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Exposing the Fake You to Reveal Who You Are in Christ

It’s time to separate the fake you from the real you. What I mean is you’ve been told by the world who you are for so long now that you’ve become that person instead of who you really should be. The real you is who you are in Christ.

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Exposing the Fake You

The fake you is your world view of who you think you are. It is the labels that the world has given you over time. I want this post to be an eye-opener for you to see how you have adapted to what you’ve been told in the past. This was never God’s intention for you but as a born again believer, God has an identity ready for you to grow into.

Here are some different scenarios of how the fake you could have started in your life.

The fake you, quite possibly, began as a child or even a teenager. It could have begun when someone told you you sucked at math, that you couldn’t add simple numbers like 5+6. Maybe some bully kids called you stupid and picked fights with you.

Or, maybe your teacher said you couldn’t write a simple paragraph if your life depended on it. Maybe she or he said you couldn’t read and you’d amount to nothing in life.

Is this ringing a bell for you? Had something similar to this been said to you in the past? What did those words do to you, where did they go, deep inside of you?

Here’s a few more scenarios that would produce a fake you.

The kids in the playground taunted you and called you names. Names that hurt and went deep in your soul. So deep that you began to wear all those names like a cloak.

Or, maybe a trusted family member did some unspeakable things to you as a pre-teen girl. You were told not to tell anyone, that it was “our” little secret. The visits became more frequent and you shuddered every time that person came over to visit because you knew what would happen.

Your spirit broke, your sense of self-worth was shot through and slowly you became what these words said you were.

Or you might be thinking that’s not the home life you came from at all. Maybe you were from a kind and loving home. Your parents displayed love to you and affirmed you in every way possible. But, maybe there was one word that was spoken over you at school and it sunk in deep. Nothing mom or dad said could dig it out.

All those names that you were called as a child, a teenager, and yes, even as an adult, those names aren’t you. They are not who you are.

Those words are labels intended to defeat you and make a fake version of you but God does not call you those things. He calls you His child and He has a purpose and a destiny for you to fulfill. He wants you to find out who you are in Christ and He wants you to live as the real you!

Recognize The Fake You of “That’s Who I Am”

Can you see how the world views spoken over you created a fake you?

Maybe you’ve said, ‘well, that’s just me, that’s who I am’. But did you know that you don’t have to be that way? You don’t have to be fake, wearing the cloak of words heaped on you as you were growing up.

You don’t have to be addicted to alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, food, sex, or cigarettes. Those negative words may have driven you to think you aren’t worthy of a better life and so you do the things you weren’t meant to do.

You don’t have to be a workaholic to get ahead in life. You don’t have to be a perfectionist in everything you do, both at home and at the workplace. Doing a good job is a good thing but perfectionism shouldn’t be what drives you.

It may be hard to grasp and if it is, then I ask you to read this post again until the lightbulb moment happens.

God never intended you to be beaten and downtrodden in your spirit. He never intended for you live in discouragement. He never intended for you to be living in a spirit of poverty thinking you will never have an abundance in life.

God owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10) and what He has, He wants to give you, Matthew 6:33; 7:7. Do you know how much a single cow is worth these days?

God has so much more for you than you realize. And when you become who you are in Christ, you can truly say, ‘this is who I am’ and that person will be one who lives in victory!

How God Views You

Those things that were done to you in the past, despicable as they were, does not mean that is who you are. That is the world’s view of who you are and it is wrong.

The real you is defined in the Bible. This is the person you should have been from the time you were a young child. This is God’s view of you, not the world’s view. And it is not too late to become who you are in Christ.

The book of Ephesians is a great place to start in learning who you are in Christ. Your identity is revealed as a child of God. These aren’t just some empty words, they are the very words of God and words that you can count on!

God views you as His daughter. He sees you as victorious in Christ. He truly sees you and because of Jesus, you can be who you are in Christ. God wants you to live and breathe knowing that there is nothing that anyone can do that will separate you from Him, Romans 8:38-39.

When you walk in the knowledge of who you really are, then your whole demeanour changes. Your language changes from defeat to knowing that nothing can come against you without God knowing about it, Romans 8:31.

God designed you to live victoriously. Some things need to be repeated until we get it from our heads to our hearts.

Let’s look at some truths of who you are in Christ and how God sees you, His precious daughter.

Truths of Who You Are in Christ

As a born again believer, one who has accepted the finished work of the cross, you have left behind the old you to take on the new you and with that is a new identity of who you are in Christ.

God says you are the head and not the tail. You are above and not below. As you obey God, He will make you strong, Deuteronomy 28:13.

You are blessed coming in and and blessed going out, Deuteronomy 28:6.

You are beautiful and you are amazing, just as you are. You are fearfully and wonderfully made because God doesn’t make junk. You are His beautiful child, Psalm 139:14. Let this sink in deep. If need be, stand in front of the mirror and say these words out loud as you look at yourself.

You are a citizen of heaven who is seated in heavenly places, Philippians 3:20; Ephesians 2:6. You are an overcomer and more than a conqueror, 1 John 5:4; Romans 8:37.

You are of royal descent. You are chosen for God. You are intended to tell others of the wonderful things He has done. All of this is in 1 Peter 2:9.

He is everywhere you are for you are not alone, Psalm 139:7-10; Hebrews 13:5. He knows all about you, nothing is hidden from Him. Psalm 139:1-2.

You are precious in His sight. He thinks amazing thoughts of you, all the time, so many thoughts that they cannot be counted, Psalm 139:17. You are always on His mind.

You are loved, John 3:16, Romans 5:8.

You are a strong person, one who is brave and courageous, Joshua 1:6-9, Deuteronomy 31:6. Be who God says you are, strong and very courageous!

Like Gideon, you are a mighty warrior, one who is a brave leader under His command, Judges 6:12,14, and you will see the results the Lord has commanded. Let Holy Spirit lead you in your daily life.

This is a small list of identity in Christ verses about who you were designed to be. The Bible is full of affirmations of who you are in Christ so be who you are meant to be! So trust God in all that He says about you!

Who You Are in Christ is based on the Word of God

God’s Word is true for God cannot lie, nor will He, Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18. What God says about you is the real you.

All those things that were said to you as a child or teenager or done to you resulted in a ‘fake’ you. They were fake because they were not based on the Word of God. Only what God says about you is real.

So, who you are in Christ is the real you. How do you get to be this person? It won’t happen overnight, or, maybe it will. I don’t know for sure, only God does.

You may be having an ‘aha’ moment now as you turn this concept around in your mind. All those things that were said about you, those things that were wrapped around you like a cloak or a second skin, is not you. They are fake producing a person you were never intended to be.

The real you is who you are in Christ.

The real you is who God says you are.

You get to be this person, the real you God has already determined who you are in Christ. He has already stated what your identity is in His Word. And when you accept this, it is time to become the real you. Let the change begin!

You do this by reading and studying the Word. The Word is your source of truth for Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, John 14:6.

This post by Cherith Peters of His Dearly Loved Daughter is a great post that explains why you are a Citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven under the New Covenant.

What You Need to Do to Become Who You Are in Christ

As you study the Word, remember that these are not idle words with no significance to them. The Bible is God’s truth for you and He says what He means and means what He says.

Renounce the Fake You

This is an important step. You need to acknowledge that you’ve been living a fake you that the world put on you.

Renounce the world view of you and declare that you are meant to live as God has stated in His Word. You are who you are in Christ and nothing less. If you need to, you can name and renounce each of the hurtful, defeatist words spoken over you. Speak these out loud so not only you can hear them but the enemy hears them as well and knows that you are breaking away from the hold he has had over you all these years.

Here are some examples:

  • I renounce the words spoken over me that I am fat and ugly. God’s Word declares that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that I am precious in His sight.
  • I renounce the words spoken over me that I am stupid and won’t amount to much in life. God’s Word says I am His child and He declares me victorious in life.
  • I renounce the spirit of poverty in my life. God’s Word says that I am chosen by God and that I am a joint-heir with Christ Jesus. God’s Word says I have all that I need through Him.
  • I renounce all the negative words spoken over me that have shaped me to be who I am right now. I declare their hold over me to be broken. I declare that I am who God says I am in the Word of God.
  • I renounce…

As Holy Spirit leads you, continue to renounce and break the hold of negative words over you.

Also, sometimes you may find that Holy Spirit leads you to renounce and break those chains days or weeks later. Simply follow His leading as He reveals to you what work needs to be done in your life.

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Renew Your Mind

Romans 12:2 says to be renewed in your mind. The world wants to conform you to its world view of you but God is saying to be transformed into who you are in Christ by renewing your mind.

So think about these things, read these truths as often as you need until they become your new nature. Soon you will notice that you acting and responding as one who is secure in who you are in Christ.

In Philippians 4:8, Paul tells us what to think about. These are good words to fill your mind with, not the words that were hurled at you as a child or teenager. Those words were intended to inflict harm and pain on you. But the Word of God is filled with words to build you up, to show you who you are in Christ Jesus!

If you need help to renew your mind on who you are in Christ, here is the identity in Christ list of over 50 Bible Verses to help you! In addition, there are journal blocks for you to write out the verses that speak the most to you or that you need to work on as you renew your mind in Him. (P.S. this is a large file so it will take about a minute or two to download. If you are using a phone and it does not pop up right away, you can click on the 3 dots in the right-hand corner of the browser to pull up ‘Downloads’ and it should be there.)

Read and Study Your Bible

Paul taught the Christians in Rome about faith and said to read your Bible out loud, Romans 10:17. Well, not in those exact words but he was teaching that your faith will grow when you hear the words of God. So, ‘faith comes by hearing’ means read the Bible out loud.

Reading out loud is beneficial in two ways: you hear what you are reading and you are slowing down to read every word. This way you don’t miss anything. Sometimes a small word with big implications can escape your attention. Reading out loud will catch it!

Here’s an example: Ephesians 4:31, Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.

Did you read that to yourself and miss it or did you read it out loud at a normal pace and catch it?

How much bitterness and anger should be put away? Some? or all? You’ll be surprised at how often the word “all” is mentioned in the Bible. Keep an eye out for it the next time you’re reading.

Often when we read the Bible to ourselves we read it pretty quick and we end up missing nuggets of gold. I encourage you to slow down your reading, don’t be in a rush, and read out loud as it encourages your faith to rise, Romans 10:17.

Don’t forget to free grab the identity in Christ list of 50+ Bible Verses to Reveal Who You Are in Christ. (P.S. this is a large file so it will take about a minute or two to download.)

That’s a Wrap

I hope you can see what I mean by exposing the fake you in order to reveal who you are in Christ. The world puts labels on us and oftentimes we adopt those labels and then become someone God never intended for us to be.

By reading and studying His Word and realizing that what He says is true and doesn’t change, we can adopt His truths about us and live as children of the King. We can then say with David in Psalm 3:8, Lord, Your blessing is upon my life.

I trust this has been a source of encouragement to you. What was your ‘aha’ moment in this post? Please share it in the comments and I’ll be sure to respond!

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6 thoughts on “Exposing the Fake You to Reveal Who You Are in Christ

    • Cindy

      Thank you, Alisa, and yes, we need to be secure in our identity in Christ so that we may live as He designed us to live! Thank you for stopping by today.

  1. Marsha

    This is a very good read! It has reminded me of the words I need to let go of from the past and start speaking God’s word over my life. Thank you.

  2. Maryann

    Thanks for this Cindy! When i was born again I remember realizing that nothing anyone else said about me mattered, only my Father in Heaven. The love of Jesus set me free!

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