There are many people who can’t get free from condemnation. There are others who have and who continue to stay free of condemnation. This also ties in with overcoming negative and contrary declarations. What is the difference? In part it’s how we’ve been told to live and what to believe. It is also the picture we hold up to ourselves. Our mirror. What will you see? If there is a blurred broken mirror, the picture you see will be blurred and cracked. Those looking through that mirror won’t be able to see their true self—their true identity. They will most surely see their flaws, their inadequacies, their inabilities. But, is that who they really are?
We stress the importance of your identity as a believer because it will define everything in your life. I’m more than my parents’ child or my grandparents’ grandchild. I’m more than the name of my earthly family. I am more than the reflection I see in the mirror, and so are you.
Yes, you are MORE than what you see. Remember: Your true identify is not in who you’re related to, what you’ve accomplished or what you do, but in who you are as a child of God.
As you’ve been studying with us each week, you’re learning more of your true identity as a believer is IN Jesus Christ. As a child of God, you are recreated in His image which means His life is to shine forth in you as well as through you.
However, when you don’t know your true identity, it’s easy to condemn yourself—and others. Or, if you lack confidence in your true identity, you’re more susceptible to believing the lies of condemnation that you hear—in your own mind or what others say to you. Let’s look at some examples.
Adam and Eve were surrounded in an identity in the Garden and lived according to it. Yet, the enemy called their identity into question and made them question if their identity was true. They failed to maintain their correct, true identity (Genesis 3). They doubted what God told them and as a result, exchanged their life and identity for something much less. They forgot their authority and who they were. They passed it on to the rest of humanity.
Another account of not living in the right identity is in Numbers 13. I’m sure you’ll recall the account and experience of the spies sent to check out the Promised Land. Of the 12 spies sent, 10 came back reporting the land indeed flowed with milk and honey and there were GIANTS in the land BUT they saw themselves as grasshoppers in the sight of the ‘giants’ (Numbers 13:31-33). These 10 spies projected how they saw themselves to how the enemies saw them. Their image was marred, their mirror broken. They’d lost their identity.
What about the other 2 spies, Joshua and Caleb? They gave a different report (Numbers 13:30). They knew their identity in God and His power in their midst. They also knew since God had told them to GO into this land of promised blessings, they would have His protection and blessings; therefore, it didn’t matter who or what they faced. They’d be victorious. They were ready to GO in and take possession.
WHAT was the difference? Numbers 14:44 says Joshua and Caleb had a different spirit – they believed God, were confident in Him, and knew He’d bring them into all that He had promised the children of Israel. They had seen the miracles, just as the other 10 spies had, yet these two men remained focused, in faith and trust of God. They weren’t moved by their fears. They weren’t moved by the condemnation they felt from what they saw. They knew if God was for them, WHO could be against them.
TRUTH: Your true identity is in who you are as a child of God. You are God’s son or daughter, a joint-heir with Jesus. You’re royalty, part of God’s family forever. Therefore, you don’t need to be susceptible to the lies of the enemy or others who say differently. This is where your victory lies—in knowing WHO you are and what you have as God’s child.
There is no condemnation or guilt as God’s child (Romans 8:1). He’s sees you as righteous because Jesus became your righteousness. He sees you as holy because Jesus is holy. You are blameless. It’s time to change your focus to how God sees you and live from there. It’s time to look through God’s mirror that says you’re perfect.
APPLICATION: Any time thoughts of inadequacy or condemnation pop into your mind, don’t allow them to wander around and stay. Turn your thoughts to the Word. Quote the Word of your deliverance, of your overcoming ability in Jesus. And, yes, it’s okay to speak the world aloud. Also do what Ephesians 6:16 ESV says, “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.”
Meditate on these verses and make them part of your life, not just words you agree with, but your testimony of who you are. The more often you remind yourself of your real identity, the sooner you’ll rise above the arrows of condemnation flung at you. Listen to what God says of you, not what others say. You ARE free from all condemnation.
Strengthen your heart and mind in these verses.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Make It Personal: Because I am IN Christ, I am a new person, free from condemnation.
Romans 8:1 NASB – “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Make It Personal: Because I am IN Christ Jesus, I am not under any condemnation.
Ephesians 6:16 ESV – “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;”
Make It Personal: Whenever the enemy throws negative, condemnation darts at me, I will hold up my shield of faith and stop them.
Colossians 2:10 NASB – “and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;”
Make It Personal: In Jesus I AM complete. I have no condemnation, and I lack nothing.
Philippians 4:8 ESV – “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Make It Personal: I will not think or meditate on the negative, condemning thoughts but instead think on the true, honorable, and good things Jesus has given me.
2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB – “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,”
Make It Personal: I do not let speculations or negative, condemning thoughts stay in my mind but measure them by what Jesus did for me and walk in His freedom.
1 John 5:4 ESV – “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”
Make It Personal: Because I am born of God, His power is available to me to walk in victory every day. I am walking in faith believing His Word before anything else I think, read, see, or hear.
How am I changing the mirror of how I see myself?
How am I more than what I see in the mirror?
How did Adam and Eve doubt their identity?
How does Joshua and Caleb’s example encourage you to overcome condemnation?
What does Romans 8:1 mean to you?