Have you ever had your identity stolen? It’s estimated that close to 15 million people are victims of identity theft each year – approximately 7% of the population – to the tune of 50 billion dollars! A family member of mine had their identity stolen recently and spent several months clearing up all of the losses and confusion. When I heard about it, I went straight out to purchase my first line of defense…the shredder!
Do you realize how important your identity is? It must be a tremendous hassle to have your legal and financial identity stolen. But what if your true identity was stolen, yourself?
Who do you think you are?!
As people, we live and act in accordance with who we think we are. Now I’m not talking about self-esteem or the power of positive thinking. But I am suggesting that how you view yourself through the eye of faith and the revealed truth of Scripture changes how you live. Knowing that you are created by God, valuable, righteous, loved, forgiven, adopted, empowered and commissioned, just to name a few, should deeply affect how you view yourself, and as a result, how you walk out the door in the morning to face the world.
In the kingdom of darkness, however, Satan is constantly attempting to rob us of our true identities, not to benefit from what we have (like a common thief) but to prevent us from being all that we are, who God has created and redeemed us to be in Christ. Read any of Paul’s letters and you will quickly see his emphatic declarations of who we are ‘in Christ’. Not only that, but Paul always began with who we are as believers before he ever discussed what we do as followers of Christ.
Tragically, what Paul surely intended in Romans 7 as an explanation of the role of the Law to clear up any objections for Jewish believers has been used by the enemy to rob Christians of their liberty in Christ and bring them back into bondage to rule-based living. This has resulted for many believers in a self-image that more closely resembles a ‘wretched sinful man’ than a ‘righteous child of God’.
What’s your view of yourself? Not the right answer, but really? What have you taught your church? Are you sinners saved by grace or accepted, righteous saints?
Next week we’ll dive head first into Romans 7, but first, spend some time with these verses for a few days and see if you don’t stand up a little taller. This is who you really
- John 1:12 I am God's child.
- John 15:15 I am Jesus’ friend.
- Romans 5:1 I am justified by His grace.
- 1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord.
- 1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ's body.
- Ephesians 1:4 I am chosen by God.
- Ephesians 1:5 I am adopted as His son.
- Ephesians 1:18 I am God’s glorious inheritance.
- Ephesians 1:13 I am sealed in Christ with the Holy Spirit.
- Colossians 1:13 I am redeemed and forgiven.
- Colossians 2:9 I am complete in Christ.
- Romans 8:1 I am free from condemnation.
- Romans 8:28 I am assured that God is for me.
- 2 Corinthians 1:21 I am anointed and sealed by the Holy Spirit.
- Colossians 3:1 I am hidden with Christ in God.
- Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
- 1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
- John 15:16 I am chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
- 1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God's temple and His Spirit dwells in me.
- 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation.
- Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm.
- Ephesians 2:10 I am God's workmanship.
- Ephesians 1:3 I am blessed with every spiritual blessing.
- Romans 1:7 I am loved by God and called a saint.
- 1 Corinthians 1:2 I am a saint.
- Philippians 1:1 I am a saint.
- Ephesians 1:1 I am a saint.