Who Are We? Identity Theft – Part 1

Identity-Crisis_1Identity theft is big these days.  Hackers steal our credit, our bank accounts,  our lives with the push of a button.  But the greatest identity theft of all took place at the beginning of time, when Satan convinced Eve she wasn’t enough.  God didn’t give her all she needed.

We may think we know who we are, that our identity is in tact, but our world doesn’t reflect an over abundance of King’s kids.  Take a few minutes and consider the following:

A week ago I woke up with these words, “Set apart and made holy.”  My first thought was this points to our oneness with Christ.  Living in Him–my meditation for the past 50 years.

In just these past few weeks, I’ve seen “Oneness,” as my possible life message.  Holy Spirit has been bringing it to me over and over with volume since 1978. This truth grows stronger and more evident with each new revelation.

Years ago He brought Galatians 2:20 to me and engraved in on my heart.  It is my life verse.  I’ve proclaimed it wherever I’ve gone and spoke it in many of my teachings. As far as an ongoing experience or manifestation in my life, it is yet to be seen.

Galatians 2:20 says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”

On my shelves, I have binders filled with, “in Him, by Him, through Him, and with Him,” scriptures.  The Mirror Bible, I just purchased is bringing all these verses to life with new perspective.  Something in me is starting to crack, and light is pouring in piercing the darkness.  I can feel it.

I am reminded of my dress up days as a child when I pretended to be a mom or a nurse and took on their dialogue and actions.  But it’s no longer pretense.  To be born again is to be born anew.  It is a return to God’s original design and purpose.

An orphaned street dog comes to mind.  He has a thick, knotted, dirty coat and carries battle scars from alley fights and people abuse.  He huddles behind the garbage bin.  His waiting may reward him with a possible meager meal of restaurant leftovers.  He needs love and attention, but snarls, bearing his teeth if anyone approaches.

Only patience, kindness and love will draw him out of his prison of fear and neglect. Someone approaches reaching out with food. Quiet words of love, kindness, and a bowl of water begin to sooth and still his soul.  He tests and draws back tests and draws back until he lets down his guard and receives what he needs most.

The scripture from Romans 2:4 rings true. “It’s His goodness that leads us to repentance.”  To repent is not just saying, “I’m sorry.”  It is more powerful.  Repentance is turning back to Him.  It is in seeing His love—causing a heart change.  It is a returning to who He created us to be.

True repentance is the prodigal heading home to volunteer as a slave.  As he nears his home, he sees his father running to him with arms open to receive him as son.  When we see His goodness, we remember Whose we are and who we are.  Only then are we compelled to change our behavior to mirror our true identity.

                     We have to know whose we are to be who we are.

The word ‘know’ in the Bible refers to intimate knowledge, a husband, and wife kind of intimacy. To do that we need someone to show us what we look like.  Jesus is our ‘mirror’ image.  He is who God created us to be, set apart and made holy.

Jesus is altogether holy.  He does not, has not, nor ever will, sin.  He is all love, all truth, all grace, all merciful, good, kind, joyful, patient, wise, etc. Jesus is His Father in the flesh.  Jesus is the ‘firstborn’ of many brethren.  If He is the firstborn that means, there are more in the family.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30

When God created us, His intent was to fill the world with sons and daughters who mirrored His character.  His DNA is in every single human being ever born. John 1:4 says, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

The tiniest element in the human body is light.  The life of Jesus Christ, His light, is the power source of every cell of our bodies.  It doesn’t matter what belief system you adopt, your ‘Daddy’ is God Almighty.  We are family.  The Mirror Bible says, “His life is the light that defines our life.” (page 30)

Jesus went to the cross to bring us home to our Father and enable us to see who we are.  John 1:12 indicates that we are all His sons and daughters.  We’ve been blinded and encouraged to believe that we are failures, unaccepted, unloved.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even them that believe on His name.” John 1:12

The word received there is Strong’s number 2983: to take, to get hold of.   In paraphrase, ‘those who realize Jesus is a picture of who they are.  Jesus is my identity.  He is showing me who I am.’

Then we consider the word power, number 1849 with a root in 1832.  It means privilege, authority, right, freedom, competency, lawful, right.

In essence John is saying, ‘As many as realize that Jesus is a mirror image of God’s intended design.  God validates or assures them that they are His children.’  He is saying, “Yes, this is who you are.”

When we see Him, we recognize the resemblance we carry.  Before seeing Him, we have no idea we belong to His family.

Moses spoke to Israel in Deuteronomy 32:18

Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful,
And have forgotten the God who fathered you.

In Jesus we see the Rock of our origin.  It is only in keeping Him ever before us that we are completely transformed.

In 2 Corinthians 3:18, Paul writes:

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 Paul goes on to write in 2 Corinthians 5:21

“For He (God the Father) made Him (Jesus, His Son) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Jesus set us free from every evil thing.  He took all hatred, rage, bitterness, lust, pride, jealousy, selfishness, timidity, envy, fear, etc.  on Himself.  In return He gave us His sin free life. He gave us His love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Then He filled us with authority and power fueled by His perfect love.  We do not lack in any area.  We are complete in Him–now. (Colossians 2:10)  We have been set free and made holy. 

Ephesians 1:3-10 is our stamped and approved position in Christ.  This is who we are.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.

When we consider our true identity, sin is living out of context with God’s original design.  When we lose or never know our identity, we live a life that does not mirror our Father.

I know there are areas in my life that need to get back in alignment with God’s blueprint.  How about you?

I once asked the Lord, “Lord is there a way for Your Word to be woven into every cell of my being?”

“Yes, Light treatments.” He said.  “Stand and gaze into the Light of My Word.  Let it penetrate and change Your chemistry.  It can and it will.  The healing you need for your body, the healing you need for your soul and the healing you need for your spirit to flourish, will be found in the Light of My Word.”

 Let’s turn and look again at the One who loved us more than life.  Let’s begin to declare who we are and bear living fruit worthy of repentance.  Let’s show the world who our Daddy is and live a life Set Apart and Made Holy.

 

 

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