It's safe to say that most humans base our identity on what happens in our lives on a day-to-day basis. Our circumstances generally determine our moods and how we feel about ourselves and our reactions and responses towards others. I say this too because the Lord has taken me on an eye-opening, spirit and heart opening journey through realizing this truth regarding Him and our identity formed outside of Him and how this impacts us not only when we don't know Him, but also when we become too attached to what's happening in the world and forgetting what is stated in His Word.
When we are operating from the soul - mind, will and emotions - we experience highs and lows; feelings that lead to stress and anxiety. When we are walking in the Spirit of God, we have the mind of Christ in us, active and operating in and through us and then these spiked highs and lows cease because we know that in Christ we are safe, provided for and renewed. Then we are confident in the knowing that our minds are not governed by our feelings which are triggered by our worldly thoughts. When we focus on chaos we identify with crisis. When we focus on Christ, we identify with Him as the reliable and consistent source of peace that we need.
When we have an identity crisis we are in fact searching for the truth of God we can sense is written on our hearts, but because we have bought into a worldly world-view we base our identity on what the world is either saying about us or expecting from us. Expecting the world - people, to meet the expectations that are meant to be left in God's hands leaves us feeling abandoned, disappointed and disillusioned. Trusting fully in the Lord to do what He says shifts our crisis of identity out of the world and into Christ. May I add here, this has NOTHING to do with Christ Consciousness. We are not seeking the consciousness of Christ, which is in fact a new age doctrine, but rather to be fully ensconced in the mind of Christ.
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2 (NIV)
So how do we keep our identity in Christ and not in the world? By following what the Lord instructs us to do in Romans 12:2. I know this is nothing new to seasoned Christians, however, it is so easy to forget when our walk with the Lord is distracted by the things - expectations and stresses - of the world. And especially when we keep our thoughts and communication focused on what is going wrong. Negative talk and negative thinking moves our identity into crisis mode. Renewing our minds daily by reading scripture and bible study transforms us and we are more easily led by the Spirit rather than by the soul. By reading scripture daily we are reminded often of all the good the Lord does for us as well as all the good He desires for us. Satan is the prince of this world, he rules it and attacks our soul - mind will and emotions - with all kinds of lies in order to distract us from the truth which is our identity is in Christ and not in crisis.
"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:22-32 (NIV)
In the verses above it is made clear what we are to do in order for our minds and conscience to remain clear. It is evident here that when we conform with the world we are led by it's desires and the distractions give the enemy license to cause all kinds of disruption that impact our identity and how we identify with situations. When things are going wild and we're not focusing on the Lord we are very easily swayed by the false identity the enemy wants us to believe is our true selves. By laying down our old behaviour and thought patterns - the old man - our identity does not become a crisis but rather is celebrated in the fact that it is renewed daily by the Living Word of God, therefore, no lie from the enemy can cause us to sway and become entangled in what is happening in the world, be it financial issues, the corona virus, threats of World War III or anything else that causes fear in the human heart and the questioning of who we are and what we are missing because all these shocking things are happening in the world. When our identity is in Christ and we identify with what Christ endured for us, we experience peace in the knowing that prophecy is being fulfilled and that we are safe, just as God said we would be. Psalm 91:3 tells us "Surely He will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence." Corona virus is, therefore, not a threat to believers. When we put on the mind of Christ -the new man - our identity is restored in Him.
Matthew 24:6 says: "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come." God has already told us these things are to happen but not to worry, He's got our backs. Jesus Christ's identity was that of God. Everything about the identity of Jesus Christ is pure, good and wholesome; without spot or blemish. When we focus on how God sees us and the purpose for which He created us, His mercy, truth and grace heals our self-esteem, confidence is restored in Him and we are no longer swayed by the worldviews that have so many in it's false grip of fear.
When we come into alignment with what God's Will is for our lives we experience peace and comfort in the knowing that He is GOOD and FAITHFUL regardless of what is going down around us. Therefore, this week focus on where your identity lies - in the lies of the world or in the truth of the Word.
Have you bought into the expectations of the world rather than placing your expectation in the Lord to protect and provide according to His Good Will?
Has your identity been defined by the crisis happening around you - world events and/or personal events?
Are you identifying with what you want to happen in your life rather than waiting on the Lord to do things His way and in His timing?
Remember, the enemy of God, and thus our enemy, is always trying to get us to buy into his false timing by us becoming impatient and losing faith in the Lord when things don't happen instantly or in the way we envisioned it to happen. The enemy sets us up with false timing by pushing our thoughts in the direction of prematurely acting without consulting the Lord first, or by giving into fear and procrastinating and, therefore, missing out on the opportunities the Lord brings into our lives. When we become distracted by human expectations our identity slips into a fallen state.
May the Holy Spirit of God help you be renewed in the mind of Christ and may His identity become the blueprint you function from. Jesus Christ came to lead us and show us a new way in Him. Walk with Him.
I would like to leave you with these words the Lord shared with me this past week. Enjoy and be revived by the Spirit of the Lord.
"Minds are tethered in bondage.
Fault makes its path in the mind seeking perfection in the world.
My Word is faultless and in it My children find the perfect way out of bondage and into freedom in Me.
Fault is the character of fear and misinterpretation.
The Word is faultless because My character is untethered truth.
The Word is the Light, the Way and gives life.
The Word is without lie, spotless and without blemish.
The Word is Jesus Christ of Nazareth made manifest."
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