Who, Not The What Series Reflections - by Shandah Graham

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On Easter Sunday the last message in the series ‘Who Not the What’ was being shared with us and I was captured by the first slide based on Romans 8, showing who God says we are:

We are Dead to sin and Alive in Christ
We are Born of the Spirit
We are Children of God
We are Chosen and Called
We are Justified by God
We are More than Conquerors

This slide caused me to think about what that actually looks like in my own life with God. I was thinking who am I? Who am I in Jesus, my mind first went to who I was without Jesus and I was a shell of a person, lost, carrying feelings of fear, worthlessness, rejection and a constant reminder of my failures, oppressing who God has chosen and called me to be, I was this imperfect - unfinished work before Jesus.

I then thought about who I am in Jesus and I’m a person filled with God’s purpose. My failures, forgiven, and became lessons, tools to do better, within the grace of God. The feelings I carried were removed and replaced with the truth...

John 3:16

Jesus saw me as worth dying for

Deuteronomy 31:6

God is with me. He would never leave nor abandon me.

Proverbs 20:24

God knows where I’m going (Matthew 7:7) if I’m lost I only need to ask Him where I am and where I need to go next.

2 Timothy 1:7

I know that God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1 Corinthians 3:16

His presence fills me,  God’s Holy Spirit resides in me.

Am I now perfect? Am I now this finished work as I live in Jesus? No it’s a process of putting God first and surrendering my all to God daily. Jesus is doing an internal work within my heart - within me as I draw close to Him leaving who I was behind, trusting, keeping my faith in Him alive as I continue to get to know who Jesus is through His word.

So who am I?

I am Dead to sin and Alive in Christ
I am Born of the Spirit
I am a Child of God
I am Chosen and Called
I am Justified by God
I am More than a Conqueror