This past Sunday I was on my feet enjoying the praise team as they sang one of my favorite songs. I’m not 100 percent sure of the official title but I’m sure someone will be able to help me out… Here’s a snippet of the chorus … “I know my identity… my name is VICTORY. Victory… that’s my name, Victory… I know who I am!”
Whenever they sing it I’m on my feet, but last Sunday those words struck a major chord. It hit me when I began to imagine all of the people who truly do not know their identity or better yet, those who’ve had their identity stolen. There are millions of people going through unnecessary stress, turmoil, and depression all because they don’t have an understanding of who they are.
No, I’m not referring to the titles we award ourselves to give us clout in the world. You know those letters we place proudly behind our names when we obtain our advance degrees. Not even the “EVP”, “SVP,” “CEO” titles that we work so hard to achieve on our jobs. Nor am I referring to being the champion, gold medalist, or award-winning superstar. There’s nothing wrong with setting your heart to achieve these accolades as long as you don’t try to use them as substitutes for experiencing the peace and unwavering joy that comes with knowing who you are in Christ.
We can sit in church and listen to sermon after sermon but if we don’t have an understanding of how God sees us, we will never know what it feels like to be completely fulfilled in life. Those worldly titles can be stripped from you in a blink of an eye but God’s word never changes. He is a God that can not lie and if he’s called us to have dominion over the earth we have to get that in our spirit and not allow ourselves to be deterred by adverse circumstances. If you find yourself focusing on what you see and not what you believe, you are out of order.
So why don’t many of us operate in the knowledge of who God has called us to be?? It’s simple, for many of us we just don’t know either because we haven’t been properly exposed to the Word or because we haven’t committed ourselves to taking the time to study it. You can’t fulfill what you don’t understand. Proverbs 3:13 reads, “Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences] For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, and the profit of it better than fine gold.”
To all my BELIEVERS, let this serve as a reminder for some and an introduction for others…
The world says if you grew up in poverty that you are disadvantaged and are less likely to succeed in school and in life as a whole.
1 Samuel 2:6-8 “He raises up the poor out of the dust and lifts up the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with nobles and inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He has set the world upon.”
The world says if you have a GED you are of lesser value than someone with a J.D
Exodus 35: 30-32 “And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and wisdom, with intelligence and understanding, and with knowledge and all craftsmanship”
The world says that once a criminal always a criminal.
2 Cor. 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
The world says that children who grow up around substance and sexual abuse will more than likely become abusers themselves.
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
And these declarations don’t even scratch the surface to ALL that God calls us. I need you to know that you are NOT a product of your environment (I hate when people say that!) You are a product of the living God and you have authority over your situation. You just have to activate that authority by speaking and BELIEVING it. You must allow yourself to let go of how the world views you or categorizes you. The only thing that holds weight is what you choose to speak out of your mouth. You have what you say. So I encourage you to claim your identity on earth and begin to walk in the authority that God has given you.
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