Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
1 John 3:1 (NKJV)
Genuine followers of Jesus Christ are children of God. What an amazing truth to meditate on and embrace with our hearts, minds and spirits. Sincere Christians are sons and daughters of the Most High God! They have an inheritance as such that is out of this world. Our Most High God has promised His children a glorious eternity with Him that we can only imagine if we have genuinely accepted His Son as our personal Lord and Savior. That is His incredible love for His children!
However, when our hearts are broken as a result of any type of abuse, the death of a loved one, divorce, domestic violence, rape, accidents, natural disasters, or any other form of trauma, we may begin to believe that our future will be determined by those extremely painful and traumatic experiences. We may feel like it is who we are, and our outlook can be skewed, because we have accepted the negative labels—word curses—that accompanied the trauma. Those labels may include victim, abandoned, rejected, or unloved. They can help keep us in bondage and prevent us from receiving freedom from the emotional and spiritual pain.
The trauma is not who we are—it is what happened to us! If Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, we are sons and daughters of the Most High God. That is our true identity. We are loved by the Creator of the Universe, the Great Physician, the Lord of Hosts. We are precious in His sight and He wants to heal our broken hearts. We must embrace that truth. God loves His children with an incomparable, everlasting love!
The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”
Jeremiah 31:3 (NKJV)
The following is a short list of who we are according to the Word of God, the Bible, if we have sincerely accepted God’s Son, Jesus, as our personal Lord and Savior. The associated Scriptures are in parentheses below each statement.
We are children of God.
Our sins are forgiven through the blood of Jesus.
We have been saved by grace through faith.
We are new creations in Christ Jesus.
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
We are partakers of His Divine Nature.
(2 Peter 1:4)
We are delivered from the powers of darkness through the blood of Jesus Christ.
God’s children are led by the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.
We are getting all our needs met by God through Christ Jesus.
We humble ourselves and we cast all our cares on God.
(1 Peter 5:6-7)
We are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
We can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us.
We are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ if indeed we suffer with Him.
We can receive the blessing of Abraham, the promise of the Spirit through faith.
We have been given eternal life in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
(1 John 5:11-12)
In Christ, we are blessed with every spiritual blessing.
We are healed by Jesus’ stripes.
(1 Peter 2:24)
We are more than conquerors through God and Jesus Christ Who love us.
We are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, and the word of our testimonies.
We can have victory over evil spirits. He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world.
(1 John 4:4)
We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.
(2 Corinthians 4:18)
We walk by faith and not by sight.
(2 Corinthians 5:7)
We are being transformed by the renewing of our minds.
We are God’s fellow workers.
(1 Corinthians 3:9)
We are the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.
(2 Corinthians 5:21)
We are to be imitators of God as dear children.
We are to be the light of the world.
The above declarations clearly describe who we are as children of the Most High God! We must never let the devil convince us otherwise. The negative labels that people and the kingdom of darkness have inflicted on our hearts, minds and spirits are lies. God’s Word shines the truth of who we are and what we are called to live as God’s children and genuine followers of Jesus Christ.
We love Him because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19 (NKJV)
Not only do our heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit love us, but we love them in return. They show us their love for us in countless ways. We show our love for them by trusting God and obeying Him and His Word, because He first loved us.