Jesus knew that the Father had put him in complete charge of everything, that he came from God and was on his way back to God. (Jn. 13:3, MSG)
Knowing who we are and what we are to be about brings a huge sense of security. Do you think Jesus was secure in His identity? If so, what do you think may have contributed to that sense of security? What difference do you think His security made in how He experienced life?
God’s Word declares that certain things are true of you, if you know Jesus. Read the following list (not comprehensive by any means!) of “I am” statements that describe how you see yourself. Put a + by any that you know (in your head, at least) are true of you. Put an * by any that you don’t feel very confident about, even though you may intellectually believe them to be true.
I am . . .
___A new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)
___God’s child (Jn. 1:12)
___Jesus’s friend (Jn. 15:15)
___The Holy Spirit’s home (1 Cor. 6:19)
___God’s handiwork (Eph. 2:10)
___A member of Jesus’ body (1 Cor. 12:27)
___Forgiven (Col. 1:13-14)
___Free from condemnation (Rom. 8:1-2)
___Chosen by God (1 Pet. 2:9)
___Empowered (Phil. 4:13)
___Safe in God’s hand (Jn. 10:29)
Talk to God about your answers. Ask Him to help you believe at a heart-and gut-level the things He says are true about you.
If there is one statement that is especially hard for you to believe and feel, consider memorizing the verse that corresponds to it. In this way, you can feed your faith.