Has your identity been stolen? Has anybody ever told you that you are not worth much? That you are not smart enough, not pretty enough, not sophisticated enough, not rich enough? To be blunt, that you are just not good enough? This could be due to your family inheritance: alcoholism, laziness, physical abuse, emotional abuse, anger, minimal education, overly submissive, peer pressure, poor eating habits, poor exercise habits. Your past is not your identity. Your family is not your identity. Many of us grew up in dysfunctional families but that does not give us our identity.
We are all born with the same God given gifts. We all have 24 hours in every day. We are all born with freedom of will. This gives us the ability to make choices. Within this freedom of will we are given response-ability. You may have always reacted a certain way but you have a choice to not act that way. That should put some wind in your freedom sails. We also are given the opportunity to believe God’s Word. This is the secret for radically changing your life. We all steward our time, our choices, and our believing.
This means that we are influenced by our past and our families but we have the choice of how we want to respond. In Isaiah 55 is the synopsis of our struggles,
8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Pause and consider these verses. God’s thoughts and ways are way, way, way higher than our thoughts and ways. That means that God’s thoughts and ways are always superior to our thoughts and ways. But due to freedom of will we can choose to believe that our ways are better. When you are born again your identity is now a Son or Daughter of God. Now you have to think and act in a different way because your citizenship has changed. Now you are a child of God with Christ in you, the hope of the glory.
So where do we begin in order to change how we think (because thinking always precedes our actions). Observe Romans 12,
1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Before you are born again then your life is conformed (of the same form or look) as the world. But after being saved then your life can be transformed (of a different form) than the world. This is how to live out your new identity.
The next verse in Romans 12 provides further instruction.
3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Since we are to think soberly (sanely) then we need to think what the Word of God says about us. We are not to think more OR less than the Word says about us. Here are some of the things that God’s word asks us to consider.
1- Now you are a Son of God
2- You are seated in the heavenlies
3- You have grace and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ
4- You are complete in him(Jesus Christ)
5- You have the mind of Christ
6- You are a member of the body of Christ where Christ is the head.
7- God is light and in him is no darkness
8- Jesus Christ has already paid the price for your sins and sicknesses.
9- There is no condemnation for those that are in Christ.
10- You can love with the love of God because of your new nature. This includes loving God, yourself, and your neighbor. Also includes loving those that have hurt you to the extent of blessing them.
11- You are guaranteed that you will get a new body when Christ returns for his saints.
12-You are promised eternal life.
13- You are forgiven. Unforgiveness is a scheme of the devil which dominates and oppresses many people. You have a choice of not partnering with the Devil and choose to live in freedom.