7. A friend of Christ
"I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I havemade known to you." - John 15:15 (NIV84)
God further demonstrates His love for us by calling us friends. He is still Lord andMaster and so we also owe Him our obedience, but only because He loves us.
8. Given a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV84)
Paul urged Timothy to be bold, when we become fearful, our effectiveness for God isneutralized. The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome fear so that we may continue todo His work.
9. Members Of A Chosen Race, A Royal Priesthood, A Holy Nation, A People forGod's own possession
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging toGod, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into hiswonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." - 1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV84)
People often base their self-concept on their accomplishments. But our relationship withGod is far more important than our jobs, success, wealth, or knowledge. We have beenchosen by God as His very own, and we have been called to represent Him to others.Your value comes from being one of God's children, not from what you can achieve.You have worth because of what God does, not because of what you do.
10. I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God in Christ, and I have beengiven the Holy Spirit as a pledge guaranteeing my inheritance to come.
"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised HolySpirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those whoare God’s possession—to the praise of his glory." - Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV84)
The Holy Spirit is God's guarantee that we belong to Him and that He will do what Hehas promised. The presence of the Holy Spirit in us demonstrates the authenticity of our