Week 5: Identity

Monday: Watch

Answer These:

  1. Who are you?
  2. How are you finding your identity in things outside of God?

Pray This:

Father, you have given me an identity through Christ’s accomplishment. There is nothing that I can do to earn your love or your grace. I repent of the things that I have looked to to find my titles, worth, and value. Help me be secure in what You say is true of me. Amen.

Tuesday: Read

Our identity is rooted in what God says about us, not the identifiers that we place on ourselves or have placed on us. Scripture speaks richly about the identity that is placed on anyone who trusts in Christ. Ephesians 1 richly speaks into this topic. Our identity is not dependent on what we do or how we behave, our identity is sealed in Christ. 

Read Ephesians 1:3-14.

Answer These:

  1. Would you describe yourself the way that this passage describes you? Why or why not?
  2. What false beliefs do you have that have influenced what you believe is your identity?

Pray This:

Father, it can be so easy to forget what you say is true of me. Thank you for choosing me, accepting me, and redeeming me. I pray that if there are other things that I choose to identify with, that you would bring those to mind. Help me begin to see myself the way that you see me.  Amen.

Wednesday: Pray

There is often a gap between knowing the truth of who God says you are and living securely in that identity. Oftentimes, we allow the jobs we have, the things that we accomplish, and the hardships we face to define us instead of what Scripture says. Perhaps a life experience you had made you feel rejected, so you believe that God also sees you this way. You are creating an identity that is contrary to how God sees you. We have to identify these false identities we have believed and surrender it over to God in repentance. 

 

Here’s how to pray today: 

  • Ask the Lord to bring to mind any label or false identity you have given yourself.
  • If these false identities were given to you through a painful experience, take some time to grieve over what you experienced.
  • Invite God to meet you in your brokenness. 
  • Pray that God will help you believe the truth about who He says you are. 
  • Pray that God would make you aware of times you are not believing in the identity He has given you. 
  • Pray that others, your friends and family, would also live securely in the identity God has given to them. 

 

Answer These:

  1. Why do you think it is so easy to look at labels and life experiences to find identity?
  2. How can you do a better job at speaking the truth of what God says about identity to others?

 

Pray This:

Father, it is so easy to look all around us to find our identity instead of being quick to go to you. Lord, I repent of the lies I have believed that I am only what others think or say about me. I pray I would remember what you say about me and rest assured in the identity you have given me as your child. There is nothing I do to earn or lose the identity you have given me. Remind me to look to you above all other things. Amen.

Thursday: Practice

Scripture is very clear on the way that God sees you. Today’s exercise will require you to examine what God says about your identity. Take the time to look up each of the verses listed below. In a journal or on a piece of paper, make a list of the identifiers that are used in each verse. 

Answer These:

  1.   How do these verses influence the way you view yourself? 
  2. How do these verses influence the way that you see God? 

Pray This:

Father, thank you for the provision of Scripture. Thank you for your word that is true. Thank you for creating us in your image and calling us your children. Help us remember that our identity is sealed by what you say. When we are tempted to believe anything else, remind us of what is true. Amen.

Friday: Reflect

Though we craft labels and opinions on ourselves, our identity rests solely in Who God says that we are. Spend some time listening to the song “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship. Pay close attention to the words of the song. 

Answer These:

  1. What does this song say about your identity?
  2. Are there any lyrics in this song that are hard for you to believe? Ask the Lord to help you see yourself as He sees you. 

Pray This:

Father, thank you for having created me. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for being for me and for never leaving me. I pray that I would be secure in what you say about me and in my identity as your child. Help me look to you instead of the opinions of myself and others. Amen.

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