Identity

Being chronically ill, I am constantly reminded of what I am not:

  1. I am not able to do very many things.
  2.  I get easily tired.
  3. Even too physically weak to move.
  4. Difficulty standing.
  5. Can’t think straight at times.
  6. Get overloaded easily.
  7. Get discouraged.
  8. I get my hopes up that someday I will discover what actually is all wrong with me—only to be discouraged when tests show “I am fine”.
  9. Feel inadequate.

I forget all I am in–in Christ!

  1. I am accepted.
  2. I am significant.
  3. I am secure! (Nobody can snatch me from His hand!!)
  4. I am special.
  5. I am chosen.
  6. I am His beloved!
  7. I am called a Child of the Most High God! <3
  8. I am made new. (2 Cor 5:17)
  9. I am fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139)

This world reminds us of what we are not by their standards. Instead of listening to them, we need to be listening to Him: Who does God say I am? What in my identity in Him that does not waver no matter what my physical life on earth is like?

Below is taken from Encouraging Bible Quotes

  1. I am an heir with God (Gal 4:6-7; Rom 8:17)
  2. I am reconciled to God and am an ambassador of reconciliation for Him (2 Cor 5:18-19)
  3. I am a saint (Eph 1:1; 1 Cor 1:2; Phil 1:1)
  4. I am God’s workmanship created in Christ for good works (Eph 2:10)
  5. I am a citizen of Heaven (Eph 2:19; Phil 3:20)
  6. I am a member of Christ’s body! (1 Cor 12:27)
  7. I am united to the Lord an one spirit with Him (1 Cor 6:27)
  8. I am the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19)
  9. I am a friend of Christ! (John 15:15)
  10. I am a slave of righteousness (2 Cor 5:21)
  11. I am enslaved to God (Rom 6:22).
  12. I am chosen and ordained by Christ to bear fruit (John 15:16).
  13. I am a prisoner of Christ (Eph 3:1;4:1)
  14. I am righteous and holy (Eph 4:24).
  15. I am hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3).
  16. I am the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13).
  17. I am the light of the world (Matt 5:14).
  18. I am part of the true vine (John 15:1-2).
  19. I am an expression of the life of Christ (Col 3:4)
  20. I am chosen of God, holy, and dearly loved. (Col 3:12; 1 Thess 1:4)
  21. I am a child of light (1 Thess 5:5).
  22. I am a partaker of a heavenly calling. (Heb 3:1)
  23. I am more than a conquerer through Christ (Rom 8:37).
  24. I am a partaker with Christ and share in His life (Heb 3:14).
  25. I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house (1 Pet 2:5).
  26. I am a chosen generation, a royal priest hood, and a holy nation (1 Pet 2:9).
  27. I am the Devil’s enemy (1 Pet 5:8).
  28. I am born again by the Spirit of God (John 3:3-6).
  29. I am an alien and a stranger to this world (1 Pet 2:11).
  30. I am a child of God who always triumphs in Christ and releases His fragrance in every place (2 Cor 2:14).
  31. I am seated in heavenly places in Christ (Eph 2:6).
  32. I am saved by grace (Eph 2:8)
  33. I am a recipient of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (See the book of Eph).
  34. I am redeemed by the blood of the lamb (Rev 5:9).
  35. I am part of the Bride of Christ and am making myself ready of him (Rev 19:7).
  36. I am a true worshiper who worships the Father in spirit and truth (John 4:24).

Now, that’s a whole lot more than what the world tells me that I am not. Time to start listening to who He says I am, and recover from the lies that I have been told over the years!

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Stacey Patrick

Stacey is a writer by nature, and blogs over at gracefullyovercoming.me. Stacey loves to write whenever she can. Her writings center around her love relationship with Jesus Christ, His precious words of truth, chronic illness, and singleness. www.instagram.com/gracefully.overcoming/

6 thoughts on “Identity”

  1. Yes what God says about us and who we are is a lot more then what the world always tells us we are not. I agree with you in I need to start listening to what He says about me, not what others say in this world.

    1. I can’t speak for you, but I know for me– part of it is retraining my mind. I have been brainwashed, by lies others have said by me. Even by others’ actions, by choosing to just stare fiercely at me while I open a patio door. It leaves an impression and an intimidation. It sends a message. It’s learning to keep stirring the truth, and letting go of the lies we may be tempted to believe. Recognizing the lies, is a big part of the battle.

      1. We are so much alike girl. I too need to retrain my mind. I have since a child let what others have said or done to me decide who I am and how I feel about myself. So much garbage I need to get out of my mind and replace with what God says, so much retraining.

  2. I know the feeling. A lot of garbage has be internalized and affects the way I see myself, and how I act out my full identity. My identity completely effects everything in. my. life… Retraining brings us to a beautiful place of being closer to Him, more confidence in Him, more knowing who we really are without doubt, more joy, more peace, more living out our God-given callings! <3 More everything…It is a matter of moving toward it..

  3. I, too, have a chronic illness (schizophrenia), but I wouldn’t trade it for a different life challenge, because by overcoming it, my suffering has brought me closer to God. God has blessed me in so many ways because I trust in Him and not myself. I would like to invite you to visit my blog MaryRefugeOfHolyLove. Especially in my personal writings, I reflect on how I have “gracefully overcome”, too. God bless!

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