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Embrace who you are

In the beginning, before God made day and night, He said, “Let there be light”
Genesis 1:3 NIV


I believe the “light” God separated from darkness and declared good was you and I. Before we were formed in our mother’s womb, He knew us, set us apart, and had a plan for our existence. We are called into His wonderful light to be the light for others.

Words have the power to give life, encouragement, and blessings. Our Father is so good. He knows what we need to flourish, and He showers us with life–giving affirmations. Do not let words that conflict with truth take residence in your heart. Embrace only your true identity as defined by your Maker.

You are:

jesus followers

“May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus” (Romans 15:5 NLT).

jesus friends

“I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15 NIV).

“So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God” (Romans 5:11 NLT).

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 NIV).

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith” (Galatians 3:26 NIV).

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12 NIV).

children of light

“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5 NIV).

members of god’s family

“You are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family” (Ephesians 2:19 NLT).

holy and blameless, standing before god
without a single fault

“Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault” (Colossians 1:22 NLT).

you are god’s people

“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy” (1 Peter 2:10 NLT).

the salt of the earth

“You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13 NIV).

the light of the world

“You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14 NIV).

the branches that bear fruit

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit” (John 15:5 NIV).

god’s workers, god’s field, god’s building

“For we are coworkers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building” (1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV).

living stones in god’s temple

“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God” (1 Peter 2:5 NLT).

holy priests, a holy nation, a chosen people,
god’s special possession

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9 NIV).

christ’s ambassadors

“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NLT).

true ministers of god

“In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind” (2 Corinthians 6:4 NLT).

united with christ

“Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan” (Ephesians 1:11 NLT).

a part of his body

“Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 6:15 NLT).

living by the spirit

“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives” (Galatians 5:25 NLT).

you are god’s masterpiece

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT).

the faithful ones

“We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved” (Hebrews 10:39 NLT).

meant for better things

“We are confident that you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation” (Hebrews 6:9 NLT).

receiving a kingdom that is unshakeable

“Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe” (Hebrews 12:28 NLT).

looking forward to a home that is yet to come

“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come” (Hebrews 13:14 NLT).

heirs of god’s glory

“And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory” (Romans 8:17 NLT).

freed from slavery to sin

“Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living” (Romans 6:18 NLT).

you are truly free

“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free” (John 8:36 NLT).


You don’t need to be anything else but exactly who you are. The more we humbly embrace these truths, the more we are able to courageously and confidently move forward with our purpose and all that God has called us to be.

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