Do Any of These Sound Familiar?
“You’re a loser”
“No one likes you”
“You’re not good enough”
“You will never amount to anything”
Introducing… Who are You? for Teens
Written by teens for teens!
Meet the Authors
Hello, I am the oldest of five, having four younger (but mostly taller!) brothers. After being homeschooled K-12, I attended online college at got a degree in communications through Thomas Edison State University. Some of my favorite activities include reading, listening to music and podcasts, singing, dancing, playing ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and role play/group games, and hanging out with my family and friends.
I’m another member of the crazy Wallace family. I love my family, they are the best. I have many interests including soccer, anatomy, hanging out with friends, watching The Good Doctor and Pirates of the Caribbean. I graduate this year and look forward to pursuing an education in the medical field. My mom wrote this bio, she is the best.
Hey! I’m the oldest of 8 which basically means every day is a party. I get paid to play with kids and cuddle babies and I’m currently working towards becoming a certified postpartum doula! I love taking pictures and my favorite thing is a good spontaneous adventure. Every day is a new lesson on how to live out my true identity only found in Christ despite all the constant distractions of our day!
Hey, I’m number four in the Wallace family. I am a big NASCAR fan, my driver is Joey Logano. I love small and large engines and if you can’t find me, I’m probably in the garage creating something with metal. Thank you for reading this bio, my mom wrote it for me. She’s the greatest mom in the world!
Hi, I’m basically a middle child. I adore little kids (which is a good thing considering I’m #5 of 8.) I can lose myself in almost any Francine Rivers book. I love to figure myself as a dog charmer but I do love any animal. I believe everything should be named, including plants. My biggest pet peeve is people playing Christmas music before thanksgiving.
Hey there! I’m 19 and the second oldest of 8. I Love replicating historical dresses from pictures and movies, painting with water colors or reading the Chronicles of Narnia series for the 100th time. I can’t fully describe myself without including that for 11 years I dealt with a seizure condition. The Lord really used those years to deepen my faith in ways beyond my wildest imagination.
Introduction to Who Are You? For Teens
Every one of us battles one or more of these lies—or lies like them—spoken to us by someone else, or worse, what we say to ourselves. Over time, the corrosive effect of these lies can be devastating.
Lies like these have a way of stealing our joy and crippling us emotionally and spiritually. In some instances, we can fall into depression, which can even lead to self-harm.
Dictionary.com defines a lie as “a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive.”
Satan is “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Through his lies, he wants to deceive us into believing that God is not good and that He cannot be trusted. This was his tactic from the beginning in the Garden of Eden. Through the serpent, Satan lied to Eve by calling God’s goodness into question. Tragically, we know that Adam and Eve believed the serpent. They sinned and brought agony and death to the human race.
Have you ever wondered why it is so easy to believe these lies and why it is so hard to get these lies out of your mind? What I am about to say is very important because it helps us understand the answer to this problem.
Why Are Lies So Powerful?
God created us to be dependent upon him for everything we need in life. This expands well beyond physical needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. It includes instruction for how to live, how to make sense of the world, and most importantly, how to understand who we are and what our purpose is as individuals. Because God is our creator, he is the only one qualified to help us understand our identity.
On the surface, this might seem unloving or selfish of God to make us dependent. But neither is the case. God is a God of love and compassion who delights in showing mercy (Micah 7:18). He wants us to live abundant lives (John 10:10), which can only happen within his design that he reveals to us in his Word, the Bible.
Since the beginning, Satan has been sowing seeds of doubt about the trustworthiness of God’s word, competing for attention in our thought life. Seeking God in his Word and learning to discern the difference between his voice (truth) and Satan’s voice (lies) is the only way we are going to clearly understand our identity and purpose.
How to Overcome Lies about Our Identity
The first step in overcoming these lies is to know with certainty that you have received God’s gift of salvation that he offers freely through his Son, Jesus Christ. Are you a Christian? Do you know Jesus personally? If you are not certain, then please turn to the last section of this booklet titled God’s Gift of Salvationto learn how to do that.
What Is the Truth?
The second step in overcoming lies is to believe the truth about you. When you become a Christian, God does many wonderful things for you. For example, He forgives your sin. He adopts you. He gives you the assurance of an eternity with him after you die. You may already know about those. But perhaps less known is that God gives you a brand new identity!
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” But we live between the already andthe not yet.So, before I go deeper into what it means to be a new creation, let me first clarify it does notmean.
As new creations, we have not become sinless. We will battle with sin until the day we see Jesus in heaven. But as we grow in Christ, we will chooseto sin less. We are still responsible for our sin and must confess it, ask forgiveness, and demonstrate repentance. However, increasingly, we will not wantto sin. We will want to obey God by bringing our lives into greater conformity with who we already are in Jesus Christ. We will, by God’s grace, over time, learn not to sin. We will sin—less.
My true identity is found in Jesus Christ, not my sin. Dwelling on that truth alone will bring you great joy.
What Does It Mean to be a New Creation?
We are, right now, new creations in Christ. This is an enormous truth that has many wonderful aspects to it.
In Ephesians 1:3-14, Paul the Apostle describes our new identity: We are chosen, holy, blameless, adopted, blessed, redeemed, and forgiven. In Romans 6, we read that we are dead to sin and alive to Christ. The New Testament is full of these and many, many more identity statements that help us see who we are now as Christians so we can think, speak, and act in conformity with who we really are in Christ.
When we look for these truths as we read the Bible, the Bible becomes very, very exciting. And each discovery equips us to remember our true identity in Christ when confronted with lies. This is how our minds are renewed. This is how we are conformed to the image of Jesus Christ—and how we are enabled to live more and more instinctively like who we already are in Jesus.
These are powerful truths especially when we are bombarded by Satan with lies about who he says we are.
The Role of Faith
The way that we grab hold of our new identity is by faith.
1 John 5:4 says that our victory is our faith. By faith, we are now free from the bondage of Satan’s lies. In moments of temptation, by faithwe can choose to believe what God has said is true about us. When we do, we experience great joy and thus the freedom and strength to obey God. Further, we find that our obedience is motivated much more by our love for God.
For those who are in Christ, we must begin to look for these identity statements in Scripture, meditate on them, and believe them as true of us individually every day—but most especially during the moments we are being tempted and lied to by Satan.
Our sin does not define us. We don’t lose our position with God. We are secure in Christ. All of this serves to bring us to want to confess our sin to Him, to ask his forgiveness (and any others who we sin against), and to commit anew to walk obediently with him. This is what you call, GRACE!