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Scripture Reflection

“May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23b

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 This week we will look at how our false identities impact our body, soul and spirit.

Soul

“As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.” Proverbs 27:19

To recap, our soul is made up of our conscious and our subconscious mind, our emotions and our will.

When we’re not in alignment with who God has called us to be, our identities will be shaped by who and what the world says we should be. But if we ground our identity in God’s truth then our thoughts, emotions and will will yield an abundant life in Christ.

God has given us all unique personalities and  identities. He sees us exactly as we are and exactly as he created us to be. He is calling us to cast down our false identities so that we can live out our God-given identities in Him. Become ruthless about what you allow into your heart and mind as it will continually shape your identity. Remain vigilant until your emotions, actions, thoughts and beliefs align with God’s truth about who you are.

Body

“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body.…Proverbs 4:21-23

Perfectionists can be prone to depression because of the constant pressure they place on themselves. The people-pleaser will eat to stuff feeling instead of approach someone  who offended them or instead of saying what’s on their mind. The control-freak will often over-eat to regain a feeling of composure when things are out of control. All of these false identities can negatively impact our physical health.

Conversely and thankfully, God’s word gives us direction, truth and wisdom that can provide us with abundant health.

Spirit

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1). 1 John 3:1

At our core is our spirit. It is the part of us that connects with God. This is our contact point with God where our spirit communicates with His. Paul says, “When we cry, ‘Abba! Father’, it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Only when we align our spirits with our Heavenly Father’s will we ever be successful in anything we do.

When we’re operating from our false identities, despite our best attempts, it can be difficult to connect with God. The whole notion of submitting to God is difficult for a controlling person. They will often have trouble trusting God and you may even feel the need to help Him along when it seems like nothing’s happening. Perfectionists can feel like  they can never please God and whatever they do is never good enough.. And lastly,  people-pleasers have a hard time accepting and receiving God’s love.

Thankfully, God knows us by own unique and individual names; the names He has given us, not the false identities we’ve acquired. He sees past all our false exteriors and facades and connects with us as who we really are; as who He created us to be. We can rest in the fact that we can run to God just as we are and He will always love us and accept us unconditionally.

Share in a couple of sentences how your false identity impacts your body, soul and spirit and contrast it with your true identity in Christ.

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