4 Reasons to Affirm your Identity in Christ
4 Reasons to Affirm
your Identity in Christ
Declaration of faith: I am a child of God, a heir of God and co-heir with Christ in the father’s kingdom. I am the apple of God’s eyes. I am a friend of God and I know his business as a result of my relationship with his son, Jesus Christ. I am no longer a servant but I am God’s child and I am really loved. God has my name written in the palm of his hands and I am always in His thoughts. Even my very hair are numbered and God is working out his purposes for my life as he makes me relevant in his kingdom. (Romans 8:17, Zechariah 2:8, John 15:13-15, Isaiah 49:16, Luke 12:7)
Did you know Jesus Christ began to affirm his identity from age twelve? He boldly proclaimed whose he belonged to Mary and Joseph back in Jerusalem. He said to his parents; “don’t you know I must go about my father’s business”? (Luke 2:40-49).
Jesus never stopped to declare his identity to the world. Instead, he repeatedly declared himself to the public so the world could know him and his Father who sent him and as such the Bible recorded at least 15 AM’s of Jesus.
If Jesus the son of God therefore, felt the need to affirm his identity to his parents and to the hearing of onlookers in the temple, as well as throughout his ministry, then there’s a need for you who is the follower of Jesus Christ to declare your identity in Christ boldly to the world. The 15 I AM’s of Jesus recorded in the Bible gives us different reasons we need to also affirm our identity in Christ.
These 15 I AM’s of Jesus Christ reveals powerful names of God that Christians can call upon when faced with everyday life challenges.
When you get to the crossroads in life and you ask yourself the question; who am I? you can reach out for these affirmations of your identity in christ to help you refocus on what matters and to remind you of who you are.
Why does the Google search engine returns over 10 billion search results on the question of who am I? It is because it has lost its identity and there’s a need to find the truth and rediscover its root in God.
If the world knows to search for answers on its identity however, and they can find some answers through the google search engine but still does not feel fulfilled or satisfied with life then believers have an added advantage in the world to search through the word of God, for the truth about ourselves and to seek for true satisfaction that we need to live fulfilled in this world.
There are several factors that contribute to this search of identity in the human race but there is only one way to find the true answer and it’s through the word of God. So if suffering from an identity crisis and searching for your true identity, I hope these reasons you need to affirm your identity in Christ will convict you for a lifetime spent with Christ.
There is nothing as affirming as the words of a mother to her children. Her words are so powerful they ring bells in the children’s ears long after they’ve left home. I still remember my mother’s words to me as I left home for the higher institution. She repeatedly told me to “remember the daughter of who you are”. It sounded like a warning at the time but in hindsight, it was a wise counsel that guided, grounded and protected me from going astray while away from home.
Affirming your identity in Christ does the same to you. When feeling lost, confused or upset over anything, these reminders can give you peace and set your path in the right direction. When you speak out loud whose you are in God, your heavenly Father is proud of you and is attentive to your words. He goes out of His way to shower his love on you.
When you affirm your identity in Christ, The fear of God is planted in your heart and it guards you from going astray in the world. It announces your identity to the world and it keeps you grounded in your faith in God. I believe that one of the reasons why there’s a long list on the genealogy of Jesus was recorded in the book of Matthew was to reveal the identity of Jesus from fourteen generations before his birth (Matthew 1:1-17).
There’s a general belief that most people who lost their fathers at tender age often have daddy issues when grown. They feel insecure, suspicious and untrusting of people in their lives and therefore lack confidence in themselves.
Thankfully the case is different for those who are in Christ, be it that your father is still alive or that he has gone to be with the Lord, your case is different. You are first and foremost a child of God before you are your daddy’s girl and nothing can change your position in God’s heart.
Therefore, when feeling lost in the world, unsure of yourself, feeling insecure or not trusting the people in your world, be rest assured of your security in God. Your heavenly Father loves his children and he will go to any length to make you feel secure. Therefore affirming his words over yourself will confirm God’s security over you as well as sealing up his love for you in your heart.
Have you ever read the story of Gomer? She was prophet Hosea’s promiscuous wife. She prostituted herself several times yet the Lord kept instructing the prophet to go and buy her back (Hosea 1). I believe God does the same thing for his children. He leaves the ninety-nine to look for the lost one because we are worth worth dying for, worth every insult hauled at Jesus, worth every stripes laid on him, worth the nails in his hands and the spears that hit his side, worth the crown of thorns on his head and every shame he suffered. We are worth much more than many sparrows and many rubies. We are worth the price he paid for us all. Everytime we affirm these identity in Christ over ourselves it seals our worth in Jesus.
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