All my fears and inhibitions fade away when I recognize . . .
. . .that I am His . . .
. . .my identity is in Christ . . .
. . .who I really am is in Christ . . .
. . .everything I need is in Christ . . .
. . .Christ is my source. . .
. . .Christ is my self-esteem . . .
. . .He is BIG in me!!!!
Hallelujah! You are BIG in me!!!!
…… lying with the quiet calm that comes with the end of a day. It’s rather late, so perhaps you won’t read this until morning but my mind is swirling and looping with all of the events, conversations, people and responsibilities that filled my Monday. However the thought that keeps circling back to the front of my mind is my identity in Christ.
I can sense my savior’s urgent message for me to identify myself by no other standard than by the word of God. And I believe He wants that for you as well.
I was sharing with the ladies in bible study tonight that for so much of my life I have been running from being labeled a statistic, running from my past, past mistakes made and poor choices executed, doing my best to define and position myself so that I can control how people see me and therefore what they think of me. I have been able to accomplish and have some good things in my time but they became the standard by which I identified myself. If I were to list even a couple of these things it would only be perpetuating the very thing that the Lord is trying to get me to pull away from: identifying myself by the standards of this world. I am nothing more and nothing less than what the word of God says that I am. I draw my strength, my value and my identity directly from the heart and mind of the almighty God.
Now, how does that sit with you? Does finding your identity in Christ and not in the pieces of the American Dream you currently do or don’t possess scare you? If you lost absolutely everything you have today, perhaps your own version of a Job experience, would you have any clue about who you are? Take heart. He wants us to know the truth about ourselves. As I explore His word to find myself, I am taking refuge in the fact that I am completely His and I’m putting this on repeat: