Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
—John 12:24 (NKJV)
Jesus knew that His life—freely given as an offering for the sins of the world—would produce the fruit of new life in those who believed. But that one grain must die for there to be new life. Jesus had to die for this miracle of new life to happen in us. When you accept Him into your heart, that miracle of a completely new life takes place in your spirit—but not in your mind and body. (John 3:6). In your spirit, the old life is gone, but you do not immediately change the way you think when this miracle happens. Your mind must be renewed by the Truth of the new life that you received when you were born again in your spirit (Romans 12:2).
Who you use to be is a lie. The new you in Christ is what is true. If the lies of who you were still define who you are in Christ, they are a roadblock to you understanding the new life God has given you. Those lies must die. The enemy will use any lie of your old life—of your sins and failures. He will use any lie to condemn you and convince you of something false that God does not say about you. And that false belief can hold you in bondage. That false belief has to die for the Truth of your identity in Christ to renew your mind. Who you are in Christ is not about how you see yourself. It is about how God sees you. If you give power to the false accusations of the enemy, you will not understand how God sees you. Believing those lies holds you back from the fulness of your new life.
Sometimes our circumstances define us. Sometimes we allow the opinions of others to define us. And the enemy uses those circumstances and opinions to berate us with innuendoes and lies. We can end up trusting a lie of the enemy instead of trusting God. And without realizing it, that lie can become our stronghold. That lie can define who we are instead of God defining who we are. The lies we believe—just like a grain of wheat—must die for us to live in the fullness Jesus has given us.
When you believe the enemy’s lies, a mind changed by the Truth of who you are in Christ is desperately needed. The enemy says you will never amount to anything. God says through Him you can do all things (Philippians 4:13). The enemy declares that you have failed too many times and can never be worthy enough for God to accept you. God says that He chose you and that you are accepted by Him (Ephesians 1:4). The enemy tells you that God will never bless you. God says you have already been blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).
The Resurrection power of the Cross lives within you, and it has the ability to change what you believe and how you see yourself in Christ. You don’t have to prove yourself to God. God declared you worthy with the gift of His Son’s life. Instead of trying to prove you are good, accept the righteousness Christ died to give you. You can live in the freedom of His Grace. Instead of striving to be perfect, experience the joy of your new life in Christ. Instead of seeing yourself as poor and orphaned, accept you are rich in Christ. Instead of seeing yourself as rejected, see yourself chosen and loved by God (Ephesians 1:4).
When your start to understand God’s Truth, the lies that you have believed are exposed. Once you recognize that you are trusting a lie, surrender it to God. Then replace that lie with Truth in the Word. Invite the Holy Spirit into your brokenness. After surrendering the lies you have believed to God, ask Him to help you believe His Truth about who He says you are.
Until you believe what Jesus says about you, you will continually struggle to know who you are and what you have as a new person in Jesus. When you allow the Word to transform your mind and defeat the lies that have stolen your freedom, you will know who you are in Jesus.
The lies that hold you in bondage die with the knowledge of His Truth that sets you free (John 8:32). Knowing who you are in Christ gives you the confidence to live without the world or circumstances or anyone else defining who you are. Your identity in Christ gives new and fresh opportunities to experience God’s unconditional love for you. And it gives you the freedom to confidently share what He has given you.
When the lies die, the Holy Spirit is free to move powerfully in your life. Old things have passed away! Behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
© 2021 Lynn Lacher