Do you know the truth about who you are? What you believe about your identity goes a long way toward determining the kind of life that you will live. We make choices every day that flow out of what we believe the truth is about who we are.
The problem is that we believe a lot of lies. Jesus tells us that Satan’s primary weapon is lying and accusing. Check out John 8:44 and Revelation 12:12. Satan lies to you about who you are and whispers accusations in your ear about your inability, failures and flaws. Those thoughts are not from God, but from Satan and they hold you back. They cause you to doubt. They divert you from living the life that God calls you to.
From time to time we need to remind ourselves of the truth. We need to see what God says about us. Here is a sample of the truth about you if you believe in Jesus Christ:
You are God’s child and a part of his family (Jn 1:12; Eph 1:5).
You are friends with Jesus (Jn 15:15).
You are a member of Christ’s Body, the church (1 Cor 12:27).
You have been given a brand new life and new beginning in Christ (Rom 6:4).
You are a saint, a holy one (Eph 1:1).
You are redeemed and forgiven (Col 1:14).
You belong to God (1 Cor 6:19,20).
You have access to God the Father through the Holy Spirit (Eph 2:18).
You are someone that can draw near to God at anytime (Heb 10:22,23).
You are free from condemnation (Rom 8:1,2).
You are a work that God has begun and will finish (Phil 1:6).
You are a citizen of Heaven (Phil 3:20).
You cannot be separated from God’s love (Rom 8:35-39).
You are the salt and light of the world (Matt 5:13,14).
You are a channel of the life of Jesus to others (John 15:1-5).
You are a temple where the Holy Spirit lives (1 Cor 3:16).
You are a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
You are God’s co-worker (1 Cor 3:9).
You are gifted by God (1 Pet 4:10).
You are a work of art designed by God to do important work (Eph 2:10).
You have been chosen and appointed by God to do things that will make a difference in the lives of others (Jn 15:16).
You are someone that can do anything through Jesus who strengthens you. (Phil 4:13).
Truth. That is who you are. In fact, it is just a small sample of who the Bible says that you are. How does that make you feel? How does that change your perspective on your life, on your potential, on your future?
Who you believe that you are will determine what you are willing to attempt in this life. In Christ, you are able to do amazing things. I talk a little more about that here.
Jesus often asked simple questions to penetrate the hearts of his listeners. Let me ask you one and challenge you to spend some time meditating on it. It would be a great use of your journal to write down some responses. Read through my sample list of truths about who you are and ask:
If I really believed what the Bible says about me is the truth, how would I live differently?