“Can I ask you a question?” came the unidentified text across my phone, followed by a question pertaining to my expertise in neuropsychology.
I held my phone in front of me, wondering who was inquiring of me. Clearly, it wasn’t someone who was in my phone’s contact list. Before I provided an answer, I needed to know who was inquiring, so I would know the extent and depth to share.
So I sent a text back, asking who was in need of the information.
But that exchange got me thinking. Many times I run into people or am introduced to new people who don’t know who I am. Some days I forget who I am.
Now hear me out…I never forget my name or where I live, but some days I get so overwhelmed with all the doing, with the doubts, with listening to who others say I should be that I forget who I am at my core.
As I wrote in my book, “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression,” I wrote, “we are more apt to believe what others say when we don’t know what God says about us, then before long, we say those same things about ourselves.”
I don’t know about you, but when life is a challenge, or when I’m struggling, I’m in a vulnerable position and more easily swayed by the enemy’s lies about me.
How many times have I (you?) thought or said things like, “I’m just not smart enough,” “I’m a failure,” “I’m not as important,” “I’m not worthy,” or other such derogatory comments? They are all lies. Lies from the enemy of our soul who seeks to distract us from our true identity in Christ.
By day, I’m a board certified clinical neuropsychologist, international speaker, and author. I’m also wife to a husband of 30 years, and mom to two teens. I’m a friend to many. I’m a leader in many spheres.
Some days life goes smoothly and I feel like I’m on point in God’s call. Yet other days, I feel like I fail Him miserably no matter how hard I try. Some days we are stretched thin, and the many roles we fulfill can leave us with a bit of an identity crisis.
My true identity never changes
Yet, every moment of every day, my true identity never changes—only my acknowledgment of that identity.
On my good days as well as my less than stellar days I am always His child, and nothing separates me from the love of God. I am eternally His.
Hide God’s Word in your heart
I have found that it is crucial to have the Word of God hidden in my heart, so when the lying whispers of the enemy attack, I can refute them with truth. Repeatedly throughout Scripture, God reminds us who we are and whose we are.
For those days when you need the encouraging reminder, here are just a few of those verses that declare the truth about our identity:
10 Scriptures to Remind You of Your True Identity
1. “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
2. “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)
3. “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1a)
4. “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)
5. “Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:7)
6. “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26)
7. “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:8)
8. “Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.” (Isaiah 8:18)
9. “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3)
10. “For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants” (Isaiah 44:3)
We are not orphans, but beloved children of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.
When you forget to pick up the dry-cleaning or sign your child’s permission slip, you are still loved by Him. When you slip up and say something or do something you shouldn’t, He extends forgiveness out of love for His child. When you see yourself as broken and flawed, He’s waiting to restore and renew you back to His image.
His image. Have you ever really thought about that significance? You were created in God’s image.
As a parent, I always delighted when others would tell me that one of our children looked like me or bore my image. That’s exactly how God, your Heavenly Father, feels about you. So even when it feels like nothing is right with the world, you still fit right in as part of God’s family.
So what if, instead of believing the father of lies, you really believed what the Father of Light says about you? What difference would that make in your day in and day out existence? I’d love to hear about it!
Because of Him, #HopePrevails!
Can I pray for you?
Dear Heavenly Father,
What a privilege it is to come to you in prayer, just as a child comes to a parent with their desires and their dreams and their needs. I thank you that you consider us your children, and you delight in caring for us, providing for us, and protecting us. I pray right now for the one reading these words, that you would show yourself great in their midst, and that you would bring a greater revelation of what it means to be your child. Let that truth take on new and real significance in their life, to stand against the lies that the enemy wants us to believe. Let us always remember the truth of what YOU say about us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Hope Prevails Book and Hope Prevails Bible Study offer hope for overcoming depression.
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Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression and the new companion Hope Prevails Bible Study help the reader understand: how depression comes to be, recover their joy, reclaim their peace, and re-establish their true identity, while knowing their worth, remembering their secure destiny, and being confident that nothing separates them from God’s love.
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