True Identity in Christ Jesus
We often find ourselves running in circles - pew to altar, pew to altar, pew to altar, chasing our own tails. We do not know who we are, or perhaps we refuse to accept it, or even worse still, we choose to believe lies of the adversary. We are wonderfully made! If we look to Revelation chapters 2 and 3, we find several examples of false identification.
Though there is simply not enough space to cover every detail of every church mentioned, there is something wrong with every church and the identity that they believe is the truth, like Sardis, who had high impenetrable walls. They thought they were untouchable up on their hill and took a very soft stance against Satan. When we take such a soft stance against Satan, we are open to believe what he says that our identity is. Or maybe you're like the Laodiceans. They were neither hot nor cold. They had a total lack of identity.
The Bible gives very deep insight on what our identity is and is not. John is very clear of his own identity, the beloved disciple. He refers to himself as beloved several times. Why is it so hard to accept that we are beloved also? This is our identity. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. " John 3:16 KJV. Many of us, believers or not, can recognize this Scripture. The problem comes when we do not see ourselves as being lovable. We get so beaten down from life and personal trials that we weaken our minds and leave it open to receive LIES!
The Bible is our own personal love letter - God's very word written down so that we, His children, could read it and know that God loves everything He has made. We are His beloved; His chosen; His wonderful creation. Remember, your Father loves you more than you will ever be able to understand.
"Certainly you made my mind and heart;
you wove me together in my mother's womb.
I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing.
You knew me thoroughly;
my bones were not hidden from You,
when I was made in secret
and sewed together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb.
All the days ordained for me
were recorded in Your scroll
before one of them came into existence.
How difficult it is for me to fathom Your thoughts about me, O God!
How vast is their sum total!"
Psalm 139: 13-17 NET