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Dec 8 Devotion: Discovering Our True Identity

“DISCOVERING OUR TRUE IDENTITY” Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2). Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s; 3). Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ. 4). I thank my God always, on your behalf, for the grace of God, which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5). That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6). Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7). So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 8). Who shall also confirm you until the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9). God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-9

Many Christians are experiencing an identity crisis. They know they’re saved, but they don’t really know what to think about themselves. Let’s take a little test. Do you consider yourself a sinner saved by grace or a saint who occasionally sins? Both statements are true, but the first one dwells on your past identity, whereas the second focuses on the Lord’s perception of you.

If you are a believer, God’s Word says that you are a saint (v. 2). But too many of us still see ourselves as the same old sinner, who’s been forgiven and patched up and yet is basically unchanged inside. But the Lord says anyone in Christ “is a new creature; old things passed away” (2 Corinthians 5:17). That’s what being born again is all about. We can never go back to the way we were.

The solution to this identity crisis is to change the way we think about ourselves. If we don’t, we’ll rely on how we feel, and Satan will bombard us with reminders of our failures and sins. He wants to keep us focused on being a sinner, because he knows that the recognition of our sainthood will lead us to live like saints. We’ll be motivated and empowered to obey God, and the Devil will lose his foothold in our lives.

Jesus didn’t come just to save you from hell; He wants to live His life through you. In Christ, you have a new identity which has replaced your old one. If you will focus on who you are now, your actions will follow, and you’ll experience the enjoyment of a victorious Christian life.



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