Monday, Aug 3, 2020

Identity Issues: Does Your Life Identify With the Mind and Will of Christ?

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Must Read

The Heart of a Champion on Team Jesus

How can we have the heart of a champion as members of Team Jesus? Let's follow the example of the greatest champion, our Lord and Savior.

Whatever You Do, Do It As Unto the Lord

Whatever we do and whatever we say, it's important that we do so as unto the Lord. With God as our focus, any task big or small glorifies Him, here's how.

PhD-Level Forgiveness: How to Advocate For Those Who Have Offended You

If we could earn a PhD in forgiveness, what would that look like? Here's one real-life example of forgiveness that led to advocacy for the offender.
Keiston France
Keiston France
A summa cum laude graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Keiston France majored in Journalism & Mass Communication and served as the captain on the men's varsity tennis team. Keiston currently works for NASCAR as a developmental tire changer for Chip Ganassi Racing. His favorite Bible verse is 'Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen.' Hebrews 1:11

Each individual – man, woman, child, teenager – has an identity. What’s yours?

You could be a contractual worker, a CEO, a specialist, a high school jock, or a homecoming queen. Or, on the other hand, your identity may be tied to your marital status –  married, single, separated, or widowed. Maybe you are known as a philanderer, a liar, a hard worker, or perhaps you’re known as a kind and responsible individual.

All individuals are known by something that, somehow or another, identifies who they are.

There Are No Identity Issues in God’s Plan for You

obedience is better than sacrificeGod’s Word tells us that we can take on another identity and renew our character when we are constrained by our adoration for God through Jesus Christ. In other words, when our spiritual eyes are opened and we finally see how much God loves us, we can’t help but respond to His love and give our hearts and lives to Christ in faith.

Here’s some great news. Paul, who wrote the words in 2 Corinthians 5:17, had been a strict, fear-based oppressor. He was en-route to capture, aggrieve, and slaughter Christians when he encountered the Risen Christ. He apologized – which implies he changed what he thought about Jesus – and turned into a committed follower of Christ. From a strict fear-based oppressor to a committed disciple of Jesus Christ.

How’s that for a total change in personality and identity? If that can happen to Paul, I promise it can happen to anyone reading this devotion.

Your Identity Is Who God Says You Are

Trusting Christ means believing with our minds what the Bible tells us about who Jesus is and who we are. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We are new creatures in Christ. When we believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead, all past identity issues are erased and we allow the mind of Christ to reign in us (Philippians 2:5).

Know that believing with our minds alone doesn’t make us Christians. It is an essential part, but true belief is also entrusting and submitting our character and identity to Christ completely.

Follow Him. It’s a decision of the heart and of the mind that leads to our true identity.

So, What’s The Play Call?

  • Have you made that decision – to conform your personality, identity, and character to the will of God?
  • Have you taken on another way of life or a new identity as a believer of Jesus?
  • Will you trust that God will establish your identity when you are having issues?

God vows to make us new creatures, with new identities that last forever, when we surrender to Him.

- Advertisement -
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
- Advertisement -

Featured

Gender Identity & LGBT Agendas: The Covert Attack on God’s Creative Authority

Satan has long attacked the creative authority and order of God. How do the LGBT and gender-neutral agendas fit in his arsenal? Read on.

Online Church During a Crisis: 7 Tips for Better Online Worship Services

The necessity and convenience of online church are undeniable, especially in a crisis. Try these 7 tips to improve your church's online worship experience.

The Rainbow Belongs to God: Teen Takes a Stand for God in Nike Kyrie 5 Shoes

California teen takes a bold stand for God and the rainbow in his Nike Kyrie 5 rainbow shoes. Take a walk in the shoes of this young teammate.

Living Fit and Free: One Woman’s Story of Quitting Diets and Finding Health

Are you struggling to get off diet plans and make peace with your body image? Be inspired by Marsha Apsley and her journey to living fit and free.

Team Jesus Locker Room Chat w/ Greg Kirkland, Jr.

Teammate Greg Kirkland, Jr., founder of The SEEiT Choir, shares his testimony on life, family, and the heart behind his "SEEiT" brand.
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This

0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x
X