Reflections on Bible verses

I Am a "Kept" person

You see, there were a few times when I thought I would lose my mind,
But GOD kept me sane.

(Isa. 26:3)
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

There were times when I thought I could go no longer,
 But the LORD kept me moving.
(Gen 28:15)
 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go,
and I will bring you back to this land. 
I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.

At times, I've wanted to lash out at those whom I felt had done me wrong,
 But the LORD kept my mouth shut.
(Psa. 13)
How long, O LORD? Will you forget me for ever?
 How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have
sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
my enemy will say, I have overcome him, and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.

Sometimes, I think the money just isn't enough,
 But GOD has helped me to keep the lights on, the water on, the car paid, the house paid, etc..,
(Matt. 6:25 -34)
Do Not Worry
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food,
and the body more important than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
And why do you worry about clothes?
See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and
tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or
'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.

When I thought I would fall, HE kept me up.
 When I thought I was weak, HE kept me strong!
(I Pet. 5:7) 
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
(Matt. 11:28-30)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

I could go on and on and on, but I'm sure you hear me!
   I'm blessed to be "kept."

Are you...or do you know a "kept" person?

"Understanding your identity in Christ

is absolutely essential to your success at living the victorious Christian life."

If you are a Christian, then what is below is true of you.

Who I Am In Christ

I am accepted...
John 1:12
John 15:15
Romans 5:1
1 Corinthians 6:17

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
1 Corinthians 12:27
Ephesians 1:3-8
Colossians 1:13-14
Colossians 2:9-10
Hebrews 4:14-16
I am God's child.
As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
I have been justified.
I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
I am a member of Christ's body.
I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
I am complete in Christ.
I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.

I am secure...
Romans 8:1-2
Romans 8:28

Romans 8:31-39

2 Corinthians 1:21-22
Colossians 3:1-4
Philippians 1:6

Philippians 3:20
2 Timothy 1:7

1 John 5:18
I am free from condemnation.
I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
I am hidden with Christ in God.
I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.
I am a citizen of heaven.
I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.

I am significant...
John 15:5

John 15:16
1 Corinthians 3:16
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Ephesians 2:6
Ephesians 2:10
Ephesians 3:12
Philippians 4:13
I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
I am God's temple.
I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
I am God's workmanship.
I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

"The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ,
the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity!"

(From Victory Over the Darkness , by Dr. Neil Anderson)

Your Identity

Your identity isn’t in your possessions, talents, tattoos, kudos, or accomplishments. 
Nor are you defined by your divorce, deformity, debt or dumb choices. 
You are God’s child. 
You get to call him “Papa.”

According to Scripture,
Ephesians 3:12 invites you to approach God with freedom and confidence.
I John 4:9-11 promises that you will receive the blessings of his special love and provision.
Romans 8:17 says you will inherit the riches of Christ and reign with him forever.

If God loves you, you must be worth loving. 
If he wants to have you in his kingdom, then you must be worth having. 
God’s grace invites you—no, requires you—to change your attitude about yourself
and take sides with God against your feelings of rejection. 
Let these words cement in your heart a deep, satisfying, fear-quenching confidence
that God will never let you go.

You belong to Him!

Max Lucado
(From GRACE)

In him (Christ Jesus our Lord) and through faith in him
we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Ephesians 3:12

This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son
as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
I John 4:9-11

Now if we are children, then we are heirs- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,
if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Romans 8:17


Live in Him—
As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.
Colossians 2:6 NKJV

Live through Him—
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Romans 8:37 NKJV

Live from Him— 
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
Romans 11:36 NASB

Live with Him—
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.
Romans 6:8 NKJV

Live as Him—
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
1 John 2:6 NKJV

Live by Him—
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.
Zechariah 4:6 NKJV

Live for Him—
yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him;
and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.
1 Corinthians 8:6 NKJV

Roy Lessin