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Identity Crisis? Or Identity in Christ?

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We have a real enemy. His name is Satan, and the only way he can hurt God is by hurting God’s children. Satan knows that if he can keep you from being you, who God made you to be, if he can hide your true identity, if he can distort your true identity, if he can destroy what God intended for you to be, he has succeeded in hurting God by hurting God’s children.   

He attacks your identity. How does Satan do this? Well, he feeds us lies about ourselves, sometimes through other people.

Your parents said things about you. Your peers have said things about you. Enemies and friends have said things about you. Some of them were true; some of them were not true.  They were all trying to mold you into their image. People all your life have been trying to get you to be what they want you to be, not what God wants you to be.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Jesus understood his identity—and it’s crucial that you understand yours too.  

Here’s why: When you’re unsure about your identity, you’ll be pressured to fit into other people’s molds. They will try to make you what they think you should be, rather than who God made you to be.

Stress comes from trying to be somebody you’re not. The way to counterbalance external pressures is to have an internal sense of satisfaction about who God made you to be. You discover who you are by knowing whose you are.

Jesus constantly did things that surprised everyone else—because he was free; he felt no pressure to meet people’s expectations. He chose to serve others, regardless of how it might be perceived. Jesus always served from a position of strength. He knew who and whose he was.

So, who are you?

(John 1:12, ESV) “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

(Galatians 3:26, NIV) “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.”

(Romans 8:15, NLT) “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

(Romans 8:16, NLT) “For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” 

(1 John 3:1, NIV) “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”

These verses reveal your identity if you choose to follow Jesus. You are children of God. You are family. The God of the universe, who created you, loves you enough to call you HIS.

These truths should give you confidence.

Do you want to live in the same freedom Jesus did? Find security in knowing that you are a dearly loved and accepted child of God. There’s no need to pretend to be anyone else.