Identity in Christ
Do you hate it when you mess up? Do you find it hard to forgive yourself and let go when you make a mistake? Are you content in yourself, or do you look to others for fulfillment and love?
Well, how you see and think about yourself says a lot about you.
You need to have the right image of yourself because it will help you to be the person God created you to be, or it will break you and cause you to live a life that doesn’t glorify God.
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 1 Corinthians 12:27
Our heavenly father finds pleasure in us loving and treating ourselves right.
We tend to define ourselves by our past experiences, backgrounds, and positions. But the truth is circumstances and positions are not great foundations upon which we can define ourselves.
Your identity needs to be based on something that will never be shaken.
Your identity in Christ will help you rise above temptations and the different challenges you face in life.
Before we gave our lives to Christ, we used to live unfulfilling lives because our identity was grounded on worldly things, but when we did, we became new creations, and our identity is now rooted in Christ.
Now we can live fruitful lives because:
We Have Been Forgiven
When you live in sin, the devil will always bombard you with thoughts of condemnation that cause you to live in fear and guilt.
But we have been forgiven.
knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be [a]done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Romans 6:6
Jesus has paid for your sins at the cross. It doesn’t matter how small or big your mess is, the sacrifice Jesus made is bigger than any sin. It does not mean that we should go live in sin, but when we mess up, we should run to God, not away from him.
Live knowing that you are forgiven. There is now no more condemnation for you. The devil has no power over your life.
We Are Accepted
When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, God accepted you and made you part of his family.
We don’t have to live life afraid; we are not alone. The Holy Spirit is with you and God the father and the Son have made a home with you.
See yourself accepted by God and let that be your reality. (Colossians 1:21-22)
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight Colossians 1:21-22
We Are The Righteousness Of God
Christ has made us have a right standing with God.
When God looks at you, he sees Jesus and not your flaws. Our heavenly Father is not judging us based on what we do; he is judging us based on what his beloved son did for us at the cross.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
We should not fear to approach God even when we make mistakes. Instead, we should run to him and ask him to help us be the people he created us to be.
God will never turn his back on us as long as we live according to his word.
Go to his throne of grace in time of need and mercy. He is willing and ready to help you out.
Knowing who you’re in Christ is very important. It will help you to live life confidently, knowing that you are loved, accepted, and forgiven by God.