The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 14, 2013

Seeing our true identity in the eyes of God

By Sarah Thompson, columnist
Enid News and Eagle

— Do you struggle with feelings of unworthiness? If you are like me, you have wrestled with that little thought in the back of your head that says maybe you’re not good enough. Perhaps, it’s those same thoughts that keep you awake at night.

Many Christians struggle with these thoughts because they do not know their true identity. So, how can we begin to discover what our identity is? We can begin by finding out what God’s word says about us.

The Bible says the word of God is like a mirror reflecting to us our true condition. When we look into the face of God’s word, we find we are of immeasurable worth and value. It’s when we compare ourselves against other people the images we see in magazines, or the perfect families on TV, that we begin to lose sight of who we are in Christ.

In 1 Samuel 10, we find that Saul, the king of Israel, wrestled with this very issue. Samuel had just anointed Saul king of Israel, but when it came time for his coronation ceremony, Saul was nowhere to be found. After searching everywhere, they finally found Saul cowering beneath a pile of baggage. Maybe, Saul was listening to that voice of doubt that told him he wasn’t good enough or maybe he was thinking about how many times he had failed in the past. Whatever the case, Saul was hiding from something.

Just like Saul, I have found myself buried under layers of self-doubt. It is only by allowing God’s word to be imprinted on the inside of my heart that I have begun discover my true worth.

Here are a few verses found in Scripture to help remind you of your identity. Hang them on your refrigerator or on your bathroom mirror and begin to speak them over your life.

God has a plan and purpose for your life. Don’t let Satan deceive you into believing you are not enough. You are so worth it!

• Psalm 139:13-16 — God formed me in the womb

• Acts 17:26  — This is the exact time and place God ordained for me to be

• 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 — I am bought with a price

• Colossians 3:3  — I am hidden with Christ

• 1 John 5:18  — I am born of God, Satan can’t touch me

• Romans 8:39  — Nothing can separate me from the love of Christ

• 2 Corinthians 1:21-22  — I am established, anointed and sealed by God

• Ephesians 3:12 — I can approach God with confidence and freedom

• Ephesians 2:10 — I am created “In Christ Jesus” to do good works

• John 15:16 — God chose me and appointed me to bare much fruit

• Philippians 4:13 — I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

• Isaiah 54:17 — No weapon formed against me will prosper

• Romans 8:37 — I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus

• 2 Timothy 1:7 — I was not given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind

• 2 Corinthians 12:9 — God’s power is made perfect in my weakness

• Philippians 4:19 — God will meet all my needs according to His riches in glory

• Philippians 1:6 — God will complete the work He started in me

Follow Sarah Thompson, who is a social worker in the Enid area, on Facebook: mongrace or email her: