I AM: IDENTITY
2 Corinthians 5:17, Isaiah 62:3-4, Mathew 5:14, Colossians 2:10
David Benner, a psychologist and author of the book “The Gift of Being Yourself, defines identity as Who we experience ourselves to be – the I each of us carries within.”. The definition of identity is who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define you. An example of identity is a person’s name. Core Identity is the essence of who a person is. This unique “Core Identity” can be identified or described by attributes that belong to and describe an individual.
An identity grounded in God would mean that when we think of who we are, the first thing that would come to mind is our status as someone who is deeply loved by God. Your identity and self-worth are not caught up in what others might think of you. When you’re secure in your relationship with Christ, you’re no longer pressured by anybody else’s expectations. To not know your identity and worth however is to suffer from an identity crisis. You will live less than God created you to.
Jesus always used the word I Am because He never had identity issues. He knew who He was and constantly affirmed it: I am the way; I am the truth; I am the resurrection; I am the door; I am the light; I am the water; I am the good shepherd etc. In like fashion, sisters you must constantly affirm who you have become in Christ and not what your past says about you. That’s how you win the war over your identity: believing everything God’s word says about you. Change your beliefs and watch your life change.
Sisters, you must remember that you are a pillar of righteousness (POR) hence you must have a sense of purpose because you were born for a reason, brought to this planet and set here by a greater power to deliver something that the world is in dire need of. You are a complete package sent to earth to deliver gifts to your generation. Everything you were created to become is trapped within you so your confession must be thus, I AM;
When the devil raises its ugly head and voice of condemnation, stand tall, voice raised, with boldness and the confidence Christ brings put him in his place and remind him that your significance is tied to your identity. You are who God says you are (Psalms 82:6); gods, kings, priests, children, sons, light, an ambassador, His temple, His bride, royalty, the righteousness of Christ, above all dishonour and all guilt because you belong to the family of Yahweh.
My darling sister, never forget that you are the one that God created that auspicious day and said it was good. You are a royal priesthood and a Pillar of Righteousness (POR).
As we begin the year and the end of this tenure, you only have one assignment, believing God’s report about you. I, Esther Amarachi Opara has chosen to believe the report of the Lord. Whose report will you believe?
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