Finding Our True Identity

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TRUE IDENTITY:

  • I am a child of God whom he loves

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)

Have you received Jesus? Have you believed in his name? Have you put your faith in him as Lord and Savor? Are you one of his followers? If the answer is NO, I encourage you to receive him. You’ll never regret it. If the answer is YES, then that makes you a child of God. That’s your true identity. Before any other identity, you are a child of God. Why does he want you in his family? Because of love.

  • God is well pleased with me – not because of who I am, but because of whose I am

Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. (John 8:35)

When you become a child of God you are in the family. You belong forever. Do you stop loving your kids when they mess up? Do you kick them out of the family if they disobey? Not if you’re a good parent. And God is the ultimate good parent, our Heavenly Father. He’s not well pleased with you because of your perfect track record. And that’s not his expectation. He’s pleased with you because you are his child. Not because of who you are but because of whose you are. You’re a son or daughter and you belong in the family forever!

Here’s the deal, though: Satan doesn’t want you to live into your true identity. He knows that people who see themselves as a much-loved child of God are a threat to his purposes! So, he’ll do what he can to change your identity if possible, to distort it!

That’s exactly what happened to Jesus. Immediately after the baptism of Jesus, after hearing the Father say, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased,” came a series of severe temptations; the devil tried to get Jesus to reject his identity as a son of God and embrace a false identity.

 


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