Mark Affleck

The Identity In Her Mind Was FRAUDULENT

October 28, 2019
Spiritual Growth

I’m a new Christian and my pastor told me my identity is in Christ, but I feel like a fraud. I’m not sure I even know what authentic is. Actually I don’t know who I am. What am I missing?”
Wrestling with our identity—especially believing it is in CHRIST—is a life-long battle because LIFE is a Battle Royale!
In the midst of that battle, it is easy to think of our faith in Christ as a security blanket for our bruises; comfort for our cuts; surgery for our soul.
That kind of thinking turns our identity in Christ into a cocoon. A respite from Satan’s Voice Villain whispering in our ear. A safe harbor from the storms of this rough and tumble life. 
And it IS all of those things and more!
But that limited view MISSES the transforming truth that our identity in Christ must also be turned into a WEAPON to kill off remnants of our old self that are interfering with our new self that is struggling to emerge (Romans 8:13).
Our real fight is not with the struggles of life. Our real, life and death fight is with sin.
What good is having Christ’s security blanket wrapped around us in a cozy cocoon if sin has us in handcuffs and leg shackles?
What we need more than EXTERNAL comfort is INTERNAL calm. But that’s not easy. There is no victory without a fight.
The Christian life is more than living 24/7 under God’s security blanket. Our identity in Christ gives us the power to periodically rise up and walk into his light with sin on the run.
For me, I ask God to help me resist the urge to be complacent with my identity in him and fight hard against sin’s nasty tactics.
Are you fighting hard to understand your identity in Christ?
“For if you live according to your human nature, you are going to die; but if by the Spirit you put to death your sinful actions, you will live.” Romans 8:13

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