My partner and I walked out of an apartment building the other day, and into a situation neither of us expected. A guy was out of his car hollering all kinds of profanities and racial slurs at us over the way our ambulance was parked. Our vehicle wasn’t even in the way really, but this guy was in a rage. I didn’t take any of it to heart. I wasn’t phased. However, it made me think “thank God I know who I am”.
Honestly, if I wasn’t confident in my identity, his words would have sunk into my being and spread like an infection. So I just want to emphasize that is important for every one one of us to know who we are. Otherwise, anyone could come along and tell us something about ourselves and we would believe it.
One blessing God gives each of His children is a new identity in Christ. Here are some of my favorites. Read them, internalize them, find others on your own. Know who you are, what you are, and own it.
I am God’s child.
I am one with God.
Romans 8:11, 16
I am chosen.
I am free.
I am a new person.
II Corinthians 5:17
I am the salt of the Earth.
I am a light.
I am redeemed and forgiven.
I am a joint heir with Christ, therefore I am royal.
I am God’s masterpiece.
I am close to God.
I am holy, blameless, and covered in God’s love.
Ephesians 1:4 & 1 Peter 1:15-16
I am accepted for who I am.
If God sees us this way, who can tell us otherwise? No one can. Our own outlook of ourselves ought to align with who He says we are.
This is no extensive list. The bible is filled with myriad of scripture for us to identify with. So if you’re struggling with your identity, dig in to those pages. If someone ever tries to demean you, belittle you, call you out of your name, or tell you anything negative about yourself, remind yourself of who you are. Let your identity be rooted in Christ. Get to know yourself, and do not be moved.
Stay blessed, loves.
As for the angry guy, and others like him, remember this word “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12.