At the very core of all that you are, who are you? What or who defines who you are?
Is your identity found in the way that you look or the way that you dress? Is your identity found in the sum of all your failures or all your successes? Who are you? Is your identity found in the friends you hang out with or even where you go to church? At the core of your very being, who are you? What or who is it that defines you?
So many times, if we’re not careful, it can be so easy for us to gain our identity…or who we believe that we are…from the way we look or the way we dress or the friends we hang out with.
The reason it’s so easy for us to gain our identity from those things is because we live in a world that tells us that if we don’t look or dress a certain way, we aren’t accepted. If we don’t act a certain way or hang out with certain people, we’re a nobody…and because the voice of the world is so loud, if we aren’t careful we begin to believe it.
But who are we?
Before we made Jesus the Lord of our life, our identity really was wrapped up in those things. However, the moment we made Jesus the Lord of our life, our identity changed. We are no longer defined by what the world tells us we are, we are now defined by what Jesus says about us.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he/or she is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”
In these verses, Paul is saying, that old identity that you used to carry around, it’s gone. You have been made new…like your old identity no longer exists, Jesus has given you a new identity.
However, the devil wants nothing more than to strip away your new identity in Christ and replace it with labels that tell you:
-You’re not good enough.
-You won’t ever measure up.
-You’re not pretty enough.
-You’re too loud…or your too quiet.
Your identity is a target to the devil because he knows that if he can get you to believe the lies that the world is telling you, he can stop you from every living out your God-given purpose.
When you gain your identity in Christ, though, it changes everything about you...for the better!
Less anxiety...less stress...less insecurities...more confidence in who God created you to be and so much more!
Listen in to today's episode to learn more about how you can gain your identity in Christ!