Fill in the blank: I am ____________. Fill that blank in with how you identify yourself. Are you somebody’s mother, someone’s child, someone’s sister or brother, someone’s wife or husband? Would you identify yourself as it relates to your profession? Would you identify yourself according to your past? There are many ways people identify themselves and we need to make sure we get this right when we’re talking about our faith walk. When we take a stand in our faith and we’re believing God’s Word and standing on His promises, one of the ways the enemy can come against us is “Well, who do you think you are that God’s going to move on your behalf?” That’s why it’s important that we establish who we are and more importantly who we are in Christ.
I was listening to a sermon this week entitled “Precious in His Sight” and he made the statement that our identity needs to be anchored in bedrock; a solid, reliable, immovable foundation, and that foundation is God and His love for us (and I believe these two are inseparable). This is what will cause our confidence to rise up and cause us to be who we’re supposed to be in Him. Many times when the enemy comes against us like this, it not only challenges our identity, but it challenges our value and our worth. One thing that we need to remember is that we are very precious to God. We have been purchased with the precious blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-19), and since that blood is so precious, then that tells us how precious we are to Him. Even though there may be times when we may not feel very precious we have to go back and look at what purchased us; what purchased our salvation, what provided us with authority and put us in right-standing with God.
We need to look at who we are in Him and let that become real to us. We need to know who we are, what authority we have, and be grounded in that. Our fight of faith is mainly against the thoughts the enemy brings and we have to remember that he is a defeated foe already, so we have to know who we are in Christ and know that the enemy is powerless. There’s so much that we haven’t grasped when it comes to who we are in Christ. We know that if we have been born again we are a child of God and that’s something I think we take way too lightly.
So who are we?
- We are loved by God. (1 John 3:1) (And there are many more)
- We are a child of God. (1 John 3:1)
- We are born of God. (John 1:12-13)
- We are heirs of the Father, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:16-17)
- We have been seated with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-6)
These are just a few so I would encourage you this week to do a search through the Bible looking for scriptures that say things like “in him”, “in Christ”, “through Christ”. Write them down and meditate on them and use them to establish your identity in God.
I want to share with you something the Lord showed me this morning. He said “You can’t move not one little bit without touching My love.” That was a real revelation for me! That love surrounds us. It’s what we can stand on no matter what is going on in our lives right now. We can rest in the love of God. We can stand solidly on that love and that is how we should identify ourselves. That is who we are. We are a child of God and we are loved by Him.
When we become established in who we are in Christ then we can firmly tell our flesh to sit down and shut up and we can tell the enemy, “Do you know who you’re talking to? I’m a child of God. I’m born of God. I am His heir and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, and you are a powerless, uncircumcised nobody.” We have got to know who we are in Christ. Remember we have to establish our identity on a firm foundation which is in God, which is solid and firm and immovable, and the love of God. This is what our identity is based on. That’s our bedrock. That’s our foundation that no matter what comes our way we know that we are God’s and He is our loving Father. It’s what surrounds us, it’s what we stand on, it’s our basis. It’s our identity!!! I know I’m repeating myself here, but this is so important!
I really believe that these are things that we need to get established in in our faith walk and it needs to get established early on because if we don’t get these things established in our heart then we’ll be scrambling and not knowing what to say and keeping our mouth closed and playing mind games with the enemy. Let me give you a news flash here, the enemy can’t read your mind. He comes against you in your mind but he can’t read your mind, so when you’re doing that battle you fight with an open mouth.
Again, I encourage you to get in the word. Write these scriptures down. Get grounded, get your feet on that bedrock, that unchangeable solid rock; that firm foundation of God and His love. Just spend some time meditating on the Word and ask the Lord to reveal to you His love for you and He will. If you will open up your spirit to His Holy Spirit – remember He lives in us, we abide in Him and He abides in us – He will reveal His love to you in ways you’ve never known before. I pray that God will reveal to you this week the breadth and length and depth and height of His love and that it becomes so much a part of you, that you are so grounded in it that that’s what you stand on and that’s who you identify yourself as, that you are loved by God and you are His child!