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Has Your Identity Been Stolen?

I don’t know about you, but some days I feel like someone’s stolen my identity. What I mean by that is, fear starts to paralyze me, shame begins to strangle me, and hopelessness steals my joy. When that starts happening, I know, sure enough . . . I’m experiencing an identity crisis.

I’ve forgotten “who I am in Christ.” 

So, for those days when the liar (the enemy of our souls) has stolen my identity and left me bewildered in the confusion, I’ve formulated a document that reorients my thinking and helps me recover the knowledge of my true identity.

Sometimes it just helps me to preach this to myself and be reminded of who I am in Christ.

If you ever have similar struggles, you might print this off and keep it in a handy spot to review. On really hard days, I read it out loud and by the end of this “identity recovery process” my courage is renewed, joy is restored, and the deceitful grip of lies is broken!

You can click on the links to read the Scriptures that correspond with these truths.

In Christ I am purchased and redeemed by his precious blood! (1 Peter 1:18–19)

In Christ I am forgiven. (Ephesians 1:7)

In Christ I am set free from condemnation and shame. (Romans 8:1)

In Christ I am born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)

In Christ I am a partaker in His glorious nature. (2 Peter 1:3–4)

In Christ I am given all things that pertain to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3–4)

In Christ I am renewed in the spirit of my mind. (Ephesians 4:21–24)

In Christ I am rooted and grounded in love. (Ephesians 3:17–19)

In Christ I am able to forgive others as I have been forgiven. (Colossians 3:12–14)

In Christ I am able to do all things He calls me to. (Philippians 4:13)

In Christ I am His workmanship created in Christ Jesus and prepared for good works He has planned for me. (Ephesians 2:10)

In Christ I am spiritually seated in the heavenly places and operating here with an eternal perspective. (Ephesians 2:4–7)

In Christ I am a new creation, the old me has been stripped away. (2 Corinthians 5:17–18)

In Christ I am created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:24)

In Christ I am filled with the power to overcome sin’s temptations and strongholds. (Eph.1:18–21)

In Christ I am able to live the victorious life He has provided for me. (1 Corinthians 15:57)

In Christ I am able to put on the armor of Light and make no provision for the flesh. (Romans 13:14)

In Christ I am able to stand firm against the spiritual forces of evil. (Ephesians 6:10–17)

In Christ I am able to boldly proclaim the mysteries of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:19)

In Christ I am the aroma of life to those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:14–16)

In Christ I am able to smile at the future, knowing my King, who is my Bridegroom, is returning for me soon! (Proverbs 31:25, Revelation 19:6–7)

Does it encourage you to be reminded of who you are “in Christ?”

I hope you’ll do more than read the list. Right now, will you run through this list again, and express gratitude for each of these truths?

I’d love for you to leave a comment letting me know which of these you need to remind yourself of today!

6 Comments

  • Olivia

    One of my pastors said yesterday that she has her children confess “I use my mind wisely for the glory of God” almost every day. She wanted us to really think about what we’ve been thinking about and also to realize that thinking isn’t a bad thing like some segments of Christianity make it out to be. Our minds are powerful, creative tools that can and should be used to love God and to expand his kingdom.

    Thank you for posting this list. I will refer to it often to strengthen myself in the Lord. It’s time for me to dig my heals in and really get rooted and grounded in love and truth!!! I’m ready!

  • Leanne

    How timely your post is today!!! A dear friend of mine is struggling with a child who is battling extensive fear and separation anxiety due to recent losses within their family. These words will speak life and power into their lives as well as all of us who read it. Thank you for taking the time to dig into the word to extract these precious truths that are vital to helping us renew our minds and remain focused on that which is heavenly. These scriptures are something that we should all print out and post on our mirrors to claim for ourselves each morning as well as for our family and friends in Christ. Again, thank you for taking the time to post these and sharing your heart with us! You are a BLESSING!!! I am signed up for True Woman this fall and look forward to SEEING you there!!! Also, I have recently made a new, life long friend ( we feel as though we’ve known each other forever!!) who has asked me to tell you hello, Suzanne Dudgeon. She will be at True Woman, as well, Lord willing!!! XOXOXOX

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Oh, I am so thankful, Leanne ~ I hope it can help!

    Yes, I plan to be at True Woman, can’t wait to see you there! Please give Suzanne a big hug for me, haven’t seen her in years. She is a precious, precious woman of God. She will be a blessing to your life! Please send her a hug from me 🙂

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Olivia ~

    Glad you took the time to stop in and leave a comment. Yes, our minds are powerful tools that He gave us to bring Him glory! A great read on that topic is the book: “Think” by John Piper. I hope you’ll check it out!

    So glad to have you here on the blog and I love hearing that you’re ready to “dig in your heels and get rooted and grounded in love and truth!”

    Awesome 🙂