Friday, August 1, 2014

Restoring Identity

You are better than you know. You are greater than you know. Limitations are a facade. You have to find yourself, your real self. We have allowed other people to dictate who we are and who we are not but now we have to LIVE OUR TRUE LIVES. You are more than your race, your job, you past, you are a MASTERPIECE uniquely and peculiarly designed by God. You are not to replicate anyone other than Him.

Your manhood or womanhood is not determined by the outside sources but by the inward deposit of God Himself. He put all you need to live a full life in you not on the outside of you. No other person can live your life for you; they can only add to your life. It is time to find YOU and BE YOU! We have spend most of our lives attempting to please other people. We grew up trying to please our parents. We wanted them to be proud of us so we worked to please them. In our teenage years, we worked to please our friends. We tried to fit in and even fell prey to peer pressure. Now, many of us are attempting to please a society that does not even have our interests, let alone our best interest, in their heart. This is not reality but a facade of life.

Who are YOU? This is the question that needs to be answered. Once answered you can find, access and live in joy that us beyond your wildest dreams. It is only when you live as who you were created to be that you will have what you are looking in pleasing others.

In the beginning of time, God gave you an identity. Your identity is everything about you from your hair color to the spiritual abilities (anointing) that you have. Your identity can be effected by many factors, your family, friends, environment and the things you experience in life.

Sometimes we lose focus of our true identity because of all of these factors. We have allowed society to dictate what we can be as men and women, as young or old, as black or white but none of that has anything to do with our authentic and true identity from God. The identity I am talking about came before the foundation of the world, before you were formed in your mother’s womb and before you were introduced to sin.

With your identity you receive certain attributes, certain powers, certain talents. These things were not gained but all ready in you at birth. At your conception God placed something you that would aide you in this thing called life. He gave you certain powers and you have to learn to use them.

For many of us before we learned what God had put in us or who He created us to be, we knew what momma and daddy wanted, we knew what society said about us but we never learned what God said about us. We never had a hold on the TRUE identity we were given by God. We had a false sense of manhood or womanhood, a false sense of what it meant to be our ethnicity, a false sense of everything because we had no idea what God said about us. Even for those of us that were in the church all we knew was, we had to go to church and be saved but we never learned what God said about us. We knew sin backwards and forwards but didn’t know our identity.

This is a device, an attack and a destructive plan from the enemy (the thief). The thief came and stole, killed and destroyed many of our identities in Christ. He stole our identity by keeping us from church, keeping us distracted so we wouldn’t study the word of God, by drenching us with suggestions of sins and drenching us with suggestions of guilt and shame because of our sinful nature. I keep saying suggestions because the enemy can do nothing but make a suggestion to us and we take it.

He killed our identity by manipulating manhood and womanhood to be a sexual thing verse a spiritually thing. He has men believe crying is weak, the more women you has sex with the bigger and better man you are, anger is the only emotion you should have, if you ain’t making money than you are a woman or terms used to defame women, you not a man if you have no power, a small tool between your legs or you have no money.

He killed our identity by manipulating womanhood by manipulating women to believe that the bigger your breasts or butt is the better woman you are, the better you shake “yo thang” the  more men will love you, that her brain is not important, that you got to use your body to get what you want, and other such foolishness.

He destroyed our identities by presenting falsehoods concerning us through parents, teachers, society, preachers, family and our friends and we believed it.

BUT God has a plan to restore your identity. He has sent His son to redeem (pay the price) that you may be saved and set free. Saved and set-free from what? Not only hell but from the former identity of sin and failure that you may walk in your TRUE identity of salvation and success.

When you accept Jesus you are delivered from your past. Your past is the former identity, but your future is not determined but what you once were but on the thoughts God always had concerning you. Come into the restoring of your identity plan of God. He will restore the years that were eaten by the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm – those are all of the false words and lies you believed about yourself, all things that you once did, the things that took you away from your identity in God.

Know what God says about you more than what others say about you!

God’s Divine IDENTITY for you:
Psalm 82:6 – Ye are gods, children of the Most High God
Psalm 139:14 – fearfully and wondrously made
Matthew 5:13 – salt of the earth
Matthew 5:14 – light of the world
Romans 5:10 – reconciled
Romans 8:16 – children of God
Romans 8:17 – heirs, heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ
Romans 8:37 – more than conquerors
First Corinthians 3:9 – God’s fellow worker, God’s field, God’s building
Second Corinthians 2:15 – fragrance of Christ
Second Corinthians 5:17 – new creation
Second Corinthians 5:20 – ambassadors for Christ
Second Corinthians 5:21 – righteousness of God
Second Corinthians 6:1 – workers together with Him
Second Corinthians 6:16 – temple of the living God
Second Corinthians 6:18 – my sons and daughters
Galatians 3:7 – sons of Abraham
Galatians 3:26 – sons of God
Galatians 3:29 – Abraham’s seed, heirs
Galatians 4:6 – sons
Galatians 4:7 – son, heir
Galatians 4:28 – children of the promise
Ephesians 2:10 – His workmanship
Ephesians 2:19 – fellow citizens, members
Ephesians 2:22 – dwelling place of God
Ephesians 3:6 – fellow heirs, partakers of His promise
Ephesians 5:1 – imitators of God
Ephesians 5:8 – children of light
Ephesians 5:30 – members of His body
Titus 3:7 - heirs according to the hope of eternal life
Hebrews 6:17 – heirs of His promise
First Peter 2:5 – living stones, spiritual houses
First Peter 2:9 – royal priesthood, holy nation, His own special people
First Peter 2:10 – people of God
Second Peter 1:4 – partakers of divine nature
Revelation 1:6 – kings and priests

What Belongs to you, what you can do with IDNENTITY in GOD:
Dominion – Genesis 1:26
Power to get wealth – Deuteronomy 8:18
Authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, over all the power of the enemy – Luke 10:19
Cast out demons, speak with new tongues, take up serpents, drink a deadly thing and by no means hurt them, lay hands on the sick and they recover – Mark 16:17-18
Fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance – Galatians 5:22-23
Gifts of the Spirit – word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, diverse kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues – First Corinthians 12:8-10
All spiritual blessings in heavenly places – Ephesians 1:3
Sit together with Christ in Heavenly places – Ephesians 2:6
An expected end – Jeremiah 29:11
Victory – First Corinthians 15:54, First John 5:4

 Learn, Accept and Live in the RESTORATION of your Identity in Christ! 

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