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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Avoiding a Spiritual Identity Crisis

"God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world" (Ephesians 1:4)

A true sense of identity comes from knowing that God Himself personally selected you to be His child.

Many people in our society are on a seemingly endless and often frantic quest for personal identity and self-worth. Identity crises are common at almost every age level. Superficial love and fractured relationships are but symptoms of our failure to resolve the fundamental issues of who we are, why we exist, and where we're going. Sadly, most people will live and die without ever understanding God's purpose for their lives.

That is tragic, yet understandable. God created man to bear His image and enjoy His fellowship forever. But when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they violated that purpose and plunged the human race into sin. That crated  within man a spiritual void and an identity crisis of unimaginable proportions. Throughout the ages ungodly people have tried to fill that void with a myriad of substitutes, but ultimately all is lost to death and despair.

Despite that bleak picture, a true sense of identity is available to every Christian. It comes from knowing that God Himself personally selected you to be His child. Before the world began, God set His love upon you; it was according to His plan that Christ died for you (1 Peter 1:20). That's why you responded in faith to the gospel (2 Thess. 2:13). Also, that's why you can never lose your salvation. The same God who drew you to Himself will hold you there securely (John 10:29).

Don't allow sin, satan, or circumstances to rob you of your sense of identity in Christ. Make it the focus of everything you do. Remember who you are - God's child; why you are here - to serve and glorify Him; and where you are going - Heaven, where you will spend eternity in His presence.

Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for choosing you to be His child and for drawing you to Himself in saving  faith. Praise Him for His promise never to let you go.

For Further Study: Read John 6:35-44; 10:27-30; Romans 8:31-39. According to Jesus, how many believers will lose their salvation? What was His reasoning? What did Paul base his certainty on?

~John MacArthur~

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