“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion. -Brennan Manning”
The true self. True as in accurate or exact, and self as in you. Who you are exactly. To me it is comforting as much as it is encouraging to know that who I am is in Christ. I don’t have to worry about trying to be anything else other than the beloved of God. An illusion is “a deceptive appearance or impression,” the enemy
may will attack and try to tell you otherwise; he will say you are unloved and he will try to make you think you do not belong or have a place, but even though the enemy comes to deceive the words in Romans 9:25 say this, “Those who were not my people I will call ‘my people,’ and her who was not beloved I will call ‘beloved.’” Who we are in Christ does not come from the words of man or the works of flesh or evil. Our definition and place comes from God above, who created us in His image. With the saving blood of Jesus, when we are in Christ we have the power to defeat the enemy and he has no authority to tell us who we are. 1 John 5:18 “We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.” The bible says that when we accept Jesus into our hearts we are born again, the old has gone and the new in Christ has come. 1 Peter 1:23 paints a beautiful illustration showing the effect and impact of when we are born again. It shares how WE are set apart for His purpose and we hold a seed that is imperishable… through the everlasting word of God. God will never change and His words are forever the same so when He says we are beloved it is something that you can faithfully hold onto. In the song Middle Of Your Heart by for KING & COUNTRY there is a line that says “Your love is something that I can put my faith in.” Truly God’s love is unlike anything but faith is complete trust in something, it is believing in the unseen, not just believing but really knowing. With that when God says we are His beloved it is not something to be taken lightly we need to act not with other identities but as the beloved of a King, as someone who is loved by the creator.
We should not just act but be. We are His workmanship. We are His children. We are His beloved.
Ephesians 1:6 “to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”