My Identity In Christ

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Several factors have influenced my identity. I am a product of my family background, the Cameroon patriarchal society, and the feminist movement in France. These factors have shaped my gender role expectations, the need to belong, and the high value placed on marriage

After achieving the American dream, I was confused. I did not know who I was and started looking for my purpose in life. I met someone who invited me to church, and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I attended church regularly, was involved in the church, had a love for the Word and a vibrant devotional life. However, I did not always understand or exercise the authority that I have in Christ. As a child of God, Jesus gave authority to cast out demons (Mark. 3:15) who cannot possessed believers but can oppressed believers.

God used all these tools to shape my identity. I needed to know who I am in Christ. Many Christians are not living free and productive lives because they do not understand who they are and why they are here. They do not know that who they are is rooted in their identity and position in Christ.[1]

Before one believes in Christ, one is dead in one sins (Romans 6). When one accepts Christ, he or she is alive in Him, and the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is in us (Rom. 6, Eph. 1). Therefore, sin has no power over us.

In 2Corinthians 5:17, Paul said that Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the old has gone, the new is here! After salvation, we become a new creature. However, the process of sanctification (transformation into the image of Christ) is a process that involves letting go our old bad habits and learning new ways from the Holy Spirit. With the power and authority that Jesus gave us, we can speak to the enemy and to our circumstances and see changes. We see chains fall off, and we can experience freedom.

Today, I am enjoying freedom that has resulted from speaking to my mountains and life circumstances in the name of Jesus.

 

Dear friend: I want to help you understand who you are in Christ so that you will use the power and authority you have as believer and experience the freedom that Jesus promised. Jesus came so we can have life and abundantly (John 10: 10). May be you too have exercised your authority and power and have experience freedom, wherever you are in your journey of discipleship, I want to encourage you as you share your story. I look forward to hearing from you.

[1] Neil T. Anderson, Victory over the Darkness (Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2013), 43.

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