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'I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. '
- Galatians 2:20
B. Manning said:
“Define yourself as one radically loved by God. This is your true identity. Every other identity is an illusion.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we know that He is our Identity maker and shaper.
If we truly and wholeheartedly want to live out the life Abba Father has purposed for us, we have to know what He says about us in His Word and believe it.
His Word is the very place we find our Identity. Read it, know it, believe it and be firmly rooted in His truth.
Half our fears arise from neglect of the Bible – C. Spurgeon
Watering yourself with the Word of God will allow you to flourish in your Identity in Christ Jesus. Being the anointed branch (chosen, called, hand-picked) you will produce the fruit of the true vine. (John 15:1-2)
We can completely transform our purpose and direction for our lives if our identity is deeply rooted in Christ.
'Therefore, my fellow believers, you too died to the Law through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. When we were living in the flesh [trapped by sin], the sinful passions, which were awakened by [that which] the Law [identifies as sin], were at work in our body to bear fruit for death [since the willingness to sin led to death and separation from God]. '
- Romans 7:4-5
It’s important to guard your identity in Christ Jesus from the attacks of the enemy. Don’t allow his lies, doubts, and discouragement.
We have been empowered to overcome and resist him. Fully and completely equipped with the full armor. (Ephesians 6)
The louder satan roars, the more proof you shall have of Christ’s love. – C. Spurgeon
Who are you?
His Beloved (Song of Solomon 6:3)
His Child (2 Corinthians 6:18)
His Friend (John 15:15)
Redeemed (Ephesians 1:7)
Bold and confident (Psalm 138:3)
Fearful and wonderful (Psalm 139:14)
Chosen (1 Peter 2:9)
Sanctified (Jeremiah 1:5)
Made free (Romans 8:1-2)
Light (Matthew 5:14-15)
Work in progress (Philipians 1:6)
"The Bible is the only Book where the author is in love with the reader."
Who is GOD?
KING of Kings
LORD of Lords
Rock of Ages
El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
El Elyon (The Most High God)
Adonai (Lord, Master)
Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
Jehovah Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
El Olam (The Everlasting God)
Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)
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Wow, what an awesome God we serve!
We are truly so, so deeply loved and wanted. Yeshua went on to be humiliated, tortured and nailed to a cross for you, even though He knew you might never choose Him or even love Him. Still, He fixed His heart upon you. Now, that is true love.
Remember this the next time you feel unloved, unwanted, insecure, purposeless or unimportant – You know whom you belong to.
“Our true identity is found when we stop being “who we are” and start becoming who we were created to be.”
A Prayer For Knowing Your Identity in Christ
Lord, I pray that You would unlock my heart that I might be fully alive to my true identity in You. Give me clear revelation to see myself the way You see me. Help me to stand in Your truth against all enemy attacks and guard my heart with all vigilance (Proverbs 4:23). Help me to identify the lies, and reveal to me any places where I am chained to the past in a negative way. I repent of any lies of the past. [Name those lies and ask God to forgive you.]
Teach me to hear Your voice and not believe the enemy’s destructive lies about who I am. I thank You for my uniqueness and that I am made in Your image (Genesis 1:27).
I want to understand and feel the deep things in Your heart for me (1 Corinthians 2:10-12). I choose to believe the truth about how You see me.
I thank You that I can hope in the future and believe in the good destiny that You have for me. You have vision for my future. Help me to live a fruitful life now and overflow with Your love to others. Give me greater authority in my prayer life. I want to know You on a deeper level, and I don’t want anything to hinder my relationship with You.
I thank You that [Say your name instead of “I”]: I am Your child (John 1:12), I have been justified (Romans 5:1), I am Your friend (John 15:15), I belong to You (1 Corinthians 6:20), I am a member of Your body (1 Corinthians 12:27), I have been established, anointed, and sealed by You (2 Corinthians 1:21-22), I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20), I am blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3), I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11), I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4), I am forgiven (Ephesians 1:8; Colossians 1:14) I am adopted as Your child (Ephesians 1:5), I have purpose (Ephesians 1:9; 3:11), I have hope (Ephesians 1:12),I am included (Ephesians 1:13), I am an overcomer (1 John 4:4), I am protected (John 10:28), I am a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), I am qualified to share in Your inheritance (Colossians 1:12), I am the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21), I am safe (1 John 5:18), I am part of Your Kingdom (Revelation 1:6), I can understand what Your will is (Ephesians 5:17), I have God's power (Ephesians 6:10), and I am victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Thank You for this new identity I have in You. Help me to live out this truth in my life every day.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
(I take NO credit for this prayer. This prayer is written and belongs to the International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC) and Crosswalk.com)
Abundant love and blessings