The two biggest questions you’ll ever need answers to:
Who is God? Who am I?
To live in the Truth, these two questions must be answered.
Our true identity is revealed in the answers to these two questions and both are found in the scriptures.
How we view God affects how we view everything else in our lives. We must know who God is and who we are.
Who is God?
“God is Love.” 1 John 4:8
What is love?
This is the famous love chapter, which is commonly used at marriage ceremonies.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
You can insert God or Jesus anywhere the word ‘love’ is.
God is patient and kind. God is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. God does not demand His own way. God is not irritable, and He keeps no record of being wronged. He does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. God never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
This describes the nature and character of God to a ‘T’.
This is how He responds and reacts to you. He is patient with you. He doesn’t get irritated with you. He doesn’t keep a list of the wrongs you’ve done. He never gives up on you and never loses faith in you.
What a thought? God has faith in you. He is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance with you.
Many times we certainly don’t feel like God is FOR us. There are times when we feel God is disappointed with us.
Regardless of how you feel – God is FOR you.
That leads us to the second question, who are you?
Who am I?
This is what the scriptures have to say about you.
Victorious (Rev. 21:7) “All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.”
More than a Conqueror (Romans 8:37) “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Blessed (Deut. 28:1-14)
A New Creation (2 Cor. 5:17) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Forgiven all of sins (Eph. 1:7) “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”
Joint Heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
Chosen (1 Thess. 1:4) “For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you”
Righteous (2 Cor. 5:21) “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Light of the world (Matt. 5:14) “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
What matters above all else is what God thinks about you.
It doesn’t matter what you think about yourself or what others think of you. What God says and declares about you trumps everything else.
Your identity is defined and determined by God. He is the author.
There is no need to continue beating yourself up with all sorts of ungodly, negative thoughts. Fix your eyes on Jesus. He will never give up on you. He will never lose faith in you. He is not easily angered but is always hopeful.
He is patient.
We, as children of God, need to take the time to listen to what He has to say about us. We need to hear it straight from Him.
What He says is Truth.
Let the Truth of God wash over you. Turn your ear to hear the Lord whisper His affection and love for you.
Romans 8:31-32 NIV
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:38-39 NIV
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."