Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, to bring praise to God. Romans 15:7
But whoever is united with the Lord is one with Him in spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:17
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is who we are! The world does not know us because it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1
What in your life, if taken away, would alter your identity? We live from our identity, not for our identity. Hal White
One of the sneakiest strategies of our enemy is to tempt us to forget our identity in Christ as our Abba Father's children.
The battle always starts with our who, not our do!
Most of our struggles with sin, relationships, performance, perfections, guilt, shame, condemnation, etc., come from us not realizing our identity as His beloved children. Resulting in our striving to care for ourselves outside of our relationship with and to our Father.
The only place of rest in this life is within the all-sufficient place of love where we are hidden with Christ in God.
When we accept that this is where we are because our identity is the beloved of God, that striving can cease.
A Great Example:
Remember Jesus' instructions to the disciples while teaching them to pray was to start with their identity: "Our Father."
Jesus declared us the children of His Father, beginning our prayers and thinking there!
All life is lived as a crisis when we don't know our identity.
Ask for revelation from the Holy Spirit to see where your thinking doesn't spring from your identity as His beloved.
How have you found yourself wrestling with behaviors rooted in trying to prove your identity?
How would your relationships change if you lived in your identity as God’s beloved?
How might you see your life purpose differently if you enjoyed being loved to love others?
Thank You for revealing Your love to us through Your Son Jesus. Thank You for giving us every good and perfect gift we need to fulfill Your calling. May we live face to face with You. Amen