Sunday, February 15, 2009

Know Who You Are

I have found myself in a state of frustration this week. Can any of you relate to that statement? I am sure you can in some way, shape or form. What am I frustrated about you ask? I have been frustrated with me! Irritated with myself for making mistakes, saying stupid things, and frustrated that I have allowed myself to slip into this state of frustration. So, basically you could say I am frustrated with myself for being human!

I am in training, as we all are. I am learning how to just be me and not allow my mistakes or the things I see as flaws crimp who I truly am. I am learning that at all times I need to focus on who the Father has called me to be. I need to focus on my new identity in Christ. I was sharing with a good friend what I was dealing with this week and she asked a great question; "Why should you be any different than anyone else?" She's right, we all go through times like these.

So, how do we get to the place where we are less shaken through our tough times? How do we get to the place where we are satisfied with who we are, in spite of our weaknesses or flaws? I believe that one answer to this question is know who God has called you to be. See yourself as hidden in Christ.

"For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God."
Colossians 3:3

I believe that one of the number one areas the enemy tries to attack us in is our identity. In Matthew 3:17 the Father said "This is my beloved son." He made the identity of Jesus very clear to all. The enemy tried to get Jesus to doubt who the Father said He was, that He was God's Son. He tried to make Jesus forget that He was the beloved son of God. Why should we be any different?

"And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God's Son, command these stones to be made [[a]loaves of] bread."
Matthew 4:3

As long as Jesus knew who He was He was a threat to the enemy. This is why in the above scripture we see that the very first place the enemy attacked was the identity of Jesus. Notice that in the verse above the enemy left out a key word, BELOVED.

You and I are God's beloved children, hidden in Christ. When our Father looks upon us it is with the same heart that called Jesus beloved. May we remember that more instinctively, in the times ahead!

Lets Talk Grace! What are your thoughts on identity? Do you agree with me that this is an area we are all attacked in? Do you ever struggle with remembering that you are beloved? Any other thoughts, share them with me! Lets Talk Grace!