Who are you? Where do you come from? When were you born? Who is your Father? What’s your identity?
identity :condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing:
This is the TRUTH of the matter of identity.
Sins or sins done against us affect how we identity ourselves in this world. We unknowingly walk around wearing a garment of uncleanliness and despair after we have passed through the things that can so easily beset us. We dress ourselves in a cloak of deception as we walk away from our sin that entangled us into a prison of guilt or shame. We often times engage in things that later bring regret and remorse. Worse case, something was done against us willing or unwillingly in a moment of confusion or fear. It could have happened yesterday or twenty years ago. It doesn’t matter it follows us around like a dark shadow. It disappears during seasons of great days, weeks or years. We forget and think we have been dealt a bad deck of cards handed over to us. The stain of shame smears its stench of defeat on us as we try to remind ourselves that it’s a new day to a fresh start. Morning and evening showers or baths temporality wash way the slime and filth that we have picked up along the way. Subconsciously, we feel relief from the grips of grime that hold us captive. The memories, the thoughts, the smells, the iniquity washes off you and goes down the drain. We wash it away with soap and water and move forward with the hope of forgiveness and a new day. We find relief. The day ends. Lights go out. The Accuser returns. He reminds us and whispers into our ears twisted lies.
Let me introduce you to……..
The Accuser of the Brethren
He has been around a long time wrecking havoc on the finished work of the Cross. He could be found before Christ in the Garden of Eden.
Honestly, if he can’t keep you from hell he will do all he can to bring hell to you.
In a basket all wrapped up with reminders of past sins. Tied up with chains and cords of shame, guilt, unworthiness, defeat, grief, self-hatred and the list goes on until you are sure the package was delivered as your fate in life. You are convinced it is the cross you must carry for the things done against you or with your permission.
These are all LIES released from him with your permission.
You hear them over and over in your mind.
They speak the loudest right before you lay your head down to go to sleep. Especially after a day of defeat or misunderstanding.
Let’s replay the possible thoughts and expose them for what they are.
Lies from the pit of hell
You are not forgiven.
How could you serve God after what happened to you?
You are not worthy to be called a son or daughter of God.
God has not forgotten what you did.
You should be ashamed of what happened.
You are dirty and used up now.
You will never feel clean or pure again.
You already messed up so go ahead and do it again.
You are invisible and no one would miss you if you were gone.
What you did is unforgivable.
You are fat!
You are stupid!
You are unloveable and no one cares about you.
You deserved it. You participated and didn’t stop it.
You will never be like _______. You messed up and this is who you are. Fill in the ___________.
God can’t use you. He only uses people who haven’t done that.
You are all alone.
God doesn’t hear your prayers.
These lies will BECOME our truth about ourselves. It becomes our self-talk that shapes how we view ourselves and how others view us.
You make a inner vow that you think protects you from another attack.
I will never trust a man again.
I will not let someone get that close to me again.
The truth is it locks you into an attack against yourself.
Let’s all welcome!
Self Hatred , Self Sabotage , Self Pity they just received their invitations from you to to join your inner thoughts. It’s becomes your new identity.
Your inner banner becomes your walk and your talk.
The lies turn into your declarations.
I am unloveable
I am not worthy of__________.
I am dirty.
I am ashamed.
I am not good enough.
Unless we stop or change the record of lies playing in our mind it will stay on repeat mode over and over again. You just stepped on to the ride of your life. A merry go round of lies and deceit. It will not stop until you jump off and decide that your mirror of truth must be exchanged for something other than the negative self talk that birthed out of your hurts, traumas, and bad choices in life.
You must make the first step towards your freedom.
This is the Good News!! The Word of God has it all covered. If you choose to set up the Word of God as your new mirror to view yourself and others a new Christ identity emerges out of you.
Have you ever asked Jesus to be your Savior and asked for forgiveness of you sins? Have you decided to follow Him?
If your answer is yes, your new identity is in Christ. Everything is reflected in Him and through Him.
Don’t let identity theft happen to you!! The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. The first thing he wants to take way for you is your identity.
Christ in us the hope of glory!
This is not an automatic process.
You must choose to take every thought captive and pull down any strongholds that are not filtered through the Word of God.
This requires action and intention.
Work work and more work
Work out your own salvation
Not your eternity salvation but you becoming WHOLE in your body, spirit and soul.
Phil 2:12-16 NIV
12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
14Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”c Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
David from the Old Testament had his fill of sins he chose and sins done against him. After all he was a murderer, adulterer, and liar. Those are just a few of his accomplishments recorded. God chose to identify him as a man after God’s own heart. This came after countless times David confessed and lamented about his sinful ways. He turned from his ways and chose to seek after God. God gave us His Son through David’s lineage to bring salvation to the world. God obviously was able to restore David’s stolen identity.
An opportunity to become born into a new identity in Christ was granted through David. Sons and daughters of God are given the choice to identify with all the inheritance promised to us through Jesus.
Here’s David’s Psalm 32 slate wiped clean below. Will you allow God to give you a new slate? A new identity that comes with all the promises and truths from a Father that gave His Son to you so that you could live out your purposes and dreams He put in you before you were born!
Identified by Him,
A David Psalm
32 Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be—
you get a fresh start,
your slate’s wiped clean.
2 Count yourself lucky—
God holds nothing against you
and you’re holding nothing back from him.
3 When I kept it all inside,
my bones turned to powder,
my words became daylong groans.
4 The pressure never let up;
all the juices of my life dried up.
5 Then I let it all out;
I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.”
Suddenly the pressure was gone—
my guilt dissolved,
my sin disappeared.
6 These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray;
when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts
we’ll be on high ground, untouched.
7 God’s my island hideaway,
keeps danger far from the shore,
throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.
8 Let me give you some good advice;
I’m looking you in the eye
and giving it to you straight:
9 “Don’t be ornery like a horse or mule
that needs bit and bridle
to stay on track.”
10 God-defiers are always in trouble;
God-affirmers find themselves loved
every time they turn around.
11 Celebrate God.
All you honest hearts, raise the roof!