25 Ways YHWH Describes You
Have you gotten wind of the interview with US synchronized divers David Boudia and Steele Johnson after they took the silver medal at the Olympics in Rio earlier this week? I can't find the video but the quote went like this, "My identity is rooted in Christ--not the Olympic Games." Though I wouldn't have used the term 'Christ' I think this is fantastic! A piece of truth was spoken in an unexpected place. I'm sure it's not easy to coherently share your faith in a two minute interview during a serious adrenaline rush. I applaud both athletes for this statement, and so did many others. People went wild over this idea.
There's just one thing I'm wondering: what is so revelatory about this line for us? Shouldn't each of us have thought this same thing hundreds of times in our own lives? My identity does not depend on this test or that diagnosis. I am worth more than my salary or what that person said. Why is the idea of getting our identity from our Creator instead of our career or resume or achievements a new idea to believers? Why don't we know our own identity?
Did you know in Scriptures there are literally hundreds of things that YHWH says about you? The count is actually much higher than that according to Psalm 139:17-18 which says that YHWH's thoughts of us are more numerous than the sand. Here are just a few of the thoughts that YHWH has about you.
YHWH describes you as:
-His (Isaiah 43:1)
-called by the name of Israel (Isaiah 43:1)
-a renewed creation in Moshiach (2 Corinthians 5:17)
-set apart (Ephesians 1:4)
-loved with an everlasting ahava (Jeremiah 31:3)
-a priest (1 Peter 2:9)
-made clean from the filthiness of idolatry (Ezekiel 36:25)
-called, justified, and esteemed (Romans 8:30)
-precious in His sight (Isaiah 43:4)
-inscribed with the Torah on your heart (Jeremiah 31:33)
-not forsaken when seeking YHWH (Psalm 9:10)
-given strength (Psalm 29:11)
-blessed with shalom (Psalm 29:11)
-healed from disease (Psalm 103:3)
-satisfied with good things (Psalm 103:5)
-traded joy for mourning (Isaiah 61:3)
-given the Ruach of power, ahava, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)
-able to have a joyful heart even in the worst circumstances or most extreme poverty (2 Corinthians 8:2)
-a restorer of the paths to live in (Isaiah 58:12)
-set apart by the learning of the Torah (John 17:17)
-ransomed from death (Psalm 103:4)
-healed of backsliding into idolatry and faithlessness (Hosea 14:4)
-not judged by appearance (Isaiah 11:3)
-pruned for great fruitfulness (John 15:3)
-called to the same halacha as the Moshiach (1 John 2:6)
Learn these things! For this is what the Living God says about you. Speak and pray these things over yourself. Saying things like, "Thank you that I am given shalom. Help me to experience that," or, "Teach me what it means to restore the paths to live in," are great ways to get these truths to sink into your being. Learn what YHWH says about you so you know your own identity.