Last week, I wrote a blogpost about there is power in where you place your identity. You can read about it here. Today, I want to expand on this idea a little bit more. Today, what or who are you allowing to define your identity?
Here’s Merriam Webster’s definition for identity:
the distinguishing character or personality of an individual
the condition of being the same with something described
There are many Scriptures that define our identity. And, one of my favorites is Galatians 2:20.
It states, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I now live I live by faith in the Son of God.”
Because of the price that Jesus paid for yours and my sins, we get to take on the condition of Christ, rather than the condition of our fallen nature. Because of His sacrifice, my identity is not in my past, the shame that the enemy still wants me to carry, the abuse I walked through, people’s approval, my successes or failures, the household I come from, fill in the blank. My identity, your identity, is in the cross.
If we are equipped with the Word of God, it doesn’t matter what the enemy throws our way, because we know that the Word can act as a shield. Because we have been crucified with Christ, we are protected. Every lie that tries to come against us can bounce off our shield of faith.
We have to learn how to fight the enemy, the enemy of our hearts, our minds, our souls. Whenever the enemy tries to throw a lie my way, “You aren’t good enough because of ______, you will never see victory in this area of your life because _____, you’ll never see this prayer answered because____,” I take the Word of God, which is sharper than any two-edged sword, and began to declare the Truth. I have been crucified with Christ! I may not be good enough, but Christ is. I will not see victory by my own strength, but with Christ, I will see victory over what I’m believing God for! I may not see change in the things I’ve been praying for, but God hears every prayer+He is able to move mountains with just a mustard seed of faith. When you know your identity, you will always experience victory, for you are able to lean on the power of God, instead of misplacing your identity elsewhere.
The sacrifice has already been paid for our sins! There is nothing that you have to do, but choose to place your identity in this truth. Through faith, you must take on the identity of Christ. If we believe what His Word says is true, then we can proclaim the victory. We can take back what the enemy tried to use to destroy us. We don’t have to live in shame or guilt. We don’t have to hide. We don’t have to try to find a sacrifice. When we come to the revelation that there is nothing that we can do that will change that fact, we can declare to the world, I have been set free. Jesus already paid the price. The sacrifice has already been shed.
I love the song, The Sacrifice Lamb by Joshua Aaron that speaks to this:
So, brothers of mine
Look not to yourselves.
For we are but one.
We all need His help.
We’ve broken the Law,
But He paid our debt
That we can find life
Oh, by Yeshua’s death.
The Sacrifice Lamb has been slain
His blood on the altar a stain
To wipe away guilt and pain
To bring hope eternal.
What an incredible gift this is! I pray that you+I may get a full revelation of our identity. When you get a revelation of your God given identity, you will begin to walk in a new authority. As we walk in our identity, we will see victory take place in our lives. Here are a few more verses that I want you to declare, when you start to believe otherwise.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians 5:17
You belong to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. There is absolutely nothing that can change that narrative. There is nothing that can reverse the sacrifice that has already been paid. When you are in Christ, He gives you a new everything! When we put our faith and trust in Jesus, Scripture says that we are a new creation. This transformation is immediate! But, the transformation will not continue if we do not choose to daily be crucified with Christ. There is an active choice on our part. It is a daily journey. How very thankful I am, though, that every single morning, my identity can be found in Him! It is the greatest news.
Excellent word and reminder, that we are truly complete in Him.. and especially in our identity..