Today, the Lord is leading me to talk with you about who you are. So, we will begin to delve into answering the question, “Who am I?” Of course, in the natural, you have a definition of who you are – a wife, mother, CEO, doctor, lawyer, teacher, secretary, administrative assistant, and so on, but we are more concerned with who you are in the Spirit rather than who you are in the natural. We want to focus on your recreated being, your new man, your true identity.
The way you see yourself or the way others define you in the natural, the way the world has taught you to think about yourself is not necessarily how God sees you. You are not defined by the world and its stereotypes. God uses your natural talents and abilities to reach others, but He does not define you by them. The only way to know how God sees you is to know what He says about you in His Word. As a born again believer, God sees you perfected in Him, in Christ. He sees you through the shed Blood of Jesus, and that is the true you. So, start seeing yourself the way God sees you. Start grasping the vision God has of you.
God tells us that His people perish for a lack of vision (Prov. 29:18). This means that if we get God’s vision, we do not perish, but we overcome! So, let’s find God’s vision of us. When you really understand who you are in Christ, you are empowered to walk in the authority and dominion that God has created you to exercise on this earth. You are equipped to accomplish all He desires you to accomplish. Believe what the Word says about you, not what you or others believe about you based on life’s less-than-perfect experiences or disappointments.
For now, I just want to look at one Scripture as we journey toward a better understanding of how powerful we really are in Christ. Romans 8:15-17 says, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit [H]imself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in [H]is sufferings in order that we may also share in [H]is glory.” That is one power-packed Word!
First, it says we have been freed from a spirit of fear because we are no longer slaves but sons of the Most High God. We have freely received the Spirit of sonship. Hallelujah! Do you know there is a big difference between the rights and freedoms and privileges of sons compared to those of slaves? God sees us as His children, sons and daughters. We can call him “Abba” or “Daddy!” We rejoice in the wonder and liberty of an intimate, personal relationship with our Father God. Second, we are now co-heirs with His Son Jesus, and we inherit ALL that Christ has inherited! God blesses us with all with which He has blessed Christ…redemption, provision, healing, peace, power, authority, love! This Scripture also tells us that we share in His glory! What is greater than that? Nothing. Try to wrap yourself around that idea. Let it sink in. The Glory of Jesus – infinite in its power, beauty, and majesty. Miraculous! This Scripture also tells us that our spirit now testifies with His Spirit. That means we commune with Him. That means we receive an inward witness guiding us into His truth and wisdom and revelation! What more could you want? What more could you ever need to walk in this world above all of its tribulations and heartaches and confusion and difficulty? Doesn’t that bring you a sense of peace and confidence, knowing that God in all of His grandeur and wisdom and power speaks to you by an inner witness in your spirit. You are not alone. You are equipped, empowered, enabled to succeed! God has made you special, important, and powerful!
Meditate on and rest in that this week, and let’s journey together to a deeper understanding of who we are because of Christ.