Like the Continental Divide which determines whether a drop of water will end up in the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean, knowledge of our identity in Christ sets our course. Our true identity is not altered by our faulty thinking, but the way we live life becomes radically different based on who we believe we are. Each day our minds are continually filled with thoughts and ideas. If we pay attention to these inner conversations, what will they reveal?
Are you more attuned to how the world perceives you or fully embracing how God regards you? The shell below appears rough, dirty and cracked on the outside, yet the inside, it is smooth, shiny and pearlescent pink. As seen by the world, perhaps your life seems boring or unimportant. BUT GOD calls you chosen, beloved, treasured and valued.
Are you listening to and believing the lies of the enemy or the truth of God’s word? Remember the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy! Here are a few of those fiery darts the enemy aggressively deploys in an attempt to penetrate our minds.
I have nothing to contribute.
I am miserably failing at life.
Nothing I do matters.
No one cares about me.
There is no hope.
This will never change.
Unfortunately, those six barely scratch the surface of the enemy’s arsenal of lies designed to brain wash us and neutralize God’s purposes. 1 Peter 2:9 in the Message, commissions us, “You are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him.”
In the KJV, Ephesians 4:22 reads, “Put off (concerning) the former conversation of the old man.” For me, this means to stop allowing the enemy or the world to speak into my life by defining who I am. Like almost everything else, the process of stopping those conversations is are not instantaneous, but gradual. However, I love the way my friend, Laurel, described the result of believing who God says we are, “If we really understood our identity in Christ, we would be rocking this life!” Yes, that is what I want- to “Rock this Life” as I wait for Christ’s return to transform this earthly body into my heavenly one.