Believing the lies
According to the world’s standards, if you don’t have the perfect hair, the perfect makeup, the best clothes, hang out with the right crowds, then you aren’t as worth as much as the one who does.
For so long, I tried to find my worth in good grades, doing well at work, and always trying to look my best. I was always trying to live up to the wrong standards. It was always dependent on succeeding at whatever I was doing at that moment.
The only problem with that is eventually you are going to fail. At some point, you are going to make a mistake. At some point, your hair or makeup is going to be out of place. At some point, someone is going to criticize you for something and then what happens?
The change for me was gradual, for the most part. It was learning that God loved me no matter what I did. He loved me because of who I am, not how I looked or how I performed or what I did.
The book Victory Over Darkness by Neil Anderson was the final clincher for me. It opened my eyes to the nature of spiritual warfare and it also answers the question, “Who does God say I am?”.
Here are a few scriptures that Neil Anderson summarizes which answer the question “Who does God say I am?”
“I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when He returns.” 1John 3:1-2
“I am born of God, and the evil one- the devil- cannot touch me.” 1 John 5:18
“I am a son of God and one in Christ.” Galatians 3:26, 28
“I am an heir of God since I am a son of God.” Galatians 4:6-7
“I am a saint.” 1 Corinthians 1:2, Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, Colossians 1:2
“I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved.” Colossians 3:12, 1 Thessalonians 1:4
“I am righteous and holy.” Ephesians 4:24
“I am the salt of the earth.” Matthew 5:13
“I am the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14
“I am a child of God.” John 1:12
“I am Christ’s friend.” John 15:15
“I am a part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life.” John 15:1,5
“I am free from condemnation.” Romans 8:1-2
“I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.” Colossians 1:14
“I am complete in Christ.” Colossians 2:10
“I am God’s temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:16
“I am God’s workmanship.” Ehesians 2:10
These are only a few things that are in the Bible which point to our identity in Christ. The Bible really is a living Word and if you are open, God will speak to you through it. He will strengthen you. He will guide you and light your way. He will open your eyes to the truth because he is the Truth.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates event o dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
I can’t tell you how freeing it is to finally know who I am- to know that I am deeply loved by my Creator. To know that that there is nothing I can do to keep God from loving me is an incredible feeling. It fills me with overwhelming joy, like a cup that runneth over. I no longer have to believe the lies and neither do you.
Knowing the answer to the question “Who does God say I am?” free’s me up to just be me. I don’t have to perform to some unrealistic standard. My happiness is no longer dependent on whether I succeed or fail. It is no longer dependent on anything other than Scripture.
Knowing who you are in Christ is the first step to understanding your purpose in this life. It is the first step to being able to identify and follow your dreams because God is the one who gave you those dreams. He’s the one who “created your inmost being.” Psalm 139:13. If the one who created you doesn’t know who you are supposed to me, then who does?
Look to his instruction book. Don’t listen to any other voices that tell you something different about who you are. The only voice that’s important is God’s. You can hear him through his Word.
The same way that your new cell phone or new television has an instruction, so do you- the Bible. It’s God’s instruction book and contains all you need to answer the question “Who does God say I am?” and so much more.