The last identity I am going to delve into is that of a victorious child of God. This characteristic is mentioned several times in Scriptures, including this one in Romans, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37 NIV). Did you ever think of yourself as a conqueror? In my mind, the word conqueror evokes the idea of a conqueroring hero who rides in and saves the day. Through Christ, we, as Christians, are even more than that conqueroring hero. Paul takes this idea one step farther, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV). God has made us victorious. Examining this verse, we discover,
Paul emphasizes that suffering and distress, particularly suffering that results from believers’ faith in Jesus Christ, cannot separate them from Christ. On the contrary, suffering in union with Christ leads to glorification with Christ, to a triumphant victory, which means infinitely more than merely the end of suffering (The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary, 1253).
Since our identity is wrapped up in Christ and He had victory over sin and death, we as His children are victorious.
The truth is, even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances, God’s love is real and active in your life. Nothing can ever separate you or me from His love. Nothing can ever cause Him to love you less. God loves us without constraints or limits. In the midst of difficulty, cling to God’s love for you, and ask Him to keep revealing His love to you.
We can begin to take the wall down, that has been built by other people’s views, our own insecurities and the influence of the world around us, brick-by-brick, if we start by simply replacing each one of those lies with the truth. By taking these pieces down, one-by-one, you and I will be able to walk to the other side paved on the road of God’s truths. We will then be free from the masks we have been hiding behind for far too long.
We were made to be set-free, holy, new, loved and confident, by having our identity tied to Christ. Because of this, we cannot allow ourselves to partake in anything that negates our true God-given identity. The real reason for grounding ourselves in the truth that we are made for more is so that we may know Him better. The more we operate in the truth of who we are and the reality that we were made for more, the closer to God we will become. Your identity and mine does not depend on something we do or have done. Our true identity is who we are in Christ. When we are in Christ, we are a new creation, the old has passed away. It is time to stop living as the person others expect you to be and take hold of the truth of what God’s Word says.
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