Help When Your Identity is 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!


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  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Joyce ~

    I don’t know what trials you are facing today, but rest assured He does, and He knows those who take refuge in Him. His shelter of protection is His steadfast love! I hope you’ll cling to these verses as you walk this journey.

    ” What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

    But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:31–39)

    Pausing to pray for you ~

  • Sandra

    The one I most need to remind myself of today is this: In Christ, I am able to do all things He calls me to. Grateful for that certainty.

    I don’t recall ever seeing list like this, so thank you.

  • Vivian Etherington

    This is wonderful, Kim! Two that I really need especially today are that I can do all the things He calls me to; and that I am seated in the heavenly places living this life with an eternal perspective!