Knowing who you are seems to be something the world is struggling to comprehend. The battle does not affect adults only, but has poured down onto the teenagers and is trickling down into the younger generations. After all, kids watch and emulate what they see around them. If only they could see who they are through God’s Word rather than the world. We pulled together these Bible verses to remember who God says I am to remind others who they are to Him.
Have you noticed the world is in such an identity crisis wondering, “Who am I?”.
Everywhere you go there is a magazine, tv, radio, billboard, or city bus telling you who you should be and what you should be doing. Some messages are bold in their advertisements.
“Just do ________”.
“Believe in yourself.”
Television shows want us to be “Keeping Up With the __________”, when they are constantly changing who they are, what they do and how they look. No one can keep up with that! Why would you?
The world would like you to blend in, but you were created to stand out!
You were not created to be like someone else on this earth other than to be renewed in the image of your Creator.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Who says who you are?
Only the Creator can tell you who you truly are.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
God said many wonderful things about who Adam and Eve were in these verses. They were:
• Made in His image and likeness
• Given purpose
• Provided for
• Very Good
But how many times a day do we forget who God says we are?
An identity crisis comes when someone else says who you are.
Somewhere in the Garden of Eden, Eve began to listen to the serpent’s lies rather then who God said she was.
He began a tale of of doubt and lies questioning, “Did God really say?”
He even told her she could be more like God if she ate of the fruit and disobeyed God.
We read this story from the Bible and think, “Why did she do it?” “Why couldn’t she just remember what God had said?”
Let’s face it, while we women are birthing a baby and going through labor pains, we’d like to get our hands on Eve and slap some sense into her! If Eve had not disobeyed things wouldn’t hurt so much in labo. Right?
Eve believed the lies rather than believing God for who she was.
Have you believed someone else telling you who you are over who God says you are?
It can be hard to remember when we are bombarded from all directions with those advertisements, comments, social media and that same enemy Eve had with all the lies! The enemy is on a mission to keep you from believing God.
2 Corinthians 4:4
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
The key and most important thing is to be a believer! Believe in the gospel that Jesus is the Son of God, who is the image of God! Then believe who He says you are and your purpose
Who you are!
On our blog, one of the posts that brings us the most traffic is titled, “7 Verses to Remember Who you are and Whose you are”. That’s great for us as a business and ministry, but it saddens us.
Why are so many people forgetting who they are and who God is?
Because, that would be the work of that same enemy Eve had in the Garden! He takes great delight in distracting people from their identity and purpose, which are both tied into who God is.
Who Do You Say Who I Am
Lauren Daigle has written a beautiful song called, “You Say” that has been able to crossover from Christian radio to the pop and rock stations. She is traveling the world singing for people to hear who “God says I am”. What a wonderful message and song.
Her lyrics remind the listener, that I am loved, when I can’t feel a thing, strong when I think I am weak, helped when I am falling short and when I am feeling like I don’t belong, I am yours.”
It’s followed by two powerful words…. “I believe.”
“I believe” is faith in action. When we believe something, we will live that belief. It works also for the negative things we believe about ourselves. If we believe we are not good enough, we live like someone never capable.
When we believe we are loved, we live a life loved and loving others.
Everyone wants to feel loved, strong, helped and like they belong. It is something the world is searching for through likes, followers, groups and community message boards in social media.
Recently, the movie “ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” has gained popularity covering the life of Mr. Rogers, a man who loved the Lord and shared his teachings with others of how to love, be kind and be a neighbor.
Both Lauren’s song and the life of Mr. Rogers, are based on the teachings of Christ, who He is and who you are in Him. One artist sings words reminding us of the Word and the other artist sings words of actions for how the Word wants us to live.
See if you can spot them in the verses below!
Do you believe who He says you are?
• You are loved because He is love.
“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 4:7-10
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
• You are strong because He is strength.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.8 The LORD is the strength of his people;he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
• You are not alone because He is with you.
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”(which means, God with us).
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
• You belong because you are His.
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.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
You have a purpose to love God and others!
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Remember who He says you are!
It is important to God that you believe and remember who He is and who you are. Knowing Jesus, that’s His entire purpose of a relationship with you.
1 Corinthians 2:2
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
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