The Real Me
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
—Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
Who is the real me? It’s who Christ has made me. I’m crucified with Him. I have a new identity. I’m not lost anymore. I’m found in Him—saved—forgiven—healed—delivered. It’s no longer I who live in this flesh—in this body. My past—my old identity—is dead and gone. Christ lives in me, and all the fullness of God has come to live in me. I have the power to live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me enough to die for me. When I believe how much God loves me, all things are possible.
Is there any greater love than this love of our God? If He loved me enough to become flesh and die for me, I want to know who lives in me and all that He has given me. I never want to live beneath the gift of grace that He lavished on me.
Identity in Christ is when we begin to agree with the way God sees us. To have a revelation of how God sees us, we need to know who He says we are in His Word. When we can agree with the way God sees us, we can believe how fully He loves us. “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (I John 4:16, NKJV).
Our Creator loved us enough to become flesh and die for us. He loves us with unconditional love like none other! When we question God’s loving goodness, we cannot believe who He says we are. We doubt He has good plans for our lives. But if we live by faith in the Son of God, we begin to see how God sees us. God sees us through the finished work of His Son. We see ourselves lacking and never good enough. But God sees us whole—forgiven—healed—and empowered with His ability to overcome the world. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (I John 4:5, NKJV). We are born of God. And our faith in the Son of God has overcome the world! By faith, I will live the victory Jesus has purchased for me.
The enemy tries to tell us that God uses bad things to teach us something. No, God doesn’t do anything contrary to His nature. And His nature is love. He is not evil. The enemy is the author of evil. God doesn’t harm His children. However, God can take whatever the enemy tries to kill, steal and destroy and declare, “I’m God! Now see what I will do!” All things work together for good to those who love God and to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). God wants us to understand that whatever our circumstances—whatever we experience, in this flesh—what is real is that we have our life in Him. He is our reality—the one who lives within us. What God says about us is what is true. What the enemy says or the world says are all lies. And we have the faith that has already overcome the world.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31, NKJV). If God is for us, no one can be against us—especially a defeated enemy who lies and says the past is our identity. When we know how much God loves us—how powerfully He lives within us—we can overcome temptation and every attack of the enemy. We believe in our hearts that grace is not a license to do whatever the flesh desires. Grace loves us with God’s goodness, and we want nothing to destroy the beauty of our relationship with Him. We are strong because God is strong. We are forgiven because God has forgiven us. We are healed because God has healed us. We are loved because God loved us first.
“For in Him (Christ) we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, NKJV). We have our being in Christ. That is who we are. Then it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me! This life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who gave His life for me. I’m saved—forgiven—healed—and rooted and grounded in His love. I have a new identity in Jesus, and this is the real me.
©2020 Lynn Lacher