The enemy has been on my tail. He wants me to doubt the assignment that God has given me. He wants me to feel “less than”, unworthy, undeserving. For days I tried to fight him in my puny strength. I forgot to reach for my sword and when I finally did, I had no idea what to do it with it. But God is constantly on the lookout, trying to prove Himself on behalf of His children.
After I gave up fighting in my own strength, I called out to God. In the stillness of my spirit, I heard the words: “When you need a reminder of who you are, read Ephesians.” I knew exactly what He was talking about. It was a line I had used in a blog post sometime earlier. I had done a review of a Sarah Koontz Bible study on the book of Ephesians and that was my main takeaway.
Instead of reading what I had previously written, I reached directly for the word of God and read the first chapter of Ephesians. That’s all it took. God reminded me of who I was in Him. I want to share those things with you today because when the enemy attacks, he’ll cause you to question your worth.
Oh, I’m not wishing bad things for you, that’s just the way Satan works. It’s one of his proven methods for attacking the people of God. So when he comes, here’s what God says about you:
1. You are chosen (Ephesians 1:4). This did not happen when you decided to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. No. It happened before the world was created, long before you were born. That means you’re not a mistake. You were not unplanned by God.
2. You are holy and blameless in the sight of God (Ephesians 1:4). When you accepted Jesus, He imparted His holiness to you. All the sins on your account were moved over to His and He paid the price for it. When Satan reminds you of all the sins you have committed against God, remind him that the debt has been paid in full and you have been set free.
3. You have been adopted into God’s family (Ephesians 1:5). You may feel unwanted by the world but God wants you. First He made you and then He paid the price for you. You are that special and He loves you.
4. You have been accepted by God (Ephesians 1:6). It has nothing to do with the way you look, or the way you act or the way you comb your hair. On your best days and your worst days: God accepts you. No conditions apply. We are covered by His grace.
5. You have access to God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7-8). The beautiful thing about God’s grace is that it will always be greater than sin. When you sin, God’s grace is lavishly given. All you have to do is ask.
I don’t know what state of mind you’re in today, but when the enemy attacks and you need a reminder of who you are, read Ephesians. If you need help studying the book of Ephesians I encourage you to sign up for the free Worthy of the Calling Bible study.