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What (or Who) Really Defines Me?

SOURCE:  Living Free/Tammy Webb Witholt

I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! Ephesians 1:17-19 MSG

What are some of the words you would use to define yourself? Gay, straight, alcoholic, workaholic? Or teacher, attorney, mother, grandfather … or even intelligent, witty, cute, stupid, ugly, clueless …

While these words may describe some of your characteristics or roles, the real you is defined by your relationship to Christ. When we receive Jesus as Lord, God redefines us as followers of Christ, according to his purposes.

Homosexuality is a lifestyle you used to live (and might still be struggling with)—it’s not who you are. Workaholism is a life-controlling problem, but not who you are.

Even the positive roles you play and your good characteristics may be a part of God’s plan for your life—but they are not your main identity.

If you have made Jesus Lord of your life, you are a follower of Christ. He now lives within you. You are a child of the King. He has clothed you in his righteousness. He has a plan and a purpose for your life—and he will help you accomplish all that he has prepared you for and called you to do.

Father, I thank you that my main identity in life is now “follower of Christ.” Help me to truly grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life. In Jesus’ name …


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These thoughts were drawn from …

Lessons Learned: Moving from Homosexuality to Holiness by Tammy Webb-Witholt.

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Who Am I?

SOURCE:  Ed Welch/Christian Counseling Educational Foundation/CCEF

We live in an era where personal identity is of great importance to us. Perhaps we simply don’t know who we are.

We are like victims of amnesia who are lost and always searching for our ‘true’ identity—or perhaps we are looking for an upgrade. We seek meaningful self-definition in our jobs, our relationships, our hobbies, and (sometimes) in Jesus. Whatever the reason, we listen when someone speaks about identity.

There are a number of ways to approach the ‘Who am I’ question. A useful way is to change the question just slightly from:

Who am I? … to … Who am I?

In this, we take our cue from King David. After the Lord assured him that his throne would have longevity, David responded with a rhetorical question.

Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? (2 Sam. 7:18)

This was not a new question for David. He had asked the same question when Saul offered him his daughter in marriage (1 Sam 18:18, also see Gen 32:10). Apparently, it was a natural response for him.

Ruth lived with this question too. “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?” (Ruth 2:10)

You can hear echoes of it in the Apostle Paul. “Who am I that you would take me—a murderer and enemy—and make me a servant? Who am I that you would anoint me and send me to the Gentiles? Who am I that you would love me and allow me to suffer for your Name?” When you read through his epistles, you suspect that Paul could go on like this for hours.

Behind the question is an identity. I was dead in sins, I have received grace and mercy, I have been brought from the trash heap to the King’s table and now I—a person who was far away—have been brought near and he says to me that I am his and he is mine.

Who am I? I am unworthy to have received anything from the Lord let alone received everything from him.

Who am I? I will never even be asked to give commensurate with what I have been given.

How pleasant. An identity forged in simple gratitude. Whatever else we add to our thoughts on biblical identity, this is the foundation for them all.

Who am I, O Sovereign Lord that you have brought me this far?

Homosexuality: Tammy’s Story (5)

SOURCE:  Living Free/Dr. Jimmy Lee/Tammy Webb-Witholt

“But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves. These are the God-begotten, not blood-begotten, not flesh-begotten, not sex-begotten.” John 1:12-13 MSG

Tammy learned that the very essence of who she is depends on whose she is: “One lesson I’ve learned is that the reality of Jesus in us and our life in him defines us and gives our life purpose. I eventually came to the place where I decided, ‘Perhaps I can trust the Lord with my wounded and bruised heart. Perhaps I don’t have to depend on my own limited understanding. Maybe I really can follow God’s path.’

“It wasn’t easy to release the parts of myself that had made me feel secure for so long. I’d invested much time and energy validating my ‘gay identity.’ Leaving the culture of friends who had affirmed me as a person with same-sex attractions was very difficult. Even after committing to follow Christ, I found it hard to grasp the truth of my new identity. But when I did, my life changed radically and I discovered the very essence of who I am is dependent on whose I am.

I am the workmanship of God. He is trustworthy and his unconditional love empowers me to become who he created me to be.”

“If you are struggling with homosexuality, I urge you to seek Jesus. He loves you and will meet you right where you are.”

Have you received Jesus as your savior? If you have, your new identity is child of God. You are clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and you can do all things through him. God has a plan for your life—and it is a good plan. As you trust him, he will help you become all the wonderful things he has designed you to be.

If you’ve not yet received Jesus, you can do so right now. Do you believe that he is the Son of God and that he died on the cross for your sins? Are you ready to receive the gift of life he offers you? Do you want to commit to following him? Just share your heart with him. He loves you and will meet you right where you are.

Father, I’m ready. I know now that I need you. I need your love and your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died for my sins. Please forgive me and help me live a life dedicated to you. I truly want to be your child. In Jesus’ name …


These thoughts were drawn from …

Lessons Learned: Moving from Homosexuality to Holiness by Tammy Webb-Witholt. This group study offers biblical tools, along with an abundance of hope, to anyone struggling with homosexuality.

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