To grow in Christ; Bible study, prayer, and Christian fellowship are all necessary. However, even in these things, it can seem futile or fruitless if we have a wrong mindset about how God sees us.
You first need a biblical understanding about who God is, and then of who you are in Christ. Otherwise, it can be very intimidating to approach the Lord in light of His authority and supremacy.
Yes, the Lord is Holy. He is the Creator. He is before all things, and in Him all things have their being. He is all-powerful. He is all-knowing. He is omnipresent. He is eternal. He is Lord of lords and Kings of kings. He is the First and the Last. He is the Alpha and Omega. He is God Most High!
For many believers, however, the holiness, sovereignty, and majesty of God can make it seem like He is a God who is too far removed from them, or cause them to approach God fearfully if they view themself as someone whom God is disappointed in.
It’s easy to have such thoughts as, “I don’t feel like God is pleased with me. When God thinks of me, He must feel shame and see failure. He’s probably given up on me.” “I don’t deserve His favor.” You might actually realize that you are His child, but think of yourself as one of those family members that a parent doesn’t talk about.
But those type of perceptions and emotions about yourself are not reality. Your feelings and doubts might seem real to you, and they can be powerful, but they are not reality.
What God says about you is reality. So, take hold of truth for whom God says you are.
God’s Word is reality. Study God’s Word and accept what He says about you. In that, you can take “hold of that for which Christ took hold of” you, and live in that reality.
If you are in Christ, the Bible says, GOD DELIGHTS IN YOU! God loves you deeply and unashamedly.
For, He is a God who is boundless in grace, plentiful in mercy, delightful in compassion, and pleasures in forgiving those who choose life in His Son Jesus.
In Christ, God doesn’t look at you and gauge you according to your imperfections. He sees you in the perfection of Jesus Christ. He sees you through the sanctifying blood that was shed for you by His dearly beloved Son.
This is the wonderous truth that God speaks about His children. Accept it and hold it in your heart.
Who does God say I am in Christ?
God sees in me the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
God sees in me the presence of Jesus, and He loves me as He loves Jesus.
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. (John 17:22-23)
I am completely saved.
Therefore, He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
I am completely forgiven.
For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:11-12)
I am eternally His.
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29)
I am His by promise.
The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call. (Acts 2:39)
I am His by purchase.
Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
I am His by position.
Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. (Colossians 1:12)
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20)
I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (John 17:14)
I am His by triumph.
But now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (2 Timothy 1:10)
I am His by grace.
So that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:7)
I am legally His.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Romans 8:15-16)
I am securely His.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present not things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created things, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39)
I am perfectly His.
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14)
I am His by Blood Covenant.
For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:28)
I am His by Marriage.
Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:9)
I am accepted in Christ.
To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
I am changed in Christ.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am free in Christ.
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:36)
I am guiltless in Christ.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
I am chosen. I am royal. I am holy. I am God’s special possession.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 NIV)
Just as he chose us in Him before the foundations of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. (Ephesians 1:4)
I am delivered out of the realms of darkness and standing in the Light of the Son.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14)
I am seated with Jesus in the heavenly realms.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6 NIV)
I can approach God openly—at any time.
In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. (Ephesians 3:12)
God is with me. And, God is for me.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 118:6)
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us. (Romans 8:31)
I am surrounded in God’s favor.
For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. (Psalm 5:12)
I am God’s temple.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
I am God’s treasure.
For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the people on the face of the earth. (Deuteronomy 7:6)
I am sealed with God’s approval and I am anointed by His Holy Spirit.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
God is not ashamed of me.
For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren. (Hebrews 2:11)
God will not forsake me.
And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
God will not forget me.
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Luke 12:6-7)
God counts my tears.
You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? (Psalm 56:8)
God comforts my afflictions.
Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. (Isaiah 49:13)
God listens to me.
But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him. (Psalm 4:3)
And, God carries me close to His heart.
He tends his flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (Isaiah 40:11)
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes,and in Him Amen to the glory of God through us. (2 Corinthians 1:20)