One of the most important pieces of information you can have in your life is, self-awareness. Self-Awareness is vital. It’s knowing inside, because of Whose I am, this is who I am and this what I can do.
If you aren’t self-aware, if you aren’t aware of who you are, then hidden addictions and compulsions, will derail you from your destiny all because you believed yourself to be the old man, when in fact you are a new man. You still believe that old report, when that old man (your old way of living and thinking) has been wiped away by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus), and now a new person has been established (2 Corinthians 5:17). You now have a new identity in Christ. You are not who you once were.
How did this happen? It happened through, and because of, Jesus Christ. Jesus empowers you, through His grace, to become a new person! In Revelation 12:11, the Bible states, We overcame him (the devil), the one who constantly describes our old man (our old way of living and thinking), by the word of our testimony and the blood of the Lamb. We overcome by testifying, by telling others, that we are not the people we used to be. But, because of the blood of the Lamb we have overcome. We aren’t the people the devil accuses us of being. We are who we are through Jesus Christ.
It is vitally important that you rehearse, remind, and reassert who you are daily, or even more frequently if needed. Why? The devil is more consistent than you in declaring who you are. The Bible states that the “accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10) accuses us before God day and night! I believe those lies are constantly whispered, and sometimes shouted, into our ears. Therefore, we must continually remind ourselves who we are.
King David demonstrated the power of being aware of who he is. He protected his identity and spoke of who he was quite often. David would call himself the Lord’s anointed. Recalling that was no doubt a reminder of that moment when Samuel anointed David as king before his father, Jesse.
For David, there were times when he would be running for his life, hiding in caves, spears being thrown at him, but no doubt he would also remind himself that this won’t last. I am anointed to be king, David was reminding himself, God has anointed me, and God will bring me through this.
David used his writing to describe how he viewed his relationship with his King. He wrote Psalm 23 and described the relationship in terms of a shepherd. Then he penned Psalm 139 and described the connection that he had with God. He understood that, outside of our connection and relationship with God, we are nothing. David valued who God had called him, and anointed him, to be.
In one of the worst moments of David’s life, he penned Psalm 51. As you read through David’s confession, you see the value he placed on who God had called him to be. David treasured that anointing on his life. He was concerned, as many of us would and should be, that his decisions and failures would void or ruin that relationship with God and destroy who God had called him to be. David says to the Lord, in such an eloquent way, that he valued his relationship with God more than his own pride.
In reminding ourselves of who we are, we must also never forget who He made us to be in the first place. Remember, we can do all things! However, it’s always through Christ. Treasure who you are, but treasure more Whose you are! Treasure Jesus, seek Jesus, follow after Jesus, and you will never forget who you are.