Who do you see when you look in the mirror? Because as a mom sometimes its more like a what than a who!! Its easy and all to often the case that I see my reflection and as I begin to, in my head, describe the Momzombie before me taking that on as my identity.
Frizzy hair, coffee deprived, fluffy, tired, bloated, morning breath, puffy eyes, behind on laundry, sink full of dishes, needs to vacuum….. all of these things become the identify that I place on myself for that day. Then by lunch time I cant figure out why I’m aggravated, running ragged, and even more tired than I was when I got up (which has to be a New High Score!).
What I’m proposing is that what if the identity that gets placed on us by ourselves, is strangers, society, friends, and even family (our perceived identify) is directly related to our attitude and how we approach life?
Hear me out. What if our self talk and the words of others saturate to a level that we don’t even realize?
The truth lies in the difference between Perceived Identity and Authentic Identity. Perceived Identity being the identity we absorb from the world around us and authentic identity being the true identity that we have in Christ.
With perceived identity we can feel defeated, held captive, worn down. With authentic identity we are victorious, we are loved beyond measure, we are free from the burdens of this world.
We are not mean to walk through this live feeling less than, living a live less than! The God of the universe love YOU so much that he created you, set a plan for you and then sent His son to save you from the life of perceived identity!
We must gird ourselves with the Belt of Truth that is Gods Word. His promises must be engrained in our hearts so that our identity in Him is not only words we memorize but something that we feel. This piece of the Armor of God should be the first piece we put on every morning. Modeled after the Roman soldier, this would be the first piece of armor that he put on. This belt protected the core of the soldier as the piece of spiritual armor protects the core of who we are.
I challenge you whatever you are struggling with in your perceived identity go to His Word, seek out verses that speak truth into your life. Write those verses down and post them where you can see them regularly. On the wallpaper on your phone, in your car, bathroom, dresser, anywhere that you pass by on a regular basis so that you have a constant reminder of His love for you and His promises to you. As you begin to gird yourself with the Belt of Truth you will begin to take on the Authentic identity that your Creator knit you together with.
Perceived Identity tells us we are Dead ~
Authentic Identity tells us
But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved! Ephesians 2: 4-5
Perceived Identity tells us we are Forgotten/Alone
Authentic Identity tells us
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 5
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If you have been following along then you know I’m in week 3 of the Fervent study. This week we talk about identity. I would love to tell you that I have a favorite chapter but the truth is every week I love this study more and more as it speaks to deeply into my heart! You can catch my pasts post on Fervent by clicking HERE. If you would like to chat about this study or if you have a question fill out the contact form on the contact page and I will get in touch with you!!
Also I am blogging through this study with my sweet friend Stephanie. Her post on week 3 is looking at perceived identity in a whole other light. She dives into how we can find ourselves holding on to perceived identity with pride. You can check her post out HERE!
I hope that you were blessed through these words from my heart and that not only are you now aware of the captivity that perceived identity can place you in, but now you have a better understanding of how to access the tools that you are given through Christ to live a life of freedom in your authentic identity which we all have in Him.