Your date of birth, your birth of origin, the color of your eyes and hair are facts about you. This information will not change.

There are three ways how we are being identified:

  • We are identified by others based on their opinion and we’re judged as they perceive us.
  • We identify ourselves based on how we see ourselves in the mirror and what we believe about ourselves.
  • The word of God also identifies us based on truth, the only infallible truth.

What you believe about yourself determine how you behave

and interact towards others.

Glennavelle

Self-Image

How you see yourself in the mirror can either make you become secure or insecure. As a believer, we place our security in the Lord to defeat the feeling of insecurity. Insecurity is defined as lack of confidence or self-doubt. It is important to have a healthy knowledge about who we are in Christ, and not based on other people’s labels. You can’t let your past mistakes define you. Continuing in a victim mindset can only stunt your growth. Change starts the moment you change how you see yourself. This takes practice, and by the renewing of our mind by the word of God.

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How To Shift Your Identity?

  1. Change your thoughts by replacing negative to positive thoughts. How you see yourself either negative or positive have an impact on your life. You have a choice to change how you identify yourself. It all starts in our mind. How we think determine how we feel. It consists of a conscious effort to change how we think. You must be aware on the thoughts you entertain. Granted, you can’t control thoughts, it just arises as it pleases. Somehow, you can either accept or reject it as truth or not. You don’t have to entertained every thoughts that presents into your mind. It takes time to reprogrammed one’s thoughts. It requires a daily practice. Just like exercising our muscle, the more you practice, the more you’ll developed a muscle memory. Consequently, it will get easier eventually over time. Just filter out the negative, and replace it with positive thoughts.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right
pure, lovely, and admirable. Think about things that
are excellent and worthy of praise. - Philippians 4:8-9

2. Be careful how you talk about yourself. Our words have power. How we talk to ourselves matter. Words can either cut you like a knife or it can build you up. Words can cause damage to a person’s soul. Most of us grew up with someone else’s negative words spoken over our lives one way or another. If it isn’t dealt with, we could harbor resentment and bitterness. Perhaps, the words we speak into ourselves can be traced back to our childhood experiences, and we’ve actually believed what our family members or friends have told us about ourselves. However, this can cause us to believe those lies and we will eventually developed a sense of low self-esteem. So, re-assess what lies you been believing about yourself, and redirect them by affirming God’s words into your life.

A wholesome tongue is the tree of life.

Proverbs 15:4
Death & life are in the power of the tongue.
Proverbs 18:21

3. No longer carry guilt & shame of your past mistakes. I’ve remembered when I’ve received this message from God on July 29, 2018 that said, “You ought to start acting out and living out the way I see you on the inside, forgiven and set free.” No more shame and guilt. For whoever is in Christ has been set free, he or she is free indeed.

For several years, I walked around carrying shame and guilt due to the my past traumatic experiences. Guilt in my own opinion is a punishment to yourself. You’ve somehow placed the blame on yourself. It is like a plague, if it isn’t addressed, it will robbed you of joy and peace. Shame is another debilitating belief I had to deal with. It is another form of punishment on yourself. You thought to yourself that perhaps, brought this incident upon yourself, and maybe you deserve it. These are the common feelings most abused victims will encounter, guilt & shame. But let me assure you today, that if you have been believing these lies, God doesn’t condemn, He saves.

But God made me alive with Christ. And God forgave all our sins.

We owed a debt we broke God’s law.

He took away the debt and nailed it to the cross.

-Colossians 2:13-15

4. We can redefine ourselves by living righteously. If you haven’t happy or proud of how you have been living then it is possible to change the way you are living by making right choices. As you’ve heard this before, you’ll reap what you sow. Due to my lack of self-respect and the feeling of insecurity, I lived my life partying and promiscuity.

The Mask

I was good at masquerading my pain by pretending that I was happy by masking it with external activities like drinking and carousing. But in the end, I was still the most miserable person in the world. I still had no sense of peace. I appeared happy towards my friends. Unbeknownst to them, I often cried myself to sleep, wanting to die.

Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey

it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness

to sin. But present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead and your

members as instruments of righteousness to God.

Romans 6:12

Righteous living leads to life and peace. It leads to finding out what matters most in life, that’s is having peace with yourself, and end with your inner turmoil. You can’t band-aid pain. There’s no such thing as quick fix when it comes down to traumatic experiences. Healing takes time, and it is a process.

Glennavelle

5. Renew your mind. Renewing the mind by feeding it with the word of God. The word of God is alive and active converting the soul. It isn’t a magic wand that can automatically change the way you think, but it is a tool that can be utilize if used daily. It through meditation, and studying God’s word that transformation will soon take place. I used to write down verses on a 3×5 cards, and memorize a myriad of verses as I go my day to day activities. Each day, I would try to memorize and ponder bible verses that somehow, I’ve seen a gradual changed on how I think about life, and myself.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind

that you may prove what is that good.

Romans 12:2

We will always be facing battles

Of course, these suggestions I’ve stated above are an ongoing daily practice. Just remember, until the day we die, we will always encounter an attack from the devil who will remind us of our past, and he will use the people that are closest in our lives. But the good thing is that we are never alone for God is with us. He said, “he will never leave us nor forsake us.” So, keep fighting the good fight of faith.

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