Linger

 

Identity

In the first few minutes of February 25th, 2016 Linnie Kathryn Newton was born. She is our first grand child and beautiful in every way. My heart had grown in such anticipation of this child being born, yet I had no idea how it would undo me the first minute I held her. One hour into this world, we met for the first time. I held her and we locked eyes. She knew she had heard my voice before. Drawing her close I told her how beautiful and precious she is. I told her how much Jesus loves her and how God created her so special, that He has a plan for her – but mostly He wants time with her so that she will always know His heart.

As infants we were born with such innocence, wide-eyed wonder, and child like faith. At points through each of our lives though – because we don’t live in a perfect world – how we see God as Father and our identity in Him will be challenged. What we believe about God will always determine what we believe about ourselves.

Who God created us to be can get lost in labels we place on ourselves or that have been placed on us and sometimes we let circumstances define us and blind us from the truths of who we are as His child if we do not stay close to His word and heart. 

Read Romans 8:12-28.

One of the greatest revelations in scripture is that we are an heir of God. Notice verses 15-17. “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba,Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” 

The Spirit himself bears witness that we are a child of God. His target in verse 16 is for us to know who we are. There is an actual groaning in creation, from the Spirit, and in our souls for the revelation of our identity as God’s child. Genesis 1:27 reminds us that we were created in His image and Psalm 139:14 assures us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. 

Have you ever had moments when you haven’t felt beautiful, fearfully, and wonderfully made? If you have, you’re not alone. I hear many stories from women who don’t really know they are a daughter of the king, or lose sight of it. So many feel they’re not enough or not worthy. Or we let success, failure, roles, responsibilities, or circumstances define who we are. I know the struggle is real. I’ve been there and still go there sometimes. But I have learned the key to climbing out of this pit is to go back to His word, pray, worship and let the Spirit remind me how a perfect good Father sees me and who I am.

You are God’s chosen. His child. An heir. More than a conqueror. Complete. Established, anointed, sealed. Free from condemnation. Direct access. Justified. Blessed. Loved.

He wants to reveal the significance of adoption as His child. Once your identity becomes clear you can live adventurously expectant of today and the days to come! 

Linger….

With your journal

Read 2 Corinthians 3:18.

We are being transformed into his likeness. It’s a process. Is there any area in your life that you need to realign your identity to the way God sees you?

How can misplaced or misunderstood identity keep you from living the life God has created you to live?

With God

Father, Thank you for choosing me and for making me Your child. Forgive me for the times I act or think out of misunderstanding or rejection of who I am in you. Help me to live with the confidence and faith in you that I am who You say I am. Amen.

With your Bible

Read and say the following verses out loud: Proverbs 18:21 |John 1:12 | Ephesians 1:5 | Ephesians 4:24 |  1 Thessalonians 5:5 | 1 John 3:1-2

Next, choose one or two that stand out to you and write them on your journal page. What is God saying to you through scripture and prayer about who you are?

Holly Newton is the Exhale Women Visionary. Read the story here. You can connect with her at hollaynewton.comand Instagram