I was watching a Periscope this morning of Daniel Stombaugh and he asked the question,
What is your identity?
He said “know who you are TO God and know who you are IN God”
And I kept repeating it over and over in my mind.
Know who you are to God.
Know who you are in God.
Many of us know who we are at work, right? We know our job function and what is expected of us. Know how to get to work, what time to be there and how to get our paycheck.
Many of us know who we are at home, right? Know our role as a parent, as home owner, as a husband, as a wife, as a child. We know where everything is and pretty much how to use it. We even know how to walk to the bathroom in the dark.
In all our common knowledge and intellect, we are pretty comfortable.
But when you think about the things of God, what don’t we know?
Do we really know who we are to God? Do we really know how much He loves us? Do we really understand the sacrifice that was made for us? Are we totally conscious of His mercy?
Being loved by someone is a powerful motivator. It can give you an inner strength; it can give you a reason to wake up in the morning. It can change your moods and brighten your days. This is what God wants to be to us. We also want to hear someone say I Love You! Oh boy that would really take us over the edge. LOL and yet God does that every day…all day. Are we paying attention? God is love and that love is shown thru the beauty of nature and the fact that we open our eyes each day. We are the apple of His eye. A special people to Him. He is longsuffering, which means he waits and waits and waits and waits for us to come to Him, completely submit to Him, because his wish is that none should perish.
Do you really know who you are in God? Where your strength comes from? Who fights your battles?
Greater is He that is IN me than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
Greater is the God in you than the devils in this world. You must remember that!
I believe having a solid understanding of what we mean to the Lord will help us to stay strong in Him. We won’t be so easily distracted by the enemy’s tactics, the depression, the hopelessness, the anxiety, the worry, the defeat that he tries to lay upon us. If we truly could understand how loved we are we could be stronger in our fight against the enemy. The enemy should not be able to so easily get us off course, change our moods, or tempt us, get into our thoughts and change our atmosphere. God did not create us to be led by the devil or his tricks; He created us to be led by His Spirit!
KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN HIM!
Daniel Stombaugh also said something else in his Periscope that moved me….
Knowing your IDENTITY always brings your purpose.
So if you’re not sure where you fit in, how God wants to use you, or what your purpose is…figure out your identity in God. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness and ALL these things will be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33) Which means….seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
How can you NOT acknowledge the Creator of your life in all that you do? What would make you think you should live this life never once giving honor to the one who gave you life? We will love everything around us except God.
Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart”
Luke 12:7 says,” And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
Before you were formed, God placed purpose in you and God knows how many hairs are on your head! He is that intimate with you, knows that much about you.
Let me remind you that you were created with a PURPOSE but you have to make the effort to seek God to find what your purpose is. If you want it, go get it!
Press into God even the more so that you can be more intimate with Him. In His presence is assurance, confidence, love, peace and your identity. Get to know Him, so you can know yourself.
I encourage you to get to know God on a more personal level this year. And if you’re not sure where to start in that relationship…reach out to me. I will help you. That’s what I am called to do.
I’m praying for you.