As believers, the finished works of Jesus Christ define us. Our identities are based on our belief in Him, and we are righteous because of our faith in Him. Our trust in Jesus affirms to us that we are redeemed, and that we have received the wisdom of God. The world will challenge this; we must therefore begin renewing our minds according to who we are, and continue doing so even when our behavior does not line up with our new identity The true test is if, after we made a bad decision, we still believe we are righteous or we believe we have lost our identity and slip into self-effort. Rightly dividing the Word of grace gives us the advantage over the enemy, and shields us against being pulled back into the constant hard work that the law requires. We are truly freed from our performance when we keep leaning on and looking at Jesus, and allow the Holy Spirit to change us from the inside out.