Identity is important. Every decision you make stems from who you believe yourself to be. This is one of the many reasons why the world preaches the idea of believing in yourself. There is some truth behind the idea that you have to have confidence in who you are in order to find success in life. As a child of God, we know where this confidence should come from. It’s not about believing in yourself and your own abilities, but rather believing in He that is in you and all that He created you to be.
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In a previous post in this series, we focused on combatting the enemy when he tries to attack your identity. Ultimately, it’s about knowing the truth of God well enough to come against his lies. In today’s post, we will look at three of the most common lies he likes to tell concerning who we are in Christ.
You haven’t changed a bit.
This is undoubtedly one of his best and most strategic lies. When we are born again, the Bible tells us that a transformation happens… one that is supernatural. In other words, it can’t be seen from the outside. You can’t look at a person and say, “Yep, she’s a child of God now.” We look no different on the outside when we come to Christ.
This is why God’s Word tells us to look at a person’s “fruit.” We can see the evidence of Christ within a person because of the godly fruit they produce in their life. But often we can’t see our own fruit. Or sometimes it takes time. The enemy loves to strike in these moments. He will tell you that you are no different today than you used to be. You are still a sinner. You will never change. Your life is exactly as it once was.
Now, this lie works because it is very partially true. You will still sin and fall down from time to time. There are parts of your life that haven’t changed yet because you are still a work in progress. And our life circumstances, both good and bad, don’t go away when we accept Christ. We still struggle and deal with our fair share of difficult trials.
What has changed, however, is your identity through it all. You are forgiven. You are being transformed and trained through the power of the Holy Spirit. And God has given you joy, peace, and supernatural strength in all of your difficult circumstances.
You are still broken.
We live in a broken world. This is true. But as a child of God, you are no longer broken. You have been made whole. Yes, we are still undergoing a process of becoming more like Jesus. But when God looks at you, He sees wholeness and completion.
The danger in this lie is when we begin to believe and declare it as truth. I know many Christians (and even pastors) who still declare this over their lives as if it were true. “We are broken people in a broken world.” I’ve heard this spoken too many times. Yes, there are parts of this world that are still in the process of being restored. But if you are a child of God, you are no longer broken! Even when we make mistakes or when we feel broken… the truth is that we have been made whole in Jesus’ name. And if we are whole in the eyes of God, then perhaps we shouldn’t be declaring otherwise.
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority. – Colossians 2:9-10 (emphasis added)
Your identity in Christ is for the future, not for the here and now.
Heaven is something we all yearn for as Believers. But God saved us for a purpose here on earth. He transformed our hearts and equipped us with the Holy Spirit so that we could do good works now… on earth. Are we perfect yet? No. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that we have been given a new identity. And with that identity comes a unique purpose… on earth… now.
Don’t spend your life waiting for eternity. Eternity has already begun. As a child of God, you have been equipped and called to a divine purpose. Imagine what could happen if every single Believer knew the truth about who they were in Christ and walked in that truth…
It’s not about believing in yourself and your own abilities, but rather believing in the truth about your identity in Christ and standing firm in that truth.
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*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.