a strong identity

a strong identity

Our identity must be rooted in something everlasting 

We are spiritual and eternal beings. Our Spirit lives on, even after our bodies die. If this statement is “true” and it is, then our identity can’t be defined through external and non-eternal things. Moreover, if we have a personal and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus, our identity is firmly grounded in Him and Him alone, resulting in us seeing ourselves the same way God sees us. 

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

This topic is broad and loaded and I won’t pretend to fully comprehend everything about it. However, if I could shed a light on it, even in some small way, it would be a privilege for me to do so. It’s an important subject, if not the most important one. I believe if we could grasp who God says we are in a more practical way, we would most likely lead a more stable life – spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially, mentally, psychologically… We wouldn’t be shaken by every challenge that comes our way, we wouldn’t go wherever the wind blows. If we understood who we truly were, we would stand firm, knowing that our life is built on a strong foundation, one that can never be moved, one that can never be uprooted because it’s a solid, unchanging and everlasting Rock.

Colossians 2:6-7 “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”

Our identity gets attacked everyday

Virtually every single day we encounter situations that could potentially cause us to lose sight of who we are. Something offensive may be said to us. Someone may disrespect us in one way or another. Some outcomes may not be what we expected. There could be a thousand of things going perceivably “wrong” and we may be tempted to attach our identity to these set of temporary circumstances but rather than being completely crushed over such things, we should view these incidents as opportunities and seize them to remind us that our identity is not rooted in anything ephemeral, and allowing every passing unpleasant experience to define us would be one sure way to live a miserable life. 

In order to stay steadfast in every windstorm of life and to ensure we come out victorious on the other side, we should know and rely on the Word of God, and apply what it says to our day-to-day lives – especially when it comes to our identity.  As we navigate through life hardships, we are to, basically, play a constant song in our hearts and minds that reminds us of who God says we are.

Matthew 7 : 24 – 26 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

Blessings,

Delphine R.

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