Today’s Truth

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

1 John 3:1

Friend to Friend

I became a Christian when I was a teenager. But even after I made a commitment to follow Christ, feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy clung to me like a spider’s sticky web. The dirge of “I’m not good enough” was a song I couldn’t get out of my head. The lies of the enemy created limitations in my life. They were the barbed wire that fenced me in and kept God’s best at bay.

The problem was, I had no idea who I was, what I had, or where I was as a child of God. Oh, I understood that I was going to go to heaven when I left this earth, but what I was supposed to do until I got there had me stumped. I felt that I was always disappointing God, and I was certainly a disappointment to myself. I tried the best I could to be the best I could be, but always fell short.

Eventually I joined the ranks of thousands of Christians before me who settled in the land of in-between: saved from my Egypt—the penalty of sin in the hereafter, but worlds away from my Promised Land—experiencing the abundant life in the here and now. I settled into a stagnant faith, a safe faith, the stuck faith with other defeated believers who falsely saw themselves through a filter of past sins and failures, rather than through the lens of their new identity as a child of God.

After high school I went to college where I met and married an awesome Christian man. About four years later, I became a mom. Life was good, except for this termite-like gnawing in my gut that I just didn’t quite measure up to all the other church moms with their smiling faces. (I wonder if you’ve ever felt that way too.)

I walked around with the fear that one day I would be found out—that one day folks would figure out that I wasn’t all I was cracked up to be. I lived under an undefined self-imposed standard of approval.

Childhood echoes of “you’re so ugly” and “what’s wrong with you” and “you can’t do anything right” left me feeling congenitally flawed. I sat in Bible study groups like someone in a hospital waiting room: hoping for the best but expecting the worst. My greatest fear was that I’d be no closer to being free of the insecurity than I was before the study began.

When I was in my mid-thirties, I sat under the teaching of an older woman in my church, Mary Marshal Young. She opened my eyes to the truths in Scripture about who I was, what I had, and where I was (my position) as a child of God. I had read those verses scattered throughout Scripture before, but when she encouraged me to cluster them together into one list, God began a new work in my heart. 

You are a saint.

You are chosen.

You are dearly loved.

You are holy.

These truths were right there on the pages of my Bible in black and white and a few in red.

You are reconciled through Christ’s life.

You are justified by Christ’s blood.

You are free from condemnation through Christ’s death.

You have the mind of Christ.

You can do all things through Christ.

I knew the verses were the infallible Word of God, but I felt rather squeamish hearing them, reading them, believing them.

They didn’t feel right.

They didn’t sound right.

They made me downright uncomfortable.

And all the while I was studying about my true identity, the devil taunted me with accusations. Who do you think you are? A saint? Are you kidding? This stuff might be true for some people, but it certainly is not true about you.

One day God asked me an important question—one that He is asking you right now. Who are you going to believe?

I was at a crossroads, one you might be standing at this very moment. Was I going to believe God and begin seeing myself as God saw me, or was I going to continue believing the lies of the enemy and the echoes of my past? Was I going to remain stuck in a stagnant faith because I was too insecure to take a step toward the abundant life that Jesus had promised, or was I going to march confidently around the walls of my inadequacies until they came tumbling down?

Finally, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. “God, I’m going to believe I am who You say I am,” I prayed. “I don’t feel it. I can barely think it. But I’m going to believe Your Word is true for me and about me.”

And that’s what I’m challenging you to do today. Let go of your insecurities and take hold of your true identity. Will you join me? If so, leave a comment and say, “I’m taking hold of God’s truth!”

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing me to be your child. Today, I am choosing to believe that I am who You say that I am—a holy, dearly loved, child of Yours who is equipped by You, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and enveloped in Jesus Christ.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Have you noticed that it is easier to believe what God says about Himself than what God says about you? Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). We read those words and shout, “Amen! Hallelujah! Woo-hoo!” But He also said, “YOU are the light of the world (Matt. 5:14). Hmmm. Not a lot of shouting going on with that one. So which is it? Both! Are you going to believe what Jesus said is true about you?

Write down these three truths on an index card and make them yours today.

I am the salt of the earth. Matthew 5:13

I am the light of the world. Matthew 5:14

I am completely forgiven. Ephesians 1:7

More from the Girlfriends

A mediocre, mundane faith is not your destiny! In Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold, I reveal the most common reasons we get stuck in our Christian faith. I show you how to break free of all that holds you back, move forward with all that God promises, and live the adventurous faith of bold believing. It’s time to leave behind feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy that hold you hostage and take hold of the mountain-moving faith God intends. Let’s uncover untapped sources of confidence and courage, and see how to move from simply knowing the truth to actually living it out boldly in a life marked by true freedom and expectancy.

45 Responses to “You Are Who God Says You Are”

  1. Kelly Brown says:

    I am taking hold of God’s Truth!!!

  2. I’m taking hold of God’s truth!!

  3. Tiffney Thompson says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth!”

  4. Cheryl Thompson says:

    I am taking hold of God’s truth!!

  5. Sharon Dear says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth!

  6. Yanique says:

    I am taking hold of my faith in Christ Jesus my Lord and Saviour.

  7. JoAnn Bauer says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth!

  8. Annetjie says:

    I am taking hold of God’s truth.

  9. Rebecca Ruiz says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth!!!!!!

  10. Tamie says:

    I needed this today I have been working on commanding my morning and winning my day this was encouraging and it adds to my “I am statements”. Many times we hold on to what someone says about us and the lie of the enemy that isn’t true,instead of holding on to who God says we are in him. My Pastor often tell us our old mind has been with us longer than our new mind but the word of God can cancel that if we believe and have faith and know it’s a daily process. Thank you for the encouraging devotional

  11. Ramona Puckett says:

    This really resonated with me this morning! My sisters and I grew up in church but it wasn’t a positive experience. So, I’ve always prayed and had a relationship with God but now at the ripe age of 62, going on 63 with God’s will, I’m reading the Bible, going to a great little country church just down the road from where I live. I feel so blessed to be where I’m at right now, discovering God and His son, Jesus. I’m learning everyday and it’s posts like yours that shows me I’m on the right path and I feel so blessed to recognize where the bad feelings come from and know God has a plan for me and for all of us! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  12. Pat Mason says:

    Thank you for your devotional…when I’m faithful enough to read them each morning, it helps me to focus on what’s important. I WILL begin to believe who God says I am, and take this truth with me. I often times feel like an imposter, because I don’t necessarily respond to things the way some do, but I think that’s just their expectations, not God’s. I am on a journey, and I’m glad that I have the three of you to be with me on it.

  13. Joann Recer says:

    I am taking hold of God’s truth!

  14. Jami says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth.

  15. Carla M Beam says:

    I am a mature women. Both in years and experience as a Christian. Im in a Wed. evening group Bible study of women of all ages.
    I’m hearing defeat, weariness, hopelessness, fatigue… from some of the young mom’s in this group.
    I’m experiencing unction from the Lord to move out, when He gives the command, to be prepared to minister.
    So I’m asking your team to join me in prayer for preparation, for direction, for obedience to sit before Him in prayer and in His Word. To hear clearly from Him. And to women who’ve experienced this deception from Satan himself and have allowed the Lord to overcome through us, may we be willing to be trained as mentors. We are overcomers who are being called to allow the Lord to work in and through us, pouring into the lives of others. And for willingness on behalf of young women everywhere to be mentored.
    Thank you! To God be the glory!!!

  16. Kathy says:

    I am taking hold of God’s truths and claiming them for myself today! Thank you this very encouraging word.

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  18. Cindy says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth…today!!

  19. Tracie says:

    I’m taking hold of Gods truth. This message today is perfect timing. It is a subject I have battled for years and the Lord has been working on me so much lately to receive His unconditional love and to believe Him over all the lies of the enemy. He has a great plan and ministry for me that the enemy does not want me to take hold of and walk in confidence in. NO MORE!! The enemy is under my feet and I am taking hold of and living the abundant life that Jesus died for me to have that His Father in Heaven may be glorified and many will come to know Him and His love, goodness and faithfulness. Thank you for blessing me this day and blessings to you.

  20. Kim says:

    I just gave my testimony this past weekend to several hundred women mirroring quite a bit of your walk. Right up until I went to the podium the enemy was telling me no one wanted to hear what I had to say, why did I think my testimony was important. He can be very loud sometimes but I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit! Thank you so much for sharing!

  21. Lana says:

    I need to remember this every day! Thank you!

  22. Chelsea says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth!

  23. Tammie Little says:

    I am taking hold of God’s truth

  24. Tess Arden says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth!

  25. Rhonda Geiger says:

    I am taking hold of God’s truth. Luv your post thanks GIG

  26. Stacey says:

    These words resonate with me. My love for God is so strong, I feel Him around me and so grateful that I know Him. My struggles are my insecurities, my weaknesses, and my doubts that He could love me. I read God’s Word each morning, devouring His wisdom, mercy, and love – but as soon as someone “needs” me, I bail. So how can I say I’m a child of God when I run from things that might cost me? My belief and love for God is strong, but I struggle if my faith is real, authentic.

  27. Lou says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth!

  28. I’m taking hold of God’s truth!

  29. Della says:

    Thank you for this very encouraging message! I’ve shared it with both my daughter and my sister this morning.

  30. Lorie says:

    This message grew arms and shook me to the core. Yes you, I am talking to you God said. You are who God Says you are. As I practice saying it “I am who God says I am.” I feel the need to get louder and louder. I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM!!!I am forgiven, I am not my past, I am not someone else’s place to lay their built up anger and rage, I am not what the angered man says I am. I am worth being loved. I am enough, I am a child of God. No one or Nothing can take that away from me. Thanks so much for giving me this affirmation today:)

  31. Cindy says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth. Deny the lies.

  32. Tammy Butts says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth!! Amen!

  33. Chris McKinley says:

    Thank you,I needed this!!

  34. Kam says:

    I really needed this today. I started a new job 90 days ago and have gotten off to a rocky start. I feel like no one likes me and that I’m not doing very good. I’m all of a sudden filled with lots of self-doubt that I never had before. I’m usually confident and outgoing but I’ve been feeling isolated, excluded and generally downtrodden. I just needed this reminder that I am who God says I am. I am anointed. I am well-equipped. I am blessed. I am crowned with favor. I am the head and not the tail. I am a child of the Most High God! Thank you!

  35. Angie M. says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth

  36. Tega says:

    I am taking hold of Gods truth. Amen!

  37. Rebecca Jones says:

    Definitely taking hold of His promises, we have all struggled with that too long.

  38. julia says:

    i am taking hold of Gods truth

  39. Jenny says:

    Thank you. I am taking hold of the truth because I WANT IT ALL! No more little voices telling me whatever lie. As one of my favorite songs says “the voice of truth tells me a DIFFERENT story” and I will choose to listen and believe it instead. Whew. Feel like a preacher girl on fire! You GIGs hit that spot sometimes. It sounds like others got that too. Let’s rally sisters because we are princesses. We knew more than we thought playing dressup, eh? We ARE those precious daughters of the King of Kings. What a position!

  40. Claudia McKinney says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth today!!

    Perfect timing and wonderful inspiration! This one’s a keeper to refer back to again and again. Thank you.

  41. Terri says:

    I am taking hold of God’s truth!! Amen!!

  42. Jean says:

    Iam taking hold of God’s truth. Thank you for your devotional. I could so identify with you and what you were sharing. Thanks Sharon.

  43. Laura Ventura says:

    I am taking hold of God’s truth!

  44. Jenny says:

    I AM taking hold of God’s TRUTH!! Amen!

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