“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” -2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)
For my Bible study homework we’re trying to become aware of the things we have labelled ourselves or allowed others to label us. Once we’ve identified them we’re to practice the above verses. Imagine the label demolished or crushed, picture it captivated or behind bars – never again free to take up residence in us, and then concur it with truth! Some of the labels floating around my table were unwanted, stupid, dramatic, unimportant… You get the picture. Our goal is to replace them with truth, make our labels obedient to Christ.
A list of truths – our identity as proclaimed in scripture.
I am a new creation. (2 Cor. 5:17)
I am forgiven. (Eph. 1:7-8)
I am gifted with power, love, and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7).
I am chosen to be fruitful (John 15:16).
I am complete (Col. 2:9-10).
I am secure (Rom. 8:31-39).
I am confident (Phil. 1:6).
I am free (Rom. 6:18, 8:1).
I am capable (Phil. 4:13).
I am spiritually alive (Eph. 2:5).
I am welcome in God’s presence (Eph. 2:18; Heb. 4:14-16).
I am sheltered and protected in God (Col. 3:3).
I am valuable to God (1 Cor. 6:20).
I am a member of God’s family (1 John 3:1-2; Eph. 2:19).
I am God’s treasure (1 Pet. 2:9-10).
I am dearly loved (Col. 3:12).
I am being transformed (2 Cor. 3:18).
I am an heir of God (Rom. 8:17).
I am a friend of God (John 15:15)
I am God’s delight (Zeph. 3:17).
I am welcomed to draw near to God (Eph. 3:12).
Lord Jesus, forgive me for accepting false labels for myself. Thank you for showing me these lies. May I always find myself in you. I love you, Jesus! Amen.