A Quick Note: Welcome to our first series edition on IDENTITY! Do you long to be identified as more than “Insta-Worthy”?! In this series, we will discover the power and beauty of being “God-Worthy”. During this time we will call ourselves out and be IDENTIFIED, as we will discover who we are by what we are known by! We will be looking at identity from eight different angles throughout this series.

A quick word on being IDENTIFIED: If you are like me, you may struggle with your identity. So many things you may have been taught about who you are can easily contradict with what has happened to you, or what you have done to believe otherwise. You are not alone sister! But there is so much power in being identified. Let me explain. To your friends and family, you can easily be identified by your voice, your fun quirks, your gestures, personality and standards or beliefs. To the world, you are identified by who you hang around, your belief system, your style, social media presence and more. To God, you are identified by what He says of you alone. To yourself… well… THIS is where we get mixed up. This is when we run into the forest and can’t see the trees. So badly we want to believe what God says about us, but we start worrying about what others think of us and then bam, we are what we think. Our thoughts can be overtaken in 3.7 seconds these days with one nasty comment on social media or from a co-worker. How does this leave us women of God so shaken? Why do we so easily accept self-doubt?

This series will help combat the lies that have tried to get in the way of our journey to “being identified” as we truly are. For this sake, we will dive deep and yet practical into who we see ourselves to be so that nothing can shake that. If you come along for the journey, I promise that you will stand out among the crowd and be identified as a Well Loved Woman. And yes, you will be known as more than “Insta-Worthy” and discover the power and beauty of being “God-Worthy”. To keep up with the latest and make sure you get this series to your inbox, click the link and subscribe to not miss a beat!

Let’s jump right in!

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The first angle we will bend into when it comes to being identified is: we are ADOPTED!

As I thought about how I feel being identified as a daughter of God, I felt I couldn’t get to the other superb views and exceptional angles until we start here. Why? Because truly, we are all adopted into God’s family and until we realize the outstanding reality of what that means, we may never be able to comprehend the rest.

I have always wanted to adopt a child, ever since I can remember. I bought all kind of books on adoption included kid’s picture books as well as adult reads that deal with that issue. Deep down, I always knew that desire stemmed from God’s love for me and how I wanted to extend that out. Something about God’s love stands out so fiercely, you know, the way He loves His kids.

Adoption is so powerful and radical because it represents that something does not happen by accident, nature or a mistake… but by a CHOICE. Is there anything more promising to conclude that someone loves you than when they make a choice to love you and choose you?! Doesn’t it feel so special to be called and chosen by someone’s pure desire and not by any kind or force or manipulation?

This is why I want to adopt one day! The mysterious glory of being adopted is so marvelous, too good for any words to describe.

Dear Sister… YOU are an adopted daughter of the King of Kings! Doesn’t that sound great but also feel so foreign to us in this day and age? What does that really mean? Being adopted means: being set-apart for an eternal purpose, being loved unconditionally and being set free from fear.

You Have a Purpose. It means that we are not just “Christians by our own choice” but that God chose us before the world began to be set apart, called by Him to do things of eternal value. Daughters of God, you have great purpose in this life! Being hand-picked by God is a lot like winning the lottery of being born into the royal family, where you are so treasured and hold a royal identity. It means you were set-apart to be used by God not just for success in the world, but for things and reasons unseen. “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5

You are Loved Unconditionally. With all of the babies and children out there who need to be adopted, I’m really afraid that the world does not understand the value of adoption in the slightest. Sadly, too many families fear adopting a child, even though there are some tough seasons to navigate, many people will never know the joy, freedom and liberation that comes from this beautiful gift.

I am not saying that if you don’t adopt that you cannot experience God’s fullness in this life. Perhaps, a better way to put it is that through the tangible act of adopting a child, a person may further understand this glorious and undeserved gift that God lavishes on us: unconditional love. While we will still enemies of God and throwing fits and hitting him with anger in our desperate needs and fear, He collected us in His strong and gentle arms and put us at a rest we had never known. While, even after we were saved, we continued to throw fits because we wanted our way and thought we knew better, we had a Father kindly being patient for us to see that He knew best. While we accused Him of destroying us in our greatest sufferings and hardships where we shouted at Him or ignored Him, He still stood by our side and let us come to Him on our own time. While, we thought we knew best and had been taught right from wrong, still continued to make the wrong decisions and then blamed Him for not helping us in our consequences, yet He gave us the grace to endure our lessons to be healed. God never accuses us but instead became the accusations of our guilt and our wrong doings so that we could know Him. He gave us a place in His house and calls us daughters — much to of which we refuse the grace to understand the depth of what this means. Slowly and surely, the Lord is patient to reveal what this adoption means. This adoption that we can’t always identify with because we run from the dealings of some bad-behavior child that we fear would destroy our home.

God will love all of our mistakes and sin and bad behavior right out of us. He isn’t scared to adopt people of sin with sinful natures. It delights Him to call us His own. This is adoption friends! That we should be called children of God. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

You do not need to give into a spirit of fear. Because we are adopted into God’s family we can be free from fear and not need to approach God in a slave-like manner where rules out-run love, but more like His children who cry out to Him in any circumstance that we find ourselves in.We can be real with God and have a real relationship with Him where all of our honest thoughts, feelings and struggles can be heard without being condemned. God loves relationship and He knows that we struggle with fear as women — For me, it has been hands-down the most paralyzing feeling if I give in to fear. There are many days I surrender my fears to the Lord and He is so faithful in strengthening me to feel more like a warrior than a scaredy-cat! But the worst fear that is out there is the fear that you have done something to make God love you any less. Hear me sister, that is not of God. You are fully and unconditionally loved, chosen and adopted into God’s family and set free from all fear! “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15

I am excited you are joining me in this journey to discover your true identity — and to start walking that out in a tangible way with me!

Food for thought:

  • How can you tangibly see this act of God’s adoption of you lived out in your identity and life? Where do you see it lacking?
  • How does social media play into what you believe about your identity?
  • What are practical ways that the reality of being adopted into God’s family give you purpose, make you feel unconditionally loved and free from fear?

I would love to hear your thought below! Until next time…

Jessica Liv

 

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5

“For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15