Identity In Christ: See It. Speak It. Live It.
I have a passion to see the body of Christ step into the life that God has provided for them. It breaks my heart to see people struggling in depression, defeat and without purpose when Jesus has paved the way for them to experience an abundant life (John 10:10). Unfortunately, religion has stepped in and muddied the waters. It makes us think that we have to act a certain way or have all of our ducks in a row in order for God to bless us and use us.
“When I pay off this debt, then God will use me.”
“If I could only shake this addiction, maybe I could find peace with God.”
“If I were smarter or better looking, God could use me for bigger things.”
The truth is, God wants to use you right where you are! Throughout history God has used murderers, thieves, prostitutes, cowards, and liars to accomplish amazing things. If God can use them, what makes us think He can’t use us?! The only way to have victory over our problems and see God’s big plans come to pass in our lives is to renew our minds to who God truly is and believe and declare what He says about us.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
We are constantly lied to about who God has made us to be; from media, movies, sometimes even our own friends and family. All around are distractions that keep us from believing how God feels about us. 2 Corinthians 10 says that we need to make it a point to take those thoughts captive and cast away the imaginations that try to drown out who God says we are.
For example, I’ve often struggled with a low self-esteem and was so shy I couldn’t speak in front of two people at a time. But I began to learn how to see myself the way God sees me. I began to cast down the picture I had of myself and replace it with what God says about me: I am more than a conqueror; I have the mind of Christ; I am the head and not the tail; greater is He that is living in me than he that is in the world. As I did that, a new picture rose up on the inside of me. I could actually see myself speaking in front of large groups of people! After meditating on God’s truth from scripture, I began to believe those things about myself and it changed the way I behaved. Now, it’s hard to stop me from speaking to anyone who will listen about the Lord! This new boldness has allowed me to step into a life that I never imagined I could have and I am more fulfilled and purposeful than I’ve ever been.
Today, I encourage you to change the picture you have of yourself. No matter what you’ve done, or what you’re going through, Jesus has qualified you to step into something greater than you could ever imagine. Begin to agree with who God says you are and declare it out of your mouth. It’s only then that we can begin to experience life on a completely different level than the rest of the world. A life of joy and peace—a life of purpose and power that’s greater than you could ever dream of!