This morning I walked into the kitchen and saw the gorgeous flowers my roommate’s fiancé bought her. I’m on my way to work and I stop at a red light to see a husband kiss his wife as he leans over the middle console of the car. After work a friend called me and conversation led to the topic of how her boyfriend was taking her to her first football game at the University of Tennessee tomorrow and they were picking out what suit he would wear to a gala next weekend that he’s accompanying her to. I open the Facebook app on my phone to find that another friend from college got engaged. Must be nice. I walk back into my kitchen to grab a snack, only to look at my fridge and see more “save the dates” than I have fingers to count. Then I went to a coffee shop and found myself surrounded by 4 couples enjoying a cup of ‘joe together. Then my mom texted me a picture of she and my dad on a date getting Mexican food and enjoying their weekend. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when my phone lit up with an invite to a baby shower.
You may be starting to see (or think you may know) where I’m going with this.
Satan has made it extremely easy at every turn of my day to place opportunities in front of me to take my eyes off the Lord and onto what I don’t have. And today, it’s not fun. It’s not easy. And as I opened my Bible and began praying about how to share about the topic of identity, I realized the state my own heart was in and in seeing my true identity as a woman of God.
So often the enemy knows exactly the right tactics make us feel inadequate. In this this season of my life he unfortunately knows that reminding me of my singleness is an easy way to rob my joy when I don't have my head in the right mindset to remember who I am in Christ.
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:9-10)
If we truly believe that Jesus came so that we may have life, and have it to the full, then brothers and sisters we need to have a good understanding of WHO we are in Him! Otherwise, our knee-jerk reaction will always be to fixate on who are not or what we do not have. What a shame that we can so easily slip into this thought pattern when the Lord has surrounded me with such a beautiful season full of incredible people and tasks that will bring glory to Him.
We are holy and without blame. We are loved.
just as He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy and blameless in His sight. In love (Ephesians 1:4)
The One who IS and IS TO COME lives inside us.
Little children, you are of God and you belong to Him and have overcome them; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
In Him, we are complete.
And in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority. (Colossians 2:10)
We are His workmanship.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
We are more than conquerors.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)
We are part of a chosen generation.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)
As believers, we are rooted and built up in Him.
rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:7)
There are many things Scripture has to say about who we are in Christ and where our identity lies – this list is just a start! I don’t know where you are today or which of these Scriptures strikes a cord with you. Write it on a flashcard. Memorize it. Write it on your heart and believe it – because it is truth.
Whether it’s singleness, a lost job, financial status or a job title that is giving the enemy the opportunity to poke at how you view your identity, I beg you not to listen and flee from his schemes. Lean on truth, the Word of God and fixate your eyes on the only One who truly knows the desires of your heart.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)