Embracing Your Identity in Christ

IDENTITY
[ahy-den-ti-tee]
characteristics, qualities, and/or beliefs, that distinguish or identify a person for what they are

And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.

Romans 8:17

Did you know that the way you see yourself will determine how you will approach life?

Personal identity is often shaped by life experiences.

Maybe you experienced abuse, abandonment or rejection which caused you to doubt your self-worth.
Maybe you identify yourself with things you’ve done in the past, good or bad.
Maybe you identify yourself with what others have labeled you as.

God tells us that we are His children, He goes even further to say that we are His heirs.

Therefore we carry a mantle of authority. We have POWER and we have an INHERITANCE!

But, in order to put into practice the authority that has been given to us, we must understand how God sees us and who He says we are.

We are His MASTERPIECE (Ephesians 2:10)

He calls us A NEW CREATION (2 Corinthians 5:17)

We are CHOSEN, HOLY and BLAMELESS (Ephesians 1:4)

We are LOVED (1 Thessalonians 1:4)

He made us COMPLETE (Colossians 2:10)

Once you embrace God’s view of you, you can walk in your function in the Kingdom of God.

We are royal priests, specifically chosen by God to share His goodness with others (1 Peter 2:9)

Now that I know I am a high priest, how can I walk in the authority granted to me?

Be Confident
Know that the God who created you, walks with you and will never leave your side.
Know that your steps are ordained by God, and you have the power to conquer whatever territory your feet land on.

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Understand the Power in Your Words
Sometimes we find ourselves being magnets to negativity and we ask God, “Why is this happening to me?!”

We often fail to realize the power we have in our words. We release words of negativity and sometimes we go as far as to curse things and people without noticing the black cloud being formed over our heads.

Do you remember seeing that cartoon on TV, the grumpy one who always has a black cloud with rain and lightning coming out of it while everyone else is living happily in the sunshine?

Well, that’s us sometimes, and it’s all because we forget the power our words hold.

Did you know that whatever you speak from your mouth needs to come to pass because your words have authority?
Use your words to create.
Use them to heal.
Use your words to edify.
Use them to bring peace.

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. (Proverbs 18:21)

Utilize Your Wisdom and Discernment
Always incline your ear to the heart of God.
Maintain yourself in alignment with His will.

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. (James 3:17)

Pray With Understanding
Did you know that God already knows our hearts’ desires even before we come to him in prayer?

He wants us to pray to maintain a level of open communication with him because that’s just how relationships work.
When we pray he wants us to understand our identity. He doesn’t call us his children, his heirs and his chosen ones for us to come to him as beggars.

He has given us authority, remember?

Therefore, when we enter the throne room of God, we must understand that we are simply coming in agreement with what He has already established in Heaven.

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16)

When we know our identity and accept God’s promises for our lives, we will find ourselves in the middle of his will and there’s no better feeling than knowing that you are pleasing your King. 

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