Years ago a fellow Navigator, David Lyons, wrote a booklet entitled “Now That I’m Born Again” based on what the Lord reveals in Ephesians regarding our identity in Christ. Now I love to walk and pray so I placed that content on a bookmark that I print double sided on card stock. I like to carry a copy of this in my purse so whenever I start doubting my value I can pull it out and pray through this. What a life changing difference this is making in my life!
Before we lived in Colorado Springs we use to fly out here for leadership meetings. Now Navigators love to “get time with each other” one on one, so it’s not uncommon to find people at these meetings setting up lunches and breaks to do this. At one particular meeting there were a number of people I was hoping to get time with so I was really excited when I learned we had a two hour break before dinner one night. Now it was going to be a special dinner and what I didn’t realize was most of the women wanted time to get ready so as I went around asking if people could get together, one after another told me no. And I found myself starting to feel down…
Now another couple who lived out here invited us to come wait for the dinner at their house. On our drive over I pulled out this bookmark and started praying through it. What an incredible reminder it was – I’m not a loser, because of Jesus I am blessed, chosen, holy, without blemish, adopted… I felt my spirits begin to lift as my heart spent time giving thanks. Especially as I prayed “Thank you, Father, that I am wanted” the pain I was feeling from rejection dissipated (and please note it wasn’t that anyone was rejecting me, they just had other plans, but do you know how you can go there and still feel this way?!)
Now I was sitting in the back seat and since I can’t hear anything in that setting anyways, I spent the whole drive (about twenty minutes) silently praying and giving thanks for who I am in Christ. By the time we arrived, my heart was soaring and a smile was on my face. We enjoyed a lovely time and learned a bunch from the things they shared with us. Truly the Lord had other plans for that time!
Fast forward two hours and we head to dinner. On the way in I stop to talk with the son of a friend, seeking to encourage him. By the time I go in to where the dinner is being held nearly everyone else is seated. But then I spy an open chair right next to one of the women I’ve been hoping to get time with. I’m so excited!!! I race over and ask, “Is this seat available?” only to hear, “No, it’s saved it for…” Then I spy another empty chair next to someone else I’d hoped to get time with… only to discover that was already taken too. In fact, the only available chair was all the way at the back of the room.
Now normally by this time my insecurities would be kicking in big time. No one saved a seat for me. So easily I could’ve withdrawn into myself and eaten my meal in silence. It takes a lot of energy to interact when you are hearing impaired, energy that if I’m feeling rejected, discouraged and down I usually don’t have. But after praying through all those truths of who I am in Christ, I thought, “Jesus must’ve saved me this seat at the back for a reason!”
I ended up sitting across from a woman I didn’t know very well and as we talked over dinner our hearts connected in a powerful way. Did that evening ever turn into a HUGE gift from the Lord!
But so easily I could’ve missed out if my soul hadn’t been fortified right when I needed it by remembering who I am in Christ.
It’s one thing to know these truths in my head or even to do a Bible study on them, but I’m finding these truths are making the biggest life changing difference when I am intentional to apply them by praying through them while my value is under attack!
Seeing Myself The Way Jesus Does…
I am in Christ
Thank You for immersing me in Christ. Thank you for grafting me into the true vine.
I am blessed
Thank you for continually speaking well of me and favoring me in every possible way.
I am chosen
Thank you for picking me for yourself, like a groom marrying the bride he desires.
I am holy
Thank You for setting me aside for yourself, just like the best silver is set aside for special occasions
I am without blemish
Thank you that when you look at me, you do not focus on all my failures. Thank you for focusing on the best part of me, the part You have perfected, my innermost being.
I am adopted
Thank you, Father, that I am wanted. Thank you for coming to me, extending Your hand, pulling me to Your side, and making all the necessary arrangements to make me Your very own.
I am God’s child
Thank you for making me Your beloved child, in whom You are well pleased, for allowing me to bear your likeness, for making me your pride and joy.
I am free from sin’s power
Thank you for liberating me from my old master. Thank you for saving me from my enemy.
I am forgiven
Thank You that You now hold nothing against me. Thank you for not expecting me to make up for the ways I have failed you.
I am favored
Thank You for making me one of Your favorites. Thank You for hovering over me with a special loving attention, like a parent with a firstborn child.
I am wealthy
Thank You that as Your child I have an inheritance that provides all I need. Thank You that I will always have more than I need.
I am secure
Thank You for enveloping me in Your love so that I am sealed, secure and safe. Thank You for shielding and sheltering me by Your Spirit.
I am called
Thank You for giving me an exciting, fulfilling direction. Thank You for showing me why I am here and where I am going.
I am praiseworthy
Thank You for filling me with Your glory. Thank You for bragging about me as Your prized inheritance.
I am capable
Thank You that You love to show Your extraordinary power in me. Thank You that I am therefore qualified & able to do all You want me to do.
I am alive with Christ’s life
Thank You that since You came into my heart, I am born again – born from above and bursting with real life.
I am seated with Christ in heaven
Thank You for placing me with Christ in a position of extraordinary privilege and authority.
I am God’s masterpiece
Thank You for making me Your personal work of art. Thank You that I am the work of a Craftsman, not a mistake.
I am close to God
Thank You for not holding me at arm’s length. Thank You for pulling me to Your side in a prolonged embrace.
I am an insider
Thank You for making me a true citizen in Your kingdom. Thank You for making me a true member of Your household, no longer an outsider.
I am God’s mobile home
Thank You for moving into my heart. Thank You that I am now Your house, Your temple, Your tent.
I am promised great things
Thank You for making such priceless commitments to me. Thank You for letting me experience what others strive to obtain.
I am loved
Thank You for loving me the way I long to be loved. Thank You that I can’t wear out Your love. Thank you for continuing to win my trust by convincing me of the depth of Your love.
I am a new creation
Thank You for completely remodeling my innermost being, my spirit. Thank You that all things in me are truly new.
I am righteous
Thank You for making everything right in my innermost being. Thank You for placing the holy and living Spirit of Your Son in me.
I am the light of the world
Thank You for making the light of Your life shine in me. Thank You for making me Your flashlight, shining into the darkness around me.
I am nourished
Thank You for satisfying my thirst and hunger. Thank You for the Bread of Life that fills me. Thank You for the Living Water welling up in my soul.
I am cherished
Thank You for adoring and treasuring me, like a parent marveling over a newborn baby.
I am Christ’s body
Thank You that although You once lived among Your people in an elaborate tent, and then You walked among us in a Galilean body, now You truly live in me. Thank You that I am actually a member of Your body.
I am united with Christ
Thank You for becoming one with me, as a husband becomes one flesh with his wife.
I am strong
Thank You that with You living in me, I can face anything. Thank You that every battle, test and victory belong to You.
from David Lyon’s booklet Now That I Am Born Again