“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old one has gone, the new one has come!” – 2 Cor. 5:17
And the worst of all:
These are lies the enemy spent 14+ years convincing me to believe. By the end of that time, it wasn’t just outside voices, I heard these lies in my own voice as well.
Now, I know these are lies. Now, I even know and proclaim the truth:
Beautiful – Ecclesiastes 3:11; Psalm 45:11; Psalm 139:14
Lovable – Romans 8:38-39; 1 John 3:1
Valued – Eph. 1:11, Gen 1:27
Irreplaceable – Eph. 2:10
Seen – Gen 1:31, Psalm 8:4-5
And so much more…
But, I confess, some days it still seems easier to believe the lies. The lies that I spent so long accepting. The identity I so easily claimed as my own.
14+ years of emotional abuse in the home, bullying in school, and a battle with depression had me believing I was someone which I really wasn’t.
Now, though, I know who I am. I know I have a beautiful identity in Christ.
But, when I have though days, or life gets stressful (which happens often), the lies try to sneak back in.
When someone corners me or points out my negative qualities, I flash back into that role of the unloved, invisible one.
It’s not me. And, one day I hope to not have this be my confession, but for now, I confess: [sometimes] I still believe the lies.
*This piece is also the first of a short series I am doing about identity. I do hope you will join me and discover your God-given identity.