Following (in bold) is an entry in the 'Days of Praise' put out by the Institute for Creation Institute for January 22, 2012.
The Christian's Position
"According as HE hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world" Ephesians 1:4
The search for identity and meaning can drive one to great successes or tragic failures. For the Christian, however, the question is answered throughout Ephesians.
We are chosen! We are selected as a favorite out of many [who] are called (Matthew 22:14) out of the world" (John 15:19) What a privilege! We are God's choice to bear HIS name, represent HIS cause, and share HIS glory throughout eternity.
In fact, we are "predestined [previous boundaries set]... unto the adoption of children by JESUS CHRIST to Himself" (Ephesians 1:5). And "if children, then heirs; heirs of GOD, and joint heirs with CHRIST" (Romans 8:17)
Futhermore, we have been "accepted in the beloved" (Ephesians 1:6) That word, "accepted" is a specialized form of the word most often translated "grace." We have been "graced" by Almighty GOD, who has set absolute boundaries around our lives and made us HIS children. We were purchased "through HIS blood" (v7) "that HE redeem us from all iniquity, and purify into himself a peculiar [that is, 'precious'] people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:14).
Moreover, we are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)! Our sins are "covered" (Psalm 32:1); "cast" behind GOD's back (Isaiah 38:17); removed "as far as the east is from the west" (Psalm 103:12); remember[ed]...no more (Jeremiah 31:34); and cleansed "from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
Hallelujah! Since we are GOD's children, we should have no identity crisis. We are a chosen, predestined, accepted, redeemed, forgiven, and holy people. Finally, we are predestined "to be conformed to the image of HIS Son" (Romans 8:29) HMM III
As Christians we are not immune to times of trial and doubt. In fact, when the enemy sees us drawing closer to GOD, he will attack. These attacks take many forms, often coming in the form of paralyzing fear of some sort. But the Bible tells us that Satan is WRONG!! GOD tells us that we are HIS. And always will be. No exceptions. HE will still love us if we mess up. HE will still love us even if others don't. And HE will still use us to help others know HIM, even if we are afraid. As long as we trust HIM. Our pastor said something a few weeks ago that really stuck with me. "when we've done all we can, GOD will do what we can't". I like that. I can only do so much, but HE can do ANYTHING!!! HE can hold us up, when we would otherwise faint from fear or doubt. HE can give us strength when we are at our weakest. HE can give us peace when we are in the midst of our darkest moments. HE can fill us with love so we feel we will burst, even when we feel adrift and lonely. And HE can show us HIS will even when we feel blind to HIS presence in our lives.
Lord, thank you for doing what I can't. Thank you for showing me your grace over and over again, especially when I am in the grips of fear. Thank you for reminding me that YOU are the authority on who I am and where I am going. Please help me to always trust in YOUR plan for me, and the truth that YOU will always be there to hold me up through every path you lead me on. Please protect me from the enemy and his lies, and remind me daily that I am YOURS, now and forever. In JESUS' name, Amen.