Do You Know Your True Identity?
We’re kicking off the new year with an important topic: Where does your identity come from? Do we take our cues from Pinterest or Instagram influencers or what our boss says about us? We'll get some life-changing answers from God’s Word. Plus, I get to sit down with award-winning songwriter Matthew West to talk about his new book on identity: Hello, My Name Is.
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The First Step to Being Yourself
When we’re feeling lost, we cling to our titles and our roles, and we hold on to what we can accomplish or what others say about us. But there’s a deeper truth to keep us grounded, even when people and circumstances change around us. In today’s teaching, I’ll share a story about one of the first times I ever heard God speak to me and the powerful truth he taught me about identity.
How to Embrace the Plan That God Has for You
Y’all, I am so excited to sit down with award-winning musician Matthew West to talk about his new album, Brand New, and new book, Hello, My Name Is: Discover Your True Identity.
We get all sorts of labels from the world around us—from what we’ve done or failed to do, from what we wear, drive or eat, from where we work, or who we hang out with. But, as Matthew points out, discovering who you are starts with knowing whose you are. On your best and your worst day, you can know that God loves you. You can choose to believe what He says about you instead of creating an identity for yourself. This is the foundation for the greatest confidence in the world.
This Is Who You Are in God’s Eyes . . .
But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine. . .
Because you are precious in my eyes,
And honored, and I love you.”
— Isaiah 43:1, 4 (ESV)
Precious and honored probably aren’t the words you’d normally use to describe how you’re feeling. But regardless of how you feel, what you’ve done or haven’t done, or what’s been done to you, you are a child of God—if you have chosen to enter into relationship with Him. He loves you.
So, to help us really grasp our identity as children of God, here are a few journal questions to think about:
- Where do you normally find your identity?
- How does it feel to think that God is all yours, all the time?
- How does it feel to imagine that you never get on God’s nerves?
- In what areas of life do you need God to remind you who you are?