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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 NIV)

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,

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

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

  1. Sherri says:

    I’m takeing hold of HIS truth about me and for me 🙌

  2. While I spend my time Happily Offering People Encouragement, at times I also need encouraged. Thank you!

  3. Mary says:

    I’m taking hold of this truth. I didnt think anything could be more awesome than driving on the block of one of these on a Tuesday!!!! He has prepared the Best Room in Heaven for us!!!!

    Marie and Maria only

  4. Tamara says:

    This really spoke to me this morning.If I want to live,I need to take hold of His truth, otherwise I will perish.

  5. Judy says:

    Thanks for sharing. It sounds like my story and I’m sure there are others who feel that way too. People tell us so many negative things about ourselves even when we do our best. That’s why we have to stay in God’s word and believe what he says.

  6. Victoria says:

    I am taking hold of Gods Truth 🙂

  7. Rochelle says:

    Good morning, Thank you for this devotion. I really needed this today and it is confirmation to my prayers. This is me in a nut shell over the last six years have been going through a great deal emotionally, mentally, spirtually and sometimes physical. Thanks be to God for you and the ability to get back on track and be reminded of the word of God. Thank God for new grace and mercy day by day. I am taking hold of what my Father says about me. I am standing on and believing what my daddy says about me in his word. Bless you and may God continue to use you for the healing and inspiration of others.

  8. Carole says:

    Couldn’t have said this any better! This devotional is….or I should say,used to be me!
    Struggled my whole life, with these same feelings, due to a strained relationship with my Dad. We just never were on the same page. Even when he passed, I found myself writing a note card, and slipping it in his coffin….just to let those feelings go.
    It wasn’t until recently, I read a devotion from GFIG, I realized, I placed those same confused feelings, on the heavenly Father! God wants us to thrive! He doesn’t want us to be entangled in those ropes of oppression!
    I was always, picking up what I had laid at the feet of Jesus, and thinking I wasn’t good enough to be forgiven. Not any longer! I am thankful everyday, for the grace and mercy of God the Father, and the overwhelming love of Jesus!
    Thank You, for letting us see what God really does for us, if we just let go and let Him take over our lives! My promise is “I am who You say I am!”

  9. Vanilla says:

    I sometimes feel when I keep doing the same thing over and over again I’m not worthy to be a child of God.

  10. Rebecca says:

    As I sit here in tears, you described me to a tee. I am so afraid, of what, letting go, trusting, believing. I do not know how to feel those things. Thank you for sharing your story. I do not feel so alone.

  11. Dee says:

    “I’m taking hold of God’s truth!”

  12. Cherilynn says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart!
    “I’m taking hold of God’s truth!”

  13. Carola says:

    Todo lo que hace es bueno en gran manera.y así tenemos que sentirnos.

    Gracias .por ayudarme a verme con Dios me ve.

  14. Kelley says:

    What an amazing thing! Thanks so much for sharing this post. 2 things really stand out here, as I read the post and comments. 1)Many of us feel this way. Ironically we are not as alone as we feel. And 2)Interesting that it is mainly women that satan targets this way. Thanks again for the post.

  15. Coleen says:

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

  16. Arlene says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth!

  17. Christella says:

    I’m Taking hold of God’s truth!

  18. Bernadette says:

    “I’m taking hold of God’s truth”

    I was at a point where I found myself looking back at my past mistakes, past sins. I felt ashamed, I felt regret. I even found myself asking God for forgiveness but then I realised, I was already forgiven. Christ died once and for all for my sins.

    My truth – I am who God says I am. I am a child of God.

  19. Rae Ann says:

    I’m taking hold of God’s truth!

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