Identity issues have become the focus of major debates in our culture, but who actually decides our true identity? God, our Creator and Redeemer, has the last word when it comes to our personal identity, and the good news is that the moment we believe in Jesus He creates a new person inside. This is not a feeling, a human emotion, or a conjured up false identity. It is a deep spiritual historical happening that takes place the moment we are born into God's family. This new self is pure, Christ-like, and holy, but our old identity tries to keep stinking things up in our daily lives. We need to focus on our new identity in Christ. We need to see ourselves the way God sees us in Christ. This is the true identity the Holy Spirit is seeking to cultivate and mature daily in our lives. It's the identity the Apostle Paul appeals to when he claims that the Corinthian believes are set apart saints by grace. Focus on this new identity and even the power of illicit sex can be broken.

 

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