Tuesday, March 28, 2017

8 Verses for When You Need to Remember Who You Are


Some days are long and filled with enough struggles to wear us down.

Maybe it’s the negative opinions of others and the comments they make sure we hear. Or perhaps it’s mistakes we’re trying to make up for and things we wish we’d done differently.

When this discouragement is on auto-repeat, it takes its toll on us.

It’s enough to make us forget that who we are is not found in what others say or think. Our identities are not found in what we’ve done or neglected to do.

Your identity, and mine, is who God says we are—chosen, loved, and redeemed.

Who we are is found in Whose we are.

Especially on these long, negative-filled days, we need to remind ourselves of who we are in Jesus—His chosen children—loved and redeemed. {Tweet this}

Here are 8 Scripture verses to turn to when you need to remember how much Jesus loves you.

Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT {Chosen and Loved}
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Isaiah 43:1 NLT {Called by Name}
But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.

Ephesians 2:19 NLT {Part of God’s Family}
So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT {Created for a Purpose}
For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."   

Ephesians 1:13 NLT {Identified as God’s Own}
And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.

Galatians 3:26 NLT {Child of God}
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 103:3-4 NLT {Forgiven and Redeemed}
He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

What verses do you turn to when you need to remember who you are in Jesus?

In Christ,
Laura 

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20 comments:

  1. Thank you, Laura, for collecting and sharing these verses.
    As someone who struggles with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, I am often drowning in those negative thoughts you mention.
    I so often forget that, as you so beautifully put it, "who we are is found in whose we are." Thank you for encouragingme today! #dreamtogether

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    1. Hi Melissa,

      I'm so glad you found encouragement here! Thank you for your comment.

      Blessings,
      Laura

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  2. Great list of verses. I need all of them at different times depending on the day and situation. Thanks for your encouragement.

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  3. I love this. So encouraging! Thanks for sharing at the #glimpses link up!

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  4. "Who we are is found in Whose we are." - This cannot be repeated long or loud enough! Hallelujah and Amen!

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  5. Amen! It is always a good reminder especially as my mind struggles with negative thinking

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  6. Wonderful list, Laura. My verse? It's one that reminds me that I'm His creation, the good work of His hands - PS 139:14. Visiting this morning via #chasingcommunity.

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  7. I always come back to Romans 8:1 -- I am not under condemnation because I am in Christ Jesus -- and this time of year, it's a blessing to be reminded of all that Jesus did to make that possible.

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  8. Wonderful truth-filled post. Isaiah 43:1 is one of my turn to verses when I need to remember He has called me by name & I am His. Such an encouraging post!

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  9. Oh Laura -- the end of the Isaiah verse -- "You are mine." Can you hear that enough? We're so blessed that He calls us His. We're not forcing our way into His affections - He is making the assertion -- we're His. So thankful for the inclusion of the gentile race. So blessed to be among His own. Sweet reminders today, Laura. Thank you! ((hug))

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  10. I love this, Laura! Such good reminders from Scripture. And I love your quote, "Your identity, and mine, is who God says we are—chosen, loved, and redeemed. Who we are is found in Whose we are." Amen!

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  11. Laura, Wonderful encouragement I never tire of hearing!

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  12. These are great reminders - thank you for sharing!

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  13. Great scriptures! Thanks for the reminder and for sharing.

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  14. These are so beautiful and true... Thank you for sharing them. I have really enjoyed visiting today :) One of the verses I turn to Isaiah 40:31.

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  15. Laura,
    Thank you for this hope-filled TRUTH! And thank you, as always for sharing hope with us at #MomentsofHope!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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  16. Laura - it is so important that we all know the truth of who we are and whose we area that our lined out in Scripture. I love this post and that you are pointing people toward their TRUE identity in Christ and not in what others say. We are neighbors over at #FreshMarketFriday

    Also, I would love if you would consider linking up to my NEW Thursday Party #TuneInThursday it stays open until Sunday. You can find it here: http://debbiekitterman.com/blog/
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  17. Romans 8:38-39 is my favorite to go to to remember that I am forever in God's care. All of these verses are great reminders of who we belong to. Thank you.

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  18. Laura, Thanks for these precious reminders of who we are in Christ Jesus.

    My favorite verse for remembering who I am in Christ Jesus and is great love for me is Zephaniah 3:17 "The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing."

    Great post and great prompt!

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  19. We take every thought captive under the authority of Christ by replacing lies with God's truth. Thanks for sharing this great post on Grace and Truth.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!