You are Who God Says You Are

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

Friend to Friend
There’s a game I’ve watched women play at retreats as an icebreaker activity. Each person has the name of a famous or infamous person taped to her back. Then the women walk around giving each other clues about “who they are.”

“You always put off worrying until tomorrow.” “You had so many children you didn’t know what to do.” “You were the queen of soul.”

The point of the game is to figure out your identity. Once you guess correctly, you sit down.

One night, as I watched the ladies play the game, I was struck with its similarity to real life. Many times we determine our identity, by what others tell us about ourselves. You are so smart. You are a loser. You are so pretty. You can do anything you set your mind to. You are so ugly. You are so fat. After a while, those messages determine how we see ourselves, whether true or false. It is only a mature person who realizes that just because a person says that you are this or that, doesn’t make it true.

One of the greatest blessings of becoming a Christian is receiving a new identity. In the Bible, when God touched and changed a person’s life, many times He changed his or her name. He said, “You will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow” (Isaiah 62:2). Saul became Paul. Abram became Abraham. Sarai became Sarah. Jacob became Israel. Simon became Peter.

Likewise, when you accepted Christ, God gave you a new identity and a new name. If you want to know who you really are, then you need to look in the Bible and see who God says you are. It may be different from what you’ve heard others say about you, but which do you think is more accurate? Who do you think has a better perception of who you are, your Creator, or other creatures just like yourself? If you are a Christian today, the following verses describe your new identity.

My Identity in Christ
Matthew 5:13 – I am the salt of the earth.
Matthew 5:14 – I am the light of the world.
John 1:12 – I am a child of God.
John 15:15 – I am part of the true vine, a channel (branch) of Christ’s life.
John 15:15 – I am Christ’s friend.
John 15:16 – I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit.
Romans 8:14,15 – I am a joint-heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him.
I Corinthians 3:16 – I am a temple of God. His Spirit dwells in me.
I Corinthians 12:27 – I am a member (part) of Christ’s body
2 Corinthians 5:17 – I am a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:18,19 I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation…
Ephesians 1:1 – I am a saint.
Ephesians 1:3 – I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.
Ephesians 1:11 – I am sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit who has been given as a pledge of my inheritance.
Ephesians 2:10 – I am God’s workmanship created in Christ to do His work that He planned beforehand that I should do.
Ephesians 4:24 – I am righteous and holy.

That is a lot to put on a nametag, but that is your new identity. Neil Anderson, in his book Victory over the Darkness notes, “The reason so many Christians are not enjoying the maturity and freedom which is their inheritance in Christ is because they hold wrong self-perceptions. They don’t see themselves as theyreally are in Christ. They don’t understand the dramatic change which occurred in them the moment they trusted in Him. They don’t see themselves the way God sees them, and to that degree they suffer from a poor self-image. They don’t grasp their true identity.”

In that paragraph, Dr. Anderson described me perfectly. I had no idea who I was, what I had, or where I was in Christ. As God opened my eyes to the truth, I realized that how I saw myself and how God saw me were very different. I decided to start believing God.

How about you? Are you ready to start seeing yourself as God sees you today? After all, it is the truth!

Let’s Pray
Dear God, I thank You that I am a new creation in Christ. I admit that sometimes I feel just like the old me and act like the old me, but I believe by faith that I am brand new. Thank You that my identity is based on my position in Christ rather than my performance on earth.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn
Do have any labels from your past that are in conflict with what the Bible tells you about who you are as a child of God?

Look at the above verses. Do have a difficult time believing the truth about who you are?

Now here’s the big question. Are you going to believe what others have told you in the past or are you going to believe God?

Now, go back up to the list of verses again and read them to yourself a loud.

Want More?
Someone once told me that faith is believing that God tells the truth. But many of us don’t know the truth about who we are in Christ, what we have in Christ, and where we are in Christ. If you would like to learn more about your true identity as a child of God, and begin seeing yourself as God sees you, check out my book, Becoming Spiritually Beautiful. It is just for you. Also in the site, you can find a handy laminated card filled with verses about your Identity in Christ

8 Responses to You are Who God Says You Are

  1. Carol johnson. London England April 4, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Thank you for your teaching today On knocking and waiting.You have just giving an insight into what I have been doing and expecting God respond to.Please pray with me that I will wait patiently for the Lord for my healing from the curse of diabetes.And also for the spirit of obedience to the Lord to reign supreme in my life amen

  2. Gigi April 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    I need prayer in this area. And maybe some ideas, my husband of 11 yrs. Walked out its been a year. He cheated alot. I kno its pretty much over but im always helping him an I have alot of negative thoughts. Im holding on to something he dont want. Why cant I let go, when he clearly has. He says he dont wont a divorce but is doing nothing to help fix our marriage. Please give me some ideas guidance.

  3. Kona April 5, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    I just finished reading your GIG devotional for April 5, 2012. I am living a nightmare. Yes, I am a child of the Most High King. But my life is no where what it use to be. After my divorce, my life has gone down hill. It seems each step I take I am taken further and further into a deep pit.

    I move to Hawaii in August, 2010 for a job and it did not turn out perfect. In fact, the organization did not have any money to pay me. I stayed on to see what the Lord wanted me to do. Finances were always tight. But the Lord performed many, many miracles. I enrolled in bible school and the Lord blessed me to have a full ride for the first year. Then I lost my job, (I was working 1.5 jobs) and I had had enough. I prayed and sought spiritual counsel and moved back closer to my family.

    Which it turns out…the doors did not open. I landed a temporary seasonal position with hopes and prayers it would continue. Same thing ..December 29, 2011 my job ended. I move in with my daughter for a month continuing to apply for jobs all over the country. Really..even Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota. LOL

    Finally, I receive a phone call/email for a position I applied for in Hawaii, for a major Healthcare company. I interviewed for the position and was invited for an in-person interview in Hawaii. I found a one-way ticket from my city to Honolulu for $141.00. What a blessing!! I interview for the job but I was not offered the position. Here I am again. No job and no money.

    I received an tentative offer for a position which I am still waiting to hear back,, its been a little over a week and no word as of yet.

    I have prayed, fasted, forgiven everyone I can possibility think of and even went as far as to ask the Lord to show me their faces.

    Anyway, thank you for reading my mail. Just pray for me and an open door so I can move on with my life.

  4. Judy Bounds April 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your words today. They were very enlightening to me. I have been suffering from depression since childhood. I have been on a number of different medications, and have had been to many counseling sessions, but I could never find complete peace from the past.

    Today, God showed me that there were some things that had happened and had been said to me that I was still holding on to. I think it was just to protect myself from the pain of going through anything like it again. But after reading your words today, and praying, I began to see that I had not truly forgiven my parents for their abuse during my childhood.
    Today, God helped me to see that they were not Christians at the time I was growing up, and they were not raised in Christian homes. Both my parents became Christians before I left home, but it was many years before I could see much of a change in them.
    Today God helped me to see that they had a lot of growing to do and by the time I was a teen-ager, God had done a great work in them both. My dad asked me to forgive him just before he died. But my mother never did. When I prayed today, God showed me that my mother didn’t know how to be a good mother because her mother was abusive too, and that she parented the way her parents did. She was hard on me because that’s all she knew, and that it was up to me to let go of the past.
    Today I ‘m no longer a child, and now I have to put away childish things. Only children need to be protected from the pain of the past, and I need to face my own sin,,,the sin of unforgiveness. God is now allowing me peace from the past as I leave all the pain behind me and let Him wash it away. Like any other sin, unforgiveness is still sin, no matter what excuses Satan hands us! But His blood covers ALL sin!
    Today truly is the day of my salvation, and I believe He will give me grace to let go the past and to serve Him fully and faithfully. I believe that where I once was weak, I can now be strong!

  5. toni April 5, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    Hello Sharon, thank you soooo much for this space for me to ask you for your prayers. I really need friends like you:) I learned a lot from your teaching today. I think I wasn’t really knocking on God’s beautiful door but only expecting His grace and help over me and my family. Please pray with me that Our Precious Father and Lord give me wisdom and discernment while I am waiting for Him to respond me about the new certification I’m looking for, and for the right way to help my children to look for Him, our only King and Savior!! Please pray for me to be stronger in my faith, and move always toward His teachings although I do not have my husband’s support. THANKS a bunch for be there for me!!! Blessings always:D

  6. Joseph C Wong April 6, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Hi Sharon;
    My daughter (I’m her father) shared with me about your daily devotions, so I wanted to visit.
    Thank you for your ministry to her.
    May I offer you a challenge? In your devotion about Our Identity, you cite this passage: “Ephesians 4:24 – I am righteous and holy.”
    Most of the other identities refers to our position or relationships, but this one looks inside and tells us what we ARE. But what does it mean? Many churches say this is “fictitious,” that we are only ‘considered’ to be righteous. What do you think, Is God teasing us? I believe God has created a new me, one that is really and truly righteous. “I AM righteous and holy.”
    Would you like to explore this? email me.

    • Sharon April 6, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Hi Friend: We are righteous and holy because of what Jesus has done for us. Holy means “set apart.” I think that is where people stumble with the word. Our culture has made it to mean perfect. And we have been “made right” because of Jesus. God’s not teasing us:) That’s really who you are if you know Jesus as Savior and Lord.

  7. Gina April 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Sharon,
    I’m just now getting to read yesterday’s devotion… THANK YOU! I really needed that message. I have been praying for a new job for 8 months. Although Im sure there’s a reason why God delays the answer… somethimes I do get impatient, and find myself wondering… When God? But thank you for giving your heart to these devotions, There are so many lives that are changed because of them.. including mine. Would you please pray for me, I’m really trying to wait patiently… but I really want a new job!
    God Bless!

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