Because of Jesus

By Pastor Shane Johnston

In my own personal prayer life I’ve found that often I begin with a view of God that's too small, or too focused on my own inadequacies not recognizing God’s Spirit and strength in me. 

Early in 2017 I came across some great daily declarations from Pastor Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv. I've regularly been coming back to these declarations as I start my day. 

You can find Pastor Craig's full list here: http://bit.ly/2nOkw7e

  • Jesus is first in my life. I exist to serve and glorify Him.
  • I love my wife and will lay down my life to serve her.
  • My children will love God and serve Him with their whole hearts. I will nurture, equip, train, and empower them to do more for His kingdom than they can imagine.
  • I love people and believe the best about others.
  • I am disciplined. Christ in me is stronger than the wrong desires in me.
  • I am growing closer to Jesus every day. Because of Christ, my family is closer, my body is stronger, my faith is deeper, my leadership is sharper.
  • I am anointed, empowered, equipped and called to reach people far from God.
  • I am creative, innovative, driven, focused, and blessed beyond measure—because the Holy Spirit dwells within me.
  • My words, thoughts, and imaginations are under the power of Christ. I take all thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ.
  • I wake up with purpose, direction, and meaning every day of my life.
  • Pain is my friend. I rejoice in suffering because Christ suffered for me.
  • The world will be different and better because I served Jesus today.

Because of Jesus …

  • I am a child of God. (Galatians 3:26)
  • I am a spiritual contributor, not a spiritual consumer.
  • I am a faith-filled, life-speaking, fully devoted follower of Christ.
  • I am Christ’s ambassador. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
  • I am a masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
  • I am content in Christ alone.
  • I am chosen. (Ephesians 1:4)
  • I am a child of God. (John 1:12-13)
  • I am strengthened by God who upholds me, protects me, and defends me.
  • I am joyful. (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • I am gentle. (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • I am not easily offended and will not hold onto bitterness.
  • I am patient. (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • I am faithful. (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • I am self-controlled. (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • I am kind. (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • I am steady. (Psalm 91:1)
  • I am not alone—God is with me.
  • I am loved. (John 3:16)
  • I am fierce in confidence and boldness because God is with me.
  • I am free. (John 8:32)
  • I am healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
  • I am unashamed. (Romans 8:1)
  • I am called and equipped to go after the righteous desires God puts in my heart.
  • I am strong. (1 John 2:14)
  • I am fearless. (Isaiah 43:5)
  • I am secure. (John 10:28-29)
  • I am not a people-pleaser because I answer to God first and seek to please Him.
  • I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • I am not shaken. (Psalm 62:6)
  • I am not stuck in worry because Jesus offers a peace this world cannot give.
  • I am born again. (1 Peter 1:23)
  • I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)
  • I am named by God, not labeled by man.
  • I am the light of the world. (Matthew 5:14)
  • I am mighty in His power. (Ephesians 6:10)
  • I am the Church and I exist for the world. (1 Corinthians 12:27)