We in America have placed our identity in any number of things. In the military it is easy to find our identity in our branch of service, uniform, specialty code, rank, etc. Spouses (husband or wife) are dependents, little league parents, soccer moms, bus drivers, etc. Kids are known as military brats and find their identities in their activities or studies at school. Who is “your team”…which sports entities have you placed your identity with? Do you have college or pro jersey or bumper sticker?
For me, early in my military career, I found my identity in two things—1) in being the son of a war hero I never knew and 2) my flight suit and wings. I wore both of those as badges of honor yet I was constantly searching for something else. One day I finally came to the end of myself; my life had totally spun out of control, I hit rock bottom and I finally yielded—everything—my life, career, kids, relationships, money to Jesus Christ. I had known Jesus as my Savior since I was in high school but I had never let Him be Lord of life.
If you haven’t received or accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior please consider the following thoughts then pray the prayer at the end.
So … who am I in Christ?
· I am forgiven and redeemed – “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding” (Ephesians 1:7-8)
· I am a new creature—“Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin's every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ's sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That's what Jesus did. (Romans 6:6, The Message)
· I am free – “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Ephesians 5:1)
· I am accepted – “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12)
· I am loved – “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other" (John 13:34)
· I am healed – “He sent forth His word and He healed them” (Psalm 107:20)
· I am protected – “This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection” (Psalm 91:2-4)
· I am more than a conqueror – “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37)
If you are ready to let go, ready to start a new life and want peace and joy then pray this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I confess I am a sinner and I want to start new in life with you. I accept You as my Lord and Savior and I believe today that You died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave. Please wash me clean today and I want to start a new life in You. Thank you Jesus…Amen!”
It is that simple. The next question is where do I go from here?