One of the greatest ways that Satan tries to attack us within our spirit is making us question who we are within our identity. There maybe seasons in our lives where we feel lost in confusion in questioning who we are as believers, perplexed within our role as women, and shaky in knowing our true purpose on earth. We balance so many roles as women within our families, relationships, career, friendships, and other areas in our lives that pose daily tests in which we have to be strong in being fearless through Christ in overcoming saying boldly,” I know who I am !”
Ephesians 6: 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
The Art Of War
I am a history buff that loves learning about past civilizations, wartime events, and moments that shaped our world. I purchased a few years back the book “The Art of War” which is attributed originally by ancient Chinese military strategist, Sun Tzu. My favorite quote from the book is “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not to fear the results of a hundred battles.” The enemy will make known assaults at various times in our lives for the purpose of discouraging God’s people.
Here are four ways the enemy attempts to act us within making us question our true identity in Christ as believers .
- Bringing up our past.
- Magnifying our flaws , faults, and quirks.
- Controlling us by fear
- Playing on our ego and insecurity through needing worldly validation and admiration.
Satan’s mission is to steal you of your hope, kill your confidence in God thus killing you confidence within yourself, and destroy your identity in knowing who you are in Christ in being apart of his kingdom. Speak life over yourself knowing that you are a child of God. Your past doesn’t determine your future. We all have flaws, and we are a continuing work in progress. That is the beauty of growth and evolving as a believer. No matter what your flaws are if you are trusting and obeying in God’s word for your life you aren’t limited to your own personal greatness. You aren’t limited by your quirks for leadership. You aren’t limited by your faults from being embraced by God’s love, forgiveness, and salvation. Always remember that fear is ( False , Evidence, Appearing, Real) that plays with your mind. What we fear the most in life is merely an assumption to our reality. Don’t allow the enemy to manipulate you through an ego trip of pride in being comfortable with a title, position, a post like, a “brand” (Everyone has a brand in the social media market lately), or even our role as mothers. In truth, titles and positions can change or be taking away. You are worthy to God beyond a post “like” on social media. Why live for a brand which is ever changing and can loose interests to you and others when you can live a life fully in purpose. Also, our roles as women change within motherhood. Little ” Billy “will eventually grow up, and you are more than just “Billy’s Mom” when it came to God creating you. Lastly, woman who have sadly lost children or have never given birth to a child are still valuable to God’s in every aspect of their lives making room for the betterment of his Kingdom.
Here a few steps to consider when doubt, shame, and insecurities come in to focus within knowing our identity as believers.
- Develop your own personal relationship with God by studying, praying, reflecting , and entering in encounter of worshiping on his word for yourself.
- Know your “true identity” beyond that of titles, position, and various roles. Remember you are first a child of God and a living disciple.
- Cultivate a healthy circle and external support of loved ones who will not berate you with your past, be lovingly supportive, not bully you by magnifying your flaws, and who can hold you accountable in love in seeing/ believing in your greatness.
- Be fearless in the pursuit of God’s purpose for your life.
Speak life over yourself at all times saying,” I know who I am!”