As a person always wanting to make sure everything will be okay. I am prone to search for control and sustainability in the things around me. Although when I look towards my grades, others opinions, and even my own opinion for satisfaction I find that I just don’t measure up. This starts a snowballing cycle of degrading thoughts. While running to the next event thinking about the mass of homework that is pilling up on me, and future plans that I haven’t thought through; the day drives me into a chaotic state. Then my degrading thoughts only add the cherry on the top of a day being filled with exhaustion and hopelessness.
Getting into my car and slamming the door shut I sit in my drivers seat feeling defeated. Defeated by the world trying to fit me into this image that God doesn’t call me to squeeze into. The world tells me I will never be enough until I have “blank,” or until I achieve “blank.” But the only label placed onto me by God is a big sticker saying, “My Child.”
Being adopted into the family of God gives me a new identity of being loved even when I struggle to love myself, never being walked out on, and never losing the promises God has given me. The death of Jesus gave birth to a new hopeful and freeing life that has been given to me. Dwelling on my identity that Christ has freely given me removes all of the pressures of the world’s view on how to be successful and find satisfaction.
As children of God who have accepted Christ and joined into a relationship with Him we have to live into the new identity given to us by God. Below are some reminders that can refresh our minds on what our true identity is.
I am a new creation! My old nature has died, and I now possess the nature of Christ Himself living within and through me. (Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:3-8)
I am presently a citizen of God’s kingdom, and I am destined for His heavenly, eternal kingdom. Yet I still live in this fallen world as an “alien” who longs to be with my King in my true home. (Philippians 3:20)
I am ransomed: freed and delivered from sin and its penalty; the price paid for me is the shed blood of Jesus. (Matthew 20:28)
I am redeemed: bought and won back from slavery to Satan and sin. (Galatians 3:13, 4:5; Romans 6:17-18; Titus 2:14; Isaiah 48:17; Psalm 107:2)
I am justified ; declared innocent. (Romans 3:24; Titus 3:7)
I am forgiven for all past, present, and future sins. (Colossians 2:13; Ephesians 1:7)
I am reconciled to God. (Colossians 1:20-22; Romans 5:6-10)
I am purified.(Titus 2:14; 1 John 1:9)
I am fully accepted into God’s kingdom without conditions; without performance. (Romans 5:6-10)
I am freed from all condemnation because Christ was condemned in my place. (Romans 8:1)
I live in Christ and He lives in me. (Galatians 2:20; 1 John 4:13)
I am united forever with Christ. (John 15:5)
I hope these reminders are just as encouraging to you as they are to me! May the God of the universe flood your insecurities away and build upon you a strong foundation of your identity on Him.
The reminders above are provided from Forge: Kingdom Building Ministries located in Denver, CO. Forge hosts young adult discipleship training programs, and sends out speakers across the United States to share the Good News to Jesus Christ and His returning.
Check them out at http://forgeforward.org/