You can let the world define who you are, or you can let the One who created your heart tell you who you are. If you don’t see yourself through your Heavenly Father’s loving eyes, and believe your worth and identity are rooted and grounded in the loving, sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus Christ, you will live out your life with a case of mistaken identity.
Jesus fulfilled and finished the work He came to earth to accomplish by redeeming, justifying, sanctifying, and glorifying all those willing to come to His cross. The moment we believe and receive His finished work, God sends the Spirit of His beloved Son into our hearts, giving us the desire and privilege of crying out to Him as our Heavenly Father.
Our Father doesn’t give us a spirit of bondage to fear, instead; He gives us His Spirit of adoption into His family, securing our redemption, and restoring our identity as His dearly loved, righteous sons and daughters… filled with His glorious light. Your deep understanding of this solid truth will determine your own personal freedom from the bondage of fear, shame, guilt, condemnation, and sin.
Your behavior will reflect what you believe to be true in your own heart about who you think you are, so you better make sure you believe God’s truth… and not a lie. As he thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7, NKJV)
The most important credential I possess is knowing I belong to my Heavenly Father and I believe, I am… “the one Jesus loves.” This is not because of anything I have done, but because of everything my perfect Savior has done for me. This same assurance is available to anyone who chooses to embrace the absolute truth of His cross. There has been no greater accomplishment made in the history of the world, by anyone, than the perfect, selfless sacrifice of the one and only, true Savior of this world… Jesus Christ. I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make it’s boast in the Lord. The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. (Psalm 34:1-3, NKJV)