Matthew 16:15 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Do you ask yourself these questions?
- Who am I?
- What is my purpose?
- Why am I here?
If you are like me and have these thoughts racing through your mind then it is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will help you discover what is hidden within you. Although we are not shown the complete picture of how our lives will be, through relationship, God begins to show us what He has in store for us. I asked myself why and how we get to the point of not knowing who we are as children of God, not necessarily losing our identities. I am sure we can come up with a good number of reasons but I narrowed it down to these 3 main points- Intimacy, Trust and Association. Let’s get into it!
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Our relationship with God is not one-sided, we have a role to play. Just as human relations, when one party is not pulling their weight, it strains the relationship. The distance between us and God impacts our identities, simply put- we struggle to know who we are as children of God because there is no relationship. We have to make the conscious effort to draw near to God. Spending time with God in His presence, in His word and with His Holy Spirit. If you desire to be good at a talent or craft, you invest time to study, learn, research and find out ways you can develop yourself. Nothing comes by just knowing, you have to seek it out. Your destiny is waiting to be uncovered by the One who holds the blueprint of your life. Will you spend time in the word of God? Will you spend time lost in the presence of God, seeking nothing but more of Him. Because the more we seek Him, the more we become what He originally planned. Are you ready to commit yourself to the Holy Spirit?
For some of us, we have to go through breaking and pruning, allowing God to rebuild the wrong identities that have been formed. It is not entirely your fault that you cannot seem to find your grounds in God but if you give Him your life, He will build it. This is heavily reliant on consciousness and intentionality, it is a place of openness and safety. You are assured of the outcome, God will be on this journey with you. Please don’t think that you have gone too far from God that you cannot build a close and intimate relationship with Him.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight.
I believe it is the desire of God that we trust Him completely and take Him at His word. He created us in His image, He is the perfect person to realign our distorted identities back to what He intended. Trust is powerful and one that a lot of us, even believers struggle with. One morning, when I was going back and forth with the Holy Spirit, He said this- God has not failed any one, He has no record of failure, what makes you, Nana Ama, think that He will start with you. What gives you that audacity? It is safe to say that I had nothing to say afterwards. So, I know, practically that it is easier said than done, but will you trust God to go through this journey with you?
Who you associate with is very important. 1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: “Evil associations corrupt good manners.” Carefully look through your inner circle and ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to see who is pouring into you, who is speaking to you. Words are powerful, scripture says that, Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit, Proverbs 18:21. The more you allow people speak into your life (be it negatively or positively), the more you embody the words they speak – you begin to believe what is being spoken over you. Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm, Proverbs 13:20.
You have to take charge of your life, guarding your ears and heart. Take your ears as the entry point or door into your house (representing your life). You do not just allow anyone to come into your house, you do not allow strangers in because you can easily tell that this person is a stranger or an intruder. Think about this- Do you vet the people that you know before giving them access into your life? Do you vet the people that you are familiar with and do you actually weigh what they speak into your life? Who have you shared your dream with and what did they say? Be wise and careful about who you give access to, it should be expensive TO GIVE PEOPLE ACCESS into your life. It is the Holy Spirit that can search the hearts of men and give you the ability to discern the motives of those in your close circles.
NEW IDENTITY IN CHRIST
It is very possible to break out and form a new identity in Christ by knowing with conviction what His Word says about you as an individual. To know the depths of your identity, purpose in Christ, you must develop a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit. In this development, the main aim is to get to a point where you bare yourself to Him. Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. You must get to a point where the Holy Spirit strips you off your old identity and rebuilds your new identity. The Holy Spirit will clothe you with the Word of God and teach you how to speak it over your life and act on it.
The truth is that we do not forget the events from our past and almost all the time these 2 entities use our past as a mental play ground- Self or the Devil. How do you confront your thoughts or your old identity if the desire to want to go back starts to rise?
Association– I mention association again because they are key in your growth in Christ. There is a popular saying ‘no man is an island’, we all need human help. Will you sincerely consider the following?
How are your associations affecting you?
Are they making it comfortable or uncomfortable for you to thrive as a born-again Christian?
Who are you surrounding yourself with?
Are you in a bible believing, Holy Spirit filled church?
What are you filling your time with?
These determining factors are among a few that affects our hunger and thirst for a deeper relationship with God through His Holy Spirit. A good seed can be planted on good soil but the conditions may slow or stunt its growth.
Are you willing to let go of the things that God is about to strip you off?
WHOSE OPINION ARE YOU DESPERATELY SEEKING?
God knows you in depth, He knows you through and through. He is a Father who is the very source of everything we need but the choice to connect with Him through His Holy Spirit lies in your hands. Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me”.
In our openness and desire to want to know God more, I pray that any identity that we conformed to, that is not that of the Father, be shifted to that of God’s. May He realign our minds, our thoughts, our views to that of His word. Holy Spirit, teach us to know that you are the Spirit of Truth and that you speak only what you hear from the Father. John 16:13 – But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
Please restore us to the place where You intended for us to be, in Your perfect will for us
CALL TO SALVATION
If you have not given your life to Christ, or have tried many avenues or exhausted all options, I would like to present Jesus Christ to you. I am introducing you to a relationship and not religion with our Heavenly Father. A Father who loves unconditionally and cares deeply about you. Jesus Christ bore our sins and died on the cross, a death of shame and pain BUT on the 3rd day He rose up again having made a public spectacle of the devil. We are no longer outsiders but joint-heirs to the throne. In this relationship, you are not left to find your way but our Heavenly Father gifts us with the Holy Spirit who helps us in every facet of our lives. John 14:16- And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counsellor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever.
Would you like to surrender your life to Jesus Christ, then please say this prayer with me-
Lord Jesus, I thank you for going on the cross for me. I thank you for the gift of salvation. I admit that I am a sinner and I confess my sins before you, I surrender my life to you and submit to You. Today I declare that I am yours and I no longer belong to the world. Holy Spirit please come into my life and lead me into all truth.
If you said this prayer from the genuineness of your heart then welcome to the Body of Christ, welcome to relationship with God through His Holy Spirit. Your past sins are forgiven, each day with the Holy Spirit is an inch closer to fulfilling your destiny and your future is assured in Christ. John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
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I am excited for you on your journey to knowing exactly who you are in Christ Jesus.
SCRIPTURES ABOUT WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST JESUS
These are a few scriptures and it is my prayer that they help you on your journey
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:36
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus- Philippians 2:5
Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5
But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvellous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:14
The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20
For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]. Ephesians 2:10
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Do not forget that you are a vessel of honour, sanctified, cleansed and prepared for every good work, for the Master’s use