Day 4: Identity – What Do You Believe About Yourself?

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What do you believe about yourself?

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

Do you see someone who has it all together, or do you find yourself speaking words of condemnation to your reflection?

So far in this 31 Days of Discovering How God Makes a Difference series we have been discovering how God makes a difference with our identities.  We have seen that His opinion of us is the only one that matters!  He says that we are Chosen, Royal and Belonging to Him. 

We have also seen that in adoption He has given us His very name and we are identified by who He is.  Simply because we are His children, and He is such a loving Father, we automatically have an amazing inheritance.  We possess not only every spiritual gift, but we also possess God Himself, in the person of the Holy Spirit who is living and working in our hearts.

As we finish our section on Identity, I want to really impress one last truth upon you today:

The gospel steals all pride and covers all of our shame.

This means that on days when we are good, and we feel ok in our eyes, we need to remember that despite our seeming success, there is no room for pride in our life.  Because we know, that without Jesus, we are worth nothing.  Not only does nothing good dwell within us, but we do not have the ability to do what is right apart from the Holy Spirit working in us.

And on days when we are just complete, utter failures, (and we know those days are more often than we like to let on!), we should not fall into self loathing, shame, or defeat!  Because we also know, that Jesus covered all of our sin, our debt has been paid, and we are forgiven.

For me, this has meant that I have to be honest about my weaknesses with others, no matter how embarrassing they may be. It’s only in doing this, that I’ve been able to have genuine, authentic relationships with people.

It’s meant that I have to be ok with my body, even if it never looks like I was on Dancing With the Stars.  I’ve realized my worth is not dependent on my appearance.

I have to be humble with my husband, and not insist on being right all the time.  While my strengths may be in one area of weakness for him, he has plenty of strengths that I don’t.

The gospel steals all pride and covers all of our shame.

How we identify ourselves affects every part of our daily lives!  This is why it is so key to see ourselves the way God sees us.

This is how He sees you:

You are New

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

You are Loved

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.”  John 15:9

You are Saved by Grace

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

You are His Child

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:1-2

So I ask again, what do you believe about yourself?

Here is a really cool video that I thought summarized what it means for our identity to be defined by God.  Hope you enjoy it!

Reflect and Respond

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,  in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:1-10

Write down what you really believe about yourself.  Be honest.  Even if the answer is embarrassing.  Now in a column next to this, write down what God says about you in regards to the things you said.  Does what you believe you and what God says about you match up?

Think about the phrase, “The Gospel steals all pride and covers all our shame.”  Do you tend to lean more toward pride or shame when it comes to your failures and successes?  Write down ways you are exhibiting these traits in your secret thoughts and in your relationships with others.

This post is the fourth post in a 31 Day Series titled, Discovering How God Makes a Difference.  To read the rest of the posts in this series click here.  

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Want to get the most out of this series?  Try journaling through the challenge questions and daily verses!  Pray and ask the Lord to open your eyes to the ways He is seeking to transform your life. 

Feel like sharing how God is making a difference in your life today?  Let us know in the comments!  We can all learn from and be inspired by each other!

 

10 thoughts on “Day 4: Identity – What Do You Believe About Yourself?

  1. Amen to all of this! This right here “How we identify ourselves affects every part of our daily lives! This is why it is so key to see ourselves the way God sees us.” So much truth to that! So glad I found you on 31 days!

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I DO find it hard to see ME as God does; I AM a Child of God and have been covered by his Grace and His Son who has died for ME. That is a hard concept to keep remembering when I feel inadequate as a wife or mother or daughter or friend or – whatever I am to anyone! I appreciate your thoughts and would LOVE to go back and accept your suggestions to write down what I believe about myself and what God says about me!!! Very thought-provoking – but I need to come back to it!!!

  3. I am SO GLAD this post spoke to you, Barbara! I’m even more excited that you want to dive deeper into the Reflect and Respond questions! I hope you choose to do so, and if you do, please share your experience with us! It would be such a blessing!

  4. “The gospel steals all pride and covers all of our shame.” I love this quote! I have never heard it before but it is impactful! I need to write it down and remind myself daily. Thank you for sharing such a powerful truth.

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