The question of identity came up during the sermon in my church yesterday. It is so important, there’s no getting away from it.
It is something that we as individuals, as believers have to confront many times in the course of our lives.
From the Cambridge dictionary, this is the definition :
the fact of being, or feeling that you are, a particular type of person, organization, etc.; the qualities that make a person, organization, etc. different from others.
For the follower of Christ, our identity must be found in Him. We must see ourselves as God sees us.
So, first and foremost, we are children of God. And that my friend is your identity.
Obviously, I have been round this mountain severally and these are some lessons I learnt:
1. I am who God says I am.
2. I am not defined or limited by what a mere human being defines or limits me to be or to be able to achieve.
2. Others mirror how you treat yourself – they treat you the way you treat yourself.
I battled with self identity, till I had my aha moment.
Don’t be deceived – a lot of people walking around are dealing with identity issues – feelings of inadequacy, not being smart enough, and so on.
My friends have expressed shock that at a stage of my life, I was same, battling all these feelings, looking down on myself.
Only God knows.
So my brother, my sister in Christ, read this line over and over to yourself until it sinks in:
I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM!!!
Let’s list some of these:
1. You are loved
2. You are forgiven, once you confess your sins
Roman 5:8 , I John 1:9
3. You are redeemed.
4. You are chosen.
John 15:16 , Ephesians 1:11
5. You are unique; one of a kind
5. You are not a mistake
-You are no longer a slave, but a son or daughter of God
– You are a friend. ( Of God,..of Jesus)
– You are saved by grace, through faith
– You are an heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ
– You are a new creation
– You are a saint
– You have been justified
This list is endless.
I encourage you to read Ephesians 1. You’ll find so much,
This realization and understanding was mind blowing to me.
I treat myself well ; I remind myself of who God says I am.
Once I stay tuned in with God and the Holy Spirit, I walk with confidence – not because of anything I have done, but because of who God says I am.
I am a child of God; child of God walking and I know who my God is – Creator of the universe who has the hearts of kings in His hands – you lie bad.
I have noticed a change in how people treat me because I have decided to treat myself well ; I may falter sometimes, but I go back to God.
Miracle working God – who says I can do allll things through Christ who strengthens me – aaaaaaah, it is so exciting!!!!
I encourage you to create a mantra for yourself – something to tell yourself daily based on who God says you are.
I’m yet to do mine – I can hardly wait.
Once your identity is in Christ, it takes a huge burden off.
I AM WHO GOD SAYS THAT I AM
I beg of you; repeat this to yourself every single day.
If you have any doubts, open your Bible and read for yourself.
Good day, fearfully and wonderfully made brother or sister!!
God dey paaaaaa!!!!!