Our identity as sons of God

Our identity, who we are speaks to the very centre of our being. One of the critical things we need for us to walk in victory as a Christian is to know our identity. The Bible tells us that as born again believers, we are sons (daughters included) of God. We are not merely servants but sons, we are in family relationship with God!

John 1:12
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name

Romans 8:14
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Ephesians 1:5
having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Romans 8:16
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

Why is it important to accurately define our identity? Let’s look at the characteristics of a son.

A son:

  • Has access to a father’s unconditional love
  • Is a part of the family
  • Carries his father’s name
  • Is fully accepted by the father
  • Is born into his position as a son, it’s not earned
  • Inherits
  • Has full access to the father
  • Has a share in the family business
  • Can expect the fathers provision in all areas

[Ladies, don’t be confused by all the male terminology, if men can be the “bride of Christ”, then woman can be sons of God]

The devil attacks our identity, because if we don’t understand our place and privileges, we will never act out of a place of strength. Look at the temptations of Jesus in the Gospels. Jesus after being baptised in the Jordan, has the Holy Spirit come down on Him in the form of a dove and has God the Father speak from heaven and say: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22). Directly after this amazing confirmation of identity, the devil attacks Him in the wilderness with the words “If You are the Son of God…” (Luke 4:1-13). The devil understands the power of identity!  Click here to read more about these temptations.

When we act out of any identity other than that which we get from God (being His son), the fruits of walking with God are hindered from manifesting in our lives. Many Christians, see themselves as mere servants or hopeful supplicants, beggars without any surety before God. When we think this way, we enter into a frantic performance mindset where we try to earn God’s love and be good enough for Him to accept us. In this mode, we can’t have peace and we live in fear. Living in any identity other than son-ship neutralises us and instead of being “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37), pushing back the devil in our lives and in the lives of others (James 4:7), we are stuck, without hope and slowly we drown in apathy!  This is why the devil spends so much time attacking our identity, don’t let him steal yours!

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