your blog to thank you for sharing your story. A fellow blogger sent me a copy of your e-book and one of my friends and I are greatly blessed by it. My friend and I are both diagnosed with bipolar and we have suffered for many years from undiagnosed recurrent depression. We are both greatly helped by your writing and we are learning to manage our anxieties and depression, and to rely upon the Lord day by day.

Thanks again for sharing your story. May God continue to make you a blessing to many!

Warm regards in Christ,
Nancie

More Than Conquerors said...

Marja,

It is indeed very amazing how God works! He works in very wonderful and mysterious way and we have so much to thank and praise Him daily. I am so thankful that He is drawing you closer to Himself. May He continue to shower His love and blessings upon you daily, and continue to make you a blessing to many.

Love you too, Marja.

Warm regards in Christ,
Nancie

Peter Stone said...

Hi Nancie,
What a small world! Thanks for letting me know my testimony and writings have been able to encourage you and your friend.

It is so wonderful how the Lord gently teaches us how to trust Him in and through all things. It's been a continuous process in my life too.

Thanks for visiting my blog today too.

God bless
Peter

More Than Conquerors said...

Hi Peter,

Thanks for coming by. Yes, it's really wonderful how the Lord gently lead us to trust more and more in Him! May He increase our faith in Him and love for Him day by day.

Thanks again for sharing your story of how God is helping you, with me and my friend, and many others. I am sure many are greatly blessed and encouraged by your sharing. May God bless you and family always! Take care.

Warm regards,
Nancie

nandi anais said...

Hey. I just want to say thanks a lot for your uplifting blog posts... I've been having a really bad ride with my bipolar depression. Feeling alone, forgotten, that empty sort of feeling, I guess. Things don't seem to be getting better, and each medication I try seems to be a failure... but I've been trying to strengthen my relationship with God, and your posts are helping me a lot. So, thanks for everything.

More Than Conquerors said...

Hi Nandi,

Welcome to my blog! Thanks for your kind note. I am glad my posts have been helpful to you. Thank God!

I do understand how difficult it can be with depression. I am praying for you. May God help you and restore you. May He also strengthen your relationship with Him.

If no medicine works for you, you may wish to discuss with your doctor on the possibility of ECT treatment. I have 2 friends who suffered from severe depression and no medicine works for them, so they eventually tried ECT and thank God they recovered! May God guide you and work a way for you! Take care.

With warm regards and prayers,
Nancie

 

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