- Religion and Philosophy
Your True Identity
Two Different Identities
So I have this list of inspirational quotes written down that I look over occasionally. I recently came across one that said, "When we know who we really are, we will never be threatened by those who are different" (Rick Joyner). This quote can easily be related to who we are in Christ but it can also be related to who God created us to be. When we find an area in which we are lacking, we are misunderstanding who we are in Christ. For example, sometimes (not always) when we are dealing with pain and sickness, it is due to a lack of knowledge that Christ has already healed us (1 Peter 2:24). Likewise, if we have trouble with depressing thoughts, it may be because we lack the knowledge that we are to have authority over our thought life (2 Corinthians 10:5). Wherever we find a deficiency in our lives, it can always be answered by the word of God.
I think that this quote more closely relates to who God created us to be. There are certain qualities (the characteristics of Christ), that every believer possesses. And then there are qualities that God has given to each person that is unique to Him or her.
When thinking about this quote, I soon realized that I easily become intimidated by someone who is quite different than me. Ultimately, that fear comes from comparing myself among others, which the bible warns against (2 Corinthians 10:12). This is a difficult practice to stop, as it is in everyone's human nature to compare among others. However, this shows a lack of confidence in being who God created you to be. God did not create you to be like any other human being. He created you to walk out the plan that was hand-crafted by Him for you.
The first time I heard that fear was due to a lack of trust in God, I didn't believe that was true. I loved God with my whole heart and I couldn't bear to think that I hadn't even been trusting Him this whole time, because I had a lot of fear embedded in my life. However, one of the truths that set me free is the fact that God has a plan and a purpose for my life. Not only does He have a plan but it is different from anyone else on Earth.
Knowing this can not only give you confidence in who God created you to be but it can also help you to appreciate the fact that other people are different. When you're not confident in who you are, you can hinder yourself from encouraging others. For instance, if I feel as though I am not as bold as I want to be, I may begin to look down on others whom I see as being bold. Instead, I could rely on God's word that says, "The righteous are as bold as a lion" (Proverbs 28:1) and then I can encourage those who already act in boldness instead of envying who they are. Our actions don't just affect ourselves. Even slight actions in the right direction can set of a chain reaction of positive events.