Christian Living
True Identity
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
May 20, 2017
If God Is In Control, Why Is My Life Such a Mess?

FOR YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT

What matters most to your identity is not how the world sees you, how your friends see you, or even how you see yourself. What matters most is how God sees you. Spend time in God's Word learning about His everlasting love for you. Form your identity in Christ. Understand who you are from God's viewpoint—because, if you are not sure of your identity or if your identity is not firmly rooted in God, then you will be easily swayed and discouraged by what other people say about you.

Only your identity as God's beloved child can protect you from the pressures to conform to ungodly values.

Only with God's strength will you be able to turn away from the powerful influences that tell you what you should be. Only the Holy Spirit can guide you away from twisted truths about the meaning of success and self-worth. Only your identity as God's beloved child can protect you from the pressures to conform to ungodly values.

 

God loves you more than you can possibly imagine. No matter what tough situations come your way, nothing can change the fact that you are a beloved child of God. "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).

Prayer: Father, help me to form my identity in You. Forgive me for the times I have been swayed by what other people thought or said about me. Help me to remember that I am Your beloved child and to live my life in a way that is reflective of my true identity. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children" (Romans 8:16).