The Real Me
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
—Galatians 2:20 (AKJV)
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. I’m a new creation in Christ. My past—my old identity—is dead and gone (2 Corinthians 5:17). Christ lives in me, and all the fullness of God has come to live in me (Ephesians 3:19). I have the power to live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me enough to die for me. When I believe how much God loves me, all things are possible (Mark 9:23).
Is there any greater love than the 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 loved us on the cross with His unconditional love! 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 the faith of 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 as 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—the faith of the Son of God—has overcome the world! By His faith, I 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 intimacy of our relationship with Him. We are strong because God is strong. We are forgiven because Jesus has forgiven us. We are healed because Jesus has healed us (1 Peter 2:24). We are loved. God so loved the world. He so loved you and so loved me (John 3:16).
“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 the faith of the Son of God, who gave His life for me. I’m saved—righteous—forgiven—healed—delivered—rooted and grounded in His love—and filled with the power of God. I have a new identity in Jesus, and this is the real me.
© 2023 Lynn Lacher