We live in a day where identity theft is rampant. There were 15.4 million victims of identity fraud in the U.S. in 2016. But taking someone’s identity did not start with the internet nor with credit cards. People have been losing their identity throughout time.
Have you ever taken the time to consider who you really are? Too often, we allow others to define us. We may have grown up with people around us who told us we’d never amount to anything. Our own parents may have said that we were worthless or that we were losers. It may have been in school that other students teased us and told us that we were ugly or stupid or fat or poor. Never underestimate the power of words. According to scripture, life and death are in the words we speak (Proverbs 18:21).
One of the problems with allowing others to define us is that we tend to live our lives in a way that reflects who we think we are. It becomes a self-fulling prophecy. If we think we’re a tough guy, then we have a tough-guy persona. If we believe we are a loser, then we never even try to achieve anything. If we think we are ugly, then we do not take care of ourselves physically. If we think we are not worth loving, then we reject others before they can reject us. The point is that how we live our lives is a reflection of who we think we are, and who we think we are is often defined by the world or by the people around us.
Not only will the world try to define us, but the devil will try to fill you and me with self-doubt about who we really are. If we do not understand who we really are in Christ, the enemy will try to make us think we have no real value. “You’re not a real preacher unless you are preaching to the multitudes.” “You’re not a real singer unless you can sing like a Grammy winner.” Always remember, you have nothing to prove to Satan! Understand, he tried the same thing with Jesus, “If you are the Son of God.” But Jesus knew who He was and did not need to turn rocks into bread, nor throw himself down to prove it (Matthew 4).
Here’s a thought, how about we let God define us? God said you are created in His image and in His likeness (Gen. 1:26-27). God said you are the apple of His eye (Zech. 2:8). God said, I have loved you with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3). Or what about Jeremiah 29:11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
God sees you as He has created you. Do not let man, the devil, or your own self-doubt take that away. Let God and only Him define who you are. Gideon was cowering down in a wine vat (behind a rock), and the angel of the Lord called him “a mighty man of valor” (Judges 6:11-12). God changed Abram’s name to Abraham at age 75. The name Abraham means the father of a multitude, yet it was still 25 years before Isaac was born. How is it that God says to an old, childless man with an elderly, barren wife, “You are the father of nations.” And He says to a man cowering in a hole, “You are a mighty warrior.” Did you know that God can say something that, if anyone else said it, it would be a lie, but when God says it, it is the truth?
Always remember, YOU ARE WHO GOD SAYS YOU ARE!!!
I found this a few years ago and I thought I would share it. These are great things we need to read, meditate on, and confess in our life.
“You are what God says you are,
You can do what the Lord says you can do!”
I AM – A Child of God (Romans 8:16)
I AM – Redeemed from the Hand of the Enemy (Psalm 107:2)
I AM – Forgiven (Colossians 1:13,14)
I AM – Saved by Grace through Faith (Ephesians 2:8)
I AM – Justified (Romans 5:1)
I AM – Sanctified (I Corinthians 6:11)
I AM – A New Creature (II Corinthians 5:17)
I AM – Partaker of His Divine Nature (II Peter 1:4)
I AM – Redeemed from the Curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13)
I AM – Delivered from the Powers of Darkness (Colossians 1:13)
I AM – Led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14)
I AM – Free From All Bondage (John 8:36)
I AM – Kept in Safety Wherever I Go (Psalm 91:11)
I AM – Getting All My Needs Met by Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
I AM – Casting All My Cares on Jesus (I Peter 5:7)
I AM – Strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might (Ephesians 6:10)
I AM – Doing All Things through Christ Who Strengthens Me (Philippians 4:13)
I AM – An Heir of God and a Joint Heir with Jesus (Romans 8:17)
I AM – Heir to the Blessings of Abraham (Galatians 3:13, 14)
I AM – Observing and Doing the Lord’s Commandments (Deuteronomy 28:I2)
I AM – Blessed Coming in and Blessed Going out (Deuteronomy 28:6)
I AM – An Heir of Eternal Life (I John 5:11, 12)
I AM – Blessed with All Spiritual Blessings (Ephesians 1:3)
I AM – Healed by His Stripes (I Peter 2:24)
I AM – Exercising My Authority over the Enemy (Luke 10:19)
I AM – Above Only and Not Beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13)
I AM – More than a Conqueror (Romans 8:37)
I AM – Establishing God’s Word Here on Earth (Matthew 16:19)
I AM – An Overcomer by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of My Testimony (Revelation 12:11)
I AM – Daily overcoming the Devil (I John 4:4)
I AM – Not Moved by What I See (II Corinthians 4:18)
I AM – Walking by Faith and Not by Sight (II Corinthians 5:7)
I AM – Casting Down Vain Imaginations (II Corinthians 10:4, 5)
I AM – Bringing Every Thought into Captivity (II Corinthians 10:5)
I AM – Being Transformed by Renewing My Mind (Romans 12:1, 2)
I AM – Reigning in Life Through Christ Jesus (Romans 5:17)
I AM – The Righteousness of God in Christ (II Corinthians 5:21)
I AM – An Imitator of Jesus (Ephesians 5:1)
I AM – The Light of the World (Matthew 5:14)
I AM – Blessing the Lord at All Times and Continually Praising the Lord with My Mouth (Psalm 34:1)