Everywhere we look, people are looking 


for identity and validation. It almost 


prompts us to ponder the straightforward 


soul's searching inquiry, 


"Who am I?" 

One of life's most important realities is 


knowing to Whom we belong. As humans we 


desire to know and understand who we are 


and Whose we are. We desire to be authentic... 


true to who we are. 

Our most basic human needs are to 


belong, feel connected, be accepted, to 


be loved and to trust in the support of


 those we know and love.



The primary, defining, transformative 


belonging of our lives is clearly this: 


we belong to God! God made us to be


 His very own people. God created each 


individual with a certain purpose in mind. 



God has a plan for our lives, and God 


has already ordained each person's 


destiny. May we be ready to follow 


God's plan. 



Nothing is greater than resting in God's 


plan since everything comes from God, 


passes through God, and is directed 


toward God. 

Each and every one of us was formed in the 


womb by God. God also knew us. Because


 of this, Jeremiah 1:5 declares, "I knew you 


before I created you in the womb. I designated 


you as my prophet to the nations before you 


were even born.



This implies that we had an identity before we

 

were born. God is aware of our identity and 


character.



We begin to understand God and ourselves 


as we develop and evolve. We begin to 


understand that God made us with a 


purpose in mind.



For I know the plans I have for you, 


says the Lord, Jeremiah 29:11. these


 plans for good are meant to offer us a 


future... not calamity. 

God demonstrates to us that we have identities


 in the book of Jeremiah.


Why then do we experience identity crises?


Well, there are a number possible causes for this,


 including: 


* We have experiences that cause us to doubt 


who we are. Experiences like loss, failure, and 


rejection.


*Nobody ever teaches us who we are or that 


we are God's property.


*Parents or other caretakers can sometimes 


fail to educate us that God is the Source of our


identity.


*We are under social pressure to adjust and


 adapt.


*We see what is "in" and "out," and if we don't 


emulate it, we start to doubt whether we are 


who we ought to be.


All of these arguments are legitimate, but we 


shouldn't let them make us second-guess who


 and Whose we are. 

Insecurities cannot exist if our identity is in 


God! We are magnificently and fearfully made.


There is a lot of freedom and confidence in 


knowing who we are and living up to it.



God embodies the word secure, and God 


doesn't alter. Insecurities cannot exist if our


identity is in God!



We are magnificently and fearfully made.


There is a significant amount of freedom 


from external control or influence and 


confidence in knowing who we are and 


Whose we are. In knowing Whose we are 


we can confidently walk in our identity.

Regardless of social rank, wealth, or


knowledge... God is fully aware of 


everything about us. The Scriptures are 


very clear on this point that everything 


about us is laid bare before God. Never 


have we experienced, contemplated, or 


taken action that God has not fully and


 completely known.



All human beings were given life by

 

God and are made in God's image 


and likeness. 


Genesis 1:27


God loves us and is under no illusion


about who we are, where we have been, 


what we have done or acquired. God 


does not ignore or change His standards


 for anyone. 



The entirety of the Scriptures conveys 


to the world that we are God's creation


 and that we belong to God.



When faced with difficulties or after a 


prolonged period of drifting away from 


God, we may occasionally doubt our faith 


and dedication to God.



Trust... God will never allow us to feel 


unworthy of His love because He will always


 be able to reach us. Our lives have direction 


and meaning because we are a part of God.



The good news is, no matter how badly we are 


broken, God can fix us. Our family, culture, 


traits, triumphs, and failures are not random


 occurrences. We have been purposefully 


created by God, and until we comprehend


how He originally intended for us to be, we 


will never be wholly fulfilled.



Whether one is a top executive, a scholar, 


an artist, a physician, a mother, a father, a 


pauper, an heir to the throne, or a friend, 


nothing will ever be able to make us 


separate from God and His love, and nothing 


will ever alter the reality that we are God's 


masterpiece. As we attempt to evaluate all 


of our other responsibilities in life, the


context of this fundamental truth must be 


taken into account.



Psalm 100:3 serves as a reminder that


we are God's people. God is God, the 


omnipotent Creator and Redeemer of 


mankind, and God will always be God.



What difference does it make 

that we belong to God?


It can make all the difference! 


God has a definite plan for us in mind 


as His masterpiece. To discover this 


purpose is the first step toward a 


transformed existence. It can provide 


us with profound self-confidence that 


we matter... because we belong to the 


Creator of the universe. 



Our Creator has revealed Himself in both 


science and history. We must recognize 


God for Who He is. God formed us and 


created us as His own people. God made 


everything and He sustains everything. 


This plain truth has the power to change


 our lives, and each of these other tasks 


will be impacted by how we carry out


 our fundamental connection with God... 


as a part of Him.



Our experiences, challenges, and 


upbringing have pulled us toward God 


rather than away from God. Where 


according to our knowledge,


 observations, and experiences as well 


as the Scriptures, the safest place 


for us to be is not distant from God, 


but rather near to God. In God, and in 


God alone, we have a Refuge and a 


Fortress.


According to Psalm 91:1-2, 


"Whoever dwells in the shelter of 


the Most High will rest in the 


shadow of the Almighty.



Even if God never did another good thing in 


our lives, we could spend the rest of our lives... 


glorifying and praising God for what He


 has already done.



We trust God, the Creator of the entire


 universe, with our whole life. We firmly 


believe that even if we lose everything... 


God is all-sufficient.


For in God we live, and move, and 


have our being.


Acts 17:28

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