When you know who you truly are, nobody is going to mess with your mind.
I have shown that racism is a social construct based on a faulty ideology about people’s identity. According to the racist, there are some people whose skin color makes them inferior to them and deserve to be treated as such.
However, it is not enough for somebody to believe that your skin color or any other thing makes you inferior to them. To be inferior, you need to believe that you are inferior. As simple as this may sound, many have stumbled over this basic and foundational idea that all are created equal because some have a hard time believing that they are not superior and others cannot shake off the idea that they are not inferior.
Knowing who you are is the best place to start because if you do not know who you are, you are going to behave contrary to who you truly are.
Take, for example, a prince who is born to a royal family but was taken to a farmer to be raised. He will think, talk and act as a farmer because that is all he knows. If he is taken back to the palace and convinced that he is indeed a prince, his actions will change and he will start carrying himself as the royalty that he rightfully is.
You are not the result of a cosmic accident because you have been created in the image of God. God Himself has declared that we are all created in His image. We are all the same.
If you think the issue of knowing your identity is something that is not crucial, you have to consider the fact that the devil himself attacked Jesus Christ in this very area. Jesus had been fasting in the desert for 40 days and was hungry. Then, the devil showed up:
“Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
“But He answered and said, It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:3-4 (NKJV)
Take a close look at the sneaky attempt of the devil to try and make Jesus Christ doubt who He truly was. The devil understood that if he could make Jesus Christ doubt who He was, He would start acting in ways that are contrary to who He was.
What somebody believes about themselves determines their actions.
Do you think that the devil doubted who Jesus Christ was? Yet, he dared Jesus to afﬁrm or reject the fact that He was indeed the Son of God.
Jesus was hungry after 40 days of fasting in the wilderness, and the devil tried to tie His legitimate need for food to His identity. Today, many have fallen into this trap of tying their identity to their sexual needs and any other needs that they have. Can you imagine how Jesus felt after He had not eaten for 40 days? He was hungry, but He refused to give the devil a foothold by doubting who He was. Jesus did not waste time arguing with the devil and did not try to prove to him that He was the Son of God. Instead, He quoted the word of God.
You have to know who you are and believe what the word of God says about you. When people want you to doubt your true identity in Christ, you should use the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.
You do not need to prove to these people that you are not a cosmic accident and no chimpanzee’s cousin or monkey’s uncle. You are who God, your Creator, says you are —and that is good enough.
The devil was not done with Jesus and attacked His identity a second time. I bring this up because the enemy is relentless in trying to make you doubt who you are and believe a lie.
It is amazing that the devil knows the word of God and can quote it, but he was trying to misinterpret the word of God here by asking Jesus to put up a public stunt.
Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’
‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”
Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” Matthew 4:5-7 (NKJV)
Can you imagine how many people would have believed Jesus if He jumped from the top of the temple and landed on the ground without any harm? This would have been an excellent publicity stunt and would have beneﬁ ted His mission of reconciling people back to God tremendously. But Jesus knew better; He knew that He had to die on the cross for His mission to be accomplished. He was not going to take a shortcut and put up a show for the public.
Your identity is who God says you are, not what any government, textbook, or group of experts say. Just because man-made laws say you are something, it does not make it true. Therefore, it is important to keep believing and afﬁrming who you truly are.
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