Blog Series: Identity (Week 1)
Who are you? Do you find that question difficult to answer? Think about your identity for a moment. There are some things that uniquely make you who you are. The definition* of identity is character as to who a person is; the sense of self. Your background, your experiences, and your stories all shape who you are and who you have become.
If you have accepted Jesus into your life then you have a spiritual identity as well. Whether you have a strong understanding of who you are or not, God wants us to confidently know who we are in Christ.
Over the next eight weeks, we will take time together to uncover exactly who we are in Christ! God does not want us to live defeated and unproductive lives. He desires for us to know who we are and then live victoriously!
Each week, we will unpack a powerful ‘I Am’ statement that reveals our identity in Christ. We will begin with this one:
I am forgiven!
We spend our entire lives trying to discover who we are. While it may take a lifetime to develop and grow into whom God created us to be, it should not take us as much time to articulate who God said that we are.
Sometimes we have a hard time forgiving ourselves for the wrong we have done in the past. Other times, people around us will try to hold things over our heads. We end up going through life feeling guilt and defeated, but that is a trick of the enemy. You need to hold your head up and know that you are forgiven.
Ephesians 1:7 (NIV) says in him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Simply put, it is through the Blood of Jesus that we are forgiven!
You and I can walk into our destinies with our head held up because we are not condemned. Shake all of the fear, doubt, guilt, and regret right off! Once you identify yourself as forgiven, you are able to live free. You will not allow others to dictate your life because you have been forgiven by God. Sister, recognize your identity in Christ: you are forgiven. Let Him heal your soul!
Your Sister in Christ,
Prayer: Heavenly Father, We thank you for your love and forgiven. Help us to recognize who we are in you and accept this gift of forgiveness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
*identity definition found at www.dictionary.com