The Bible list’s many names God has given to his people. These names impart an identity to me. One identity is that I am righteous and am perfect in God's eyes. There is nothing I can do for righteousness. I am righteous because Jesus died on the cross and took all my sins with Him.
Although I am righteous I am also a sinner at the same time. Romans 7:15-23 says that we have two men within us. The new man is 100% righteous and forgiven .The old man is a sinner who doesn’t want to admit his sin. The world would say “that’s crazy”. I either am a winner and perfect or I am a loser with nothing. But not both at the same time
Many times the world will put thoughts in my head and I can’t come against them on my own .The gospel spoken outside of me will sound like law and I immediately get defensive because I think that I need to appear righteous for people to love me. In the world you are not accepted into a friendship unless you wear the right clothes or act the right way. Some times I think, “oh, I better wear this and maybe they’ll like to be with me.” Or, “I could go over and sit with some one and compare them to me.”
I am in the world but not of it. The only thing I have common with the people in the world is that we both have a flesh. The world knows how we easily fall astray. So they have made a system to get and take my identity by magazines, internet, books and other media. These things often catch me unaware. It sends out a story. It tells kids to be independent and not rely on Their parents and don’t talk to them. It also tells them to be disobedient to their parents. The world makes it seem like parents don’t know any thing about what you are supposed to look like and act like.
I also have the identity of a daughter. Since I am a daughter I get to serve my family. Some times my mom will tell me to wash the dishes and I think, “Why should I do that?”, or, “That’s her job”. Or some times she will tell me to clean the bathroom and I immediately want...