How does God Define Us?

It may not be the easiest concept to accept or understand. But it is life changing. When we finally realize that people’s words don’t define us. When we understand that the only thing that matters is what God says and thinks about us. It will change the way we live our lives. It has truly changed mine.
Growing up, I was small, shy and lacking in confidence. As a result I was picked on. I was called names. And those names defined me for the longest time. Those words were who I thought I was. I thought I was no good. I thought I had no worth. I thought that these words defined me. I thought that these words controlled who I was and what I did. I didn’t know that they really didn’t matter. That’s right. They honestly didn’t matter. 
How does God define us?
Genesis 1:27
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
27 So God created man in His own image;

He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.

2 Corinthians 6:18

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
18 I will be a Father to you,
and you will be sons and daughters to Me,

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<sup value="(C)”>“You made my whole being; you formed me in my mother’s body. I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful.” (Psalm 139:13-14)

Do you see? What people say about you doesn’t matter. I can not continually be dragged down into a deep hole of despair because someone said something about me that isn’t true. I can not continually look to approval from man, because he will fail me. Man will fail me. Man is sinful and broken. But God knows who I truly am. The words He defines me with are whole and pure and truth. They are filled with love, not insecurities or hate. 

I encourage you to read the rest of Psalm 139 and make this your prayer to God. 

 Psalm 139

New Century Version (NCV)

God Knows Everything

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

139 Lord, you have examined me
    and know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You know my thoughts before I think them.
You know where I go and where I lie down.
    You know everything I do.
Lord, even before I say a word,
    you already know it.
You are all around me—in front and in back—
    and have put your hand on me.
Your knowledge is amazing to me;
    it is more than I can understand.
Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?
    Where can I run from you?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there.
    If I lie down in the grave, you are there.
If I rise with the sun in the east
    and settle in the west beyond the sea,
10 even there you would guide me.
    With your right hand you would hold me.
11 I could say, “The darkness will hide me.
    Let the light around me turn into night.”
12 But even the darkness is not dark to you.
    The night is as light as the day;
    darkness and light are the same to you.
13 You made my whole being;
    you formed me in my mother’s body.
14 I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
    What you have done is wonderful.
    I know this very well.
15 You saw my bones being formed
    as I took shape in my mother’s body.
When I was put together there,
16 you saw my body as it was formed.
All the days planned for me
    were written in your book
    before I was one day old.
17 God, your thoughts are precious to me.
    They are so many!
18 If I could count them,
    they would be more than all the grains of sand.
When I wake up,
    I am still with you.
19 God, I wish you would kill the wicked!
    Get away from me, you murderers!
20 They say evil things about you.
    Your enemies use your name thoughtlessly.
21 Lord, I hate those who hate you;
    I hate those who rise up against you.
22 I feel only hate for them;
    they are my enemies.
23 God, examine me and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any bad thing in me.
    Lead me on the road to everlasting life.

Maybe some of you today need to ask God to take away those titles and names you have been given in your life. Maybe some of you need to let go of your past and even accept Christ, the giver of new names and new life. Maybe today for you is just accepting your identity in Christ and running with it and not letting any of your past, present, future slow you down. 

**Honestly this post did stem from a comment I received this week. Realizing it was an attack from satan, I have moved on and I am remembering who I am in Christ.

Blessings Ya’ll,
Joseph. 

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