“Embracing Your Identity in Christ”
This is a weekly devotion encouraging you to embrace your new identity in Christ.
This is who you are in Christ Jesus. He has made you brand new.
“Therefore if anyone be in Christ , he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Cor. 5:17 NASB
Let His word introduce you to yourself. In meeting Him and all that He has done and accomplished on your behalf, you will meet you. We all need a new perspective as the world has left us with a broken mirror. In today’s modern technology phones are used as mirrors. We simply hold up a smart phone, flip the lense and take a picture of ourselves. It is hilarious to watch someone pose for a selfie. They shift their head to get the best profile. Fix their hair. Clean spinach from their teeth. Make sure double chin is not doubling. Then snap…a new selfie!
As a new creation in Christ, may I encourage you to hold up God’s word, the best mirror! As you gaze at Him, look closely and you will begin to see a new you. All that is true of Him is now true of you. But it takes time to see it and believe it. It is not acting the part. It is not faking it until you make it. No, it is all fully true of you, but you have to believe it. These truths have to hit you right where you are and you have to ponder and let them sink down into your being….until they become belief.
This devotion is intended to be a mirror revealing Jesus so that you are able to see the new you. It is not to be a quick read through, but truths to ponder on for the week. Before you begin,
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal truth to you.
Read the Bible verses and ponder them.
Read the devotion.
Ask yourself if you believe it is true.
Ask God to give you faith to believe what is true, not what you feel.
Make Truth Cards to remind you of the new picture in your mirror. Please write out the Truth statement and the scripture for each devotion. Keep this card with you as you are reminding yourself of your new identity by declaring the truths out loud.
Pray about what you have received asking God to make it real to you.
On the following week do the same things, but continue to meditate and daily declare the past weeks Truth.
It is not reading that changes us. It is not a sticky note on the mirror that gives us a new perspective. It is not a quick glance that changes our view and belief, but a long gaze. As you gaze and meditate; declare and choose; you will begin to think a new way and believe a new way.
Shall we begin? Pick up the mirror and gaze.
“I am God’s Child”
Eph. 1:5 Amp. “For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent].”
John 1:12 “But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name.”
Do you know who this makes you? His daughter! Yes the daughter of the King! You have been given a position in His family. In His house. In His house are many resources that belong to you. If you don’t believe you are His child, His daughter, then you won’t take advantage of all that is yours. Did you get what the verse said? Yes, He destined and planned in love for you to be His own child. He gave you the power, privilege and right to become His child…as you believe in Him.
Pause and ponder that!
A missionary tells the story of adopting children in Africa. The doors to the orphanage are open to any children that they find homeless, lost, broken and starving. As they make a home for them, they show them their room and bed and a refrigerator full of food and drinks. Often when she peeks into their room checking on them at bedtime, they are on the floor instead of their bed. It takes them a long time to open the refrigerator and eat and drink. They don’t believe they are children that belong, so they continue to live like they are orphans, homeless and without provision. How about you? Do you live like a child or an orphan? What sets you apart as a child of God?
For some it is easier to relate to being a daughter of the King instead of a daughter with a Daddy. Many daughters have been abused and unloved by their daddy. The word Daddy brings a cold chill instead of a warm smile. I want to challenge you to receive a new perspective. Yes, He is your Daddy. We have been deceived putting our experiences and thoughts of earthly daddy onto heavenly Daddy. It is to be the other way around. God is the pattern. Our heavenly Daddy is the model of all earthly daddy’s. Most daddy’s have not received this for themselves therefore they cannot give it to their children. Get to know who your Daddy is, learning how to be his child. We have the best Dad in all the world. In the coming weeks you will see what He is like.
Delight in being God’s child today.