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Knowing Your True Identity

Knowing Your True Identity

identity in christ who are youDo you know who you are? I’m not talking about who you are because of your parents, your background, or your upbringing, but I mean do you really know who you are in Christ? Most people know who they are in the natural realm as it relates to their family and upbringing, but when it comes to their true identity in Christ and what that entails, they don’t have a clue.
Often, people have a hard time identifying with Jesus, because they relate to their physical, natural identities and the things they can perceive with their senses more than they do with Him. In addition, they equate their outward behavior with their identity and think that what they do is who they are. However, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and personal Savior, we become one with Him. Knowing who we are in Christ is the catalyst for walking in the power of God and demonstrating that power to the world.
The knowledge of who we are in Christ is so vital to our confidence as Christians, and it is the area in which Satan will consistently attack us. In fact, he attacked Jesus in the area of identity when He was fasting in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights. When Satan tried to question Jesus’ identity in the wilderness, Jesus responded with the Word of God (Matthew 4:1-7). For example, When Satan said, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”  Jesus answered, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Once Satan realized Jesus didn’t have an identity problem, he left Him alone. Likewise, when Satan comes to attack our identity in Christ, we must remind him of what is written, and he will leave us alone too.
Jesus wasn’t the first one Satan attacked in the area of identity. In the Garden of Eden, he also attacked the identities of Adam and Eve.  God had created Adam and Eve in His image, but they allowed the voice of the enemy to deceive them by suggesting that they weren’t who God had made them to be. They believed the lie and, as a result, they took the bait and fell into his trap.
By constantly looking into the mirror of God’s Word, we are able to maintain a consistent consciousness of our identity in Christ. The Word will tell us exactly who we are and what we look like from God’s perspective. It will also reveal to us any areas of our lives that may not line up with God’s Word. We should identify with the identity that God has given us.
Even though we possess the power of God on the inside of us, if we don’t embrace the same mindset that Jesus had about His identity for our own lives, we will never be confident enough to walk in that identity. Renew your mind to who you really are and declare it every day. You are the righteousness of God by faith, not by works. You are God’s beloved child, and He loves you uniquely and unconditionally. No matter what you face in life, you are more than a conqueror in His eyes. When you walk in your identity, you will send the devil running in the opposite direction!

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