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Identity in Christ by Suzanne Stangland LPC

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1 NIV).

This world throws a myriad of things at us on a daily basis.  Family issues, relational difficulties and emotional struggles to name a few.  You might think it would be easy to let those things roll off your back without it causing much impact to how you live life or even how you view yourself.  But have you ever noticed it starting to make you doubt who you are?  Has it ever made you doubt your purpose?

Isaiah reminds us that the God of the universe chose each of us and identifies each of us as His.  It is easy to forget this and lose sight of the fact that we should be anchored in Him.  God has designed each of us uniquely and with intentionality so that we offer to this world something only we can give that God can utilize to better His Kingdom.  This gives us purpose here in this world and solidifies our identity as God’s own!

So how do we respond when life rains down on us and we are left standing alone in a puddle dripping wet feeling as though we are nothing and have nothing?  Remember, that we are His and that as children of God (John 1:12, NIV) we have access to His power and love and can order our lives accordingly.  “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6, NIV).  You will find God’s light in you when you recognize and accept who you are as a member of God’s family.  Believing that no matter what circumstances you have encountered in your life, while challenging, they do not separate you from God or disallow you from being a vital part of God’s Kingdom.


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