True Identity: Six Promises of Who You Are in Christ
For majority of my adult life, I’ve gone through an identity crisis and this was not my first either. In middle school, I was a rocker wanna-be emo girl and that crossed over into high school. I’d literally wear neon colors everywhere I went.
I look back and I see Christina wanting to be noticed. I felt like an outsider looking for a place to fit in and it wasn’t until I made friends in high school that I felt like I belonged. Within my group of friends, I found other girls who accepted me just as I was, which made me feel safe.
I talked a little about the struggle I have with anxiety and how it relates to me feeling unsafe, but I come to realize I need to feel safe in my own body– in my skin, in my womanhood, in my own identity.
I jokingly told my uncle a couple years back, I believed in my past life I was a white male; honestly, I believe that I only wished to be a white male because of the freedom I assume I would have. However, me coveting someone else’s body and identity will not change my own!
I came to this realization in April 2016 during Living Waters, a program that helped me deal with my emotional hang-ups and addictions. I started to experience a glimpse of freedom in my own skin because I felt God’s love in a new way. (I would recommend this program to anyone who struggles with effects of abuse, sexual addiction, promiscuity, gender identity issues or same-sex attraction.)
A couple of days after Living Waters ended, I went to Ghana and was forced to use everything I learned during the three month program. My very first day of solo travel, I was filled with so much fear and I didn’t want to leave the room, but I knew there was adventure outside the door.
Before I mustered up the courage to leave, I literally sat in the chair in my room speaking God’s promises over me. I felt calmer and ready to walk the unfamiliar Accra streets because I reassured my Spirit of my God-given identity.
Almost a year later, I am still on the journey of aligning with my true identity; Here are 6 promises I hold dear to me during this season:
- I am wonderfully and intentionally made.
Psalm 139: 13-14 (NIRV) “ You created the deepest parts of my being. You put me together inside my mother’s body. How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well.”
- I am God’s child by right.
John 1:12-13 (NIV) “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
- I am God’s friend.
John 15:15 (NIRV) “ I do not call you servants anymore. Servants do not know their master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends…”
- God created me for His purpose.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
- I am bold, loving, and whole.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self- discipline.”
- I have Light.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Don’t forget to look in the mirror (the word of God) before you leave your space of comfort. What other scriptures remind you who you are in Christ? Let me know in the Comments section.