How to Embrace Your True Identity

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EMBRACING MY TRUE IDENTITY:
Shape my identity by the truth of God’s Word
Did you notice how Jesus faced the devil the same way with every temptation? What were the words he repeated? “It is written…it is written…it is written.” Because he had stored the truths of God’s Word deep in his head and heart, he could speak out the truth of God’s Word to counter the temptations of the enemy.
This is the number one way that we can reprogram our thinking in order to be true to our identity as children of God. We need to know the truth and tell ourselves the truth over and over!
Who I am in Christ? I am accepted, secure, significant. How do I know? God has told me so in his love letter, the Bible.

Learn to know my true self and be true to myself
“Put off your old self…and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22,24).
This idea of shedding the old self and putting on the new self in Christ is at the heart of emotional and spiritual maturity. You can’t get close to the Lord (or others) if you’re not in touch with who you are, especially if you’re pretending to be someone you are not.

Many of us unconsciously live someone else’s life because we don’t know who we are. That negatively impacts ourselves, our relationship with God, and our relationship with others.

Contrast that with the example of Jesus. Jesus knew who he was and was true to himself. Because he was secure in his Father’s love and approval, he was able to withstand enormous pressure. Although he loved people he was not a people pleaser. Just consider who he was willing to disappoint in order to be true to himself and to his mission:
He disappointed his family (left them waiting outside when they wanted to see him); he disappointed his hometown folks (they actually tried to throw him off a cliff); he disappointed his closest friends (Judas was so disappointed that he betrayed him); he disappointed the crowds (they, like his disciples, wanted an earthly Messiah to liberate them from the Romans); he disappointed the religious leaders (they were jealous of incensed by the large crowds who came to listen to him).

Jesus was not selfish. But neither was he selfless. From a place of deep personal security in his Father’s love he was emotionally mature enough to know his true self and be true to himself.


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