Welcome to something new I am doing on the site. This will be a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional. We can all love new music being introduced to us.
This devotional is titled “Identity”. It is 4 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Michael Morejon will be assisting me with this devotional series by providing his own commentary as well.
Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
1 John 4:4-6 “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
John 15:4-5 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Identity is defined as who you are. It’s what makes you who you are; it’s what makes you unique. Still, this can be hard to understand because many of us are still learning who we are each day.
People may call us things like unpopular, or nerd. They may also call us nice things like pretty, or say we’re good at sports. But God says these things are not who we are. Other people do not choose our identity. God chooses our identity. He tells us who we are.
You were made in the image of God. This is who you are to your very core. No matter what you like about yourself or don’t like about yourself, your identity is in God.
He says that we are His creation; He made us how and who we are for a reason. And no matter what others say, you matter to God. He created us to have a relationship with Him.
Isn’t it a bit crazy to imagine that every single person is a representation of God? We all have so many personalities and things we excel at. I know as a teen, and even a little bit now, I struggle with being myself. Now it is mostly smaller stuff, but when I was younger I would do things to be “cool” or “funny”. I would even avoid talking about my faith to fit in. In the end I have realized that this was a mistake as those friendships and relationships did not last. As dumb as it sounds, being myself has proven to be the most successful thing. Some of us may not know who we are. I have a challenge for you then. Write down on a piece of paper, what you like/dislike and what your stance is when it comes to drinking, sex, etc etc. At the top of that paper, write “Who (your name) Is” and keep it on you at all times. Whether it is in a wallet or purse, have it on you. Then if you need a reminder of who you are, you can look at it anytime.
To know that I am created in His image, through the hand of my Heavenly Father is powerful to me. It has completely changed me, and gives me strength to make decisions in every area of my life. I used to think that I was a loser, a nerd and someone that wouldn’t have a decent life regardless of what I did. It took God Himself to show me who I am and give me identity. Through my Father in Heaven, I received my own identity and I know who I am.
Do I doubt in how big my God is sometimes when life gets heavy and difficult? Sure. Do I stay in that doubt and frustration? No, I refuse to. I remind myself who I am, and if that’s not enough, I remind myself who my God is. It’s not about what anyone decides to call me or label me as. As long as it doesn’t align to His word, I will not receive it in my life.
I am the head and not the tail, I am above and not beneath, I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus, amen.
Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.
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