Vindicated and Valued By the One Who Most Matters
When feeling unloved, unimportant, worthless or when your IDENTITY feels shaky: here are some STABILIZING TRUTHS TO HELP, FOR OUR IDENTITY IS IN CHRIST:
DO I (WE) KNOW GOD KNOWS ME (US), IN CHRIST, AND NAMES “US”, ME and YOU?
Such an incredible BLESSING TO BE REMINDED IN THE WORD THAT GOD KNOWS ME and I KNOW HIM. AND THE SECURITY THAT BRINGS…Check some of the blessings out below…will you?
His knowing me and my knowing Him secures my identity like nothing else. Is your identity shaky? Reading these Scriptures and a few notes from a Tim Keller Sermon titled “Uncovering Identity” helped me remember the truth, replace lies with truth and thus secure my IDENTITY and brought me JOY! Let’s get HAPPY IN JESUS!
Scriptures in ESV:
Isaiah 42:1 "Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights."
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
God Knows Your Name …GOD GIVES YOU VALUE AND AN IDENTITY OF GREAT VALUE!
Isaiah 43:1-28 (Selected verses only)
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine..… Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. ...
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. ...
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away. And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.” And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— ...
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
Exodus 33:17 And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.”
Isaiah 43:7 Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
John 10:14 ESV I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
Romans 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Isaiah 62:1-12 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. ...
Exodus 33:12 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’
John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
Psalm 103:3 Who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Isaiah 59:19 So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (WE ARE SAVED!)
John 2:24-25 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. (Christ has entrusted us with HIS SPIRIT!)
The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
A few of my own edited/ideas and notes from a Tim Keller Sermon titled “Uncovering Identity”:
God puts the curse we deserve on Jesus, the condemnation, all the sin or lack of living up to the standard…whatever we deserved, whatever satan says we deserve sometimes it is true BUT CHRIST TOOK ALL OF IT…ALL OUR SIN, its SHAME, ITS ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES, ITS DEATH AND HELL AND CURSE….WHEN YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS…JESUS TAKES what You DESERVE…and He gives you the BLESSING!!!! THIS IS LOVE! Do this, place your faith IN JESUS CHRIST AND HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION ON YOUR BEHALF, do this believing and receiving and you will be accepted. Christianity says NO you don’t have to perform yourself, you just have to believe it was performed for you! It is the opposite of all other religions!… BELIEVE! and then you are accepted. All other religions say perform and then you are accepted. But so often “false christianity” inside the Christian church has given the wrong message. The wrong message is Believe obey saved. The True message, the correct GOOD NEWS is BELIEVE SAVED then OBEY! We are saved by believing not obeying! Believing comes first and changes everything! The order matters!
Phil 2 Jesus made himself nothing so we could have everything…so we could have a name and eternal life!
You are not good enough in and of yourself to EARN salvation is true but "You are not good enough in and of yourself" as a person is a statement that is a flat-out lie…Jesus says you are worth dying for and He did just that! He died so you could live eterally with Him!
…You will never amount to anything…a horrible LIE that need to be addressed. Your value is secure from the foundations of the earth. Christ knew you before you were born. Read through some of these verses and meditate on the truths of them. WE AMOUNT TO GREAT VALUE BECAUSE JESUS SAYS! And it is not because of our performance! Freedom!