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