Our Identity in Christ

Over the course of my life, I have made the mistake of finding my self-worth in other people and things. I think it’s safe to say that most of us Americans automatically find our worth by what’s in our bank account, whether we own/rent our homes, our job titles, social group, the vacations we go on, and material possessions, such as what type of car we drive and things we own. All of these things are tangible. We can see them right in front of us, and we sometimes worry about what all of that looks like to other people. Maybe in this modern-day, you take pride in how many followers you have on social media, or how many likes you get on a post. Especially that post you put a lot of wit or thought into, or that photo that was taken at that perfect moment, with perfect lighting, etc.

What would happen if the one earthly thing you pride yourself in the most, went away? 

Last week after coming back from the holiday break, I received the news that my full-time position at work is being phased into a freelance position over the next few months due to work-flow. If you know me, then you know that I love my job. I thoroughly enjoy the projects I get to work on, and working from home is the cherry on top. As you can imagine, finding out this news was sort of devastating. I was in shock at first, and then shock turned into defeat. I almost felt like I was having an identity crisis. Who was I without this job? What am I going to do? What is my ‘title’ going to be in the coming months?

Maybe you’re like me and you’re stuck in what seems to be the ‘in-between’ phase in life and you’re wondering what that next chapter is going to hold. Or maybe you have total and complete job security, you’ve created the family you’ve dreamed of, and you’re already accomplishing all of your goals in life.

Let me encourage you today, to stop putting your worth in things other than Christ. There is nothing wrong with enjoying and taking pride in your job, your family, etc. However, when you believe your worth is only based on earthly things, there’s a problem. If you are a Christian, your worth and identity should be rooted in Christ. If you were to take away all of your earthly titles and possessions, what would be left and who would you be? 

I encourage you today to cling to who scripture says you are and stop attaching your worth to something earthly, and something that’s going to eventually fade away.

Last year, the women in my church did a bible study called The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer. One of the topics we went over was our identity in Christ.
If you are a Christian, I hope you can find hope and encouragement in this list:

I am a child of God (John 1:12)

I have peace with God (Rom. 5:1)

The Holy Spirit lives in me (1 Cor. 3:16)

I have access to God’s wisdom (Jas. 1:5)

I am helped by God (Heb. 4:16)

I am reconciled to God (Rom. 5.11)

I am not condemned by God (Rom. 8:1)

I am justified (Rom. 5:1)

I have Christ’s righteousness (Rom. 5:19; 2 Cor. 5:21)

I am Christ’s ambassador (2 Cor. 5:20)

I am completely forgiven (Col. 1:14)

I am tenderly loved by God (Jer. 31:3)

I am the sweet fragrance of Christ to God (2 Cor. 2:15)

I am a temple in which God dwells (1 Cor. 3:16)

I am blameless and beyond reproach (Col. 1:22)

I am the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13)

I am the light of the world (Matt. 5:14)

I am a branch on Christ’s vine (John 15:1,5)

I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)

I am chosen by Christ to bear fruit (John 15:16)

I am joint heir with Christ, sharing his inheritance with him (Rom. 8:17)

I am united to the Lord, one spirit with him (1 Cor. 6:17)

I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:27)

I am a saint (Eph. 1:1)

I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3)

I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved (Col. 3:12)

I am a child of the light (1 Thess. 5:5)

I am holy, and I share in God’s heavenly calling (Heb. 2:11)

I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (1 Pet. 2:5)

I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession and created to sing his praises (1 Pet. 2:9-10)

I am firmly rooted and built up in Christ (Col. 2:7)

I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)

I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16)

I may approach God with boldness, freedom, and confidence (Eph. 3:12)

I have been rescued from Satan’s domain and transferred into the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13)

I have been made complete in Christ (Col. 2:10)

I have been given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Tim. 1:)

I have been given great and precious promises by God (2 Pet. 1:4)

My needs are met by God (Phil 4:19)

I am a prince (princess) in God’s kingdom (John:12; 1 Tim. 6:15)

I have been bought with a price, and I belong to God (1 Cor. 6:19,20)

I have been adopted as God’s child (Eph. 1:5)

I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)

I am assured that all things are working together for good (Rom. 8:28)

I am free from any condemning charges against me (Rom. 8:31)

I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom. 8:35)

I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God (2 Cor. 1:21,22)

I am confident that the good work that God has begun in me will be perfected (Phil. 1:6)

I am a citizen of heaven (Phil 3:20)

I am a personal witness of Christ’s (Acts 1:8)

I am God’s coworker (2 Cor. 6:1; 1 Cor. 3:9)

I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm (Eph. 2:6)

I am God’s workmanship (Eph. 2:10)

I can do all things through Christ, who gives me the strength I need (Phil. 4:13)

Tips for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

I cannot believe that Christmas is already less than a week away! And it’s even crazier to think that we were at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party about a month ago!

I thought I would share our experience at the party before Christmas gets here, hoping that this will still help someone who may be going to the party this year.

Arrive earlier than 7pm.
The party doesn’t actually start until 7pm however, guests who have purchased tickets for the event can get into the park starting at 4pm. We were able to make a couple of fast passes before the party started and walk around a bit. If you haven’t been to Magic Kingdom recently, and this is your first visit to the park the week of your vacation, go early! We weren’t planning on spending a full day at Magic Kingdom until later in our vacation, so we didn’t really know our way around. Because we arrived early, we were able to scope out where things were before it got dark. I love Disney and the ambiance at night, but it was so hard to see where things were or what direction we were going in the dark. hahaha, maybe it’s just me but I am so thankful we got there early! If you go to Magic Kingdom a lot, or have gone in the past year or so then this might not apply to you!


Be prepared for the crowds.

We went to Disney the week before Thanksgiving, which was supposed to be a “low-crowd” week. I thought that the Christmas party was still pretty packed for it being one of the earlier parties. I will say that everyone is pretty spread out throughout the park. Ride times are little to none and I feel like most people are on Main Street or waiting in line for characters. Either way, be prepared for Main Street traffic, especially around the times of the parades and fireworks.

 

If you want a photo with a specific character, plan ahead.
Do your research, and see if you can find what characters are going to be at the party and where. I made the mistake of not getting in line for the seven dwarves right away, and by the time the party started and we got to the line, it was already an hour and forty-five minutes long, so we decided to skip it so we could enjoy other parts of the party.

Make an itinerary.
It is impossible to do everything at the party, especially if this is your first time attending. Between meeting the characters, and seeing all of the shows, it’s a busy night.
We decided to see the first showing of Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration at 7:40pm, which takes place right in front of the castle. Then we stayed put until 8:15pm to watch a Frozen Holiday Wish which also takes place in front of the castle. If you plan to follow our itinerary, make sure you try to book it out of the Main Street/Castle area right after the Frozen Holiday Wish. The first parade starts at 8:30pm and there are a ton of people who have camped out or are trying to find last-minute spots for viewing around that area. We went to the right of the castle and went over to Tomorrowland to see the Totally Tomorrowland Christmas that started at 8:35pm. After that, we decided to take it easy and enjoy the free snacks and short wait times for rides until the fireworks and second parade.

Stay for the second parade.
I had heard before going to the party that the second parade is always less crowded and I have to say I agree! I think most folks who have kids decide to go to the first parade before the fireworks, and then usually leave after the fireworks which begin at 10pm. We were pretty spent by the time the fireworks were over and the only thing left on our list was the parade. After the fireworks were over we headed over to Main Street to claim a seat on the curb and waited until the parade started. While we were sitting and waiting, we saw stroller after stroller leaving with sleeping kids in them. If you do plan on going to the second parade, I would suggest keeping an eye out for the forecast before the first parade starts. The last thing you want is to miss a parade due to weather. It would be better to see the first parade even though it may be more crowded than for no parade at all! I would also suggest getting a spot for one of the parades about an hour early, especially if you want a view of the castle in the background.

Ride times overall are super short, so if you can, take advantage of them!
I understand that there is a lot to do during the party, so the actual rides might become an afterthought. If you are going to the party during your Disney vacation, I would pick rides you have fast passes for later in the week, so you could potentially free those up and ride something else later. We rode Space Mountain the night of the party and only had to wait 5-10 minutes so we freed up a fast pass later that week since we already rode it. (We were trying to ride everything we could that week.) It’s also a fun time to ride things you normally wouldn’t ride over and over again.


Purchase party merchandise early on in the night.

When you see it, buy it. I made the mistake of thinking the Ugly Christmas Sweater spirit jerseys were going to be available at the end of the party but I was wrong. I also couldn’t find them the rest of my trip. Also, it’s not a bad idea to get into stores like the Emporium early on, since those tend to fill up later in the party. Fill up as in you have to waddle your way around the store! haha. I also tried to find party pins in the Emporium at the end of the party and there weren’t any left other than the annual pass holder pins. I ordered a pin off of eBay this week, but it still would have been nice to get one at the party. 🙂

That about sums up my tips for the party! Have you ever been before? I would love to hear your tips for the party since this was my first year attending! 🙂

Declarations from the Word of God

Like most Christians, I’ve always been taught that you should start your day in the bible and in prayer. No one denies that those are two powerful things you should do.
What would our lives look like if we as Christians also declared scripture over our lives every day? No matter what you may be going through, below is a list of scriptures you can declare daily over your life. My pastor gave us this list a few years ago and we have had it on the fridge ever since. I will admit that I don’t always say them in the morning, every morning, but I challenge you to join me in professing these scriptures every day.

 

What I believe and say will happen (Mark 11:23)

This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps 118:24) I am the body of Christ and satan has no power over me. For I will overcome evil with good. (1 For 12:27 – Romans 12:21)

I am of God and have overcome satan. For great is He that is in me than He that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

I will fear no evil, for though art with me, Lord your word and your spirit, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4) I am far from oppression and fear does not come near me. (Isaiah 54:14)

No weapon formed against me shall prosper, for my righteousness is of the Lord, but whatsoever I do will prosper for I’m like a tree that’s planted by the rivers of water. (Isaiah 54:17 – Psalm 1:3)

I am delivered from the evils of this present world for it is the will of God concerning me. (Galatians 1:4)

No evil will befall me, neither will any plague come near my dwelling. For the Lord has given His angels charge over me and they keep me in all my ways, and in my pathway is life and there is no death. (Psalm 91:10-11; Proverbs 12:28)

I am a doer of the word of God and blessed in my deeds. I am happy in those things which I do because I am a doer of the Word of God. (James 1:22)

I take the shield of faith and I quench every fiery dart that the wicked one brings against me. (Ephesians 6:16)

I am a overcomer and I overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. (Revelations 12:11) I am submitted to God and the devil feels from me because I resist him in the name of Jesus. (James 4:7)

The word of God is forever settled in heaven, therefore, I establish His word upon this earth. (Psalm 119:89)

Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the law. Christ has redeemed me from poverty, Christ has redeemed me from sickness, Christ has redeemed me from spiritual death. (Galatians 3:13 – Deuteronomy 28)

For poverty He has given me wealth, for sickness He has given me health, for death He has given me eternal life. (2 Corinthians 8:9 – Isaiah 53:5, 6 – John 10:10 – John 5:24)

It is true unto me according to the Word of God. (Psalm 119:25)

I delight myself in the Lord and He gives me the desires of my heart. (Psalm 37:4)

I have given and it is given unto me, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. (Luke 6:38)

The power of God works mightily within me! (Col 1:29) Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)

With my words I make my way prosperous and I have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

I come to God with confidence and I receive from Him whatever I ask because I obey Him and do the things that please Him. (1 John 3:21, 22) Everything I need is added to me because I seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)

I have received power from on high. (Luke 24:49) I pray in the Spirit as the Holy Spirit enables me. (Acts 2:4) I will see the Lord because I pursue holiness and peace with all people and He makes me holy. (Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 1:16)

I am a new creation in Christ. Old things are passed away, behold all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17) God has blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:3)

The secret of the Lord is with me because I fear Him, and He shows me His covenant ways. (Psalm 25:14) He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. (Psalm 103:7)

I am filled with His Holy Spirit, speaking to myself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:18, 19) I am praying always…in the Spirit…for all saints. (Ephesians 6:18)

With what measure I use it is measured back to me, I sow bountifully, therefore, I reap bountifully. I give cheerfully, and my God has made all grace abound toward me and I having all-sufficiency for all things do abound to all good works. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

There is no lack for my God supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19) And I, having received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, do reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)

The Lord has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant, and Abraham’s blessings are mine. (Ps 35:27, Gal 3:14) I trust in the Lord with all my heart, and I lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways, I acknowledge Him and He directs my path. (Proverbs 3:5,6)

I let the Word of Christ dwell in me richly in all wisdom (Col 3:16) I do follow the Good Shepherd and I know His voice and the voice of a stranger I do not follow. (John 10:4,5)

Jesus is made unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Therefore, I confess I have the wisdom of God and I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (1 Corinthians 1:30, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened I am not conformed to this world but am transformed by the renewing of my mind. My mind is renewed by the Word of God. (Ephesians 1:17, 18, Romans 12:2)

I am increasing in the knowledge of God. I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power. (Col 1:10,11) I can do and will do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13)

The joy of the Lord is my strength. The Lord is the strength of my life. (New 8:10, Ps 27:1) The peace of God which passes all understanding keeps my heart and my mind through Christ Jesus and things which are good, pure, and perfect, and lovely, and of good report, I think on these things. (Phil 4:7,8)

I let no corrupt communication proceed out of my mouth, but that which is to edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearer. I grieve not only the Holy Spirit of God, whereby I am sealed unto the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:29, 30)

I let the peace of God rule in my heart and I refuse to worry about anything. (Col 3:15) I will not let the Word of God depart from before my eyes for it is life to me and I have found it and it is health and healing to all my flesh. (Proverbs 4:21, 22)

God is on my side, God is in me now, who can be against me? He has given me all things that pertain unto life and godliness, therefore, I am a partaker of His divine nature. (2 Car. 6:16, Romans 8:31, John 10:10, 2 Peter 1:3-4)

I am a believer and these signs do follow me. In the name of Jesus, I cast out demons, I speak with new tongues, I lay hands on the sick and they do recover. (Mark 16:17, 18)

Jesus gave me authority to use His name and that which I bind on earth is bound in heaven and that which I loose on earth is loosed in heaven. Therefore, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I bind the principalities, the powers, the rulers of darkness of this world. I bind and cast down spiritual sickness in high places and render them harmless and ineffective against me, and my family, my church. In the name of Jesus! (Matthew 16:19, John 16:23, 24, Eph. 6:12)