Greetings and blessings to you! Let's look at another foundation of the faith - walking in our identity, purpose, and authority in Christ. God’s plan is for believers to walk confidently in our identity (who we are in Him) and fulfill our purpose. 1 Corinthians 3:9 reminds us that not only does God co-labor (or partner) with us, but He also grants us His authority and power to carry out His purposes (Eph. 3:20). Psalm 139:16 says that every day of our lives was recorded by Him before a single day had passed. God is deeply invested in His people walking in their identity, purpose, and authority! He expects you to succeed.
Your Identity. We are often asked a simple question: “Who are you?” When asked, we normally share our names or what we do. But think a bit deeper. Does simply knowing your name or your occupation really tell me who you are? The answer is no. In actuality, you are a spirit being who will live eternally; therefore, the depth of who we are is best defined by truths established by God - truths that are eternal. We were created by God, and only He has the wisdom to define us. So let’s look in the Word, which will never pass away, to answer the question: “Who am I?”
As a believer, I am a child of the Most High God - beloved and accepted by my loving Heavenly Father (Eph. 1:5). 1 John 3:1 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God.” I am also a new creation created in righteousness and holiness (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 4:24). I am a temple - a dwelling place - of God (1 Cor. 3:16). I am salt and light in the earth (Matt. 5:13, 14). I am appointed to be fruitful (John 15:16). I am God’s co-worker, reconciling others to Christ (2 Cor. 5:18-20). Yes, this is who I am, and this is who you are in Christ. Our identity in Christ is eternal and doesn’t change because Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). Meditate on these truths. If you truly see yourself according to who God’s Word says you are, you will begin to live accordingly. Imagine that!
OK, if you just can’t see yourself according to what the Word says, allow me to help by introducing two terms explained by Neil Anderson in Victory Over the Darkness. Those terms are positional and progressive sanctification. Think about the children of Prince William and Princess Kate. They are little Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. They are royalty (their position), but they will have to learn over time (progressively) how to walk in their royal positions. Although small and unlearned now, they are still royalty. Over time, they will grow. The same goes for believers. The Holy Spirit helps us grow into who God says we are (Eph. 4:15).
Yes, we are already positioned in Christ as royalty - a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). We, therefore, do not work for blessing; we work from blessing (Eph. 1:3; 2 Peter 1:3). We do not live righteous lives and serve God so we might be blessed but because we have already been blessed. Additionally, as our minds and hearts truly identify with who God says we are, we become who He says we are. Proverbs 23:7 confirms, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” This verse reveals a spiritual process: We “become” by believing and living out what we believe (who God says we are), not by doing works and hoping to become.
Caution. Let me add words of advisement. As mentioned earlier, you are God’s co-laborer which means He expects something of you. For example, John 15:1-5 speaks of us abiding in God and God abiding in us. He desires close fellowship in Spirit and in truth. If you spend little devotional time with God (in prayer, worship, or the Word), the truth of who you really are in Christ will remain distant. Please fix this! Also, if your heart is entangled excessively in worldly affairs, talk to God about it and cry out for His help. 1 John 2:15 admonishes, “Do not love the world or the things in the world.” Lastly, do you hold onto offense? The Word says that if you have a “root of bitterness” from unreleased offense, you will be troubled (Heb. 12:14-15), which will hinder you from walking in your true identity and purpose. Forgive! Allow wisdom to rest in your heart instead (Prov. 14:33).
Purpose and Authority. Be of good cheer! As you go along your journey - abiding in Christ, and He in you - He will gradually reveal to you His purpose and plans for your life. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 says, “But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.” What assurance and comfort to know that God will reveal spiritual things - eternal truths - to you!
Allow me to share my progress on this journey: At one point years ago, my beliefs about myself and ministry were flawed. I once said to an intercessor: “God has called me into Spirit-filled ministry as a black female in Catawba County. He has really stacked the deck against me.” Yes, I said that! Why? Because I only saw myself as a woman in male-dominated ministry, a minority in a majority culture, and a Spirit-filled believer in the midst of much religion. In other words, I was saying, “I am an outcast.” Well, that intercessor rebuked me, set me straight, and prayed for me. My eyes opened to understand that God had indeed set me up … to completely depend and rely on Him in all things. It is true: I am an overcomer. I firmly believe that my identity is in Christ and that I am sent by God. Thank God - I have found peace and am at rest.
May questions you have about your identity be soon settled! God wants to launch you into a walk of power and authority in Him that will shake the earth. In Genesis, Joseph was granted authority to reign second only to Pharaoh because he held to his identity and lived with purpose. In 2 Timothy 1:7 and Luke 10:19, the One with all authority extends it to you and me. God’s Word is our truth for eternity! Think on these things!
Please also read Encouraged in Faith for spiritual disciplines that help us abide in Christ and build our trust in Him.
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