Identity

The fact of being who or what a person

or thing is.

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You are not who people say you are. You are not define by your past. You are not what you do per say. We are created for a purpose and for a reason. Knowing who you are in Christ is essential. To grasp how valuable you are in God’s eyes, despite what others think about you is crucial. What matters is how God sees you. Of course, it takes a consequential process to find out the truth about your identity. It takes a trial and error.

How Do You Identify Yourself?

First and foremost, don’t rely on other people’s definition of you. But rather let the word of God define you. The world may label you and misjudged you based on their perception of you. However, it is often inaccurate and tainted based on their paradigm. Even us we have a tainted view of ourselves based on our past experiences or the negative narrative that we have been telling ourselves.

My Story

When I was sixteen years old I was sexually abused, and I hid this truth for so many years. I have lived with shame and guilt. I lived a double life with pretense. On the outside, I appeared happy but on the inside, I was dying. If it couldn’t get any worse, at the age of seventeen, I had an abortion. If you think abortion has no impact on you mentally and emotionally as a woman, well you are dead wrong. I didn’t know then how much it impacted me emotionally and mentally. I felt disgusted about myself and I walked around with insurmountable guilt. I have suffered with PTSD which I didn’t know back then. Many times of locking myself in the bathroom contemplating on how to end my life. The pain was excruciating, and there were no words to explain how I really felt in those dark moments of my life. Only then I was set free when I had finally faced the truth. Only then healing gradually occurred in my life when I was willing to admit to myself that these were the demons I was battling with. The truth will set you free indeed. The moment I shared my story to my bestfriend in college, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulder, a torn that was taken out from my chest. For the first time, I felt liberated knowing that God wants me to be set free.

Identity Thief

The devil’s job and his agenda remained the same from one generation to the next. Jesus said, “Satan wants to steal, kill and destroy.” His aim is to destroy our identity first of all. When we don’t know who we are in Christ, our identity will become tarnished and tainted by lies of the devil. Even after I have sought numerous counseling, from time to time, I would still remember the bad things that was done to me. I would rehearsed the negative images in my mind that was done to me that made me angry whenever I thought of my past. That led me having suicidal thoughts. Then things changed when I got a hold of the bible. I wrote several verses on a 3×5 card and I memorized them repeatedly by reciting it out loud until it sunk down deep within my core.

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Our Mind Is The Battlefield

I’ve learned this concept when I first purchased a book written by Joyce Meyer. Her story is somewhat similar to mine, and this book had helped me understand even further about how the devil use our brain to attack us. I’ve never understood then how important what we ponder about, and how we can control our thoughts. This idea never occurred to me until I read her book. On top of reading her book, I was even more engrossed reading God’s word. Paul wrote to the Philippi to “think about things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable. To think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” I knew then that was the right verse to overcoming negative thoughts.

How To Identify Ourselves Based on God’s Word?

  1. We are God’s workmanship. We are created in the image of God. We are not made by accident. God has a purpose to each one of us. No matter how many times the enemy was trying to put people my way to hurt me, but God made a way for me to be still alive today. Perhaps, my story isn’t similar to yours, and you might be questioning, why God still kept you and made you survived after the tragedy you have faced in the past. Well, God isn’t done with you just yet. I know for sure as Paul wrote in Romans 8:28, that “everything works together for good to those whom God called and to those whom He loved.”
You are our Father, we are the clay. You are the potter
and we are the work of your hand. - Isaiah 64:8

2. We are God’s chosen people. We are a new creature. Once we become a born again Christian, we no longer belong to our old selves. The old had passed, behold the new thing had begun. We are no longer defined by our past mistakes. You now belong into God’s family the moment you placed your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. You are no longer a foreigner, but His own adopted child. It was back in 2009 when I made a commitment to becoming a Christian. That’s when I decided to get baptized. But it doesn’t mean, I was living a perfect life. On the contrary, it was then that God started to work in my heart by stripping everything out of that didn’t please Him, exposing my sinful ways. Christianity is a progression, my dear friend. Don’t think that just because you finally decided to get baptized, you’ll no longer fall and stumble. You’ll always going to make mistakes. However, God is faithful that if we confess with our mouth that we’ve sinned, He is gracious enough to forgive us.

Verse to ponder:

1 Peter 2:9 - You are chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
                       His own special people. 

Let’s Explore Moses’s Life

As we study the life of Moses, he was saved for a purpose. His mother took a risk of hiding him inside a basket and let the river carried him hoping that Moses would survived. To make the story short, Moses eventually was found by Pharaoh’s daughter, and he grew up in the Egyptian’s custom. Many years had passed, Moses was used by God to set his people (the Israelites) free from the hands of the Egyptians. Read here more about Moses.

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. - Colossians 3:12

3. We are God’s saints. A saint is not to say that we are superior than the rest of the world. But it is simply means, we are a follower of Christ, a believer and an elect. Therefore, we must strive to live apart from the world’s customs. This is what “not of the world” meant. We are in the world, but not of the world. We must come out from the things the world teaches that doesn’t glorify God. That includes, the friends we hang-out with that are not a good influence in our lives, the choices we make, the clothes we wear, the movies and shows we watch and the things we do behind closed doors. In everything we do, we either eat or drink, we must do it unto the Lord. We represent God’s kingdom. Not to say, we are perfect people and we are no longer going to mingle with the outside world. But we must be wise enough what’s pleasing in God’s eyes.

That He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints. - 1 Thess. 3:13

4. We live by faith. The world says, “I believe it when I see it.” However, as a child of God, we live by faith that all things are possible in God. Faith is the substance of things we hoped for, the evidence of things we haven’t seen. Jesus will finish our ministry until he returns again, so we must not give up and live with great expectancy.

Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith. -Hebrews 12:2

5. We are forgiven, healed and redeemed. The moment we believe and put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are forgiven of our sins, and healed by his stripes and redeemed by the shedding of His blood.

6. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Let this words sink deep down your core. Meditate on this word and know that God created just the way you are. You are unique and special in His eyes.

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