By Caty Lyle
Maybe right now, you are really struggling with negative self talk, bad body imagine, low self esteem, no confidence, and you don’t know what to do with your identity. God wants you to put your identity in Him.
For many years I have struggled with my identity. I put my identity in being depressed because of my mental illnesses. I called myself: “the depressed girl.” That’s all I was, a depressed girl. Since I got diagnosed with fibromyalgia last year I defined myself by that. But that’s not what God wants. God wants me to put my identity in Him and He wants the same for you.
Your identity is not what your parents think of you, what your friends think of you, what social media say you are, but your identity is in Him.
In God, you are so loved. God sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for you! God loves you so much that He knows you are to die for (John 3:16). Nothing can stop God’s love for you, not even death! (Romans 8:38-39)
So how did I put my identity in God?
I started praying for God to help me change my identity, I couldn’t do it without God. God helped me stopped believing lies that my illnesses tell me. I am not a “depressed girl.” I am not fibromyalgia. I am not my illnesses! My illnesses do not define me. Your illnesses, flaws, or faults do not define you! You are not your illnesses!
God defines you! Here is what God says about you:
You are beautiful. (Psalm 45:11)
You are unique. (Psalm 139:13)
You are loved. (Jeremiah 31:3)
You are special. (Ephesians 2:10)
You are created with a purpose. (Jeremiah 29:11)
You are cared for. (Ephesians 3:17-19)
You are lovely. (Daniel 12:3)
You are precious. ( 1 Corinthians 6:20)
You are strong. (Psalm 18:35)
You are important. (1 Peter 2:9)
You are forgiven. ( Psalm 103:12)
You are protected. (Psalm 121:3)
You are chosen. (John 15:16)
You are mine. (Isaiah 43:1)
Stop believing the lies from the Devil and believe what God says about you. Start praying and God will help you change your identity. But you have to take the first step. You have to go to God.
So what are you waiting for? Run into God’s arms today!
“'I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. '” Psalm 63:3-5
“'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord , who has compassion on you. '” Isaiah 54:10
“'See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. '” 1 John 3:1-3
“'For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, '” Ephesians 1:4-8
I pray that you help me put my identity in you. Help me stop putting my identity in what people think of me, my looks, my illness, my flaws, my faults, or social media. Help me to know who I am in Christ and help me grow closer to you.
I thank you for all my many blessings and for Your Son.
In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen!
Caty is a devoted Christian, college student, and published author. She is a lover of Jesus, coffee, and cats. Additionally, she is a chronic illness warrior and advocate and mental illness survivor and advocate. To learn more, visit her website and connect with her on her Facebook.