I woke up this morning pondering these thoughts today: Why is it that humans need so much encouragement from one another about “who they are”? Dogs and cats need loving, but no one is having to remind them who they are every day?
We humans, it seems, need to have our minds renewed constantly to the truth of our identity in Christ because the world and the devil’s advocates are ever reminding us of what we lack and who we are not!
Unlike our furry friends, we have been
created in the very image of God.
When we were born again He imputed and imparted His nature to us!
Satan is using the same lie since the garden by always trying to get us to question “hath God really said?” and “who do you think you are?” The enemy convinced Eve God was withholding from her by questioning her identity. She ended up losing her God-given identity by trying to “do” something. Thank you, Lord, for sending Jesus to redeem us and restore us to right-standing with the Father! (Genesis 1-3 — Romans 5:17)
The devil even puts that question before Jesus: “IF thou be the Son of God…DO this.” Jesus was confident of His identity, however, and was able to displace the lies of the enemy with the Truth of God’s Word! (Matthew 4)
He has equipped us to do the same in the same way because of our identity in Him! Notice the enemy is all about “doing stuff” to prove our identity. Jesus gives us our identity and only asks that we “believe” “receive” and “rest” in that truth.
Without Him – the missing link to our identity, we will search all manner of ways to “find ourselves”, but all will fail without Him!
“Without your identity-
which is found in Grace –
you are nothing more than a fugitive
living under the alias of a free man.”
(Shelbye Junell – daughter -2009)
A: It is God’s empowering presence ever at work within you helping you do what you are powerless to do without Him! (Phil. 2:13 – John 15:5)
We are a brand new creation, not just a new spirit. ALL THINGS BECAME NEW…even our nature! The old man is dead and the new man has been given the DNA of the Divine Creator of the Universe. (II Cor. 5:17, 1 John 3:9, 1 John 5:18, II Corinthians 5:17-21)
KNOWING BEYOND DOUBT WHO YOU ARE IS KEY TO WALKING POWERFULLY IN THE KINGDOM! When we know how to BE….we won’t be enticed to try and DO in order to become what Jesus made us to BE! Jesus brought the question of identity to His disciples when He asked, “Who do men say that I am? …..more importantly, Who do YOU say that I am?”
Like Peter, revelation brings us to an experience of KNOWING HIM! This happens when we BELIEVE HIM! Believe what He says is Truth about you! Then RECEIVE AND REST in His provision for everything! (II Cor. 5:17-21–Matthew 16:13-19)
My sisters and brothers – IT IS NOT at all ABOUT WHAT YOU DO,
IT IS ABOUT WHAT HE DID!!! SOOOOO……
By His Grace, He made you “to BE” Who YOU ARE IN CHRIST by the power of the risen Christ! Your “doing” will flow out of that “identity” as His child through intimacy with your Heavenly Father. He fully accepts you and affirms you In Christ! That’s good news!
When we KNOW who we are and whose we are we also know that as royal sons and daughters of The King all that is His belongs to us!!!We are His children and He has gladly given us ALL THINGS pertaining to life and godliness and it is the Fathers great pleasure to have given you the Kingdom! (2 Peter 1:3, Luke 12:32)
Oh! You’re not hearing me! HE GAVE YOU, ME, US – HIS CHILDREN —–THE ENTIRE KINGDOM! We get it all and He is withholding NOTHING from you! He is a good, good Daddy and it is time to say YES and RECEIVE all that Daddy GOD has for you IN HIM! (Matthew 18:3)
Jesus is still extending the same invitation to us “to learn from Him!” as He extended to the crowd in Matthew 11:27-30 MSG
Praise God that Jesus knew us before we were formed in our mother’s wombs and He gave us greatness within by His Spirit. He paid the ultimate price to redeem us back to himself for LOVE….but He also knew the world had great need of the treasures He placed within us to bring hope to the lost and dying world! (Psalm 139, 2 Cor. 4:7 )
It was God’s plan from before time began. Jesus made the Father’s adoption of us legal by His Finished work at the Cross. We are His children, positioned for greatness IN HIM! (Romans 8:15)
“My people perish for lack of knowledge”. Hosea 4:6 And not just any knowledge,”My people are destroyed because they don’t know me…” (TLB) It is that lack of “knowledge” of Him, His character, and His Love for us that has far too many people thinking that God is angry with mankind and so he is sending “judgment” to the Earth through hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. If they knew Him they would know that nothing could be further from the Truth! All judgment was poured out on Jesus at the Cross. There is none left. In fact, “Jesus said loudly, “Everyone who believes in me is really believing in the one who sent me. Everyone who sees me is really seeing the one who sent me. I came into this world as a light. I came so that everyone who believes in me will not stay in darkness. I did not come into the world to judge people. I came to save the people in the world.”
“Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world. He did not send him to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him. People who believe in God’s Son are not judged guilty.” John 3:16-18 (An enlightening teaching for another day!)
Paul tells us in Romans 8:19 that “The whole earth is groaning for the sons of God to manifest themselves in the Earth!” As I said in the beginning, we humans need reminding of who we are so the world can benefit from what God wants to pour out of us!
All creation knows who we are. It is high time we know so that God can flow through us. He chose to partner with us to subdue the Earth and take dominion for His Glory! God is sovereign in that He doesn’t NEED us to be God, but HE chose us and restricted Himself from doing anything without us! It is His Divine plan. (Romans 8:15, 2 Cor. 1:21, Galatians 5: 13, Ephesians 1:11, 18, 1 Thess. 4:7, 1 Thess. 5:9, 2 Thess. 2:14, 2 Tim 1:19, 2 Peter 1:13)
It is why Jesus came as us to demonstrate to us how to live as men in a right relationship with the Father. He said, “…what I taught was not from myself. The Father who sent me told me what to say and what to teach. And I know that whatever he says to do will bring eternal life. So the things I say are exactly what the Father told me to say.” (Matthew 12:49-50)
Let me remind you that we are so captivating and valuable that the enemy tried to steal us away to destroy us because of how great and powerful we are in Christ! Satan’s mission is still the same and he is ever at work to try and get us off track! If he can “tempt us” to question and doubt our identity he wins! But God gave us the same glory He gave Jesus so we could carry on with the work Jesus began to destroy the works of Satan! (John 17:5,22 – 1 John 3:8)
I want to encourage you today to BE all that God has destined you to BE! I didn’t say do- I said to BE. Just BE in him and let him BE in you and REST IN THAT LOVE RELATIONSHIP. Out of that intimacy between you and the Father will flow the most amazing demonstration of His spirit and power at work in you and you won’t even need to try! (1 Cor. 2:4 – Heb. 4:11)
“God’s eternal power and all that makes him God has been made clear in what God has made… since the beginning of the world, those things have been easy for people to understand.” Romans 1:20 God has left His unique fingerprint in all of His creation.
That means that each one of us has also been created uniquely in the image of the Father and He has placed unique gifts within each of us to affect the world for the furtherance of His Kingdom on Earth and most importantly “that they might know Him and receive eternal life!!” That’s why it is so necessary for you to go to Him and let Him reveal your identity and release you into your destiny! (John 17:23)
The entirety of God’s Kingdom dwells within us! It doesn’t get much better than that, Y’all! “Don’t let others spoil your faith and joy with their philosophies, their wrong and shallow answers built on men’s thoughts and ideas, instead of on what Christ has said. For in Christ, there is all of God in a human body; so you have everything when you have Christ, and you are filled with God through your union with Christ. He is the highest Ruler, with authority over every other power.” Colossians 2:8-10)
Not only does the world need more “….love sweet love…” but I submit to you the world also has a great need for YOU TO BE YOU with all the same glory Jesus received and imparted to you so together we will share in His Kingdom BEING established in the Earth ….for His Glory, just as He mandated for us from beginning! (John 17:5,22 – 2 Corinthians 3:18, Genesis 1-2, Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-20)
What a great hope we all have In Him!
“God decided to let his people know just how rich and glorious that truth is. That secret truth, which is for all people, is that Christ lives in you, his people. He is our hope for glory.” Colossians 1:27
“And this hope will never disappoint us. We know this because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts through the Holy Spirit he gave us.” Romans 5:5