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Finding Joy in 2020

As we approach the end of a most tumultuous year, it would be easy to consider the countless negative events and relentless frustrations that have consumed the last several months. While lament is healthy and in order, continuing to mediate on the disappointments of 2020 can have negative spiritual, emotional, and even physical effects.

In Philippians 4:8, the Apostle Paul implores us to meditate on the good, the noble, and the praiseworthy. This is no easy feat. In the midst of deep sorrow and loss, it can be difficult to remember the many blessings that we have as believers (and there are many!). This is why we must saturate our lives with the Scriptures, as God’s Word reminds us of the many benefits that we have by His grace.

Last Sunday I preached on the Advent theme of “joy,” and I closed out my sermon with a list of Biblical truths, aimed at reminding believers of who we are— and what we have– in Christ. It was requested that I post this list in written form. Here you go!

* I did not compile this list; it was sent to me years ago (source unknown). I hope it blesses you.

While the disappointments of 2020 are ubiquitous, we who are in Christ have much reason to rejoice! Merry Christmas!

My salvation is fully accomplished – John 19:30. 

 I have passed from death unto life – John 5:24; 1 John 3:14. 

 I have been quickened by God – Eph. 2:1,5; Col. 2:13. 

 I have been made fit for heaven – Col. 1:12. 

 I have the forgiveness of sins – Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14. 

 I am made nigh by the blood of Christ – Eph. 2:13. 

 I am redeemed through His blood – 1 Pet. 1:18,19; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14. 

 I have been delivered from the power of darkness – Col. 1:13. 

 I have been delivered from the wrath to come – 1 Thess. 1:10. 

 I am a child of God – John 1:12; Rom. 8:16; Gal. 3:26; 1 John 3:1,2. 

 I am a son of God – Gal. 4:5-7. 

 I belong to Jesus Christ – Gal. 3:29; 5:24. 

 I am an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ – Rom. 8:17; Tit. 3:7. 

 I possess all things – 2 Cor. 6:10. 

 I am a new creature in Christ – 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:10; 4:24; Col. 3:10. 

 I have been renewed by the Holy Spirit – Tit. 3:5. 

 I am accepted and highly favored in the Beloved – Eph. 1:6. 

 I am light in the Lord – Eph. 5:8. 

 I dwell in Christ – John 6:56; 1 John 3:24; 4:13,15,16. 

 Christ dwells in me – John 6:56; Gal. 2:20; 1 John 3:24; 4:12-16. 

 My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit – 1 Cor. 6:19. 

 I have an anointing (unction) from the Holy One – 1 John 2:20,27. 

 I have been called with a holy calling – 2 Tim. 1:9. 

 I am chosen in Christ – Eph. 1:4; Col. 3:12; 1 Thess. 1:4; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 17:14. 

 I am complete in Christ – Col. 2:10. 

 I am beloved of God – Col. 3:12; 2 Thess. 2:13. 

 I am a child of promise – Gal. 4:28,31. 

 I am a sheep in His flock – Luke 12:32; Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25. 

 I am a member in His body – 1 Cor. 10:17; Eph. 3:6; 4:25; 5:30. 

 I am a stone in His building – Eph. 2:20-22; Heb. 3:6; 1 Pet. 2:5. 

 I am a branch in His vine – John 15:1-7. 

 I am a child of His kingdom – Matt. 13:38; Mark 10:14,15; Luke 17:21. 

 I was identified with Christ in His death – Rom. 6:3-6,8-11; 2 Cor. 5:14; Col. 2:12,20; 3:3. 

 I was identified with Christ in His resurrection – Rom. 6:5,8,11; 2 Cor. 5:15; Gal. 2:20; Col. 2:12; 3:1. 

 I can walk in newness of life – Rom. 6:4. 

 I can serve in newness of spirit – Rom. 7:6. 

 I can live unto righteousness – 1 Pet. 2:24. 

 I am identified with Christ in His suffering – 2 Tim. 2:12; Phil. 1:29; 1 Pet. 2:20; 4:12,13; 1 Thess. 3:3; Rom. 8:18; Col. 1:24. 

 I am being perfected – Phil. 1:6.  

 I am not of the world – John 17:14,16. 

 I am sanctified in Christ Jesus – 1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11; Heb. 10:10; Jude 1. 

 I am holy – Col. 3:12; Heb. 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 20:6. 

 I am clothed in His righteousness – Rev. 19:18. 

 I am faultless in Christ – Eph. 5:27; Col. 1:22; Jude 24. 

 I am perfected forever – Heb. 10:14. 

 I am not my own – 1 Cor. 6:19. 

 I am a citizen of heaven – Phil. 3:20. 

 Christ has made me free, free indeed – John 8:32,36; Gal. 5:1; 1 Cor. 7:22.  

 I am free from sin – Rom. 6:7,18,22. 

 I have a sound mind – 2 Tim. 1:7. 

 Christ has given me an understanding – 1 John 5:20. 

 I have the righteousness of Christ – 2 Cor. 5:21. 

 I have all sufficiency in all things – 2 Cor. 9:8. 

 I have all things that pertain to life and godliness – 2 Pet. 1:3. 

 I have all the armor and weapons I need – 2 Cor. 10:4; Eph. 6:10-17. 

 I have God’s all-sufficient grace – 2 Cor. 12:9. 

 I have grace to help in time of need – Heb. 4:16. 

 I have God’s power – Eph. 1:19; 3:20. 

 I have access to the Father – Eph. 2:18; Heb. 4:16. 

 I have a great High Priest – Heb. 2:17,18; 3:1; 4:14-16; 8:1; 10:21. 

 I have an unfailing Intercessor – Heb. 7:25; 9:24; Rom. 8:34. 

 I have a righteous Advocate with the Father for times when I sin – 1 John 2:1. 

 I have peace with God – Rom. 5:1. 

 I have rest for my soul – Matt. 11:28,29; Heb. 4:9. 

 I am led by the Spirit of God – Rom. 8:14. 

 I am enabled during trials and temptations – 1 Cor. 10:13. 

 I am given assurance by the Spirit – Rom. 8:16; Heb. 6:18. 

 I am given comfort by God – 2 Cor. 1:3-7. 

 I am not distressed – 2 Cor. 4:8. 

 I am not in despair – 2 Cor. 4:8. 

 I am not forsaken – 2 Cor. 4:9. 

 I am not in darkness – 1 Thess. 5:4. 

 God is my Sufficiency – 2 Cor. 3:5. 

 God is my Strength – 2 Cor. 12:9,10; Phil. 4:13. 

 God is my Helper – Heb. 13:6. 

 I belong to a Sovereign God who works all things together for my good – Rom. 8:28. 

 My God is for me – Rom. 8:31. 

 My every need is supplied – Phil. 4:19. 

 I am His workmanship – Eph. 2:10. 

 I am sealed by God – 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13. 

 I am kept by the power of God – 1 Pet. 1:5. 

 I am more than a conqueror: a super-conqueror – Rom. 8:37.  

 I have victory through Christ – 1 Cor. 15:57. 

 I have overcome the world – 1 John 5:4,5. 

 Satan cannot touch me – 1 John 5:18. 

 I have a living hope – 1 Pet. 1:3. 

 I have a glorious future – Rom. 8:18; 2 Thess. 2:14. 

 I have been given eternal encouragement and good hope through grace- 2  Thess. 2:16. 

 I will sit with Christ in His throne – Rev. 3:21. 

 I will be with my God forever – Rev. 21:3,4.