Today is the first day of 2022. It is a new year. You want God’s best in your life. And that best is experienced when you know yourself as He knows you. God desires us to know Him—to be His people of faith—to act upon the truth of His Word—to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). But when we don’t know the change that Christ has made within us, we can’t live the new life He has given us. A lack of knowledge keeps us from our new life of promise (Hosea 4:6).
The Word is a powerful message of God’s love for you. In the passage of Ephesians 1:1-14, Paul strongly reveals truths about who you are in Christ. And these truths reveal the fact that when God sees you, He sees Jesus. You are completely new and righteous in your spirit (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21). You don’t have to struggle to receive what you have already received by faith. The old in your life is now dead. You live in the power of His new life in you. Knowing who you are in Christ is knowing how God sees you. As Christ is, so are you in this world (1 John 4:17). sees you. As Christ is, so are you in this world (1 John 4:17).
People who know who they are in Christ are people of faith. They don’t ever forget the miracle of the Grace of Jesus that has set them free. Their identity is not based on the opinions of others or on circumstances that are forever changing. Their identity is based on the redeeming and unchanging work of Christ.
People of faith know how God sees them—holy and set apart—blameless and pure—redeemed and forgiven—covered by His Grace—overwhelmingly blessed—chosen to be His before He created the world—called to be His children—lavished by His precious Grace—unconditionally loved and accepted. They know that the Grace of Jesus has given them a wonderful inheritance of every spiritual blessing. They are conﬁdent that their lives will work out according to His plan and purpose (Ephesians 1:1-14). They know that these promises are who they are in Christ and that His identity is theirs.
People who know who they are in Christ are not just satisﬁed with the status quo. They are hungry to understand all Jesus has given His life for them to have. They know that what God has for them is as great as what they envision. They choose to believe and walk by faith as if that vision is already manifested in their lives.
People who know who they are in Christ praise God for His love for them. They know He never leaves or forsakes them (Hebrews 13:15). They don’t live by their emotions. They praise Him for what they can’t see but they know is real. The peace of God holds them steady through the ups and downs of life (Philippians 4:6-7). Joy in the faithfulness of God gives them the power to stand strong no matter what happens. Their love of God abounds because they know God loved them ﬁrst (1 John 4:19). They receive God’s unconditional love without any hesitation because they believe who they are in Christ. When you appreciate what Jesus has given you, it keeps on appreciating and ﬂourishing in your life. You know the value of what He has done for you.
People who know who they are in Christ know that God has given them the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17). They know that God wants to reveal Himself to them. They believe that the Holy Spirit guides them into all truth. They know the Holy Spirit doesn’t speak on His own authority. Whatever He hears, He speaks (John 16:13).
People who know their identity in Christ know how important it is for them to live by faith. Faith calls for our response (James 2:26). Our response to what Christ has done for us pleases Him. And God rewards those who diligently seek to know who they are in Him (Hebrews 11:6).
When we start understanding who we are in Christ, then we start to understand the Resurrection power of the new life within us. What Christ accomplished on the Cross is already ours. We see that His ﬁnished work is done. We know that all has been won. And we walk not as the world deﬁnes us, but as who He says we are.
You are a person of faith. You are everything the Word says you are. Knowing yourself as He knows you, sets you free. Welcome to 2022.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher
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