Do you ever find yourself listening to those negative, destructive thoughts about yourself? You know the kind I mean. The ones that set your identity in your mind:
- I’m ugly
- I’m worthless
- I’m a terrible (fill in the blank)
- I can do nothing right
Let me say this about your identity: you are made in the image of God!
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gen 1:27
At the Creation, God designed Adam & Eve with love and tenderness and in His very image. Now, that doesn’t mean we are the same as God, but the image of His nature is etched into the core of our beings. Granted, millennia of sin and corruption has distorted that image in the natural man. But we who belong to Jesus have been purchased. And the beauty of that that means we have been redeemed, bought back!
In that redemption, we died and were made new in Jesus. We are now new creatures. That curse given in the Garden was broken and we have a brand new identity!
Like Simon Peter and Saul/Paul, we were given new names to go with our new identity. And the absolutely wonderful thing about that is that no one knows that name except for Jesus and He will reveal it to us in Glory.
Lately I’ve been seeing what can happen when a believer isn’t grounded in their new identity in Christ. They listen to those whispers, those lies that the enemy constantly pours into their ears. And as someone said, it’s easier to believe the bad things than the good.
- Are you continually meditating on the scriptures that proclaim who you are in Christ?
- Are you continually telling your children the truth of their new nature?
- Are you praying with thanksgiving concerning God’s declaration of your new identity?
If you are not, then maybe this week is a good time to START!
The truth will set us free.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Gal. 5:1
God’s truth of who we are now become the building blocks for our lives of faith and victory. This is built on the foundation that is Jesus. But if we don’t understand our identity, we are open to every persuasive lie that comes our way. Someone says something with strength and boldness and we believe it. But we don’t measure it against the full Word of God and we fall like corn under a scythe. God wants us to stand tall and strong, like that tree firmly planted by the water. He wants us to withstand the raging storms (and trust me, the enemy rages!)
The more we understand who we are, the new nature we have, the new spiritual being that we have become, the more fully we can stand because we stand on Truth. It’s not the loudest voice that should captivate our minds. It should be the sweet and tender Truth revealed in His Word and through His Spirit that brings power, hope and healing.
This week, look to the scriptures for His Words of who we are. Let those words fill the depths of your soul with oil to anoint and heal to the very core. Let His Truth set you free!
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