As I’m sure you can glean by now, I am becoming more and more passionate about this thing called identity. How we view ourselves impacts the way that we live. I firmly believe that if you and I see ourselves the way that God sees us, we will have so much more fruit in our lives. Wanna know more about why your identity matters? Read the 3 Reasons Identity Should Matter to You.
Yes, knowing who you are is so important. Which is why it seems there are so many roadblocks along the way. There are so many things in our lives that can get us sidetracked- including lies that people told us about who we were and who we would become. Do you know what those lies are in your life? Part 4 in this Series will help you identify the lies in your own life.
Identifying the lies is a crucial first step. But we can’t stop there. We have to move forward and embrace the truth. Are you ready? Are you ready to embrace and live in the freedom of the truth of who you are, who God has made you to be? Let’s dive in!
REJECT THE LIE
It sounds simple right? But it really is important. Identity lies can be rooted so deeply. We have to completely detach ourselves from the lie. Denounce it. Do it out-loud, by yourself, with your spouse, with your friend, write it down. Whatever it takes. Make a firm stance.
Father God, thank you for revealing the lie to me. Right now in Your presence I am choosing to reject the lie. I am choosing to denounce it and its power in my life.
IDENTIFY THE TRUTH
Identifying the lie can be painful, but there is hope. There is truth.
Read the Word for the truth. God’s word is so jam-packed with scripture about who we are. Start there. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to the exact verses that you need to combat the lie. As you are reading and studying, you might notice certain truths that make you a little uncomfortable. They might make you squirm a bit. Pay attention to those verses. They might be the very words you need to hold on to.
Ask trusted ones for help identifying the truth. Part of our identity is what all Christians can claim as their identity. But another part of that identity (read more about the 3 parts of identity) is more specific to who you are as an individual- what you are good at, what you like, how you operate as a person. Maybe the lie you have believed is about your personality or gifting. In this case, it might be really helpful to ask a trusted friend or leader in your life for their honest perspective.
This process of identifying the truth may take time, but it might not. Be open to whatever it looks like for you, and be ready and open to receiving the truth when it is revealed.
“Father, thank you for helping me to identify the identity lie that was sown in me. Now, God, I’m ready to move forward. I’m ready to learn the truth that you have for me. Please help me to recognize the truth about who I am and who I will become.”
HOLD ON TO IT
Now the truth has been revealed to you. You can identify it. So what now?
You have to make a plan to hold on the to truth! Time and time again God tells us how important remembering is. In my own life I have seen over and over again how easy it is to stray from the truth God has revealed to me. Slowly but surely I find myself right back in the place of believing the lie. It makes sense. Because even after the victory, Giants still return.
How can you hold on to it?
- Pray it– speak it back to God. Commit it to Him. Thank Him for it. Ask God to help you hold on to it. Ask Him for practical ways to incorporate it in your life. Pray it.
- Write it– Make it pretty, scratch it down on a loose piece of paper, hang it on your wall, or post it on your mirror. Whatever it takes. Remind yourself. Write it.
- Do it- Take the truth into action. If the truth is that you actually do have unique giftings you didn’t think you had- use them. Serve. If the truth is that you are free in Christ, tell someone. Be bold. Do it.
Lord, I don’t want to let go of the truth you have so powerfully revealed. I want this truth to be completely integrated into my life. I want to walk in your power. Help me to hold on to it. Help me to remember. Give me the strength to walk this truth out.
This is the last part of the “I’m Not Who They Said I Would Be” series. And all of it has been a process. My stories- process. Progress. I shared with you the conclusions I have come to about the lies that I once believed. But it took time for me to come to those conclusions. It took time to identify the lies. Time to embrace the truth. And guess what? I will continue to journey with these truths as I seek to hold on to them.
Have grace on yourself. Allow your journey to be that- a journey that you get to walk with the Lord. Allow Him to guide your steps. Give God room to move in your life to expose the lies and reveal the truth. This is a process that might need to be repeated- and that’s okay. As long as you have your eyes on the Father and are courageously putting one foot in front of the other, you are right where you need to be.
I’ve shared my stories and my tips. Now it’s your turn!
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