Being a Christian is not just a matter of getting something; it is a matter of being someone. Being born again transformed you into someone who didn’t exist before. It is not what you do as a Christian that determines who you are; it is who you are that determines what you do.
Understanding your identity in Christ is essential for living the Christian life. With this new life comes different stages of change, and many new believers make the mistake of believing that they have a lot of work to do to make those changes. It is true that a lot of work needs to be done, but there is really just one (yes, just one) important thing that every believer should focus on—you must change the way that you perceive yourself and change what you believe about yourself. Read this post about self esteem.
What Do You Believe About Yourself?
True change from the heart comes from learning the truth about yourself and making it your new reality. The real issue is not about changing your behavior, it is about changing your perception of yourself by believing the truth. If you perceive yourself wrongly, you will live wrongly because what you are believing is not true. You see, people cannot consistently behave in ways that are inconsistent with the way that they perceive themselves. If you see yourself a worthless failure, then chances are you will probably live your life as one. But what if you saw yourself just as God sees you in Christ? A true knowledge of who you are in Christ is by far the most important truth every new believer can possess.
…that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Corinthians 2:11)
If Satan couldn’t keep you from getting born again, his #1 strategy is to distort the truth of who you are as a child of God. He can’t change God and he can’t do anything to change your identity and position that you have in Christ, but he will do everything he can to keep you from discovering the truth about your identity. If he can get you to believe things that are not true about your identity in Christ, you will live as though your identity in Christ doesn’t even exist.
Okay, So Who are You?
The following list are some of the scriptural traits that reflect who you became at spiritual birth (when you were born again). You cannot earn any of these truths; they are given to you upon receiving Christ as Lord and Savior. Joyce Meyer’s website also has a good list of these truths.
I am Accepted
|John 1:12||I am God’s child.|
|John 15:15||As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.|
|Romans 5:1||I have been justified.|
|1 Corinthians 6:17||I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.|
|1 Corinthians 6:19-20||I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.|
|1 Corinthians 12:27||I am a member of Christ’s body.|
|Ephesians 1:3-8||I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.|
|Colossians 1:13-14||I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.|
|Colossians 2:9-10||I am complete in Christ.|
|Hebrews 4:14-16||I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.|
I am Secure
|Romans 8:1-2||I am free from condemnation.|
|Romans 8:28||I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.|
|Romans 8:31-39||I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.|
|2 Corinthians 1:21-22||I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.|
|Colossians 3:1-4||I am hidden with Christ in God.|
|Philippians 1:6||I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.|
|Philippians 3:20||I am a citizen of heaven.|
|2 Timothy 1:7||I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.|
|1 John 5:18||I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.|
I am Significant
|John 15:5||I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.|
|John 15:16||I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.|
|1 Corinthians 3:16||I am God’s temple.|
|2 Corinthians 5:17-21||I am a minister of reconciliation for God.|
|Ephesians 2:6||I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.|
|Ephesians 2:10||I am God’s workmanship.|
|Ephesians 3:12||I may approach God with freedom and confidence.|
|Philippians 4:13||I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.|