Do you know who you are? I am not talking about who you are because of your social economic status, your parents, your background, your career, or even your upbringing. I am asking you to consider if you really know who you are? Have you noticed how society increasingly wants to influence our God-given identities? We get labels tagged on our backs to describe our race, background, life experiences, gender, past mistakes, health, marital status, job situation, material worth and much more. After a while, it is as if we end up being a collage of labels with the real person God created missing in action.
Even we Kingdom folk can be caught up in all these pseudo-identities and begin living up to them. Until you discover who we are, you will never know what you can become. Knowing your real identity is the key for the foundation to approaching God and life confidently and passionately. Trying to fit in or even identifying with a group simply because they look like you physically robs you of your true God-given Identity. It will prevent you from being who God created you to be. I am all for admiring someone, however, when you allow your admiration to turn to imitation or idolization you have moved from being who God created you to be to being an impersonating act.
Because the knowledge of who we are in Christ is extremely vital to our confidence as children of God, it is in this area that Satan will consistently attack us. Therefore, it is high time we wake up and reclaim our identities in Christ. By doing so, we become a formidable threat to the enemy and can advance the plans of God. Settling for anything less means, we fail to experience God’s abundance and no longer walk as a royal priesthood. We end up being like ‘Royalty walking on the ground like servants’ as Solomon puts it in Ecclesiastes 10:7, whilst servants are riding on horses. What a travesty yet this is the reality for many today.
Things have not changed in these our modern times, our enemy has the same old stale predictable tricks, and even today knowing how we will be attacked we fall for them every time. Let us take a walk through history and see the symbols of the devil up his age old tricks. He whispered lies into the ears of Eve (Genesis 3). Today, many of us (men and women) still lend our ears to him. He convinced ten of the twelve spies Moses sent out to spy out Canaan that they were no more than grasshoppers (Numbers 13-14). As a result, many still believe, “We are not able….” (Numbers 13:31). Goliath tried to intimidate David by making him feel he was not a worthy opponent (1 Samuel 17). Even today, too many of us never rise up to take our rightful place or stand our ground. Many out there are sitting on their ‘blessed assurance’ after being deceived one way or another, by this fallen world; as a result, we have lost our way.
Jesus was not exempt. When Satan tried to question Jesus’ identity in the wilderness, Jesus responded with the Word of God. He did not have to prove anything because He knew who He was! He did not say He was Jewish, He did not say He was a man, a teacher, or anything of this world, to the contrary, despite the constant rejection and challenges to His identity and authority from this world, Jesus depicted someone who truly knew who He was. He knew who He was created to be, His standing with God, that is to say His relationship with the Father, His God-given authority, and His mission, He knew what He was created to do. We should respond this same way to the enemy when He comes to challenge and attack our identity to take us away from Christ. We should always remind Him of what God has said about us and about him. Jesus replied, “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (v. 7). When Satan realized that Jesus would not be moved by His attack, and that He knew who He was, the Bible says he left Him alone.
Have you noticed that these are exactly the same threats, we too, face today? Why? Because the devil knows if he can get us to merely question any of these areas, albeit for a moment, he can get a foothold and take us down a very slippery slop. Therefore, we need to remain on guard. God is a spiritual being, and He has made us in His image. When we become born again, we carry the very nature of God on the inside of us we are extensions of God Himself. Unlike the unsaved we know who we are and understand the darkness and course of this world (Psalm 82:5). Therefore, we should identify with the identity that God has given us. Philippians 2:5-9 shows us the attitude we should have.
God knew there would be times we would loose sight of our true selves for whatever reason or even have our identities, authority and purpose challenged. Therefore, He inspired men to write the Bible as reminders along our journey. Notice how many or ‘be encouraged’ statements are in the Bible in addition to the plethora of affirming, self-esteem boosting and hope giving accounts too. They are there to give us a lift when needed.
To discover and maintain our real identity requires work. We must continually renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2). God’s Word helps us purge ourselves from the constant bombardment that speaks lies to our souls. Without it, we are muddled, diluted and eventually ‘washed out’ or as Jesus likes to put it, ‘loose our saltiness’. Therefore, we need to play our part by reminding ourselves (and others) of Gods spiritual truths about us.
In Philippians 2:5-8 we read “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man…”
Although we possess the power of God inside of us, if we don’t embrace the same mind-set that Jesus had about His identity, for our own lives, we will never be confident enough to walk in that identity. We need to always see ourselves as Jesus saw Himself—a spiritual being who possessed the same ability as His Father. Renew your mind to who you really are and declare it every day. If we do this, we will send the devil running in the opposite direction!