The reality is that often after having being Christian for a while, we may know a lot about who God is and therefore who he says we (his sons and daughters) are but what we can often fail to do is truly believe and live out the truths of who says we are. This may be because God’s abundant grace over every one of us is the opposite to our human standards of earning our way through life, this can therefore sometimes make it hard to believe in full who God says we are.
So, I would like to share with you some practical ways I personally have found helpful to not just theoretically know, but truly believe who God says I am in him:
1. Reading the Bible daily. No matter how obvious this point sounds, it is so true! The Bible is packed full of verses about where our identity comes from. For example:
• “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
• “But our citizenship is in heaven -and we also await a saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).
• “For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them” (Ephesians 2:10).
• “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
2. Writing out my favourite Bible verses and placing them somewhere where I will see and read them daily to remind myself of who God says I are.
3. Listening to Christian music/ writing out Christian song lyrics. I personally find that Christian bands (such as: Bethel, Jesus Culture, Newday, Worship Central and Casting Crowns) really help me to refocus back on God in the rush and business of day to day life.
4. Speaking biblical truth over myself of who God says I am in Christ. For example:
Thank you God that you say that I am:
• No longer a slave to sin
• Under your grace
• Adopted into your family
• Your dwelling place
The truth is the more time we spend with God and pursuing who he says we are and not who the world says we are, the more aligned our lifestyle, dislikes and passions will become with how Jesus lived his life so that we are an example of Jesus in our friendship groups, neighbourhood and town.
May God bless you in abundance!