Chronic Illness Godly Living


Being chronically ill, I am constantly reminded of what I am not:

  1. I am not able to do very many things.
  2.  I get easily tired.
  3. Even too physically weak to move.
  4. Difficulty standing.
  5. Can’t think straight at times.
  6. Get overloaded easily.
  7. Get discouraged.
  8. I get my hopes up that someday I will discover what actually is all wrong with me—only to be discouraged when tests show “I am fine”.
  9. Feel inadequate.

I forget all I am in–in Christ!

  1. I am accepted.
  2. I am significant.
  3. I am secure! (Nobody can snatch me from His hand!!)
  4. I am special.
  5. I am chosen.
  6. I am His beloved!
  7. I am called a Child of the Most High God! <3
  8. I am made new. (2 Cor 5:17)
  9. I am fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139)

This world reminds us of what we are not by their standards. Instead of listening to them, we need to be listening to Him: Who does God say I am? What in my identity in Him that does not waver no matter what my physical life on earth is like?

Below is taken from Encouraging Bible Quotes

  1. I am an heir with God (Gal 4:6-7; Rom 8:17)
  2. I am reconciled to God and am an ambassador of reconciliation for Him (2 Cor 5:18-19)
  3. I am a saint (Eph 1:1; 1 Cor 1:2; Phil 1:1)
  4. I am God’s workmanship created in Christ for good works (Eph 2:10)
  5. I am a citizen of Heaven (Eph 2:19; Phil 3:20)
  6. I am a member of Christ’s body! (1 Cor 12:27)
  7. I am united to the Lord an one spirit with Him (1 Cor 6:27)
  8. I am the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19)
  9. I am a friend of Christ! (John 15:15)
  10. I am a slave of righteousness (2 Cor 5:21)
  11. I am enslaved to God (Rom 6:22).
  12. I am chosen and ordained by Christ to bear fruit (John 15:16).
  13. I am a prisoner of Christ (Eph 3:1;4:1)
  14. I am righteous and holy (Eph 4:24).
  15. I am hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3).
  16. I am the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13).
  17. I am the light of the world (Matt 5:14).
  18. I am part of the true vine (John 15:1-2).
  19. I am an expression of the life of Christ (Col 3:4)
  20. I am chosen of God, holy, and dearly loved. (Col 3:12; 1 Thess 1:4)
  21. I am a child of light (1 Thess 5:5).
  22. I am a partaker of a heavenly calling. (Heb 3:1)
  23. I am more than a conquerer through Christ (Rom 8:37).
  24. I am a partaker with Christ and share in His life (Heb 3:14).
  25. I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (1 Pet 2:5).
  26. I am a chosen generation, a royal priest hood, and a holy nation (1 Pet 2:9).
  27. I am the Devil’s enemy (1 Pet 5:8).
  28. I am born again by the Spirit of God (John 3:3-6).
  29. I am an alien and a stranger to this world (1 Pet 2:11).
  30. I am a child of God who always triumphs in Christ and releases His fragrance in every place (2 Cor 2:14).
  31. I am seated in heavenly places in Christ (Eph 2:6).
  32. I am saved by grace (Eph 2:8)
  33. I am a recipient of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (See the book of Eph).
  34. I am redeemed by the blood of the lamb (Rev 5:9).
  35. I am part of the Bride of Christ and am making myself ready of him (Rev 19:7).
  36. I am a true worshiper who worships the Father in spirit and truth (John 4:24).

Now, that’s a whole lot more than what the world tells me that I am not. Time to start listening to who He says I am, and recover from the lies that I have been told over the years!

By Gracefully Overcoming

Gracefully Overcoming is my corner of the web to share my journey with chronic and mental illness, , and how Jesus keeps reminding me who I am in Him. I can always be found at:

6 replies on “Identity”

Yes what God says about us and who we are is a lot more then what the world always tells us we are not. I agree with you in I need to start listening to what He says about me, not what others say in this world.

I can’t speak for you, but I know for me– part of it is retraining my mind. I have been brainwashed, by lies others have said by me. Even by others’ actions, by choosing to just stare fiercely at me while I open a patio door. It leaves an impression and an intimidation. It sends a message. It’s learning to keep stirring the truth, and letting go of the lies we may be tempted to believe. Recognizing the lies, is a big part of the battle.

We are so much alike girl. I too need to retrain my mind. I have since a child let what others have said or done to me decide who I am and how I feel about myself. So much garbage I need to get out of my mind and replace with what God says, so much retraining.

I know the feeling. A lot of garbage has be internalized and affects the way I see myself, and how I act out my full identity. My identity completely effects everything in. my. life… Retraining brings us to a beautiful place of being closer to Him, more confidence in Him, more knowing who we really are without doubt, more joy, more peace, more living out our God-given callings! <3 More everything…It is a matter of moving toward it..

I, too, have a chronic illness (schizophrenia), but I wouldn’t trade it for a different life challenge, because by overcoming it, my suffering has brought me closer to God. God has blessed me in so many ways because I trust in Him and not myself. I would like to invite you to visit my blog MaryRefugeOfHolyLove. Especially in my personal writings, I reflect on how I have “gracefully overcome”, too. God bless!

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