Good afternoon! Happy Wednesday to you all!
Genesis 1:27 New International Version (NIV)
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Who are you? If someone asked you today what would your answer be? Identity is defined as who someone is or the qualities or beliefs that make a particular person or group different from others. Who do people identify you with? Do the people you work with associate you with Christ or Satan? Do the people in your neighborhood characterize you as a believer, agnostic or an atheist?
Knowing who you are is an important part of living a purposeful life. If you don’t know who you are then you can be easily persuaded and manipulated into doing things that are contrary to your identity. When you lack confidence in who you are then you begin questioning your beliefs. Perhaps non-believers see you stumble and question your Christianity. Maybe your church family has ostracized you due to a past sin. Perhaps your family members told you that you were never going to be anything because of your no-good father or mother. Satan will strategically use people who are closet to you to cause you to question your identity. Thoughts like, “Maybe I’m not good enough, maybe I’m not saved, maybe God doesn’t love me, maybe I am better off as a sinner” will begin running through your mind. If Satan can get you to question your identity then he can get you to compromise your spiritual walk.
I am here to remind you today of your God-Identity. You were created in the image of GOD! Yes, GOD! God created male and female in His image. He knew what He was doing when He created you. Since you were created in the image of God you ought to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Even though you may stumble and fall, it doesn’t erase the fact that you were created to look like GOD! When people remind you of your past, remind them that you are saved by Grace. God’s grace gives you things you don’t deserve because He loves you that much. When people try to discredit you because of sin, remind them that you are covered with God’s mercy. God’s mercy spares you from the punishment you do deserve. Why? Because God loves you. You must be pretty special if God would create you in His image, cover you with grace, wrap you up with mercy and send His Only Begotten Son to die on the cross for your sins!
If you don’t trust in anything, trust in your God-identity. Your God-Identity says that you are loved, you are special, you are desired and so much more. When you walk in the confidence of who you are in Christ then you can stand up against the naysayers, haters and agitators.
Does your lifestyle reflect your God-identity? Take time to think about this.
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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