100+ Bible Verses About Identity

Bible verses about identity/ who am I?
Bible verses about identity who am I?

What the Bible says about identity

Who struggled with identity in the Bible? 

Why do we struggle with identity?

Who does the Bible say I am? 

Your identity in Christ.

Bible verses when I feel……

Bible verses about identity who am I?

What the Bible says about your identity

The Bible is God’s Word telling His people their identity and purpose, who He is and His works.

Identity is connected to purpose. You could say they have a close relationship.

If you’re a doctor, you treat patients. 

A teacher… teaches people. 

A mom… nurtures. 

Just like an identity title comes with a purpose, you cannot separate who God is from what He has done or does.

Nor can you separate who you are from who He is…. although many try.

That is why it is so important to remember who God is and to seek our identity from His Word and not the world. 

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Bible verses about identity

There’s just so many Bible verses about identity. Too many to list in one spot! When we are needing to know and remember who God says we are in His Word, it’s most likely because we are struggling with an issue, relationship or we are in a tough situation.

An identity crisis hits us like an attack out of nowhere leaving us confused  emotionally and physically. 

When this happens, we take on new names, titles and roles that we believe and live such as unlovable, alone, afraid, weak, worthless, unqualified or unforgivable. 

No one is walking around looking to grab a Phd or engraved name plate placed on their door with those titles!

But many of us have lived that name for a long time and it is hard to imagine a life without that name tag as our identity. Our free Bible Stories Timeline can help walk you through the people in the Bible who struggled with identity. Bible stories timeline freebie/forgethimknot.com

 

Who struggled with identity in the Bible

Who didn’t? That would be the easier question. 

Pick a page, chapter or passage of verses and you’ll mostly likely find someone struggling with identity.  The Bible is filled with people who struggled with an identity crisis.  Actually, the Bible shows us who each person was, who God says they were and how they were changed after believing Him. There were ones who did not believe God and continued in their identity crisis. 

The ones who believed, received a new name with their encounter with God. Just like a believer  and follower in Christ gets a new identity, Christian. 

This Casting Crowns song, Nobody, gives a few examples of people in the Bible who struggled with an identity crisis. 

God still used them and gave them a new identity and purpose.

Stories About Identity in the Bible

Let’s look at some of the people in the Bible who struggled with identity. Look at how each person was affected by who God says they were and how it is connected to who He is and each person’s purpose for Him. 

Old Testament 

Satan- struggled with wanting to be a god like God

Adam and Eve- first humans who were created in the image of God, but after disobeying Him, tried to look like bushes. (fig-uratively speaking)

Noah- Was the one righteous man prior to the flood who was saved, yet after stepping onto dry land struggled.

Abraham and Sarah- God called them from their home, made a covenant. He gave them new names and a promise of a son who would spur many nations of people. That promise took 25 years to come in their old age. That’s a lot of years to wait and time to create an identity crisis. 

Jacob– Well, his very name means deceiver. He took on many names and roles until God gave him the name Israel. He would become father to the founding Children of Israel. 

Joseph-He went from brother to dreamer to almost killed by his brothers to slave, to prisoner, to interpreter of dreams and then landed the title of 2nd in command to the Pharaoh of Egypt. 

Moses– Talk about an identity crisis, Moses was born a Hebrew, saved from death by being placed in a basket on the Nile, found by an Egyptian princess and raised as Egyptian royalty. Later he would be a murderer, refugee on the run, shepherd, husband, father and eventually a God appointed leader to free His people. 

The Children of Israel– God’s chosen people who He heard their cries and freed them from the oppression of slavery in Egypt. They walked across the Red Sea on dry land and days later wanted to go back to Egypt.  

The Judges– Each judge who ruled God’s chosen people struggled in their role. From Gideon the runt of the litter to Samson the strongest man on earth, they each had an identity crisis to overcome. 

Ruth- A story of a woman widowed who would leave all she knew to find a new identity and God. 

Esther– The story of a Jewish girl who would become a queen and save God’s chosen people. 

Job- Often Job is given the title, “man of patience”, but if you read the book of Job, you’ll find he was more a, “man of suffering”. Job would lose everything he had and listen to everyone around him telling him who he was and what he should do. But he did not stop trusting God. 

Saul– He went from “looking like he people’s perfect King” to becoming King of God’s people. Later he would struggle with following the King of Kings until he died in battle being replaced by God’s chosen, King David.  

David– A brother, a small shepherd boy who would become God’s chosen King of His people. Later David would be a husband, father, an adulterer, murderer and repenter. He was a man after God’s own heart. Talk about a struggle with identity, he’s given us plenty of psalms to witness his crisis times. 

Solomon– A son of a King who later become the wisest King of God’s people. His struggle was his kingdom and all he had built. 

All the kings in the Northern and Southern Kingdom- King Solomon’s Kingdom would split after his death and God’s people would be divided and conquered by neighboring enemies. Why? Because they forgot their identity as God’s people. 

All the prophets– The prophets appointed by God struggled in their identity because that title came with great purpose. Most of the time their role was unappreciated and unaccepted by the people they were sent to warn.  

Daniel– Taken from his homeland and placed under the enemy’s rule, he was a strong follower of God and man of prayer who would be thrown in a den of lions for his beliefs. God saved him. He would also be an adviser to many Kings who ruled over God’s chosen people. 

Nehemiah– He went from being a cupbearer to the King of Persia, to a leader who would build a massive wall around Jerusalem in 52 days. His identity was always under attack from enemies to even the people he was trying to protect. 

New Testament

Zechariah and Elizabeth- Oh how these two wanted a baby. Eventually, they would be the parents of John the Baptist, Zechariah was even given the important role of praying for God’s people in the Temple, but he questioned God’s ability. He went from the speaker of God’s people to mute until he found His voice for God again. 

Mary and Joseph– Were given the name and titles of the earthly parents of Jesus, the Messiah. You better believe they struggled with an identity crisis! 

The Pharisees and Sadducees– Oh the pious leaders of religion who forgot what God really said for His people. Their belief was strong in their opinions of God’s Word, but the struggled with who God was and what He said. 

The 12 Disciples- These were just normal everyday hard working men. Some were fishermen, while others were a tax collector, a twin, brothers and even a betrayer. They would be the circle of men who followed Jesus in His ministry. Even though they were first hand witnesses to his wonders, they struggled with believing all He said. Later they would each (except for Judas) become Apostles who would make sure we have the Good News today. 

Jesus’ brothers- Yes, Jesus had brothers who doubted His identity and in essence their identity as brothers to the Messiah. They catch up later. 

Mary and Martha– One was the worker bee sister and the other a “sit at the feet of Jesus and let everything else go” sister. Their identity took a struggle at times, but they were called friends of Jesus. That’s a pretty good title to have. 

Saul- Once a persecutor of Christians, he would encounter Jesus in a blinding bright light on the road to Damascus. He got a new name, Paul, and became a fierce promoter of Jesus and for all to  become a Christian. His identity motto would be to die to self and live your new identity in Jesus. 

The Christian churches– Most of the letters in the New Testament were written to Christian churches and followers to remember who they were and who God is. They all struggled with identity and shedding their old ways. 

Why do we struggle with identity?

Satan

The Devil was the first to struggle with an identity crisis. If we read the descriptions of who he was and who he became, you may be surprised to see his beginnings and his purpose and how you are affected by his identity crisis today. 

Many believe through digging deeper into Scripture that Satan was one of the beautiful angels leading worship to God in heaven. But his pride grew and he lost sight of who he was and his purpose. This caused him to lead a rebellion against God and be cast down from God’s holy mountain. Look at these words from Jesus to His followers.

Luke 10:18

And he said unto them,I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Can you even imagine the Devil once leading worship to God?

Ezekiel 29:11-19 is a description about the King of Tyre, but it is also an allegory of the Devil’s identity crisis.

Satan’s new identity throughout the Bible would become less than beautiful. He will have new titles closely connected to how other people will see themself, even you today. 

He wanted to be god. He wanted to be worshiped as God was worshiped. 

Look at theses new titles he will be called:

  • Evil one- Matthew 13:38 
  • Enemy- Matthew 13:39 
  • Tempter- Matthew 4:3
  • Prince of demons- Matthew 12:24, Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15
  • Father of lies- John 8:44
  • Murderer- John 8:44
  • Prince of power in the air- Ephesians 2:2
  • god of this world- 2 Corinthians 4:4
  • Deceiver of the whole world- Revelation 12:9, 20:3, 8, 10
  • The great dragon and ancient serpent- Revelation 12:9, 20:2
  • Adversary- 1 Peter 5:8

But notice how Satan’s title or identity is connected to his work.

  • He has a kingdom- Matthew 12:26
  • He snatches the Word from hearers- Matthew 13:19, Mark 4:15, Luke 8:12
  • He has angels- Matthew 25:41
  • He knows and twists Scripture- Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:10-11
  • Tries to mislead Christians- 2 Corinthians 2:11
  • He blinds unbelievers- 2 Corinthians 4:4
  • He pretends to be an angel of light- 2 Corinthians 11:14
  • He works in disobedience- Ephesians 2:2
  • He is wily and crafty- Genesis 3, Ephesians 6:11
  • Is like a lion seeking to devour Christians – 1 Peter 5:8

After the fall from heaven what was the first order of business in his new identity? Yep, corrupting God’s creation and confusing the people. He was jealous of the humans who God made in His own image. 

His first victim to deceive was Eve. 

Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Satan is crafty, the most crafty that was in the Garden of Eden. He used a method of deceit against Eve to confuse her identity and she listened to him. 

His schemes have not changed today. You will read in Genesis 3 the seeds of doubt he sows in the Garden to lead Eve closer to biting that fruit from the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. 

An identity crisis happens when we listen to something other than God

You can see Eve listened to Satan in Genesis 3. The more she listened to him, the more she doubted who she was and felt like she was supposed to be more than, “made in the image of God.”

The more she believed Satan’s words, the closer she walked to the very thing God told her not to eat. 

Pastor Jobie Martin explains the craftiness of Satan’s work with these 3 weapons of destruction on people. 

Satan questions the:

  • Word of God
  • Work of God
  • Worthiness of God

Isn’t that so true.

Once we start doubting God’s Word, we see less of His work leading us to stop trusting Him, worshiping Him and believing who He is. 

But when we trust God’s Word, see His works and believe who He is, we give our life to Him and take on a new identity. You get a new title and purpose.

When it comes to our identity, who are we listening to? 

Who does the Bible say I am and
why is identity important?

Everyday we live a title we have been given. Son, daughter, sister, brother, child, teenager and adult are a few of the roles we have lived. There’s more depending on your family situation. You not only went by some of these titles, you lived what you believed about them. 

Then as we grow we take on new titles such as student, employee, fiance, wife, husband, mother, father and so on. Each title has a role we live.

The greatest titles God has given believers of His Word are names and roles Satan does not want you to believe and live.

Here are some titles of your identity from the Bible. 

  • Christian
  • Child of God
  • Dearly loved
  • Mine
  • Valuable
  • Worthy
  • New creation
  • Treasure
  • Child of the King
  • Royal
  • Children of Light

When you believe God’s Word, you are actually believing the words from the One who created you. 

John 1:1-3

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

So why do many people struggle with an identity crisis? Not believing who God is, who He says we are and our purpose here on earth causes a chain reaction to what we believe and how we live. 

People tend to live what they have heard and believe about themselves.

Words such as:

  • you’re not good enough
  • unloveable
  • alone
  • don’t belong
  • without purpose

…are damaging to our heart and mind. These are lies the devil places in the world that contradicts who God says you are. 

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Bible verses for who you say I am?

Identity in Christ Bible Verses

Who you are can only be found in the One who made you, designed you in His image, knows every detail about you and calls you His. These are the important facts God’s Word gives us that Satan can not have and does not want you to believe of who you are in Christ.

  • He has redeemed you.
  • He has forgiven you. 
  • He loves you. 

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Bible verses about identity and relationship to God

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The Bible is filled with a key element on just about every page that most people are searching for and unable to find in any other source… a relationship with indescribable and unending love.

From the moment God created Adam from the dust of the ground, He created relationship. You won’t find, “and on day 6 God created relationship”. Day 6 was the creation of man, but there was a relationship between God, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit long before there was Adam. There was the relationship between God and the angels before there was man. 

You cannot separate your identity from God because it is closely connected to a relationship with Him. 

  • He is Creator, you are His creation. 

  • He is King, you are His servant.

  • He is Almighty, you need His strength. 

  • He is Salvation, you need to be saved from sin. 

  • He sent His Son Jesus, to die for your sins…. because He loves you. 

  • The list could go on!

Relationship with God is key to your identity. Because knowing life is about Him, that you need Him, and that you belong to Him gives you identity found only in the One who made you, loves you, saves you and desires a relationship with you. 

Belonging to Him is a great form of identification! It is Who and whose you are!

Bible verses for who and whose you are

Identity and emotions Bible verses

Sometimes our situations or emotions dictate the identity we believe. Although they can both affect us, they do not define who we are. 

You are not your circumstance or what you feel.

Our feelings are not always our reality. You may feel unloved, but you are loved dearly by God. 

Here’s a few more Bible verses for when you “feel” and begin to believe that feeling as your identity. Look at how God is what we need for each one. 

When I feel like…Hiding-

Jeremiah 23:23-24 

Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away?
Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the LORD.

Hebrews 4:13

And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

When I feel… Alone

Psalm 103:1-2

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

Hebrews 13:5-6

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

 

When I feel like I do not belong…

Isaiah 43:1

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.

 

When I feel forgotten

Isaiah 49:15-16

Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.

When I feel…Unloved

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

1 John 3:1

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

When I feel without a purpose

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Psalm 63:3-4

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

 

When I feeling like I’m wandering

John 14:6 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Psalm 63:3-4

Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.

 

When I feel like praising

Psalm 150:1-6

Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

 

When I feel worthless

Matthew 10:29:31

Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

 

When I feel hopeless

Philippians 4:13 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

 

When I feel discouraged

Psalm 5:12

For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

 

Psalm 42:5

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation

 

When I need to trust

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 37:4-6

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

 

When I feel weak

Isaiah 40:28-31

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

 

2 Corinthians 12:10

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

When I feel like no one knows me

Psalm 139:13-16

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

 

Matthew 10:29-31

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

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