Everyone identifies with someone or something. If you’ve lived long enough you’ll remember the Hippies of 1960’s who left the ‘establishment’ and only wanted to identify with love and peace. Even in families whether wholesome or not, there is identity. Some families are known for their good deeds in their community, some are known for their generosity or philanthropic measures, while others are known for demanding the spotlight and flaunting their achievements. Here’s a question for you. What is God’s Family known for?
You are part of God’s family through Jesus. You’re a child of God. Your identity is in your God. Even the Psalmist David knew his identity and ability in God—Psalms 18:19, NASB “For by you I can run through a troop; and by my God I can leap over a wall.” Notice David declared his identity–in God. It wasn’t in himself as accomplished as he was. God used him to bless not only his family, but his country, and countless believers since then and until Jesus returns.
God has given you a unique personality. You have qualities and talents that others don’t necessarily have. You are able to share the multiplicity of His love and life through the abilities He’s given you to use. God’s family is known by His Kids—you and I—each in our own unique way showing others just how much He loves them.
TRUTH: Let’s go deeper. Let the truth of God’s Word explode in your thinking. Let these scriptures fill your heart and mind because it’s important and necessary to know who you are in Christ and to know what Jesus has done for you. This is your identity. This is your identity as a believer, a child of God.
The more you know your identity, the stronger you’ll be, the more at peace you’ll be each day, and the more you’ll know God’s never-ending love for you.
APPLICATION: Read these scriptures repeatedly until you really begin to see all you are in Christ. **
1) A CHILD OF GOD
Romans 8:16-17 NASB – “16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…”
Make It Personal: I am a child of God, an heir of God and a fellow heir with Christ.
Galatians 4:4-7 NASB – “4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father! 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.”
Make It Personal: I am a son/daughter of God, no longer a slave, but an heir through God.
2) AN HEIR OF GOD AND JOINT-HEIR WITH JESUS
Romans 8:17 NASB – 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…”
Make It Personal: I am a child of God, an heir of God, and a fellow heir with Christ.
3) REDEEMED FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW
Colossians 1:13-14 NASB – “13 For He (God) rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Make It Personal: God rescued me from darkness and transferred me to the Kingdom of His dear Son, Jesus, and in Him is my redemption and forgiveness of sins.
4) THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS
2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB–“21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Make It Personal: God made Jesus to be sin on my behalf so I would become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus). I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
**For further study, scriptures, and encouragement we suggest Jack Elder’s newest book, OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST, which will cement the Word and your position as a child of God, IN Christ. It is available on our website or at www.jackandcharlene.com, or on Amazon.
Are there areas in your life where the Word has given you a new picture of yourself?
How are you renewing your mind and thoughts in the new you according to these scriptures?
What scripture has impacted you the most?