Who Does God Say You Are? - The Crosswalk Devotional - August 14

The Crosswalk Devotional

Who Does God Say You Are?
By Laura Bailey

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17

Friendships that once offered relief began to be the source of strife. Once friendly chatter was replaced with girl gossip. Best friends transformed into playground nemesis overnight. Trying to hold back the flood of tears forming in her eyes, my daughter asked, “ I don’t understand; what’s wrong with me?”

The last few weeks had been a series of ups and downs as my daughter navigated life in her new world as a tween. I was filled with compassion for her because even as an adult, I still asked myself this same question.

Why don’t those moms at playgroup talk to me? Why can’t I just lose these last few pounds and look like her? Why do I feel like I can barely keep my head above water, and she sails through life? What’s wrong with me?

How often do we question how God created us based on what we feel or how others treat us? These questions, often prompted by hurtful circumstances, drive us to the deeper questions we are all asking. Who am I? Do I matter? Am I significant?

God doesn't leave us stuck wondering what's wrong with us, He tells us who we are in His Word.

Loved
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” - 1 John 3:1

Chosen
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” - 1 Peter 2:9

Forgiven
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” - 1 John 1:9 

Redeemed 
‘He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” - Ephesians 1:7 NLT

New Creation 
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17

Holy
“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” - Hebrews 10:10

Set apart 
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] 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

Temple of the Holy Spirit   
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” - 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

God’s Handiwork
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Ephesians 2:10 

The struggle to rest confidently in our identity in Christ starts at a young age and for a lot of women, continues to be a battle into adulthood. But, our Heavenly Father loves His children, knits them in their mother’s wombs( Psalm 139:13-14), and knows the number of hairs on their heads ( Luke 12:7).

It is painful as a mother to watch my daughter go through the challenges of growing up. My inner mamma bear wants to protect her from all hurt and pain. Unfortunately, I can't shield her from all of it! However, I can use these moments as great opportunities to remind her of what God says about her.

Remember what God says about who you are when those questions creep in. Whether it’s on the playground, in the school cafeteria, during mom and me story time, or in the boardroom, remember only God defines you. Cling tightly to the truths found in Scripture, and walk confidently into the life you were called (Ephesians 4:1).

Intersecting Faith and Life:
Has there ever been a time when the words someone spoke over you became lies you believed or sources of doubt? Maybe you were told you were heavy as a child, and you always see yourself that way in the mirror. Did a teacher say you were a slower learner, and now you accept that as truth? What lies have you believed in the past about yourself? Take a few moments and write down those lies. Then find truth from Scripture to refute this broken narrative. Pray God would help you remember and understand your true identity in Him.

For Further Reading:

Photo credit: ©Playbackmedia.com/Sparrowstock

Laura Bailey headshotLaura Bailey is a Bible teacher who challenges and encourages women to dive deep in the Scriptures, shift from an earthly to an eternal mindset, and filter life through the lens of God’s Word. She is a wife and momma to three young girls. She blogs at www.LauraRBailey.com, connect with her on Facebook and Instagram @LauraBaileyWrites 

Check out fantastic resources on Faith, Family, and Fun at Crosswalk.com

Kainos is a word used in the Bible to refer to something new. Kainos Project exists to create a community of voices that are eager to explore the new ways God wants to work in the lives of his followers and in his Church. Join Dale and Tamara Chamberlain as they explore what it means to experience the abundant life that Jesus promised us by tackling ancient truths in everyday settings.

Ad for the Kainos Project Podcast

Listen to an episode now by clicking the play button below!

Fish Features

View All