Feeling frustrated? Lonely? Disappointed? Anxious? Angry? Discouraged?
There are some days we just need to be reminded of who we are in Christ and what He has done for us in the gospel. I say there are “some days.” Actually we need this everyday–even on our best days! One of the best little books I ever read was A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent. Vincent encourages the reader to recognize and savor the truths of the gospel as we see what they mean for us in a very real and practical sense in our day-to-day lives.
Once during a time of discouragement, my sister-in-law encouraged me to reflect on these truths again by making an alphabetical list of the many gifts God has bestowed on me through His gospel. The bolded words (at least most of them) are the ones I scratched onto a piece of paper and stuck in my Bible a long time ago:
A: I am Accepted in the Beloved, I’ve been Adopted, and I’ve been made Alive to God. When I sin, Christ is my Advocate before the Father.
B: I am Beloved in God. I have been Born again and am Blessed in Christ. He gives me Boldness to enter before God (Hebrews 10:19), and to do what is good (2 Timothy 1:7).
C: I am Chosen. I am also Chastened as a child for my good and God’s glory. I am being Conformed to the image of Christ!
D: I have been made Dead to sin!
E: The gift of Eternal life awaits me.
F: My God is always Faithful to me. He is my Father. I have been Forgiven.
G: Through the gospel, I have received Grace upon grace! I daily experience the Goodness of God. He gives me Guidance as I seek wisdom in His Word. Ultimately, the gospel offers not just the many Gifts, but the Giver—God Himself.
H: Christ is my spiritual Healing. God is my very present Help in trouble, and He has given me the gift of the Holy Spirit. He comforts me with eternal Hope.
I: I am promised an Inheritance with the saints! The Holy Spirit is my Intercessor, praying for me with groanings too deep for words (Romans 8:26).
J: JESUS is the center of my gospel hope! Regardless of the evil and injustice of this world, I know that God will render Justice for all His saints.
K: My Father is a King! God shows me His Kindness every day in a multitude of ways.
L: I know true Love in God. He is my Light. His Word is a Lamp to my feet.
M: God’s wrath has been turned away in Christ, and His Mercy freely poured out on me!
N: I am raised to New life—the old things are passed away and new things have come!
O: I have Obtained an inheritance with the saints. My Old man has died in Christ and I am a new creation.
P: I have been Purchased and Pardoned. God is my Provider and Protector.
Q: I am Qualified in Christ to enter the presence of God through His imputed righteousness (Matthew 22:11-14, Jude 24).
R: I am Redeemed and Rescued from sin. I am being Rooted in Christ, and one day I will Reign with Him.
S: I have been Saved from sin, Sealed with the Holy Spirit, and I am daily being Sanctified.
T: The Truth has been revealed to me and the Truth has set me free! I have been Transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:12-13).
U: When I am afraid, God promises me an Understanding-passing peace as I trust in Him and take Him all my troubles. In Christ we get to experience true Unity with other believers.
V: I have Victory in Jesus!
W: I am the Workmanship of Christ, and He is made Wisdom to me.
X: My life has been eXchanged for Χριστός‘!
Y: God has put within me a Yearning for His righteousness.
Z: There are ZERO charges laid against me—my account is clear in Christ!
Believer, what could you add to this list? 🙂