Step 2 in Becoming a Balanced Beauty: Finding our identity in Christ.

We are women who are becoming Balanced Beauties.  If you are curious what we are talking about, read last week’s post here.

Here is lesson 2 on becoming a Balanced Beauty.

Focus: Our Identity in Christ

As we get honest about our sin and seek to live the life God has called us to, He will give us the desire to not only change, but provide the power to make those changes.

Let’s get honest about something else:  Who we are in Christ.  

“We can turn to many aids to help us make changes, but almost always, beneath the emotions we want to improve and the behavior we want to correct is a pattern of thinking that needs to change.” *

We can have a negative pattern of thinking about ourselves.  A pattern of negative self-talk that can really keep us stuck and prevent us from moving forward in making positive changes.

We need to start with the right thoughts about ourselves.

*Wrong thinking -> negative emotions -> unwise behavior -> devastating consequences    

Right thinking ->  positive emotions -> wise behavior  -> fruitful consequences   

*Ingram, Chip. Good to Great in God’s Eyes: 10 Practices Great Christians Have in Common. Baker Book House, 2017.

(I highly reccomend this great book !)

In Christ, I am…free, forgiven, and secure.

The moment we receive Christ’s victory over sin, death and Satan – we become “co-partakers” of Christ’s victory.  

God declared you righteous through blood of His death.  What is true of Christ is true of me.  

Get Balanced

We can often get off balance by either thinking too highly of ourselves or too low of ourselves.  We need to get an accurate picture of who we are in Christ.

We have already examined ourselves for sin.  Now we recognize who we are in Christ.  No more guilt or shame. 

Take Away

Wrong thinking about ourselves keeps us stuck and prevents forward movement in the changes we want to make.  We need to get an accurate picture of who we are in Christ.  

Scripture

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:  The old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

Action Step

Read, “My Identity in Christ.”  Get the free download below:

My Identity In Christ (free download)

As you read through your identity, take note of the passage or truth that resonates with you most.  This will be the passage you will commit to memory.  Write this on an index card and put in a place you will see it often – (your car, mirror, kitchen sink, fridge, etc.)  Put in on a note in your phone.  Set reminders or alarms  on your phone to remind you to review this verse.  There are even Bible memory apps that will send you notifcations to review your verse or passage!  

Habit

Memorize/review scripture each day.  Choose a time and place that will trigger you to memorize and meditate on a verse or passage of scripture each day, or multiple times each day.  

 “Spiritual strongholds begin with a thought. One thought becomes a consideration. A consideration develops into an attitude, which leads then to action. Action repeated becomes a habit, and a habit establishes a “power base for the enemy,” that is, a stronghold.”
                                                                                                                              – Elisabeth Elliot
 
When we replace bad habits with healthy habits we can begin to break down the strongholds that keep us stuck.  By replacing the lies with the truth of who we are in Christ,  we can make forward progress towards positive, lasting life changes.  
 
Will you begin this new habit of scripture memory today?

2 thoughts on “Step 2 in Becoming a Balanced Beauty: Finding our identity in Christ.”

  1. Tamara Lynn Ranval

    Thank you Susie for letting the Lord lead you during your blog. You have a gift from God and you are using it!!!
    God bless you as you continue to help lead us to a better self!!!

    1. Thank you Tammy! I am so thankful to have you be a part of this. We all need this. God gives me the words to write that I need to hear and then I share them with others and pray that it will help them as well!

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