Spiritual Identity Crisis

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 20:7

Jim John, a well-known entrepreneur, speaker, and author, once said, “either you run the day, or the day runs you.”  While this relates to time management skills, it also parallels our spirituals lives. In other words, if we don’t define our spiritual self, then the world will define it for us.

When was the last time you overcame adversity or achieved a goal? Did you include God in your action plan? If you’re like most people, there’s a good chance that you didn’t. However, there’s a danger in this pattern of behavior. Over time, if we find worldly success without God, we’re tempted to feel like we don’t need Him at all. Yet that’s exactly what the enemy wants.

2 Corinthians 4:4 reminds us that, “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe.” His favorite tools to achieve this misdirection are things like big houses, new cars, lavish vacations, or the latest wardrobe. Because when you’ve acquired all you could possibly want, why would you need God?

Having nice things isn’t bad, but if we rely on them for a sense of self-worth, to overcome insecurities, or to define our place in this world, then we will have fallen into Satan’s trap. We will have become spiritually weak and vulnerable, with no source of lasting strength. In this state of being, we’re susceptible to what the world expects of us, rather than what God has predestined for us.

Jeremiah 17:7 says, “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence”. As Christians, when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we receive a new identity. We don’t lose who we are, we become who we were meant to be, in this world and the next. By placing our hope in God, we experience joy, love, peace, and strength like we could never imagine.

So starting today, place your trust in God and know that you are a righteous, healed, and restored child of God.

Today’s author: Mark Henderson—Founder of The Inspired Legacy
Mark is a creative professional with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of web design and advertising. He also serves as the chief content officer at The Inspired Legacy, an online ministry dedicated to shining a light on God’s gift of parenthood. The organization aims to inspire and equip fathers to boldly lead their families, love their kids unconditionally, and leave a legacy of grown children that carry on these same traditions. Mark resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with his wife, Kimberly. Together, they have three children, two girls, and one boy.

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