Monday, March 14, 2016

Walk in Your Identity in Christ

Focus Verse: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:17, 18)
As a counselor, I know there is a great deal of talk about self esteem these days. Simply, this is the picture you have of yourself, and whether or not you like what you see. Several factors affect your self-esteem including the family environment in which you were raised.
What picture do you have of yourself? What is your identity?
Your identity matters, and as a Christian, your true identity begins with Christ. God made you, he loves you and places such great value on you as a person of worth. He has an awesome plan for your life and as you receive and walk in the love of God, you can find true purpose for your life
You are loved by God and he accepts you in Christ. Respond to his love and begin by telling yourself, "I'm special, God made me!"  Start  seeing yourself as he sees you, as loved and valued. Listen carefully to the YouTube video below as Stephen Leblanc describes your identity in Christ. 

When you understand how special and unique you are, you:
  • Know that God's loves you unconditionally and you don't have to earn his love.
  • Find your identity in Christ because he died to give you life to its fullest.
  • Identify the God-given  vision for your life and ask the Holy Spirit to help you work towards and realize it.
  • Develop positive statements about yourself, for example, "I'm a valuable person, and I have a great future!"
  • Focus on who you are in Christ more than your achievements, gifts, talents or even your weaknesses.
  • Build a vibrant relationship with God and maintain strong, affirming, and supportive relationships with others. 
 This  second video below encourages you to live confidently and show your true identity because you belong to God.

Focus Question: What effect the understanding how special you are to God have on your life? 
Prayer: “Father, I thank you for your great love for me. Help me to truly understand that I am a special person because I am rooted and established in your love in Christ Jesus. AMEN.”

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