Discovering Your Identity
Because of our human-nature, we constantly feel the need to prove ourselves and try to make our own identity. Often, our past has carved our identity. Past hurts, pains, words spoken over us or about us by people whose opinions are important to us can all mold us and shatter our true God-given identity. Sometimes we act out of brokenness with the need to prove ourselves constantly. Some strive to attain a certain amount of money or a title to finally feel like they have arrived. This constant battle of trying to make your own identity is absolutely exhausting. I’ve been there, I know. One of my main goals as a young woman was to become a Registered Nurse. Now, I am just Carmen who happens to be a nurse. Being a nurse is not my identity, it’s just what I do.
Know the Truth of Who God Says You Are
God tells us who we are all throughout the Bible. We were created to be imagers of God. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). God dwells in you. You are unique. You are accepted and deeply loved by your creator (John 6:37).
During a time when I was struggling walking in my identity as a daughter of God, I had a particular dream. I was in the bathroom and I could feel the presence of evil around me. The bathroom door was cracked, so I peeked out and saw myself standing there in a long red gown, but it wasn’t really me. My spirit began to speak out loud my identity in Christ. I was saying, “I am a daughter of God” and so forth. The dream stopped and I woke up. I also believe the Holy Spirit interceded for me and told me to speak out my identity in Christ, because that is what was getting attacked.
How do we operate in our identity?
Wise ladies at our church were praying with me one day and gave me the advice to speak my identity out loud daily. We have the power of life and death in our tongue. Knowing Jesus as good and loving, and accepting His love for me has allowed me to walk in freedom. It has taken such a weight off my shoulders, and I now have Godfidence, God-given confidence.
Know that you were created on purpose, for a purpose. You are not an accident no matter what has been said or how you were conceived. You were chosen by God to be here at this specific time for a reason.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
I encourage you to dig deep with the Holy Spirit. It is too difficult to walk around not knowing our identity and trying to earn acceptance from others. We are already accepted by Jesus. Spend time with Him in prayer and worship. Read the word and allow Him to speak to you, because the Creator of the universe wants to speak to you. Write down scripture you find in the Bible about identity and read from this out loud daily until you finally believe it.
The enemy knows if he can steal your identity, then he’s limited you from fulfilling your God-given purpose. To know your identity, you must first truly know who has given you that identity.
God is one God in three persons. He is the Father, the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit God (John 1:1-3;14) is not like any father on this earth. He is perfect, and He is faithful even when we are not.
Our Father – “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18
Compassionate – “Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.” Psalm 103:13
Faithful – “If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13
Our Protector –
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.” Psalms 91:14-16
God is so much more than just what I have listed. You will learn more about his attributes all throughout the Bible.
We hope this post was encouraging to you, and we love to hear from you! What are some next steps you will take after learning and knowing your identity in Christ? What are some of your favorite scriptures about who God says you are? Please comment below!