I want to address a concept that each one of us struggles with at varying degrees “The Identity Deficit” (our inaccurate assumption of our lesser value to Father God). I believe God in this hour, is wooing us back into not only His arms, but back into that Divine heritage that we so often take for granted.
Relationship with Him – Our Ultimate Identity!
Human nature often gets the upper hand in our struggle for identity. We either identify ourselves with our extreme weaknesses or bad decisions, appearing to be riddled with shame to those around us, or we go to the polar extreme – our strengths and accomplishments. Pride and arrogance are the resulting behaviors that manifest to others. Identifying ourselves by these measures will only contribute to yours and my “Identity Deficit!”
Jesus, in Matthew 16:13ff asked His disciples “Who do men say I, the Son of man is?” the response was interesting in that all the men they named were already dead, as if He was a resurrected prophet. Then Jesus asked them “but who do you say that I am?” Of course Peter got it right by saying “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!” I believe Jesus modeled for us how to see ourselves regardless of our background. You see to the “natural” (non-religious) public, the opinion of Jesus was, an illegitimate child born to a village girl, to the chagrin of Joseph the local carpenter who married her anyway. But Jesus knew Who’s He was, and where He was destined to go, He didn’t choose to be identified by the perceived shamefulness of the public eye. He knew how to draw near and hear His Fathers whisper, and know His heart in every situation. Jesus, even at the tender age of twelve did not struggle with an “identity deficit” when His earthly parents came looking for Him. He was about His Father’s business. He always remained clear about Who’s He was on this earth!
Without clear boundaries settled within us concerning our ultimate identity, how can we be “about our Father’s business?
- Who do men say you are?
- Who does Father God say you are?
- Who do you say you are?
- Which one will you believe? It’s your choice.
Our actions often reveal the depth of our “identity deficit”. He is “I AM” (Exodus 3:14) and if you are born of the Spirit (John 3:5-8), His Spirit lives in you. You are now a no-body that became a somebody, because “I AM” has taken up residence within you. I believe as the Apostle John wrote in 1 John 4:16 “and we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us”, that when we begin to move towards believing in our heart that we are greatly loved with “perfect love”, our fears will dissipate and our “identity deficit” will be settled. Our masks will drop and we shall be transformed into our true place in the Kingdom.
Children of God ~ is WHO you are!
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