The Bible tells us that an extraordinary transformation takes place when we put our faith in Jesus and are born again. We become a new creation. Our new identity has attributes that were not true about us before. Today, I want to talk about how we can live in our new identity.
Winston Churchill once said, ‘Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened’. Our challenge today is not only to discover the truth but also to learn how to ‘not pass by’ but live in it.
How do we know what our new identity looks like?
Each attribute of our new identity is based on a Biblical declaration. It is founded on God’s view of us and comes with the presupposition that God is the ultimate authority on what we actually look like to Him!
What do we do with what we’ve learnt?
Once we are faced with this fact, we need to decide to fix our belief on what God says about us? Once we choose to agree with how Father God sees us, then we can modify our thinking to fall inline with the truth. The reality is, if God says something is true, it’s true.
Let’s take forgiveness as an example. If God says you have been forgiven, then you have been forgiven. You may not feel forgiven sometimes. The little voices in your head might not think you have been forgiven. Without a doubt, the devil will also seek to question the truth that you have been forgiven. ‘Did God really say that to you’ has always been one of his tactics (Genesis 3:1). But remember, the truth of God’s word has not changed.
‘For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.’ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
Take your thoughts captive
We are equipped to take thoughts captive that disagree with His truth. To restate what I said above: If we have asked God for forgiveness He has forgiven us (see 1 John 1:9). Every thought or voice that disagrees with God’s truth needs to be taken hold of, recognised to be the lie that it is and quickly discarded.
Declaring God’s truth
As well as taking ‘lies captive’, it’s vitally important to speak the truth to ourselves. So:
• Take the thought captive that says or tells you ‘God has not forgiven me’. Don’t let it continue to play in a loop in your mind.
• Meditate on and declare Bible verses such as 1 John 1:9 over your situation.
• Thank God for doing what He says: ‘Thank You. You are faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness.’
The reality is that you may need to do this consistently for a while, but if you continue to put God‘s truth first, your feelings and thoughts will eventually catch up!
We are called to live by faith
The key point to remember when learning to see ourselves as God sees us is: We are called to live by faith not by our feelings or for that matter the thoughts or feelings of anyone else. This means we always start with what God says is true. As we believe and act on it (by doing what we have said above) we begin to live it out and what is true on the inside will be demonstrated on the outside.
In this post I have used the subject of God’s forgiveness as an example of what is true for us in our new identity in Christ. What other facets of your new identity are you learning to embrace? Please leave a comment below.
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