By Felicia Pierce
For my citizenship is in heaven, from which I also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
For 61 long years, I lived according to the world. I only identified with sin and it had a strong hold on me. So many times, the yearning for something eternal would try and pull me over to the other side but I never could or would stay. I couldn’t for the life of me understand why I couldn’t stay pure before the Lord.
I believed for so long that I was all those things that sin had me wrapped up in. Every time I failed in marriage, failed at being a mom and the list goes on, I would spiral even further into the pit. Sin had become my identity.
In, Anna Donahue’s book “Identity: Discovering the Real You!” she quotes John Piper’s definition of identity as follows: “The human soul is a template shaped for God. We were made for God. But because of sin, our affections have been distorted. We cram, marred, mis-shapen pursuits into our soul-template, only to find they don’t fit. They don’t satisfy, but leave us searching for more, better, different.” Identity is also later described as being ‘who’ or ‘what’ a person is.
If I could just do more… we think. Find the right husband, have more self-control, just say NO to drugs and immorality everything would be ok. But we were created for God and only He can truly satisfy our broken hearts!
At the cross, Christ Jesus severed my umbilical cord to sin and attached it to the throne of grace never to be the same again! He pulled me out of the darkness into his marvelous light! This is who I am in Christ!!!!
That revelation transformed my life. In a moment, the umbilical cord to my old life was severed, I was healed and truly delivered!! A final goodbye to that old identity and a fresh new me emerged in the fullness of Christ.
His word says He is for me not against me and has a purpose and a good plan for my life. My faith rests in my Father’s grace, mercy, and unrelenting love! He will never et me go. I AM WHO HE SAYS I AM. I AM A CHILD OF GOD!
I am sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
Nothing will be able to separate me from the love of God.