What is your Identity?
When Daniel and his friends were sent to Babylon as captives, their new environment was in stark contrast to everything they had ever known.
It would have been easy for them to succumb to these pressures and to let whose they were, be changed eternally.
Daniel and his friends knew that their identity came from God, not from their circumstances, their names, or what society told them to be.
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone”
Every day we are fed lies about our source of identity and self-esteem; we are pushed toward pagan belief systems and behaviors.
Yet, Daniel shows us, the key to maintaining our identity in the midst of temptation is to focus on God, not on our circumstances.
If we have accepted Christ as our Savior, then we are in a right standing with God.
We know that through eyes of Jesus, we are righteous. We did not earn our own salvation.
We know that we are forgiven and can live each day with a clean slate.
We know that the same spirit that raised Jesus from the grave lives in us. We know that we are loved by God.
Pray: Father, I thank You that I am Your child and forever a part of Your Kingdom. Help me to remember that and to stay focused on You.
This is my Word of Hope for you, my friend.
Reflect on this message:
1. As you read or hear this message, what does it mean to you?
2. What part of it do you have questions about? Ask God to explain it to you.
3. What should you do now to apply this message to your life?