What can decode me and my identity?

As long as
Our thoughts
Are a mess
And our inner life
Is full of stress
We know far less
About our identity
Than we think we do.

When you think
Other people
Are very different than you,
It’s just not true.
We all have
The same identity–

Our pride
Tends to hide
The commonality
Of all humanity–
Our shared struggles,
And insecurities.

Too many people are living with a fake ID, not in their pocket, but in their mind. You can never discover your true identity as long as you choose to live in darkness. When we don’t like something in our character, too often we hide it behind ego instead of turning away from it with humility.

Feelings and desires don’t define who we are. We are humans who have the power to embrace them or to resist them. Our feelings and thoughts are easily subject to deception; we often aren’t who we feel like and think that we are.

The truth about who you are isn’t what you call yourself. It’s revealed in how you choose to live your daily life. No matter what words you use to identify yourself, your true identity is much deeper than that. Self-labeling is usually more self-deceiving than it is self-identifying.

We can’t accurately self-identify because our subconscious mind represses much of who we are and our conscious mind often deceives us. Too often we try to find a self-identity that justifies our desires instead of telling the truth about who we really are.

The first step to finding our true identity is to identify the sin in our life that is hiding it. (That’s called repentance.) As long as there is darkness in your heart, your self-identity will be off base.

When we choose to define the most innocent form of human life as noting but disposable tissue, we destroy our identity. You were once a fetus who someone refused to kill.

What can decode me and my identity? Because we’re made in God’s image, connecting with Him is the key to finding our identity. I’m not what I think or what I feel. I am what “I AM” says I am.

Lost identity
Is a sign
Of self-deception.
It can’t be restored
By self-perception.
Only reception
Of God’s Light
Can reveal it.

To self-identify
is to misidentify
And to deny
Who you really are,
A being who is created
In the image of God.

The Bible is the Jesus-book.
Open up its cover
To take an honest look
And you’ll soon discover
His presence at work
In you.
(1 Thessalonians 1:13.)

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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