Reflection.

Who am i?

Who am i?  Who are you?  

What is my identity?  What is your identity?

Do I find my identity in someone? in something- a culture, a career, a gifting, a talent?  

Do you find your identity in someone? in something- a culture, a career, a gifting, a talent?

I could find my identity from my mom or dad, sibling, artist, favorite actor or musician- but what kind of foundation are they leaning on?  I could have my identity founded on my career, job title, and talents and abilities- but they could all be taken away from me.  They could and can change throughout my lifetime.  So what could possibly be my foundation?

As for me, i find my foundation and identity in God, through Jesus Christ.

Why Jesus? The Bible teaches us in John 1:1-2, 14- that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  Jesus is 100% God and 100% human.  He dwelled among us- feeling every possible human emotion and hurt, yet committed no sin, and lived a blameless life, yet had to face death on the cross, to pay for our debt of sin, in order to make a way for us to be with our Father in heaven.

Jesus set the example for us to follow- to know what it means to be secure and strong in God in the face of temptation.  He is my Rock, my Refuge, my Provider, and my solid foundation that I stand on.  In Matthew 4:11, Mark 1:9-13, Luke 4:1-13, Jesus was being confronted and tempted by the enemy- the devil; and what did Jesus do?  He stood His ground and confidently proclaimed the Word of God against the enemy and he fled from him.  Jesus understood that there was power in God’s Word.  

In following Christ’s lead, apostle Paul writes to Timothy to encourage him and us that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.  All too often, people teeter in their faith and have doubts, but let us be ones who follow Christ’s example and be absolutely secure in God.  The following was shared with me by Nabelle a long time ago.  It really impacted me and I ended up using it in my BFA show.  It really helped me solidify my foundation on God and taught me what the Bible teaches about who I really am in Him.  The following Scriptures taught me that I am accepted by God, that I am secure in God, and that I am significant in His eyes.  I hope you boldly confess and proclaim God’s Word for your lives in hope that you too will be just as secure in God, just as Jesus was in Him. 

 

 

I AM ACCEPTED

-i am God’s child.

“Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God-” – John 1:12

-i am Christ’s friend.

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” – John 15:15

-i have been justified.

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” – Romans 5:1

-i am united with the Lord and i am one in Spirit with Him.

“But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 6:17

-i have been bought with a price.

“you were bought at a price.  Therefore, honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:20

-i belong to God.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore, honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

-i am a member of Christ’s body.

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27

-i am a saint.

“…To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:” – Ephesians 1:1

-i am complete in Christ.

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” – Colossians 2:9-10

-i have been adopted as God’s Child.

“He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will-” – Ephesians 1:5

-i have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.

“For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” – Ephesians 2:18

-i have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.

“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14

 

 

 

 

I AM SECURE

-i am free forever from condemnation.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:1-2

-i am assured that all things work together for good.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good  of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28

-i am free from condemning charges against me.

“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31

-i cannot be separated from the love of God.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:35-39

-i have been established, anointed and sealed by God.

“Now it is God who makes both us and and you stand firm in Christ.  He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” – 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

-i am hidden in Christ with God.

“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” – Colossians 3:3-4

-i am confident that the good work that God has began in me will be perfected.

“be confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6

-i have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and sound mind.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

-i can find grace and mercy in time of need.

“Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-16

-i am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.

“We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.” – 1 John 5:18

 

 

 

 

I AM SIGNIFICANT

-i am the salt and light of the earth.

“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Matthew 5:13-14

-i am a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life.

“I am the true vine. and my Father is the gardener.  I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:1,5

-i am a personal witness of Christ.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

-i am God’s temple.

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”  – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

-i am a minister of reconciliation for God.

“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 men’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

-i am God’s co-worker.

“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” – 1 Corinthians 3:9

-i am sealed with Christ in the heavenly realms.

“And God raised us up to with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 2:6-7

-i am God’s workmanship.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared for us in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

-i may approach God in freedom and Confidence.

“In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” – Ephesians 3:12

-i can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

-i am chosen.

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit- fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” – John 15:16

 

 

 

 

 

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3 responses

  1. Fighting {dreamer}

    Passion….

    Truly epic bro.. Everything a true man of God is, everything that is available to everyone.. Everything that we all can constantly work on… Thank you for sharing this with the world.. Definitely, much needed encouragement at this time, of feeling worn down.

    God First, and everything else follows.. I realized I need to take care of my temple soon, or I will start to fall apart..

    Thanks Shaun
    *m

    August 27, 2008 at 12:51 am

  2. thanks for all the assembled scripture, shaun. this is such a cool thing to think about, i was talking to patrick about it the other day. like, the idea that we are made IN THE IMAGE OF GOD like it’s SO COOL.

    i can’t get over that. it puts me at ease that i don’t have to worry about who i am or how others perceive me, since i know who i am. crazy times.

    i just have to work on putting into action what i know. and it starts with scripture, so really thank you for putting all those quotes up. the word really literally feeds haha. fun times.

    take care shaun, i’ll see you soon enough.

    August 27, 2008 at 11:46 am

  3. stutterinstan

    this is just an awesome entry my friend.

    who am i?

    god knows who i am.

    that’s all i need.

    -STAN

    September 2, 2008 at 8:48 pm

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