Feelings are a tricky thing. Navigating what is connected to the truth of your emotions and discerning those things connected to false beliefs is a practice that involves intercession from the Spirit that lives within me. Engaging a dialogue with my Helper is critical in living through He who rests in His temple. No, I’m not speaking of the church down the road or the synagogue around the corner — I’m speaking of the temple of my body:
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? I Corinthians 6:19
Following this understanding then comes the realization that if He rests, resides — takes up residence — in me, then He goes where I go, does what I do, enjoys the things I enjoy, hurts in the pain I feel and rejoices in life with me.
But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. I Corinthians 6:17
We are one! And if we are one — follow me here — then I am holy — even on a rainy day! This is a tough one for me and I don’t believe I’m alone in this difficulty. Believing such truth, when the world and maybe even people within your own circles are communicating a different message makes it all the more difficult to believe. But, the truth of the truth is that it doesn’t come, all the while, in your feelings. Bad, rainy days happen, but Truth withstands even the worst of them.
Having a hard time believing through the fog? I understand that one better than anyone! Here’s what I read to remind me of who I am — my identity — despite my weather:
John 1:12 I am a child of God (Romans 8:16).
John 15:1,5 I am a part of the true vine, a channel (branch) of His Life.
John 15:15 I am Christ’s friend.
John 15:16 I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit.
Acts 1:8 I am a personal witness of Christ for Christ.
Romans 3:24 I have been justified and redeemed.
Romans 5:1 I have been justified (completely forgiven and made righteous) and am at peace with God.
Romans 6:1-6 I died with Christ and died to the power of sin’s rule in my life.
Romans 6:7 I have been freed from sin’s power over me.
Romans 6:18 I am a slave of righteousness.
Romans 6:22 I am enslaved to God.
Romans 8:1 I am forever free from condemnation.
Romans 8:14,15 I am a son of God (God is literally my “Papa”) (Galatians 3:26; 4:6).
Romans 8:17 I am an heir of God and fellow heir with Christ.
Romans 11:16 I am holy.
Romans 15:7 Christ has accepted me.
1 Corinthians 1:2 I have been sanctified.
1 Corinthians 1:30 I have been placed in Christ by God’s doing; Christ is now my wisdom from God, my righteousness, my sanctification, and my redemption.
1 Corinthians 2:12 I have received the Spirit of God into my life that I might know the things freely given to me by God.
1 Corinthians 2:16 I have been given the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19 I am a temple (home) of God; His Spirit (His life) dwells in me.
1 Corinthians 6:17 I am joined to the Lord and am one spirit with Him.
1 Corinthians 6:19,20 I have been bought with a price; I am not my own; I belong to God.
1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body (Ephesians 5:30).
2 Corinthians 1:21 I have been established in Christ and anointed by God.
2 Corinthians 2:14 He always leads me in His triumph in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:14,15 Since I have died, I no longer live for myself, but for Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 I am a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:18,19 I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:21 I am the righteousness of God in Christ.
Galatians 2:4 I have liberty in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I am now living is Christ’s life.
Galatians 3:26,28 I am a child of God and one in Christ.
Galatians 4:6,7 I am a child of God and an heir through God.
Ephesians 1:1 I am a saint (1 Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2).
Ephesians 1:3 I am blessed with every spiritual blessing.
Ephesians 1:4 I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before Him.
Ephesians 1:7,8 I have been redeemed and forgiven, and am a recipient of His lavish grace.
Ephesians 2:5 I have been made alive together with Christ.
Ephesians 2:6 I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heaven.
Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ to do His work that He planned beforehand that I should do.
Ephesians 2:13 I have been brought near to God.
Ephesians 2:18 I have direct access to God through the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:19 I am a fellow citizen with the saints and a member of God’s household.
Ephesians 3:6 I am a fellow heir, a fellow member of the body, and a fellow partaker of the promise in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with boldness and confidence.
Ephesians 4:24 I am righteous and holy.
Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
Philippians 4:7 His peace guards my heart and my mind.
Philippians 4:19 God will supply all my needs.
Colossians 1:13 I have been delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of Christ.
Colossians 1:14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. The debt against me has been canceled (Colossians 2:13,14).
Colossians 1:27 Christ Himself is in me.
Colossians 2:7 I have been firmly rooted in Christ and am now being built up and established in Him.
Colossians 2:10 I have been made complete in Christ.
Colossians 2:12,13 I have been buried, raised, and made alive with Christ, and totally forgiven.
Colossians 3:1 I have been raised with Christ.
Colossians 3:3 I have died, and my life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:4 Christ is now my life.
Colossians 3:12 I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved (1 Thessalonians 1:4).
1 Thessalonians 5:5 I am a child of light and not of darkness.
2 Timothy 1:7 I have been given a spirit of power, love, and discipline.
2 Timothy 1:9 I have been saved and called (set apart) according to God’s purpose and grace (Titus 3:5).
Hebrews 2:11 Because I am sanctified and am one with Christ, He is not ashamed to call me His.
Hebrews 3:1I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling.
Hebrews 3:14 I am a partaker of Christ.
Hebrews 4:16 I may come boldly before the throne of God to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
1 Peter 2:5 I am one of God’s living stones and am being built up as a spiritual house.
1 Peter 2:9,10 I am a part of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of God’s own possession.
1 Peter 2:11 I am an alien and stranger to this world that I temporarily live in.
1 Peter 5:8 I am an enemy of the devil. He is my adversary.
2 Peter 1:4 I have been given God’s precious and magnificent promises by which I am a partaker of the divine nature.
1 John 3:1 God has bestowed a great love on me and called me His child.
1 John 4:15 God is in me and I am in God.
Lord Jesus, may I live the Truth of your Word in my life. I want to dance with You in all ways, in every moment — I want to dance in the rain, because I am holy! Let’s do this — together!