I’ve realized that it’s important to declare who you are – and who you want to become.
Yep, we all have a sin problem. We have weaknesses, make mistakes and it feels hard to overcome. We get down on ourselves and even tear down others for their sin and mistakes.
Identity As He Sees Us
God has renewed my mind that getting bummed about my sin – about my mistakes – and then basing my identity through that lens is wrong.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
Jesus sees us as perfect – completely new – because He bought our freedom at the cross. We still have weaknesses and we deal with sin, but in His eyes we are free.
New. Holy. Pure.
If Jesus sees me as those things, why wouldn’t I? Even if I have weakness or battle sin in an area – instead of thinking and saying that I’m weak – my perspective should align with Jesus’.
He bought our freedom so we can overcome through Him…AND He gives us grace when we fall short and sin.
Isn’t that awesome?
Calling Out The New
I decided, because I need reminders, to write down who I am as Jesus sees me – and what I am becoming – in spite of my weaknesses.
I jotted down the old things of sin. Then I put down the truth – the new person I am because of Christ and the new person I am becoming THROUGH Jesus.
I look at it like a treasure hunt where I’m calling out the best – the holy – the righteous man that Jesus created me and died for me to be.
Weakness and Sin = Opportunity for Holiness
Pride, arrogance, lust, disrespect, selfishness, anger, are all things of my sin nature. Those lead to feelings of unhappiness, no value, lack of purpose, not being smart, unattractive, and confusion.
Because of Jesus, sin doesn’t define and those feelings are really just lies…but believing those lies makes you feel weak. Then you fall deeper into sin.
Jesus calls us to strength, to holiness, to fruit.
- I am humble and have compassion.
- I am honoring with my eyes, body, and mind.
- I am selfless and will give up anything.
- I am loving and kind.
- I am joyful and lighthearted.
- I am wanted and I am valued.
- I am created for a unique purpose.
- I am smart, I am talented and I am skilled.
- I am attractive, inside and out.
- I am confident.
That’s who I am. I am Jesus’. I am called to BE those things. That is my new identity. But I can only live my identity through Jesus, with the help of the Holy Spirit…knowing there is grace when I fall short.
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1