Dear #TruePrincesses! Have you ever wondered “Who Is Jesus?” I mean to YOU, personally? I asked myself “Who Is Jesus Christ?” in 2014, and I took my answer seriously. On October 19th, 2014 I was baptized in front of 3,000 people sharing my breakthrough regarding “Who Is Jesus To Me?’
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I attended there for three years before realizing who Jesus was to me personally. Then, I understood the meaning of my faith to my eternity, lifestyle, and identity.
Following Jesus vs Habitual Christianity
Why is it important to ask yourself “Who Is Jesus Really?” It’s because of such a phenomenon as Habitual Christianity. Not understanding who Jesus is causes people to become habitual Christians. They drift into being church-goers vs choosing to follow Jesus intentionally and purposefully.
Not digging deep into the “Who Is Jesus Christ?” question, people in church often say that they were born Christians, which is impossible.
Christianity is not a race or nationality.
Being a Christian means genuinely giving your life to Christ forever because you understand who Jesus is and what He means to you.
Habitual Christianity is the opposite of what happens when you discover for yourself the answer to the question “Who Is Jesus?”
I know many people who live a lifestyle of habitual Christianity because it’s convenient and makes them look acceptable as they typically compare themselves to others to figure out if they are “good.”
Let me explain Habitual Christianity with some real-life examples.
What Is Habitual Christianity?
- Habitual Christians go to church for the community that supports them, not because they actually have a relationship with Christ
- Habitual Christians attend church events because of free food and great music, not because they want to apply the Gospel to their lives
- Habitual Christians volunteer and go on mission trips because it’s easy to portray themselves as “good” that way by checking a “spiritual box”
- Habitual Christians act religious for others’ admiration: they get praised, which helps them feel good about themselves
- Habitual Christians quote Bible verses on every corner because it helps them fit in; any conversation deeper than mere chitchat reveals that Jesus is not personal to them and their Christianity is a show
I was married to a habitual Christian.
The experience taught me to ask people regularly “Who is Jesus to you?”
This simple question reveals quickly where people stand when it comes to having true faith in Jesus Christ vs merely living a lifestyle of Habitual Christianity.
Who Is Jesus In The Bible?
Where can we turn for the real answer about who is Jesus Christ? The Bible provides us with all the answers. But! Only your personal walk with Christ can reveal who Jesus is to you personally. I’ll elaborate on this topic later.
So, who is Jesus in the Bible?
Jesus was born, just like you and I were born, meaning delivered out of our mama’s uterus. Think about this as you ponder what happened on the cross.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in in the inn.Luke 2:7
Jesus grew, just like you and I grew from being little to being big, meaning at first He didn’t know how to walk and talk and He needed His mama 24/7. Just try to comprehend this truth as you consider what Jesus endured to gift you and me the freedom from sin.
And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.Luke 2:40
Jesus got tired, just like you and I get weary. Imagine that He felt all the feelings we feel today. Then, think about what happened on the cross…
Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.John 4:6
Jesus knew temptations, just like you and I feel various temptations from innocent ones, like binge-watching Netflix, over-eating, or getting angry, to severe temptations, like sex additions, drug addictions, gambling, or being violent (I’m not saying His temptations were any of what I just listed or that He handled them the same way we do, I’m only saying He felt tempted).
… and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan.Mark 1:13
Jesus wept. Whenever you cry or feel deep sorrow, whenever you experience grief or go through heartache, remember that Jesus also wept. I got married in 2016, and my husband immediately filed for divorce saying he wanted to be an IronMan and compete in Kona. My girlfriends used to hold me in their arms as I wept from sorrow. Though at first, I thought my weeping was too much because I’m strong, I did allow myself to process all that grief as I was going through it because I knew that Jesus wept, too.
Jesus wept.John 11:35
Jesus was rejected. Whenever you are rejected and your friends turn away from you, betray you, or stonewall you, think about this:
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.John 6:66
Jesus experienced bullying. It’s unthinkable because we tend to believe bullies just popped out of social media in the 21st century, but it’s not true. I was bullied in Russia by the members of my very own family. If you ever have to endure bullying or humiliation, think about this experience Jesus endured, just so you know He can relate. He Himself was bullied, mocked, and humiliated.
Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him.Mark 15:19
Jesus felt abandonment and loneliness. Whenever you feel lonely, consider the depth of the abandonment Christ experienced after everything He had done for His people. Consider it not to diminish your own feelings of loneliness but to help you understand that Jesus can relate because He felt the same thing.
About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lemasabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)Matthew 27:46
Jesus died. If you ever had a family member pass away and saw what death looks like, know that Jesus endured not only the same death we face but worse – He suffered before He died. He suffered for you and me.
And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said: “Surely this man was the Son of God!”Mark 15:39
Jesus was fully God. He talked about this truth openly but some people of His generation didn’t believe it, though they did see His miracles.
30 I and the Father are one.”
31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”John 10:30-33
Jesus declared in His prayer for all believers that He was one with God.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.John 17:21
Above all else, here’s the clear statement in the Bible, which is God-breathed Word, telling us that Jesus was God.
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.John 1:18
Jesus was called “Lord” after He was crucified. The meaning of the word “lord” assigns a certain level of respect and power to whoever is called so.
Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.Acts 2:36
Jesus was also addressed as “Lord” during His life as a man on earth by those who respected and honored Him and believed in His miracles.
A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”Matthew 8:2
The lordship of Jesus is linked directly to His resurrection and our salvation after His death as a human.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.Romans 10:9
Jesus came on earth to save you and me from our sins and the burdens of our guilt and shame. Jesus is the reason why we have the gift of God’s forgiveness today.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.1 Timothy 1:15
Jesus was promised by God to His people as a savior. The covenant was fulfilled when Jesus died on the cross.
From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promisedActs 13:23
Jesus was announced as a savior to the world before His actual birth.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.Matthew 1:21
Jesus redeemed you and me at a high price. When you win an iTunes gift card, you can go to the iTunes store, add a song to your cart, type in the gift card code, and click “redeem” button. What that means is someone placed value onto that gift card, which can be used by you to buy something of value. You are of value. Jesus’ life was of value. He surrendered the value of His life to buy you back (redeem you) from sin so you can have your valuable life as a free human being. Redemption means this: when we were slaves to sin, Jesus sacrificed His precious life to buy us back from sin.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.Ephesians 1:7
The word “deliverer” in Hebrew means “to cause to escape. Jesus causes us to escape our temptations, sin, and the destiny of facing God’s wrath. Jesus delivers us from our captivity and slavery to sin by sacrificing His life to provide us with the way to escape and live free. Paul wrote about it in his letter to Philippians, explaining deliverance through the Spirit of Christ:
18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.[a] 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.Philippians 1:18-20
In the Old Testament, animal sacrifices are found all throughout. These blood offerings acted as a temporary covering for sin. The purpose of animal sacrifice and offerings was sanctification, righteousness (right standing with God), and forgiveness. Jesus became the lamb of God to cover our sins forever and to secure our right standing with God. This truth appears at John 1:29, where John the Baptist sees Jesus and exclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!John 1:29
The meaning of Jesus being the lamb of God is also explained in Revelation 17:14 where we get to hear His other names, as well:
They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings — and with him will be his called, chosen, and faithful followers.Revelation 17:14
“Christ the King” – that’s how Jesus is often referred to, implying the concept of the Kingdom of God where Christ is described as seated at the right hand of God, and you are seated there with Him in heavenly places (more on that later when we talk about Spiritual Warfare, or you can find my YouTube videos about it if you’re curious, or leave comments below). Jesus called Himself “king” very openly, as we can see from this conversation:
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”John 18:37
The final book of the New Testament, aka the final book of the Bible, often called “Revelation to John,” describes Jesus as King and Lord stating that it was written about Him as His very name:
On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”Revelation 19:16
Jesus taught His people how to live, aka the Gospel, the good news.
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.Matthew 4:23
Jesus taught every time He spoke. He had the heart of a teacher and taught His disciples every time He opened His mouth. We can see how it’s described by His followers:
He opened His mouth and began to teach themMatthew 5:2
Jesus taught even when He wanted to rest or eat or be quiet. People longed for His teachings and followed Him everywhere He went.
30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.Mark 6:34
Jesus also teaches us to follow His teachings today and to avoid being influenced by any other philosophies of living:
9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.2 John 9
Jesus called Himself “the light of the world” helping us understand that we must live according to His teachings in order for us to have peace, joy, and salvation.
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”John 8:12
Jesus shared that He was the light while He was in the world, but it doesn’t mean just physically. While we share His teachings, His light shines.
“While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”John 9:5
Jesus became the light to the world so that we don’t have to remain in the darkness not knowing who we are, or how to live, or what to do with ourselves, or how to treat others, or how to deal with pain and suffering.
I have come as Light into the world so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.John 12:46
Jesus enlightened His followers. If you ever think that enlightened people are metaphysical, know that being enlightened is Biblical and means you experienced the light of Jesus Christ and His teachings. Understanding and experiencing the Gospel of truth is the substance of such enlightenment.
There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.John 1:9
Jesus is the one and only capable mediator to help us be in the right standing with God. You can’t pay God to forgive your sins. You can’t hire an attorney to talk God out of being angry with your sin. You can’t bribe God. Nothing you can do but give your life to Jesus Christ genuinely and wholeheartedly. Then, God sees you through the blood of Jesus as perfect, righteous, pure, and holy. No other mediator can do that for you.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.1 Timothy 2:5-6
A mediator is also called an advocate. Jesus is our advocate. He advocates for us whenever we seek God’s forgiveness.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.1 John 2:1-2
Jesus is the only authority, both in Heaven and on earth. Don’t take me wrong: you surely must obey your local speed limit law established by the Government, and the reason is that Jesus, the ultimate authority, commands that you submit to the Government authorities.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Matthew 28:18
Jesus invited people to follow Him. We aren’t talking here about clicking an Instagram “follow” button and moving on with your day. We’re talking about His invitation for people to leave everything behind and physically follow Him everywhere He went. Jesus was a bold leader as a man on earth.
But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’Amos 7:15
Jesus encouraged people to go with Him and learn the new way of living, to hear the Gospel, the good news, and to abide in His truth. He invited His followers to learn from Him and share hope with others.
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”Matthew 4:19
Jesus called upon those people whom He chose as His followers, He chose them specifically, regardless of whether or not they were considered “good” by the standards of society.
As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.Matthew 9:9
Jesus was the kind of leader who demanded devotion to Himself. He called people to deny themselves, abandon their old ways, quit their lifestyle, and commit themselves to abiding in His teachings.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.Matthew 16:24
Jesus was a genuine proclaimer of the will of God. That is the very definition of a prophet. People who heard Jesus’ teachings recognized and acknowledged that He was a prophet:
And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”Matthew 21:11
Jesus was a leader and savior of a particular group and cause. The people were us, and the cause was our eternity in heaven. That’s the definition of the Messiah who was expected to tell people all things (and He did). Jesus Himself stated that He was the Messiah people expected:
25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.”John 4:25-26
Jesus was recognized and acknowledged as the Messiah by those who believed in Him, His miracles, and His teachings:
“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”John 11:27
Jesus tells us everything. Have you noticed how any answer you ever need is already right there in the Bible? The teachings of Jesus considered all aspects of being and living. What a friend we have in Jesus!
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.John 15:15
Jesus told us what will be in our future – an eternity in heaven. He gave us the things we can hope for and He asked us to hope.
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.[a]The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”John 4:13-14
Salvation and an eternity with Jesus are not the only things He promised. We can also hope in His steadfast (unwavering, unconditional) love:
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast lovePsalm 33:18
Jesus is our hope for love, an eternity in heaven, and also redemption:
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.Psalm 130:7
We hope in Christ because of the promises He gave us. That’s the foundation of faith. Believing is key to hope, and hope is key to faith. We wait for this world to get better, for us to get better, we hope for a better future, we hope in Him.
I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him.Isaiah 8:17
Jesus Christ is the one and only source of peace. Let’s be honest: sometimes it’s hard to even fall asleep at night because our anxieties and fears are lurking around stealing peace. But Christ gives us peace that passes all understanding, as long as we have faith and focus on gratitude.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.Colossians 3:15
Jesus’ peace actually guards our hearts and minds. Without His protection, we would go crazy thinking about what if this and what if that.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:7
Jesus is not only the source of love. He Himself is love for us from God. You shall never wonder: “Does God Love Me?” because the evidence of His love is Jesus, so God’s love must always be declared in present tense without a doubt. It’s been proven.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16
Jesus is proof of God’s unconditional love. Growing up in Russia, I remember being told to check 1,000,000 boxes before God would love me. It was taught to me that I was unworthy and bad. It’s a false idea. God loves me unconditionally already, and the proof of His love is Jesus. Never can I do anything for God to earn His love. He loves me and is in a relationship with me already. I can’t perform anything to earn love from God. It’s a gift.
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8
Jesus is referred to as “Logos,” or “Word,” meaning He Himself is wisdom personified, the source of life and truth, and the very communication between God and humanity.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.John 1:14
Jesus declared that He Himself is the truth, not only the teacher of the truth and not only filled with truth.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.John 14-6
Jesus Christ is our wisdom and not just the source of wisdom. He teaches us wisdom. He teaches us to be wise and to walk with the wise. But that’s not all. If you gave your life to Jesus, you know how, when you pray for wisdom, God’s infinite intelligence is poured over you. You just get the wisdom you didn’t have before you prayed. With it comes peace, and that’s how you discern God’s wisdom. It’s because Christ is in you and you are in Him and He Himself is wisdom.
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption1 Corinthians 1:30
Jesus is our strength. In Him, we are strong. I used to live in my own power and didn’t work out. Now I draw my strength from Christ and I love my life.
fear not, for I am with you;Isaiah 41:10
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
People throughout the Bible recognized and acknowledged that the only sources of lasting strength is Jesus Christ, our lord and savior:
The Lord is my strength and my song,Exodus 15:2
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
We are encouraged to be strong in the lord. His might is our strength. He conquered even death itself. He is almighty.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.Ephesians 6:10
We are commanded to count on Jesus’ strength and be courageous:
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.Deuteronomy 31:6
Jesus is life. He gives us new life when we are born again and practice His way of living. And He gives us eternal life. I want to also mention that though I personally appeared to be alive and have a life before I met Jesus, I was actually dead. I’ll share my story with you here later, but just keep this in mind: we are not talking about life as it appears to be in the physical realm. After I prayed to Christ to open up my eyes to the things unseen, I started noticing dead people everywhere, though they are walking and talking and wearing makeup and are dressed up nicely, they laugh and workout but they are completely dead as there’s no life in them. Jesus gives life. He is life.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they dieJohn 11:25
Jesus is our rock, the strong foundation, something solid to hold on to, something that won’t let us down and will hold us, and for many, He is the rock found when hitting the rock bottom. That’s my story. I’ll share it later.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;Psalm 18:2
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Jesus is God and compared to other rocks in the Bible and declared to be the most solid rock:
There is no one holy like the Lord;1 Samuel 2:2
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. This is the most critical truth to understand if you want to live the life of joy, peace, and productivity. If you value your mental health and sanity, this is the most important thing of all:
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 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 have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit, fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.John 15
Jesus is our helper. He is on our side, that’s why we are never alone.
The Lord is with me; he is my helper.Psalm 118:7
I look in triumph on my enemies.
How exactly does Jesus help us? David described this in detail:
A Psalm of David.Psalm 23
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Jesus is our healer. He performed many healing miracles on earth as a human man, and even touching His robe healed The Bleeding Woman:
Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”
50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”Luke 8:48-50
Jesus heals us physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Here’s another example of physical, visible healing, and I have my own personal examples to share with you here later.
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.Mark 10:52
Jesus heals us today. The healing power of the resurrected Jesus works in our lives and performs miracles all over the earth right now. He healed me.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,Isaiah 53:5
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
29. I Am
Jesus referred to Himself as “I Am” many times, implying that He was the eternal God incarnate. Jesus was equating Himself with the “I Am” title God gave Himself in Exodus 3:14.
53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”John 8:53-58
30. The Way
Jesus is the way, and He is the only way. There’s no other way to heaven.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.John 14:6
And here’s what it means that Jesus is the way described in great detail:
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.Titus 3:3-7
Summary: Who is Jesus In The Bible?
In this first part of our “Who Is Jesus” discussion, we explored what the Bible says about the son of God. These 30 aspects of Jesus’ identity will help you understand and process the important answer to the question “Who is Jesus In The Bible?”
Pondering means taking something to heart and thinking genuinely about it, giving it thought, considering it, applying it to yourself practically.
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I encourage you to ponder not only the question “Who is Jesus In The Bible?” but also this question that is of critical importance: “Who is Jesus To Me?” I pondered it, and my breakthroughs are shared with you below.
Who Is Jesus To Me?
I promised to share my own answers to the question “Who is Jesus To Me?” and here they are for you. I decided to share my answers in stories because they can help you figure out your own answers that are personal, real, genuine, and transformational.
Pondering “Who is Jesus To Me?” question changed my life. It changed who I am, my habits, thoughts, lifestyle, beliefs, and values.
If you don’t know my story of identity transformation from a mail-ordered bride to a child of God, watch this quick video now:
Here’s who Jesus Christ is to me personally.
Jesus as Fully Man
In 2016, I got married to a man who portrayed himself as a Christian. I loved him with all my heart. We went to premarital counseling for months, and I felt nothing but excitement as I walked down the aisle on May 14th, 2016.
I was in love. My committed was forever.
I felt hopeful as we planned to glorify God with our marriage.
I was confident that the man waiting for me at the end of the aisle with tears in his eyes would be a friend, a companion, a partner, a supporter, a wise counsel, a husband, an encourager, and family to me.
Four months later, he filed for divorce. I remember us sitting in our master bedroom. Late night. I’m on the bed, he’s on the floor. He looked me in the eye, with no emotion at all, just emptiness and nothingness, and said: “I don’t want to be married anymore. All I want is to be an IronMan and compete in Kona.”
I felt betrayed, hurt, dehumanized, traded in for a bicycle, rejected, and deceived. I was in pain. I experienced deep sorrow.
Feeling all those emotions, I wondered if in the entire world there was anyone who could relate to my unimaginable, indescribable pain. I began researching which feelings Jesus felt throughout His human life.
Discovering that Jesus felt rejected, deceived, bullied, hurt, betrayed, angry, sorrowed, and He even wept was shocking to me.
My findings resulted in the birth of this 3.5-hour Christian podcast for women where I share everything I learned about Jesus and feelings.
Knowing that Jesus was fully man who even refused pain killers, in order to have fully human experience on earth, I was comforted in my own pain.
I was not alone. I was suffering, yes, but understanding the humanness of Jesus, who suffered as a man, I had hope. I persevered, and He healed me.
If you’re going through divorce, betrayal, cancer, loss of a loved one, ponder the humanness of Jesus who felt everything we feel today, as intensely as we do, yet, He refused to take the drug offered to Him as a pain killer.
I consider them a blessing because, feeling every emotion God created, I am closer to Jesus who also felt deeply.
Knowing that Jesus was fully human taught me how to be fully human.
Jesus as Fully God
That divorce led me to experience severely suicidal depression. For months, I was holding on to my next breath only because I knew that Jesus is God.
I trust that Jesus knows everything: past, present, future… He knows my heart and He knows His own plan for my life.
As I was processing the terrifying events of my marriage and divorce, I wrote this poem that reflects what it means to me that Jesus is God.
"Jesus' Callings And Presence" #PoemsFromGod
You called us to confess, repent, and ask forgiveness.
You called us to rejoice and go the second mile.
Of your amazing grace I've now been a witness
And want to follow you with genuine desire.
You called us not to lust and Father's law to honor,
Our enemies to love and practice self-control.
Your verses are engraved inside my heart as banner
Reminding me that you are owner of my soul.
You called us not to judge and choose the narrow pathway.
To ask and seek and knock and treasures to give up.
You asked us not to fear regardless of the dismay,
To be courageous, strong, and daringly standup.
You asked us to be servants, to pray in faith and sureness
That you will hear our crying and answer every time.
You asked us not to doubt and demonstrate matureness,
So others come to you, observing us in prime.
For gift of my salvation to you I'm very grateful,
I want to honor you and patiently obey.
In trials and tribulations, I am remaining faithful,
Remembering you're near and never far away.
8/21/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA
Jesus is my God. The God with a solid plan, which I don’t understand (nor do I have to understand it to live it).
He delivered me from that suicidal depression and led me to start this ministry, Online Discipleship For Women, in order to share with you who He is as fully God and what it means to me personally.
If you’re going through something painful right now, know that Jesus is God. He is ever-present, all-knowing, sovereign, and almighty. Reach out to Him for comfort, healing, and deliverance.
He has a great plan for you.
Jesus as My Lord
The divorce was a jury trial and lasted for four days.
It was the most painful experience of my relationship with Michel. It was unbearable yet revealing for me to see my emotionless husband testify on a witness stand in front of jurors about his devotion to an IronMan bicycle.
The experience showcased who Satan is and what spiritual warfare is all about. I was in pain and heartbroken but grateful.
While dealing with my pain, confusion, anger, love for Michel, and the need to forgive him daily, I wrote this poem, just a few days before we were divorced.
This spiritual poetry reflects what it means to me that Jesus is my lord.
"Lord, I Need You" #PoemsFromGod
Lord, I need you every hour, every moment of every day.
I need your guidance, your mercy, hold on to me tight.
I need you to never let go of me as I pray.
I need you to lead me, to renew me, to help me stay humble and kind.
Every morning I start with my list of gratitude, God.
Every day I realize my weakness and your strength in it.
Every moment I reach out to you because I never forgot,
That I need you... without you I've already reached my limit.
7/23/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA
Jesus is whom I run to for every answer, every time I need help.
During that marriage and divorce, I needed Jesus to guide me not only on the big issues, such as “Should I respond to Michel’s divorce summons or just let him do whatever he’s led to do?” but also on the small (very big when you’re depressed) issues, such as “How do I get out of bed and take a shower when I don’t want to live anymore?”
Nothing made sense in my marriage. There was no meaning in anything I saw or experienced. Everything was false. Everyone was deceived and confused. I was devastated and exhausted.
I needed Jesus to help me load and unload the dishwasher, to vacuum, dust, and wash my hair. For two weeks, I had to let friends watch my dog Bruno because I was unable to take care of even simple things.
As my lord, Jesus guided and led me through the situation, and today I am living in His strength, not mine. Every day I surrender to Him.
I trust in the lord and lean not on my own limited understanding.
When you accept Jesus as lord into your heart and mind, He will help you with every aspect of life. He asks us to cast all out cares on Him, big or small. He cares deeply. Yes, He knows your situation but He wants you, with your free will, to choose to run into His arms and ask for His help.
I did that. The experience not only helped me get through the divorce but to also share hope with others via this ministry for Christian women.
If you’re going through the valley of the shadow of death, like I did in 2016 and 2017, reach out to Jesus for wisdom, discernment, and guidance.
Jesus is lord, trust in Him, you can’t understand everything because you yourself aren’t your lord.
Christ knows your heart, your dreams, your past, your present, and your future.
Place your trust in the lord, not your own understanding.
Jesus as My Savior
Since I was five years old, I was taught by my mom that I am for men, that love is sex, that sex is love, and that I am for sex.
I slept around, drank like crazy, and my lifestyle was hideous.
In 2014, I gave my life to Christ. He saved me. He made me new. He gave me new beliefs, new values, and new lifestyle.
He transformed me from a mail-ordered bride to a child of God.
Jesus made me a Princess.
I described what He did for me as my savior in this Christian spoken word poem called “Identity” performed at Urban Grind in Atlanta.
If you’re struggling with addictions, such as addiction to sex, drugs, gambling, violence, alcohol, excessive shopping, compulsive exercise, or aimless travel, if you’re out of control when it comes to doing what you need to do in life and your addiction is your master, reach out to Jesus to save you.
Jesus saved me. He set me free. He can save you. He can liberate you.
Jesus as My Redeemer
As a little girl, I was taught that I’d need to check 1,000,000 boxes before God could ever love me. In Soviet Russia where I was raised after the crush of USSR, there was no God, for the most part. Churches were transformed into movie theaters or destroyed. Talking about God among adults was prohibited.
Talking about God with children was like talking about a character from a scary kids’ cartoon. God was there to bite, scare, punish, steal, or judge me. He was watching to see if I did something bad so He could write it down and reprimand me by sending me to hell.
Only my grandma and my mom were going to heaven because they were perfect in everything. They were all around saints.
That was their perspective. That’s was what I learned from them.
All that was taught to me by the adults who were adulterous alcoholics, slept in front of me with other people’s spouses, made and sold alcohol, and killed my own hard-working grandpa by forcing him to drink himself to death. Those people were cussing, fighting, and chasing me with knives and axes, as well as trying to chock me.
The point I’m making here is this: God was scary to hear about from the scary people of whom I was scared to death.
I ran away from home often to avoid being in the presence of my family members because they were the scariest people I knew.
God wasn’t someone good or credible in that situation. And surely, He wasn’t loving or kind. He was portrayed as angry and judgmental.
It wasn’t just God who didn’t love me. My mom told me regularly that she hated me and wanted me dead.
Just to reiterate: God wasn’t talked a lot about because in Soviet Russia God was a forbidden topic. God was just used to manipulate and abuse me.
Today, God is personal to me. I’m in a relationship with Him. He is good.
I gave myself to Jesus in 2014. He redeemed me. He paid a high price to buy me back from the damage and the trauma those people imposed on me.
Jesus redeemed me from them, from their damaging philosophy of life, from their troublesome beliefs, and from their disturbing perspective on my identity and purpose.
Growing up, I was told that I’ll never amount to anything. I was called a “miscarriage,” “fatherless,” and “stupid.”
I am a Princess, a daughter of the king of the entire universe today. That’s my true identity. I am a child of God.
Here’s a poem I wrote about this redemption:
"I Am Your Princess" #PoemsFromGod
My heart is broken,
My soul is aching,
But I have hope,
Because you are still reigning.
Your mercy gifts forgiveness.
Your grace gifts blessings.
We don't deserve your goodness:
Our lives are always messy.
But you don't rate performance -
Our heart is one that matters.
So when we fail all over,
You raise us from the deadness.
Your strength is sufficient.
Your love is enough.
I am your daughter -
A perfect princess in the fallen world.
3/6/2017 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA
Jesus paid with His life to redeem you, to buy you back so you can live free.
If you’re in pain, if you endured trauma, if you’ve been abused, betrayed, and violated, reach out to Jesus as your redeemer. He paid to set you free.
Jesus as My Deliverer
Life with my mother was unbearable. She abused me emotionally, physically, spiritually, and mentally. Summers were the worst because I was stuck with her every day.
At 11 and 12, I tried to commit suicide. She sarcastically encouraged me to do it again but I never did. Yet, I thought a lot about it and had to call suicide prevention hotline from a phone booth on the side of the grocery store across the street. It was a public rotary phone. I used it to live.
Suicide was the idea I inherited from my mom.
She’d describe to me in detail how she’d kill herself by hanging herself on our kitchen chandelier at night. She’d paint the detailed picture of how I’d wake up in the morning, walk into the kitchen, turn the lights on, see her dead hanging there, and there would be a letter from her telling everyone that her suicide was my fault.
Narcissistic mother is a topic I write a lot about because I belive we must open up about the impact of narcissistic abuse on our mental health.
Suicidal thoughts were attacking me again as I was enduring narcissistic marriage in my 30s, going through a divorce, and trying to make sense of the things that I didn’t understand at all.
Suicidal thoughts were holding on to me until I surrendered everything to Jesus, and He delivered me.
Here’s a poem I wrote about my suicidal thoughts, sharing in detail how Jesus delivered me from their stronghold.
If something is holding on to you right now, reach out for Jesus who can deliver you from slavery to it. Sin is not your master. Depression is not your master. Addiction is not your master. You have a mighty deliverer!
Jesus as My Teacher
Life is interesting, unpredictable, and multi-faceted. A lot of learning is required to survive and thrive in life.
I moved to America by myself in 2008 and I live here on my own. I am single and celibate. It’s just me and Jesus.
I have so much to learn. There’s so much I don’t know.
People have parents, uncles, grandmas, and older sisters to learn from. I learn everything from Jesus. How to handle money, how to organize my home, what to think about, how to understand people, how to be fully human, etc. Anything I ever need to learn about – Jesus has taught on the topic already!
I listen to proverbs on my Bible app regularly. I study the Bible and spend time on my knees in the mornings as soon as I wake up to fellowship with Jesus and to learn what I need to learn. I talk to Him. And I listen.
From how to choose wise mentors and friends to what I should eat and how much – Jesus taught me everything. Whenever I have questions on how to prioritize my time or which goals to pursue, I ask Jesus, my teacher.
If you have questions about life, relationships, finances, diets, friendships, travel, habits, lifestyle, purpose, time management, career, and anything else – ask Jesus. He has teachings covering every aspect of life.
Abiding by His teachings leads to a peaceful and joyful life.
Jesus is a wise teacher with a good heart and genuine love for you.
Where can you start learning from Jesus as your teacher?
Start by researching His promises: 3,573 – that’s how many promises you’ll find in the teachings of Jesus.
Here’s Christian spoken word poem about it:
If you want to live a prudent life as a wise woman and have good discernment, reach out to Jesus as your teacher. He is infinitely intelligent.
Jesus as My Light
I’ve experienced a lot of darkness in life. I’m aware of it and I acknowledge it. For many years, I tried to escape this reality through addictions but now I face it with wholehearted courage and my eyes wide open.
I don’t need to remain in the darkness trying to mask it. I have light!
Jesus is my light.
One of the adversities I endured in life was teen pregnancy.
Here I was, a 17-year-old girl, in a hospital chair being put to sleep for doctors to “clean me up” from the inside.
I saw the whole thing from the outside, and I still have chills describing my out-of-body experience. I got out, looked at myself surrounded by medical professionals, and I saw a light.
The light was not just bright, it was warm and inviting.
I flew toward the light and experienced relief from pain, grief, heaviness, fear, and confusion. I felt free and peaceful.
When I had to return into my body, I was sad and didn’t want to leave the light. But I knew I had to return because there was a purpose for me to be in my body on earth.
That I knew from when I was 12 and my second suicide attempt failed.
When I woke up in a cold room with a dozen other women-patients there, I was devastated. I wanted to be with the light.
Jesus is my light.
I don’t live in the darkness. I focus on Jesus, my light.
I trust God’s perfect plan.
Here’s a poem I wrote to share what it’s like to have Jesus as my light.
"Your Plan Is Always Perfect" #PoemsFromGod
You said your plan is perfect.
Can I believe it, God?
Sometimes I feel in conflict,
With scope of trials so broad.
But then I look around,
I pay attention close,
And see your grace abound
In sorrow and in loss.
I trust your every vow,
Your Holy Word I trust.
Sometimes I wonder how
Your beauty comes from dust.
Your plan for me to prosper,
Have future and a hope
Wholeheartedly I trust in
And never will I stop!
8/16/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA
If you’re in a season of darkness right now, focus on Jesus as your light. Let the light overpower and conquer the darkness.
Jesus as My Mediator
I remember sitting in divorce mediation in March of 2017. The mediator was an older woman who had no discernment whatsoever. She was mean and obnoxious. When she heard that Michel went to seminary, married me, and filed for divorce choosing an IronMan bicycle over me, she said: “Well, I met my husband at a bar while drinking and 25 years later we’re still married…”
My experience with that mediator taught me that worldly mediators don’t have your best interest in mind, they do not advocate for you.
Mediators are paid by the hour, so the longer you’re arguing, the better for the mediator financially. At the same time, her pay depends on her success rate of settling cases, so she ultimately wants to have you agree so you all do not go to a hearing. Whether the conditions of such agreement are good for you doesn’t matter to the mediator at all. The checkbox and signature are all she cares about, so she can get paid and move on with her day.
That’s my worldly experience with a mediator.
Jesus is a mediator between God and me. He is an advocate for me.
He did everything possible to have me in good standing with God. When God looks at me, He sees righteous and pure me, thanks to my mediator Jesus Christ who advocates for my best interest.
A couple of days later, following that divorce mediation, I wrote this Christian poem, which expresses my understanding of what kind of mediator Jesus is when it comes to our standing with God.
"I'm Surrendered To Thee" #PoemsFromGod
I am fearfully and wonderfully made
By God Almighty, the Great I Am.
Old things all past away at once,
And I am a new creation in Christ.
I die in my flesh and walk in the Spirit,
I choose kindness and humbleness.
The harder the journey, the more I grow from it.
You offer to me no condemnation
And you provide an escape
From every temptation.
I choose to lose so I can win,
I'm prudent, not simple, following your written will.
I go through trials and learn my lessons daily but often stumble.
I know you prune me to be more fruitful, but my life I often shamble.
Please lift this heavy burden off of me,
You say your yoke is easy, I'm surrendered to Thee.
3/10/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA
If you’re ready to be in good standing with God but carry with you a bag of guilt and shame, reach out to your mediator Jesus. He’s the only way to your good standing with God. He advocates for your best interest.
Jesus as My Leader
Life taught me to stand firm on my own two feet.
There are many people I admire, respect, and consider my mentors, but I take everything humans say with a grain of salt and process it through my own discernment. The only one I follow is Jesus. I don’t follow anyone else.
I love the teachings of Napoleon Hill and read many of his books. Though he made more millionaires than any one man in human history, he himself was broke and never followed his own advice. It’s just one example of what I mean by taking each “leader” in a context of his own personal life and behavior.
That’s where Jesus stands out. That’s why I follow Jesus wholeheartedly. He walked His own talk.
Jesus is my only leader.
I wrote this poem to reflect on His leadership and its meaning to me:
"You're Leading My Walk" #PoemsFromGod
You came near when I called you,
And you said to me: “Do not fear.”
You took my right hand and walked with me,
And though all my trials you've always been near.
You comforted me and encouraged,
You gave me discernment and wisdom,
You showed me your infinite mercy and grace,
While leading my walk through your kingdom.
8/27/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA
If you’re confused and disappointed in the leaders you’ve been following, take what humans say with a grain of salt and follow Jesus with me.
Jesus as My Hope
I remember surviving every day of my childhood hoping that one day I’ll be educated, different than my abusive family members, and away from them. I thought that then I’d be happy.
I graduated from four universities. It didn’t bring me any happiness.
I hoped that I’ld get married to Prince Charming one day and we’d live our happily-ever-after away from my family and have joy and peace.
I moved to America, far far away from Russia. There wasn’t a happily-ever-after waiting for me here.
You see, my hope was misplaced.
Jesus is my hope today.
I have joy right where I am now because of Jesus. Here’s a poem I wrote reflecting on the source of my hope – Jesus Christ.
"You're Always Good" #PoemsFromGod
I've chased many dreams turned into goals,
I've pursued many things that were labeled as secular,
Those paths led away from you into worldly roles,
Where anxiety and fears were expected as regular.
You've consistently blessed me with your special grace
And this time I've received your special lesson:
There's nothing on earth I ever need to chase,
There's no place I need to ever be to progressing.
Right where I'm at, here in your presence
I can tap into peace that can't be understood
And enjoy your affection, protection, and pleasance,
And declare with confidence that you're always good.
8/6/2017 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA
If you feel empty because you tried to be happy chasing worldly pursuits but they failed you, reach out to Jesus as your hope. Just think about His promises, what He did for you on the cross, and where He is taking you.
Jesus as My Peace
I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) in 2016 as I was enduring narcissistic abuse in my marriage. Peace is not something associated with C-PTSD. In my situation, anxiety and panic attacks were regular while I lived with my ex-husband. Until I learned to cast my anxieties on Him who cares – Jesus Christ. I took all my fears to Him, and He became my peace.
Here’s a poem I wrote about Jesus as my peace.
"God's Peace" #PoemsFromGod
Your peace rules now in my heart,
With love and joy and full devotion.
I don't pursue or seek it hard -
From abiding in you comes this sacred emotion.
I cast my anxieties on you in prayer,
Because you care and your son for me you sacrificed.
I don't do wrong for wrong and evade every naysayer,
Your peace guards my mind and heart in Jesus Christ.
You bless me with your peace in every situation,
So I'm not overcome by evil but by good.
My Everlasting Father, you gave me my salvation
And covenant of peace for earthly livelihood.
8/10/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA
If you’re struggling with PTSD, C-PTSD, OCD, anxiety, insomnia, or panic attacks, reach out to Jesus as your one and only source of peace.
Jesus as My Truth
Identity has always been something painful for me. When I was born, my mom dressed me up as a boy and called me a boy’s name.
Growing up, I heard many times from my mom: “I hate you and I just want you dead!” She’d tell me stories on how she went to abort me. And I always knew that I was unwanted and unloved.
I hoped that my dad would come to find me and love me someday. That never happened. Though my dad did show up for a few days of my life, he had nothing to do with me. Well, almost nothing, except for one night…
One night, I walked out of a shower in my pink robe. I usually slept naked. I had my own bedroom with a lock since there were a dozen crazy and violent people living in a four-bedroom condo. It was dark, I took my bathrobe off, got into my bed, and… Someone’s hand was touching my back!
I jumped out and saw my father. He sat in the dark on a chair near my desk where I did homework. I didn’t know him. He was never around. He spent most of his life in jail. He didn’t know me. And so now it was night time, dark, I was naked, and he was touching me?!…
I yelled at him in no uncertain terms to get out and away.
My mother never forgot or forgave it. She always told me that my father was not in her life because I told him to f… off.
It’s true: I did tell my father to f.. off but it wasn’t the reason why he wasn’t around.
I got married to Prince Charming a few years later and moved to America hoping to have my own family and peace.
I was taken by the police to a shelter for victims of domestic violence just a few months into my American Dream, after multiple beatings, and I discovered that I was a mail-ordered bride.
Like I said in my Christian spoken word poem called “Identity,” “who I was and whose I was, I was uncertain.”
The one and only source of truth is Jesus.
Jesus taught me who I am. My identity is in Christ.
Not only is Jesus the source of truth. He is the truth. He is what God promised to us. He is everything that God said will actually happen.
If you don’t know what’s true anymore, if you feel confused and have no idea who you are, whose you are, what to do, where to turn for help, I encourage you to reach out to Jesus as the truth and the only source of truth.
Jesus as My Strength
In my bedroom, I have a wall decal that says: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And I wholeheartedly believe Philippians 4:13. It’s the first thing I see from my pillow every morning as soon as I open my eyes. And it’s the last thing I see when I go to sleep.
I shared a lot with you here about the help I received from Jesus spiritually, mentally, and in every aspect of life. Now, I want to share with you about the actual physical component of my faith: Jesus as my strength (physical).
When I moved to my new beautiful home in 2017, I was not going to wait for anyone anymore when it came to setting up my nest. I waited every day for my ex-husband and ended up living in an unsafe house that was unfinished construction. I was determined to get my nest all set up.
My bedroom furniture is made of heavy wood. I was installing soft-white LED lights to make all my furniture glow and to save money on electricity while also enjoying gorgeous lights at home.
I learned how to use a drill and bought me one.
As I was holding my chest of six drawers while doing some work on it, it fell and struck my hand with a huge nail all the way through.
I looked at it. There was a hole in my hand.
I stared at the Bible verse wall decal right above the chest of drawers, got a bandaid, stopped the blood, lifted up the furniture, and moved on with installing the lights.
My hand healed within a few days.
It was incredible! Repeating this Bible verse, I was able to move my California king size bed all by myself, install a 160″ curtain rod on my patio drilling to the ceiling, I wired my entire kitchen with under-the-cabinets LED lights and had all cable management done all by myself! I installed a full-body size 100% glass mirror in my entryway by hanging it on the wall, all by myself!
To install this huge wall decal in my living room took hours. It came packaged as a huge and heavy piece of paper, which I had to hold up for hours all by myself. And Jesus helped me. Here it is installed on the wall.
Jesus is my strength. And I mean physical, not just spiritual, mental, and emotional.
I can do all things through Christ!
Jesus as My Rock
My life has been painful in many seasons. Your life might be very painful right now. Through dealing with my pain and enduring tremendous suffering, I realized that Jesus in there wherever I am and I can hold on to Him. When I hated myself and my life and was at the lowest point of my addiction, when I hit the rock bottom, Jesus was my rock on the bottom.
When I was exposed to narcissistic abuse, mental cruelty, emotional manipulation, and multiple physical threats from The Narcissist, I was on my knees daily crying myself to sleep, and Jesus was right there with me.
Whatever you’re going through today, even if you hit the rock bottom, reach out for Jesus who is your rock in every situation, especially on the bottom.
Hold on to Jesus.
If you would like for me to lift you up in prayer, submit your prayer request.
Jesus as My Vine
I am currently keeping a journal that’s called “Abiding In Christ vs Living In My Own Power.” It’s a place where I reflect on how staying attached to my vine, Jesus, helps me live a life filled with joy and peace.
Starting my day with a prayer on my knees before I ever leave my bedroom helps me surrender to Christ and abide in Him.
Reading God’s word and meditating on it daily helps my mind and heart be protected and remain healthy.
Journaling in my gratitude journal and reflecting on everything God has done in my life helps me experience genuine joy.
Casting my anxieties on Him who cares helps prevent my panic attacks and keeps me grounded in truth.
Abiding in Christ is much better than living in my own power.
If you’re looking for a life of joy and peace, I recommend attaching yourself to your vine Jesus Christ and abiding in Him.
Jesus as My Helper
In 2019, I launched a new SaaS brand called FunnelAmplified. I was Director of Marketing, and the company was a pivot of a startup that lost millions of dollars and ver took off. I was just hired and charged with the big goal of taking the technology to the market.
I couldn’t do it on my own. Jesus is my helper. He and I did the job.
I described in great detail how Jesus helped me do the job in this article called “Why I Quit My Job At FunnelAmplified.”
From what to name the brand, to brand style guide, terminology, content strategy, podcast, 46-page ebook I wrote – everything was the result of Jesus’ help.
Whether you’re wondering which school to attend or how to best do your job, or even thinking about your family and future, reach out to Jesus as your helper. Receive and accept His help in every aspect of your life.
Lean on Him.
Jesus as My Healer
In 2016, I suffered from severely suicidal depression and I was diagnosed with C-PTSD. This was all the result of the trauma endured in my narcissistic marriage. Many people were telling me about different medications I could take but I chose prayer instead.
If you’re taking any medications, please do not think of my words as my condemnation of medication. I am not a medical professional. I have no medical education of any sort at all. This is just me sharing my personal thoughts about my personal health situation. I personally do not take any drugs. I believe that for me personally prayer and surrender are enough to experience healing. This worked: Jesus healed me completely.
At the time, my suffering was so great that I struggled with my own self, pondering if perhaps medications would be helpful.
I come from a background of addictions. I was aware of the side effects of medications, such as addiction.
That season of life was very painful. My suicidal thoughts were intense. I couldn’t make sense of anything and didn’t want to think about another moment of such an awful life where I could be so deceived and betrayed.
I watched a Netflix movie about a boy wanting to study the Bible but his father was an attorney who instead sent him to doctors to get pills. The boy was addicted. He suffered from depression and tried to commit suicide. He was saved by his friend through prayer and became a Bible club leader.
Here’s a poem I wrote just a few days after the divorce mediation mentioned earlier. The poem is based on my internal conflict as I wanted to feel better but didn’t want to take drugs. It is also influenced by that Netflix film. I was still living in our marital residence, which was unbearable for me.
This is a letter to myself expressing my faith in healing through Jesus Christ:
"Prayer vs Prozac" #PoemsFromGod
This world is unpredictable.
This world is full of crap!
The culture's contradictable,
And with every sad thought you're instantly prescribed Prozac.
You're suffering from depression,
Which is a human mind's normal response to stress.
But why don't you try a humble confession?
Just speak to God on your knees and confess.
Depression is just another kind of spiritual warfare.
We are targeted by Satan every day.
And often we feel attacked in ways that are not fare...
So what? Just get on your knees and pray!
Prozac causes a chemical brain reaction
That gets you only addicted to more crap!
Prayer is your strong faith in action
That helps you escape the deadly trap.
Prozac makes you indifferent, not happier!!!
Prayer gives you hope and helps you believe.
Prozac makes your depression only crappier!!!
Prayer offers long-lasting, eternal relieve.
So, just stop running to that luring pill bottle!!!
Just get quiet and get on you knees.
Even if your feelings and thoughts at first scatter,
Just commit to your prayer time and you'll receive cleansing peace.
The Holy Spirit will move into your body,
He will guard your mind and heart,
Offering the peace to everybody
Who's willing to work in prayer hard.
That peace will pass all understanding.
It will be available to you for free!
No more doctor appointments or pill demanding!!!
Throw away that addictive Prozac -
It's messing you up, just flee!
Run to your Heavenly Father, your Daddy,
Ask Him for healing comfort and soothing embrace.
Enjoy the sanity that's long-lasting and steady,
Reach out to your good God through prayer for His loving grace.
3/12/17 © Anna Szabo, JD, MBA
Jesus is my healer. He healed me.
If you’re in need of healing, I am not encouraging you not to take your medications. I am encouraging you to reach out for Jesus as your healer.
Summary: Who Is Jesus To Me?
I shared with you who Jesus is to me by opening up my heart and candidly telling you how Jesus impacts every aspect of who I am and how I live.
I did so with the hope that my real-life examples help you ponder who Jesus is to you personally. Realizing what Jesus means to you will change your life. It will transform you, your values, beliefs, habits, and identity.
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Realizing and acknowledging who Jesus is to you will help you live a more peaceful life by exercising greater discernment and standing more firmly on your own two feet when it comes to the matters of relationships, career, money, family, identity, priorities, and lifestyle.
I answered the question “Who is Jesus In The Bible?” and shared with you my personal perspective on “Who is Jesus To Me?”
Also, I encouraged you to ponder this life-altering question: “Who is Jesus To You?”
To help you below is everything we talked about summarized in a simple list format with respective scriptures for your reference.
Who Is Jesus?
1. Man – Luke 2:7, Luke 2:40, John 4:6, Mark 1:13, John 11:35, John 6:66, Mark 15:19, Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:39.
2. God – John 10:30-33, John 17:21, John 1:18.
3. Lord – Acts 2:36, Matthew 8:2, Romans 10:9.
4. Savior – 1 Timothy 1:15, Acts 13:23, Matthew 1:21.
5. Redeemer – Ephesians 1:7.
6. Deliverer – Philippians 1:18-20.
7. Lamb – John 1:29, Revelation 17:14.
8. King – John 18:37, Revelation 19:16.
9. Teacher – Matthew 4:23, Matthew 5:2, Mark 6:34, 2 John 9.
10. Light – John 8:12, John 9:5, John 12:46, John 1:9.
11. Mediator – 1 Timothy 2:5-6, 1 John 2:1-2.
12. Authority – Matthew 28:18.
13. Leader – Amos 7:15, Matthew 4:19, Matthew 9:9, Matthew 16:24.
14. Prophet – Matthew 21:11.
15. Messiah – John 4:25-26, John 11:27.
16. Friend – John 15:15.
17. Hope – John 4:13-14, Psalm 33:18, Psalm 130:7, Isaiah 8:17.
18. Peace – Colossians 3:15, Philippians 4:7.
19. Love – John 3:16, Romans 5:8.
20. Word – John 1:14.
21. Truth – John 14-6.
22. Wisdom – 1 Corinthians 1:30.
23. Strength – Isaiah 41:10, Exodus 15:2, Ephesians 6:10, Deuteronomy 31:6.
24. Life – John 11:25.
25. Rock – Psalm 18:2, 1 Samuel 2:2.
26. Vine – John 15.
27. Helper – Psalm 118:7, Psalm 23.
28. Healer – Luke 8:48-50, Mark 10:52, Isaiah 53:5.
29. I Am – John 8:53-58.
30. The Way – John 14:6, Titus 3:3-7.
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The more you practice understating and acknowledging who Jesus is to you personally and what impact your faith has on every aspect of your life, the more peaceful and joyful will be your life.
Understanding who Jesus is affects not only your earthly life but your salvation as well. Pondering this is key to standing firm on your own two feet when it comes to who you are and how you live your life.
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Dear #TruePrincesses! I’m Anna Szabo, the founder of Online Discipleship For Women. This Christian ministry was founded in 2017 when I was struggling with severely suicidal depression. God grew my faith and hope and asked me to share the Gospel with you.
My mission is to alleviate suicide among women by encouraging YOU to grow in faith and hope.
My vision is to help YOU create a joyful life by embracing God’s word.
My goal is to make the Gospel practical and applicable to YOUR daily experiences.
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