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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, click over to my Facebook page and say, “I’m taking hold!”

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,

Amen.

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

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

  1. Donna Carter says:

    This touched my heart more then you will ever know. Reading and writing with tears because this is me! At 66 all those feelings are my feelings and thoughts. All I can say is thank you for being faithful to writing the truth.

  2. Angela says:

    Wow! I can not tell you enough how much I needed to read this today. I woke up feeling like a complete failure. Not because I did anything horrible but because I didn’t feel like I was good enough to do the job God has blessed me with. Thank you for helping me to see those lies and reminding me who I am in Christ!

  3. Maddi says:

    Thank you for this! Sometimes I feel like a failure but that isn’t true. Thank you so much! I don’t have Facebook so I am going to say it here. I’m taking hold!!!

  4. Monte Busby says:

    I enjoy your devotions. I also enjoy the study on 5 Habits. Keep up the good work.

  5. Missy says:

    Thank you Sharon for this message and the other messages over the last couple of weeks that go along with this. They have spoken to me so personally right where I’m at and what I have been struggling with for so many years. Thank you for sharing some of your story through them. I can relate to the childhood echoes and other lies that I have been believing instead of the truth of what God says about me and I have been settling for so much less than what God has for me, I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to start living that bold expectant adventurous life that God has for me. I’m ready to take hold and start believing the truth of who I am in Christ.
    Thank you again.

  6. Jill says:

    Thank you for this devotional. I met with a mentor today for the first time and we were talking about these very issues. I am a physician and want to be perfect because my patients depend on me. It is really hard to deal with mistakes when you are a physician, but the truth is I am only human and I can only know so much. I try to always do what’s best for my patients but sometimes I mess up or patients suffer a bad outcome and in retrospect I wish I had done something different. God spoke clearly to me today through my mentor and your words here that I need to stop beating myself up and feeling inadequate and start focusing on Him and what He wants to do through me and be in me. I realize it actually is sinful and selfish of me to focus inwards and wallow in self doubt so much, rather than directing my eyes upward to Him. I take hold (although I have no idea how to really do this, but I will claim his promises to me and ask Him to work on my heart until they become true in my life).

  7. Kristi says:

    I have several posters on my son’s ceiling, right above his bed. One of them says “Only God and His Word says who I am and who I will be, in Him!” The truth is, though, that I need this for myself. I’m taking hold!!!

  8. Delois Jones says:

    This message was for me! I am honored that God thought enough of me and loved me enough to send His message directly to me through you. I am battling insecurity right now in a very real way. I am realizing that it has always been a part me that I’ve camouflaged. My prayer is that what God says about me no longer remain head knowledge, but becomes heart knowledge. Thank you again for being God’s conduit to speak truth into my life. What a timely Word!

  9. Gracie says:

    this is so true. we get to caught up in what other people think than what god says!

  10. MsMax says:

    Good morning. Please know that what you do through these devotionals is not in vain, they are getting through to us – to me.

    Since April 27th I seem to keep returning to this devotional. Today, May 2, 2016 I am for the third time reading, and ‘seeing and believing’ more than the previous two times that I read this.

    Let’s start with, “See what GREAT love the Father has LAVISHED on us….” Knowing this is humbling and yet empowering. I am someone whose external says,”She’s fierce,” but whose internal conversation says something altogether different many times. However, I am changing. This season of my life requires that I do so, thank youuuuu for speaking through God into my life!!! Be blessed!

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