AS THE REAL YOU
Identity is the key issue of our being. Having the right identity means the difference between mere existence and life to the full. Satan’s ploy in Eden involved deceit about God’s identity and our human identity. Today ploys of the Enemy remain the same – they contain lies about who we are in Christ. Satan will attempt to seed lies in to our consciousness such as. ‘Are you really a son/daughter of God.’ The answer is always ‘yes!’ because Jesus is all things ‘yes’ in our relationship to Father.
Good theology uncovers Satan lies, embedded insinuations in the form of myths, veils and poor Christian teaching. Good theology attacks them with the truth. Just as Jesus revealed Father and offered Himself as life to the full, so Holy Spirit offers Jesus to you, reveals God as who He actually is and places us where we belong in our mind’s eye - in full confidence as sons and daughters in intimate fellowship with our Father.
We need to have the mind of Christ as regards our identity. If he can, the deceiver will present to our imaginations a distorted Jesus along with a slanted gospel in a bid to sap the life out of us and the potential of the new creation. Even if the Holy Spirit is bolted on to such a ‘gospel’ it will contain within it, the seeds of death. The battle field of existence is the field of beliefs because it is from beliefs that we make our version of reality. The gospel of the Kingdom is God’s version of reality, God version of who He is and God’s version of who you are. This is why it is a superb advantage to have our living, moving and being – our identity in Him.
‘For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.’ Acts 17.28 NIV. We are saying that we have a choice. We can be the offspring of the Father of Truth of the lesser beings who are sons of the father of lies.
BUT WHO ARE YOU?
Our answer to the question, ‘Who am I?’ tells us where we are hoping to find an identity. Satan pressed Jesus on this issue because he understood correctly that out of our perception of identity, the issues of life spring. Satan for a time, successfully thwarted the plan of God for the human race by mangling their sense of identity. Change the vine and you change the branches. This is why we need Jesus as our identity vine where we can happily engage with the Gardener who will cut off the manifestations of our false identities and provide us with a new source of being.
‘He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful’ John 15.2 NIV.
WOMB OF OUR BEING
In his book The Shack, William Paul Young writes the line, ‘You were made to live in God.’ We might think this is obvious but it may not be to us while we are living in religion. The chief illusion here is that God made us to live in religion. We can fight quite hard to maintain this illusion when religion is the womb of our identity. Or when we have located our identity in things that are not us. The things we own, enjoy and have done are not our identity. We are our identity. This identity is unique. It came to us at conception and is known and understood by Jesus, if not by ourselves. This is why Christ is our life in a much deeper way than we have often thought.
Let’s be clear. Jesus knows who you are and He loves you – always.
When ministering in the spirit of religion we may attempt to gain credibility and authority by outlining 0ur academic qualifications and achievements. To be sure these have some bearing. But the person who is simply ministering in the I AM of themselves will be content to share their life in God. The I AM of you joined with the I AM of Jesus is the most powerful witness to the life that is ours in God.
The sons of God, the wheat in the field find their identity in Father God. The tares have their identity diluted by the father of lies.
SEEING THE KINGDOM OF GOD
We either live in God or think we do. The realisation that we have only been thinking we do can be the beginning of our re-birth and our born again identity. On this aspect of human behavior Christopher Heuertz writes, “Often our first interaction with a new acquaintance exposes our fears or insecurities, demonstrated in how we describe ourselves. Usually we allow carefully curated fragments of our identities to lay claim to the whole. I’m frequently guilty of beginning my own introductions with references to what I’ve done or do for a living, as if that tells someone who I am.” (1) As stated. Who we are is who we are in God as the person He brought forth at creation, redeemed at the cross and empowers by the Spirit each day of your life.
It takes some maturing into the reality of being a son of God in spirit and in truth before we can get a grip on the fact that what matters about our identity is that we are truly daughters and sons of God, that Jesus has gained this belonging for us; that heaven celebrates this fellowship, loves us for who we are and bends every effort to draw us out of our self-constructed identities into the safety and authenticity of our simple and un-polluted identity in Jesus Christ.
(1) Heuertz, Christopher L.. The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth (p. 17). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.