Episode 3: IDENTITY: Secure in my identity: Who am I?
Identity and security go hand in hand. Our security is linked to knowing who we are, but do we really like what we discover? Join us as we dive into this complex topic on our journey to discover true freedom. Don’t let others’ negative opinion of you become your reality.
Identity: how do others describe us?
How do we describe ourselves?
What are the significant roles that we play, and which ones do we get our identity from?
How does God define us?
“Not my mirror, nor my filter.” Others words and opinions are not, but God‘s word is.
Ephesians 6: We get dressed each day, and put on the belt of truth. Throughout the day, we need to filter every thought through the truth of God’s word.
Identity and security go hand in hand. Our security is linked to knowing our identity.
“Identity is the foundation on which individual uniqueness rests. It secures that which satisfies the deepest longing of an individual‘s life.”
True freedom is having an identity grounded in Christ, and not being a target for others hurtful words or actions. True freedom is having nothing to prove. True freedom is knowing who you are and not being able to have that taken from you.
We can speak the truth with compassion, from a place of vulnerability. We can speak the truth out of a desire for the best for others, reminding people of their true identity.
Beliefs > Identity > Behavior
Our behavior flows out of our identity, but it’s not the same thing. Sometimes we act out of character, we forget our identity and act in a way that does not reflect who we truly are. We have to remember that that behavior is not our identity, it does not define us. We have to remember our true identity.
What do your behaviors say about your identity? About your beliefs?
What have been your most significant identity shifts? How have these identity shifts changed your behaviors? Relationships with others?
Do you identify with any of these statements?
- I am a victim.
- I am not worthy.
- I am not enough.
- Other examples.
What does God say is true about you?
[Verses about identity]
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
1 John 3:1-3 (TPT) Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvelous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children. The reason the world doesn’t recognize who we are is that they didn’t recognize him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children right now; however, it is not yet apparent what we will become. But we do know that when it is finally made visible, we will be just like him, for we will see him as he truly is. 3 And all who focus their hope on him will always be purifying themselves, just as Jesus is pure.
- Terry Wardle books
- Fresh Start
- Beth Moore’s Book and Study: Believing God