We are at war. As we saw from the last post, we have an enemy who wants to steal our true identity and bring us into bondage by deceiving us into believing a false identity.
Weapons for Identity Warfare
Living in our true identity brings freedom and abundant life. Therefore, we must continually wage the good fight to ensure that we remain free and secure in our spiritual identity. The following are several weapons that we can use to stand firm in Jesus and withstand the warfare of the devil, which seeks to rob us from living in our identity in Christ.
1. Enter into the Secret Place.
People have asked me, “What is the secret of remaining secure in my identity in Christ?” The “secret” is simple. The secret is the secret place.
Jesus taught us the priority of the secret place when He said, “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6, ESV)
To live free in our identity, we must spend time with our Father by entering into the secret place. Build the joy of this discipline into your lives not to earn anything from God, but to encounter and experience Him
2. Renew your mind with God’s Word.
In Romans 12:2 Paul tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will” (NIV).
As disciples of Jesus, we know the importance of the Bible. When we set aside time to read and study God’s written word, we are not just seeking to gather information and facts – we are letting it transform us.
The battleground for our freedom takes place in our minds. Therefore, immerse your mind with the truth of God.
3. Take every thought captive.
A critical factor in living free in our spiritual identity is to take captive any thoughts that are contrary to the truth of who we are in Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 instructs us to “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
As soon as a lie enters our minds, we must take it captive immediately.
Do not allow the lie to roam freely in your minds — it is amazing how quickly a wrong thought or idea can produce a full-length movie in our brains!
We take lies and wrong views captive by making them submit to the truth of God.
4. Demolish all strongholds.
When we fail to take captive the lies of Satan, we allow our enemy to build a stronghold in our minds. A stronghold is a faulty pattern of thinking based on lies and deception that we have believed, which then becomes entrenched in our lives.
The good news is that Jesus equips us for this warfare. “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3–4, ESV).
To wage war against the strongholds we must:
1) Identify the lie.
2) Take the lie captive.
3) Put off the lie.
4) Put on the truth.
5. Declare your identity over your life.
Every day, you are engaged in an unending conversation with yourself. One aspect of your self-talk is what you are telling yourself about your identity.
Use the truths and blessing of your identity in post #2. Confidently declare these truths out loud over your life. Do it over and over if you have to. Post them on your mirror, in your car, and as your phone’s wallpaper.
6. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and revelation concerning your identity in Christ.
When Jesus asked His disciples whom they thought he was, Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16). Jesus quickly answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (16:17).
Peter’s confession of Jesus’s identity did not come through human understanding but by divine revelation. Likewise, we will never be able to answer the question, “Who am I?” through our human reasoning or understanding. We need the revelation of the Holy Spirit.
This is how Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus for when he said:
“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might” (Ephesians 1:15–19).
7. Be in community with others who speak identity over one another.
God never intends for us to live in isolation. Jesus did not write a “how-to” manual; He formed a community. If we are going to walk secure in our identity and experience the freedom and abundant life Jesus has provided for us, we must journey together with others.
Hebrews 10:25 informs us, “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (NLT). We need the encouragement of others in this journey of living out our true identity.
I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read these blogs. It is my hope and prayer that God will use these truths to help you answer the question, “Who am I?”
May you become securely anchored in your true identity. I pray that you will walk every day in the truth of whom God has declared you to be.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).