For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15
The world puts labels on people that classify people by their actions. According to the world your identity is a function of what you do. Whether you are a success or a failure is strictly a matter of what results you see.
Our identity is rooted in what we identify with: in what we associate ourselves with. None of us is born with identity, it is something that evolves over time. As we grow older and wiser, we begin to associate other people, places and things with ourselves. Identifications make people act, and Satan knows this. This is why He targets our identity as children and even into adulthood. If we believe his lies, they will hinder and create problems for us and those around us. The fight against our identity are the lies the enemy has told us for years and years.
Behavior determines identity, and identity determines behavior. If you think something, you will act like it. The bible says, as a man thinks in HIS heart- HE IS. So what have you been thinking? Have you ever thought or said things like: “I don’t like myself”, “I am not good enough”, “I don’t think I can do that”…… or thought “I don’t think this is for me, I don’t have it in me“, “I am overwhelmed“, “I feel stuck”, “I don’t think I can make it“… Have you ever struggled to accept a compliment? Are you able to celebrate yourself? Identity is not just what you know; it is also how you understand things and see things.
- A poor sense of self-worth (also known as poor self-esteem) occurs when you come to believe that you have little value or worth. This often occurs when key people in your life are critical towards you, or when you are perfectionist, and critical towards yourself.
- the inability to see yourself as a powerful, and effective human being. When people believe they are helpless to change negative situations, they find themselves in a victimized, pitiful mind state (a situation called “learned helplessness”) and this causes despair and depression.
Those without identity in Christ fall into the enemy’s lies. They believe that they are victims of circumstance , and things simply happen to them. Since they feel unable to change much of anything in their lives, so they give up any control or effort to change themselves or their lives. This is why there are so many worldly Christians: they believe their identity is determined by their behavior, and they can’t help themselves.
Identity is kind of like being a baby, then becoming an adolescent and then an adult. As babies, we are self absorbed- I want milk, so I will cry. My pamper is wet, so I will cry. I want something, I will cry. As adolescents, we begin developing our “can do” muscle. Usually most adolescents, go through an “I know it all” period, which helps teach them about life, disappointments and stumbling. In this stage, we learn about our emotions, and begin to observe the things around us. Somewhere between adolescence and adulthood, we must assess ourselves and decide to use our power to our advantage. We learn that speaking clearly, works better than whining, crying, or violence: we are no longer children, we have developed. This is identity: we begin as children of the world . We experience the conversion of God’s grace, by His Holy Spirit: we walk, slip, fall, stumble. And in achieving maturity in Christ, we decide to live according to what we believe (that being the bible), despite of how we feel or external circumstances!
The truth I choose to believe today is that, God adopted me. And He is committed to make me a daughter, His Spirit in me producing evidence that I am a daughter of God. And this adoption does not make me fear God’s wrath towards my wrongful choices and impulses, but instead offers me courage. The courage present in a healthy Father and child relationship. What truth do you choose to believe today?
Lord Jesus, may you the Spirit of Truth lead us into all truth. May you uproot the lies of Satan’s from our hearts, our bodies and our families. May you cause us to receive your love, and revelation of your acceptance of us. May we forgive others as you forgive us, and may we be zealous for your truths in this time than ever before. I ask that you convict and correct those who have backslidden, and who have stumbled and find themselves in cycles: bring deeper understanding into their hearts and align their hearts to your will. In the incomparable name of Jesus Christ, Amen.