RENEW YOUR MIND ABOUT YOUR IDENTITY
Your identity is the essence of being who you are. How you function in recognition or in relation to that is important. So your identity is the indispensable quality of your nature, which influences your character or disposition and also determines your mindset.
Reference: Isaiah 43:1 New King James Version (NKJV) 'But now, thus says the LORD, who created you...and He who formed you...: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine."'
This is exactly what God is saying to you and me today: 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine'.
Many of us live our lives, in doubt of our identity; not yet convinced about who we really are. Some get to the point of asking themselves this very important question: 'Who am I?' Even though we are Christians, many a time we've been tempted to look to other people's definition or notion about us to determine who we really are. Most times, we allow temporary circumstances to define us or tell us who we're supposed to be. We look to everywhere for this answer, apart from the One who actually knows and has given us the true answer.
We need to renew our mind about our true identity. We always need to embrace the Word of God and choose to believe that we are truly what the Word says we are. We need to accept the identity our Father, the creator of the universe bestowed on us, His new creation. You serve a God who has called and addressed you by His own Name. Regardless of anything you've done well or poorly, regardless of your successes or challenges, you are first and foremost the anointed child of the Most High God.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (ESV) says, 'And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.' Imagine this: God placed His Spirit in your heart as a guarantee of ownership. He owns you because He bought you with a price; your body and spirit are His (see 1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV).
Ephesians 2:19 (ESV) also says, 'So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.' Therefore, you must train your mind to anchor your identity to the unshakable truth of these Scriptures.
Beloved, its one thing to know what the Scripture says about you, but it's another thing to accept it, believe it in your heart and walk in its reality. Until you believe the truth of your identity in the Scriptures, you will base your entire life on the wrong values. And if you value the opinion of man or worldly opinions over God's Word, your true identity, then you are sunk. When the storms and winds of life blow in your direction, those values will be blown away as chaff.
Same thing with allowing your circumstances to define you. Once you do that, then your identity will change with the passing of seasons. But if the identity you believe in your heart is founded on God's truth, then your self-worth, mindset, decisions, and beliefs will be unshakable, because you're standing firm on a solid rock. That way, even if the winds of life blow, and circumstances change, your identity in the Word will prevail and stand the test of time.
Take your time today to assess your own heart. Honestly examine your stand, in regard to your spiritual root. Where are you looking for your identity? Do well to establish your trust in the truth of God's Word, so that your identity would be rooted in your loving Creator. As you do so, the quality of the life you live will be characterized by the powerful revelation of God's truths.
Scripture Reading - Deuteronomy 32:9; Psalm 100:3; 1 John 3:1-2; Galatians 2:20.
I am chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world that I may be holy and blameless before God, my heavenly Father. I'm blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ and I'm sealed with the Holy Spirit who is the guarantee of my inheritance. I have been brought at a price: the blood of Jesus Christ. I am God's masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus. Therefore I am a new creation and I have the mind of Christ. I'm qualified in Christ to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints. These are the true colours of my identity in Christ and I live accordingly. Hallelujah!