Dear Friends,

It is always funny to me when someone on Facebook fails to include a profile picture.  So in its place is a silhouette of a person’s face.  I think this is an illustration of how many Christians see themselves.  Instead of a clear picture of our identity in Christ, we see instead this vague silhouette of who we hope we might become.

WHOEVER YOU WERE BEFORE YOU TRUSTED JESUS, YOU HAVE A NEW IDENTITY NOW!

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

NOTICE HOW GIDEON MISUNDERSTOOD HIS IDENTITY—”But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” (Judges 6:15)

THE LAME MAN MISUNDERSTOOD WHO HE WAS“Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”  “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” (Judges 6:15).

THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL SAW THEMSELVES GRASSHOPPERS IN THEIR OWN EYES—”And there we saw the Nephilim…and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” (Numbers 13:33)

Here’s who God says you are…

 

I’M A CHILD OF GOD—But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God…The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (John1:12; Romans 8:16)

 

I’M JESUS’ FRIEND—Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. (John 15:15a)

 

I’M NOT CONDEMNED—So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.(Romans 8:1)

 

I’M A CO-HEIR WITH JESUS—And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. (Romans 8:17a)

 

I’M ACCEPTED BY GOD—Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. (Romans 15:7)

 

I’M GOD’S TEMPLE—Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)

 

I’M A SAINT—to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours (1 Corinthians 1:2b)

 

I’M HOLY AND BLAMELESS IN HIS SIGHT—For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (Ephesians 1:4)

 

I’M GOD’S MASTERPIECE—For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10)

 

I’M A CITIZEN OF HEAVEN—But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. (Philippians 3:20)

 

I’M CHOSEN BY GOD—Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

 

I’M A CHILD OF LIGHT—For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. (1 Thessalonians 5:5)

 

I’M A ROYAL PRIEST—But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)

 

I’M AN ALIEN IN THIS WORLD—Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11)

 

I’M LOVED BY GOD—See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! (1 John 3:1a)

What would happen if we Christians began to see ourselves as God proclaims us to be?  What if we found our identity in Christ as new creations, instead of allowing the world around us to establish who we are?

I believe seeing ourselves as God sees us is liberating for us, and would bring a great blessing to those whose lives we touch!

Onward in Christ,

Pastor Gary