I Am a Child of God: Why Is Now the Most Important Time to Know This?
I was enormous — already. I was nearing the 8-month mark in my pregnancy when I found myself sprinting across the zoo after my 2-year-old. On one foot I wore a medical boot because of a clutzy fall I’d had a few weeks before. However, as my son darted for the gated ‘Do Not Enter’ zone near the lion exhibit, neither belly nor foot would stop me from keeping him from harm.
I Am a Child of God
Can you imagine the sight? Can you imagine the chuckles and eye rolls as I waddled through the crowd?
But beyond the chuckles and eye-rolls, the judgmental stares of the two women who were on this zoo adventure with me rattled my sense of security. Their 2-year-olds didn’t behave like mine. I wondered if I had this whole momming thing wrong.
And then, in those moments, insecurity surreptitiously spread into more areas of my thought life. The dominoes of lies tumbled one into the other threatening to tear down what I knew to be the truth. A truth that said:
“I am a child of God and He is within me equipping me each step of the way. The world is not and will never be stronger than my God.”
“Dear children, you belong to God. So you have won the victory over these people, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” -1 John 4:4 GW
Does Insecurity Ever Rise Up in You?
Can you relate to feeling insecurity rise up within your heart? Maybe your scenario doesn’t resemble the waddling-boot-wearing-crazed-child-chasing woman of my story. But I believe both you and I have experienced more than one similar situation that left us questioning our worth — especially in the tumultuous and painful times in which we are living.
The Wrong Mindset Bossed Me Around Before I Understood the Truth.
As far back as memory takes me — when I was too little to even know the word ‘insecurity’ — it surfaced within me. It quickly gathered power and before long, became the boss of my life.
It gained all that power and momentum because I didn’t fully grasp what it meant to be a child of God. I had yet to fully embrace God’s redeeming love.
I had made a habit of equating both failure and success to my worth.
Success equaled worthiness.
But failure equaled worthlessness.
Subsequently, I allowed the actions of others to determine what I believed of myself. I didn’t look to the Maker of heaven and earth — the One who created me and placed me in the Book of Life — as my measure of worth. Instead, I looked to the world and all the unsteady and broken people in it as my yardstick.
But We All Long for More
But, friends, I longed for more than the world’s reflection. And I believe you do, too.
First and foremost (as I’ve mentioned before in this series), we must know the Word of God. When we begin doing that, we begin to know God himself. That’s when life can change for the better.
You see, what we believe is what we do. It determines how we act. Therefore, if we believe in God — that He loved us so much that He gave His only son to rescue us from our sins and from eternal death — then we will believe we are worthy. We will see the magnitude of our value simply as a child of God.
And likewise, if we believe in our extraordinary value, we will then act accordingly. We will live in righteousness and in victory.
That’s a place we all long for — now more than ever before. Much of our own control has been stripped away this year. Because of Covid-19 and the unrest over racial injustice, we’ve all felt the rug pulled out from under us. Uncertainty is the new normal. And living in uncertainty breeds fear which, in turn, brings about thoughts and actions that serve to defeat us.
Necessity of Discipline
Living as a child of God isn’t a snap-your-fingers instantaneous kind of change we make. But it is possible and definitely worth it! Are you ready?
The enemy will urge you to push it off until tomorrow. He finds a higher success rate where discipline lacks. But the enemy cannot hold you back when you claim God as your defender. The God of wonders will do immeasurably more than you can ever imagine.
Below are 7 Bible verses about knowing I am a child of God that helped me grasp the depth of His love. These verses help me fight when insecurity begins to rise up.
All bad habits tend to return if we don’t keep them in check. Insecurity isn’t any different. An unhealthy thought life and belief life are bad habits that can easily return.
Therefore, commit these verses to memory. Begin reading your Bible — one verse, chapter, and book at a time. If you missed the beginning of this series, start at the beginning about God’s love HERE. Then sign up to download your free journal with each week’s Bible verses, focus questions, and prayer are found.
I Am a Child of God: 7 Bible Verses to Help You Live in This Truth
*** Remember, each of these verses holds a page in the Journal, too! They look like this:
God chose YOU. Yes, YOU!
“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.” -John 15:16 MSG
IF God made the lilies as beautiful as they are, imagine the workmanship He used when creating you.
“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.” -Matthew 6:27-29 TLV
God forgives and wipes away all the wrong we’ve ever done.
“God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong.” -1 John 1:9 GW
You belong. You are known and wanted.
“That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.” -Ephesians 2:19-22 MSG
God loves and treasures you more than our human minds could ever imagine.
“But now, God’s Message,
the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,
the One who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
And when you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
trade the creation just for you.” -Isaiah 43:1-4 MSG
You are God’s masterpiece. Who would have less than good things planned for their masterpiece?
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” -Ephesians 2:10 NLT
God doesn’t want you weighed down by shame and false guilt. There is no pointing fingers and living in the past with Him.
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” -Romans 8:1 NLT
I pray these Bible verses about insecurity reminded you of your worth. But friend, I challenge you to not stop here. Dig into the Bible. You will find God telling you again and again of how much He loves you.
A Prayer to Live As a Child of God
Dear Jesus, Today I humbly come to You in acknowledgment of how little I really have under control. The world is turned upside down and my peace wavers. Anxiety wants to take over. But I know that You are God and You are on the throne. You are bigger than any calamity or struggle I may ever face. Father, I want to rest in the knowledge that I am a child of God. I am Yours. So, today I set the reflection of the world down and pick up Your reflection — calm, steady, and unwavering. A reflection of righteousness, love, and mercy. Make me whole in You, Jesus. Make my heart overflow with You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
A Time to Reflect: Week 5 Focus Questions
- Do find yourself in comparison mode at times? Or maybe often? How do you tend to feel after a session of social media comparisons?
- From where do you most often define your value or worth? What could change if you determined that worth from God alone?
- Finally, which of this week’s Bible verses resonated most with you? Write it on a card, on your mirror with a dry erase marker, or hang it on your refrigerator. Repeat it every day this week. Read it out loud. Pray it. Ask God to reveal Himself to you through it.
Wait, There’s an Extra Challenge!
When I created a full course on identity in Christ awhile ago, I also created an interactive 5-minute quiz. It gives you insight as to how well you see yourself as a reflection of Christ versus a reflection of an ever-changing and often angry world.
The Series: For When You Want to Know God’s Unconditional Love
Because this topic resonates with you and you want to start from the beginning … Just click on the title below.
For When You Long to Know God’s Unconditional Love
This Is Why You Need to Know the Character of God
7 Ways God’s Love for Us is the Best Kind of Love
7 Ways to Change Your Life With God’s Unconditional Love
Finally, here’s what you get with the series:
- Each week, I will give you Bible verses, a prayer, questions to ponder, and extra resources.
- Plus, I’ve created a printable journal to help you walk through the series. Each page will have scripture at the top and an area for you to journal your thoughts and answers to the challenge questions found in each post. The journal is available free to all subscribers.
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