There’s been a lot of talk about knowing your identify in Christ lately. I truly believe that knowing and walking in this truth is absolutely key for every believer to fulfill their divine destiny. But why don’t we? What is hindering us?
I believe the reason is very subtle. It’s a lie hidden in your heart that is contrary to what God says about who you are. If you are like me, you might not even know what lies are in your heart. Nevertheless, the good news is that you can always ask God, for He would love to reveal His truth to you.
And so, in this post, I am going to reveal two lies that I had wrongly believed in my heart, followed by a public declaration of faith in who God says I am through my Savior Jesus Christ:
LIE #1: I must be punished for all my wrong-doings.
Now be honest. Wouldn’t a good person admit that they made a mistake? Don’t they need to ask for forgiveness? Shouldn’t there be justice? In our earthly system of right and wrong, our rule of laws, payment for a crime is part of the process. Of course, I admit the error of my ways, and I even say I sorry, and try to do better next time…..
But in the upside-down kingdom, in God’s Kingdom, all sin is already paid for! This statement means that He has ransomed me from punishment. (In heavenly language, I have a free “get-out-of-jail” card. YEAH GOD!)
I can give up trying to be perfect. (Whew! What a relief!) I do not need to blame myself for making mistakes. I will not condemn myself nor will I allow others to judge me when I mess up. No longer will I hate myself giving way to a false humility. Since God loves me, I WILL LOVE ME TOO! (And that means standing up to the enemy and speaking up when those critical words come – whether from my own head or from another. Folks, this is HUGE for me, and it brings me to the next lie.)
Lie #2: I value the opinions of other people that I respect more than what God says.
Let me start by saying that I have appreciated the wise counsel of various Christian leaders and friends; however, I was so afraid of making a mistake and being punished that I trusted the voice of others. At times, some of those people were not speaking the voice of the Lord for me (YIKES!) and I wanted their approval more than God’s (BIG SIGH!).
Well, I declare that I am one of God’s sheep and that I can hear His voice for myself. While others may be upset with me when I don’t listen and do what they say, He rejoices when I deeply seek to hear His voice.
Even if I do make a mistake, He isn’t mad at me. After all, He is Almighty God and can fix anything I do. (THANKS GOD!) In fact, He delights in me and loves it when I step out in faith. He smiles that I love Him and when I love others as myself. And honestly, I have to say that I would rather deeply seek to hear His voice than follow the voice of another.
Therefore, today, I publicly reject those lies in the name of Jesus! If you’d like to learn more about identity, I’d like to suggest this amazing teaching from Bryan Finley’s Mission Empowered Lifestyle. Click here for more information.
And now for the best part….. declarations of God’s word to cancel out those lies!
What lies have you believed? What’s your declaration?