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Discovering Our True Identity

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Many Christians are experiencing an identity crisis. They know they’re saved, but they don’t really know what to think about themselves. Let’s take a little test. Do you consider yourself a sinner saved by grace or a saint who occasionally sins? Both statements are true, but the first one dwells on your past identity, whereas the second focuses on the Lord’s perception of you.

If you are a believer, God’s Word says that you are a saint (v. 2). But too many of us still see ourselves as the same old sinner, who’s been forgiven and patched up and yet is basically unchanged inside. But the Lord says anyone in Christ “is a new creature; the old things passed away” (2 Cor. 5:17). That’s what being born again is all about. We can never go back to the way we were.

The solution to this identity crisis is to change the way we think about ourselves. If we don’t, we’ll rely on how we feel, and Satan will bombard us with reminders of our failures and sins. He wants to keep us focused on being a sinner, because he knows that the recognition of our sainthood will lead us to live like saints. We’ll be motivated and empowered to obey God, and the Devil will lose his foothold in our lives.

Jesus didn’t come just to save you from hell; He wants to live His life through you. In Christ, you have a new identity which has replaced your old one. If you will focus on who you are now, your actions will follow, and you’ll experience the enjoyment of a victorious Christian life.

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KurobaFox1412 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes I feel like I'm lost, but He raised me up, helped me to fight the pain in heart and got through it.

Without Him, I can never be forever happy..
Firebound Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really needed this. Thank you.
freuddwyn Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amen :D i need this now
Sapphire-X-Dreams Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
This is awesome!! GOD's timing is so perfect, I tell you!! :D

AngelWorks24 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
:) I'm been doing a small series called 'kingdom identities' and this is exactly why I'm doing it
InGodzHandz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
What a wake-up call! You're right. I am a saint!!!!!
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December 1, 2012


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