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The title of my message today is ď10 things God says about you in the
BibleĒ. I want to continue on in my series of messages from
Romans 12. Last week we looked at
Romans 12:1-2. This talked about being a living sacrifice and
renewing our mind. We saw that we are being renewed in to the likeness
of Christ, so we can live like Christ. We also saw that the Bible and
the Holy Spirit help in this process. And that our motivations are the
love of Christ, the mercy of the Father, Godís promise to keep working
on us and the reminder that one day we will stand before Christ to give
account. Today I want at the next verse Ė
Romans 12:3 says, ďFor by the grace given me I say to every one of
you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather
think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God
has distributed to each of you.Ē
This verse reminds of the important of having a right view of
ourselves. It says we should think of our self with sober judgement. The
Greek word used here for sober is so-fron-ehí-o. It means to think and
be in your right mind or to think correctly about ourselves. Some people
think too highly of themselves, while others have a too low opinion. The
best way to think right about ourselves in by seeing who God we are in
As Christians I believe at times we need to be reminded of who God
says we are. Sometimes we forget just how loved we are and just how
important we are to God. Today I want to look at 10 Scriptures that
changed and transformed my life. They helped me to see myself through
Godís eyes and are helping me to fulfil the destiny God has before me.
The main focus is to let Godís Word speak to our hearts and minds. I
will read each Scripture and make a very short comment.
1. You are created in Godís image
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created
him; male and female he created them. (Genesis
We are made in Godís image. According to most theologians or Bible
scholars, being made in Godís image has three aspects or three schools
While most theologians or Bible scholars fall into one of those
camps, I believe that being made in the image of God is a combination of
all three. When we make choices, when we work using Godís gifts and when
we related lovingly to each other, we reflect Godís image.
As Christ followers we need to remember that Godís DNA is stamped on
us. Yes the fall of man skewed the image when God cast Adam and Eve out
of the garden and sin entered the world, but it was restored in Christís
death and resurrection. We are able to reflect all God wants us to be.
2. You were chosen before the foundation of the world
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy
and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as
his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and willó
God chose us before the creation us the world. What did He choose us
for? To be holy and blameless in His sight. Why? Because that would give
Him pleasure! It was His will and prior choice to have you in His
Kingdom and adopted into His eternal family.
3. You were created for good works
For we are Godís workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good
works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians
We are created by God for good works that He planned for us before He
made the world. You were on His mind and He had a job for you to do.
Like Queen Esther was chosen for a time such as this, so are you. God
made you perfectly to play your part. He used all the right ingredients
when moulding you on His potterís wheel. You are gifted with everything
you need to do all He needs you to do. Next week we will look into this
in a deeper way when we look at using our gifts well.
4. You were adopted as children of God
Yet to all who received him [Jesus], to those who believed in his
name, he gave the right to become children of Godó (John
We are Godís children. Adopted into His eternal family because our
faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. We are co-heirs
with Christ. We are all born into this world in to natural families.
Some are good and some are not so good. But when we come to Christ we
enter the eternal family of God. We here are brothers and sisters. Not
just for this life, but for all eternity.
As I shared in my message a few weeks ago Ė we will spend way more
time in eternity than we will on earth. When we have been there 10,000
years we have only just begun. Look around and see your brothers and
sisters in Christ. These relationships will last for eternity. We are
brothers and sisters in Christ forever and ever and ever. We are adopted
into Christ and Godís eternal family.
5. You have the power of the resurrection inside you
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in
you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your
mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. (Romans
Not only are we Godís children and made in Godís image, but we have
part of God living inside us. We have resurrection power living in us.
The Bible also tells us that we are a Temple of the Holy Spirit. Godís
Spirit resides in you (1
Corinthians 6:19). When we come together we have part of the Creator
of the universe resides in us (1 Corinthians 3:16). We donít have to
feel powerless because the same Spirit who hovered over the waters and
the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead is alive and active in
6. You are no longer condemned
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Often we feel condemned and unworthy in the face of a Holy God. God
tells us in the Bible there is no condemnation for those who are in
Christ Jesus. None at all. The Greek word used here for condemned is
kat-akí-ree-mah. It means an adverse sentence or judgement from a judge.
We are condemned and ready to be sentenced to jail. But this verse says
there is no condemnation. No sentence against us. Our judgement has been
As a result we canít let other people make us feel condemned, or the
devil and we canít even condemn ourselves. We are free. Personally I was
the worst offender at condemning myself. If I spoke to you the way I
spoke to myself most of the time, then you would not want to be my
friend and you would definitely want me as your Pastor!
Romans 8:33-34 NLT told me that if God has said we are right with
Him, who can condemn us. No-one! Not even ourselves! Now I am free to
live in the love of Christ. Free from condemnation.
7. You are alive and seated with Christ
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made
us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressionsóit is by
grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated
us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the
coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,
expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians
When Jesus returned to heaven He took up the highest place in the
universe Ė seated at the right hand of the Father. These verses tell us
that spiritually we are seated right there with Christ. You hold a
special place in the heavenly realm. Learning this at Bible college
changed my whole perspective on life and how I see myself. I now see my
standing as with Christ. I can hold my head up high.
8. God created you in your motherís womb
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my motherís
Jeremiah 1:5 Ė before I created you, I knew you.
This is David praying/talking to God. David realised the special role
God played in creating him. He knit him together in his motherís womb.
The potter moulded and shaped him into a future king. God also knit you
together. Making you exactly how He wanted you to be. There are no
mistakes. You are what He intended you to be. God said that same thing
Jeremiah 1:5 says, ďbefore I created you, I knew you.Ē
9. God loved you and sent His Son for you
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only
Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not
that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning
sacrifice for our sins. (1
God loved you so much that He couldnít bear for you to miss out on
heaven and eternity with Him. He sent Jesus to die for you. Jesus gave
His life for you. For God so loved you as it says in
John 3:16. It is the greatest sacrifice and the greatest
demonstration of love of all time. He loved you first and planned always
for you to be His treasured possession. You are Godís treasured
possession. Loved and treasured. God is besotted with you.
When God looks at you He looks at you with the pride and love of a
parent holding their new born child, or like when you watch your
children play, or like when you see your child ride their bike for the
first time, or when you see your child grow up and marry. There is an
immense love and pride in you. God loves. He adores you. He is besotted
10. You are free in Christ
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John
If you are in Christ, you are free. Free of worry about salvation,
free of worry about the future, free of the past, free of sin, free of
guilt, free of condemnation, free of striving to be accepted, free of
the need to know if God loves you or not. He loves you and accepts you.
You are His. You are chosen. You are part of His eternal family. You are
free of everything that would hold you back for being all God wants you
Today we have looked at 10 passages that tell us who we are and what
we have in Christ. And this is only just scratching the surface of the
amount of passages in the Bible that tell us how important to and how
loved we are by God.
When we fully believe these verses it changes our hearts and minds
and it truly changes the way we live. We can stand taller and we can be
confident in taking on the world knowing that God loves us, is with us
and is on our side.
It is my hope and prayer that you will take these Scriptures home
with you and read them everyday this week. Let them sink deep into your
heart and mind. Amen.
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