When we got born again and became new creations in Christ, we immediately became holy, righteous, and sanctified. Our identities are already within us because God, who is all these things, lives in us. We need to remind ourselves daily of who He has made us, because Satan’s strategy is to attack our identity and try to get us to question it. We must avoid the mistake of letting our actions determine who we are, and instead accept by faith who God says we are. Genuinely believing this allows us to work out the righteousness already in us so that we can bear fruit. No self-effort is required; the decision to accept Jesus has made us just like Him. Constantly renewing our minds to the identity God has given us keeps us separate and apart from an unholy world.