PART 2 ON IDENTITY
DISCOVERING YOUR TRUE IDENTITY.
Who are you?
This is one of the most important questions in life and also one of the hardest to answer!
Men have made many important discoveries in life, yet are very ignorant about who they are. Many people have tried to define their true identity based on what they do, or have achieved or things they have done right or wrong. What about those who define themselves based on what others think of them?
My identity affects my approach to life
How I identify myself determines how I approach life. If I am what I do, I will always need to do more to find my value. If I am what others say, I will always want to please people. But if I listen to who God says I am, and embrace his identity in me, I’ll find the freedom to live out all his plans for me. So what is your True or Spiritual identity?
Knowing your True/Spiritual Identity
Why do you think the devil was negotiating with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden in Genesis chapter 3? Devil put them to test to know if they knew who they were. And they did not know so traded their true identity with a lie. You may be born again, washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, Spirit filled and still live your life as one who is not sure of who he is.
The day you discover who you are as a child of God and the liberty you have in Christ your battle against evil forces, wrong choices, actions, and compromises will be easier for you to conquer. When you know who you are and you keep confessing it like Christ did, things around your life will begin to change for good. Conforming to worldly and ungodly standards will cease, for you will lose pleasure in them.
Declare Who You Are!
Know that heaven and earth are waiting to hear your declaration of who you are. God calls me his child. He says I am wise and restored that I am brand new creation in Christ. I am chosen and holy, blameless before God. He calls me his master piece, I am loved by God. He says I am redeemed, made complete through the grace and mercies of Jesus my Saviour.
Can you find scriptures to match this?
Will you let this Truth find its way into your heart experientially?
No matter how wonderful our knowledge and vast our scope of information, there is no greater discovery like discovering who you are. Asking who you are is the same as asking for your identity or asking you to show your identity card.
In John 1 verses 20-23, the demand for identification came on John the Baptist. The Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to John the Baptist to ask him who he was. John told them that he was not the Messiah. In verse 22: Finally, they asked, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” And John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord”.
Throughout His earthly ministry Jesus kept announcing who He was and His mission among men. He told his followers; “I am the light of the world”, “I am the bread of life”, “I am the living water”, “I am the son of God”. Before he ended his earthly assignment he announced to his disciples, “I am the way, the truth and the life nobody comes to the father except through me.”
This is teaching us that we should discover who we are and begin to declare it for all to know and address us properly. In Matthew 16: 13-18, “When Jesus came to the coast of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, whom do men say that I, the son of man am? And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist, some Elias, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
He saith unto them, but whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, blessed art thou Simon Bar Jonah for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which art in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Need To Clarify Who You Are
When Jesus asked His disciples, whom do men say I, the son of man am? He was trying to clarify an important identity issue about Himself in the eyes of His followers. Men defined Him by what they saw him do. They saw him baptize so he could be John the Baptist or Elias the praying, miracle working prophet who boldly declared the word of God, or as Jeremiah due to His prophetic utterances and none tolerance of sin. If Jesus allows Himself to be defined by what He does or by what men think of him, his true identity will be hidden from men.
How you identify yourself determines how you approach life. If you are addressed by what you do, you will always need to do more to find your value. If you are what others say you are, you will always want to please people instead of your heavenly father. Peter received Jesus’ true identity from God and declared it. It was when God revealed Jesus’ identity that Jesus embraced his true identity and found the freedom to arise to live out His purpose in life. From this point Jesus began to talk about his death and the mystery of the church.
How Do I See Myself?
In the same way, when I see myself the way God sees me, I will walk with confidence because I trust the one who gives my life its identity and value. Throughout history, one of Satan’s most effective weapon is to deceive people to be ignorant of their true identity. He did it to Adam and Eve and stole their identity. He did it to Jesus and does it today to every man and woman.
Devil told Jesus, if thou be the Son of God, command these stones to become bread. What do you think the devil was trying to achieve, the same deceit he worked in Eve in the Garden of Eden. He was trying to get Jesus to bow to his satanic identity. If Jesus did not know who He is, the devil would win and take the glory. Every temptation one faces is an opportunity to ask who are you? You are challenged to identity your true self. Are you of God or of the Devil?
Again when Jesus was hung on the cross the devil came and told Him to come down from the cross if He is the Son of God. Anytime the devil speaks to a Christian, he is asking “if you are a child of God why is this happening to you? Why are you suffering? Why have you not received your healing or deliverance? See how rejected you are and nobody cares about how you are suffering”. He will whisper wrong thoughts into your mind and still accuses you for dwelling in such thoughts.
Like the prodigal son, God is waiting for you to come to your senses. The prodigal son knew that he is the son of a wealthy man not a slave to pigs. “I will arise and go to my father”. If you don’t know your father, you will not know who you are also. You will take on a false identity.