Take 5 (August 14-18, 2017)

Ted Tanzey • Pastor of Counseling Ministries

I am… in Christ

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MONDAY: I Am Loved

John 3:16

Can you remember the first time you heard John 3:16? What is it about John 3:16 that you really cherish? God loves us so much that He gave Jesus to be sacrificed in our place and pay the penalty of our sin. At times we consciously or unconsciously tell ourselves that God’s love for us is conditional, limited or dependent on what we do or don’t do. Romans 8:38-39 tells us that we are completely loved by God and His love for us is unconditional and everlasting.

As you live your life this week, know that you are loved and valued by God. He sent His only Son to die so that you could have life. Realize that in Christ, you are free from condemnation (Romans 8:1), you are His child (1 John 3:1), and you are promised eternal life.

This week, thank God that His love for you is eternal and not based on what you do or don’t do. His love for you is based upon who you are–His child. 

TUESDAY: I Am Adopted

Ephesians 1:4-8

We are God’s adopted children! Wow…this is such a great truth of Scripture. Being adopted by God means that the Creator of the heavens and the earth, by grace, has made us His children with all the rights that go with that status. How does knowing that you are adopted change your view of yourself and God? In Galatians 3:26-29 and 4:3-7, how is a child of God described? The statement, Abba! Father!, in verse 6 is a childlike cry for affection while running to a parent’s arms for rescue, and an exclamation of joy. How might you, as God’s adopted child, show Him joy?

Spend some time this week dwelling on these truths of Scripture:

WEDNESDAY: I Am Sealed

Ephesians 1:13-14

Another wonderful truth of God’s Word is that we are eternally secure (sealed) in Him. The Holy Spirit is referred to as a “seal” and as a “deposit.” The imagery of the Spirit as a seal brings with it concepts of ownership and protection. What does it mean to you that God “owns” and “protects” you? How does knowing that you are God’s child and that you are sealed in Him help you navigate through life? When you go through trials and storms of life, how can this promise that you are sealed help you get through these difficulties? At the moment of our salvation, God sealed us in Him through the power of the Holy Spirit and His unconditional love for us. How can this reality help you this week as you live your daily life?

Take time this week to thank God for His love for you and the reality that you are His child and are eternally sealed and secure in Him.

THURSDAY: I Am Alive

Ephesians 2:4-7

God loves us greatly and is rich in mercy. God’s love for us is above and beyond what we can ever imagine or think. Through God’s grace (a gift to us) we have been saved and made alive. We are alive in Him! What must we do to receive God’s gift of His grace, mercy, and new birth? What are the benefits to us for being alive in Jesus Christ? (vv. 6-7) What does it mean to you to be spiritually alive? Spiritually alive… We are taken out of the great graveyard of sin and placed into the throne room of glory (Romans 6:23).

 Spend some time this week thanking God for His Mercy and His great love for us. Thank Him for His gift of Jesus and allowing us to be ALIVE.

FRIDAY: I Am Blessed

Ephesians 1:3-14

This week, we looked at some of the ways God has blessed us: He loves us, He adopted us, He sealed us, and He made us alive. As believers in Christ, we are truly blessed. Sometimes we allow the busyness of life to assault our minds so that we forget about these wonderful blessings from God. Let’s take a few minutes and look at these blessings. Wow! We could spend the rest of our lives thanking God for these rich Biblical truths! According to these verses, in what ways has God blessed you? Today, as you are going about your day, ask God to help you focus on Him and what it means to be His child.

Take time today to thank Him for loving you, adopting you, sealing you, making you alive, and blessing you.