I hope and expect this post finds you and speaks to you. It is from my heart. It is what has changed my life and brought me freedom, true freedom.
Most of us live this life in fear. Fear of just about everything. Who can blame us? We are raised in it, its programmed deep into our subconscious from the time of our inception. It gets passed down from generation to generation from our well intentioned parents to the western society we live in. A society that is based on performance. A society that says you are loved only if you do this or do that. A society that determines your success by what your bank account says, how big of a house you have, and all things materialistic.
Maybe its not on the severe end, maybe its as subtle as not being who you are, being complacent with your circumstances, lethargic, hopeless, and ok with it.
We are trained and severely influenced by the world, never operating out of our true self, but always putting on our "work face" to get the job done. "Its just the way it is" we say.
What if it was possible to live out of a place of such confidence in who you were that you didn't have to put on your face when you go out into public? What if you could be free from what people thought about you? What if you could just be free to express yourself everywhere you go and not be afraid of people thinking you are crazy and weird? Wouldn't that just be wonderful?
Well, in the words of a great man Bill Johnson, "its not only possible, its probable."
What if the only problem is we don't know who we are?
We were all born to be great. We all have a unique destiny and purpose in this world.
But we are eagles with an identity crisis. We are born to soar in freedom and boldness, but we act like turkeys never tapping into our hearts desires. Since we believe we are turkeys, we stick to the ground, the safe place, the familiar environment, the comfort zone.
Just imagine an eagle that thought he was a turkey, what a sad day that would be. Here he is, a hunter, the king of the air, with all the capability in the world residing within, but he roams the earth feeling weak, hopeless, and depressed. He feels this way because there is something inside of him that is born to soar the beautiful blue skies but he just doesn't believe its possible.
I say we are just like the eagle that thinks he's a turkey.
What I'm getting to is the root issue.
As the greek saying goes "know thyself." This is beyond powerful, that if you had a revelation of this, a real conviction in your heart about this very thing, you would live a life that is fulfilled and satisfied.
Knowing who we are and what we are on this earth for is a core desire of all mankind. No matter how cynical, depressed, pessimistic, or whatever, the desire is still there, it might just be buried under a lifetime of let downs, abuse from our parents, or discouragement.
Identity is the answer to insecurity, depression, hopelessness, and many other ailments that prevent us from walking in true happiness.
If we don't discover who we are, the world will gladly tell us. The world will tell us to go be a doctor because its the "safe" route to take. Or maybe to get a good job, try to work your way up the ladder, never rock the boat, and you will have your nice big home, with your two cars, a boat, and maybe a few extra toys if your a good boy.
The world is constantly trying to pay us off and bribe us into a life of not rocking the boat so that we conform to its rules and regulations. "Don't talk to strangers, it might make them uncomfortable," "Don't speak from your heart because your heart is reckless, its all about our higher logic and reasoning," " Don't you dare think you are powerful, because people might think you are arrogant and they will brand you a heretic," "Your childhood dreams are just fairy tales, this is real life, get with the program, shut up, sit in the pew, go to church, live a good life, don't offend people, and you will be alright."
Come one, that sounds like a life full of comprise, a life of weakness, a life that is never lived to its fullest potential, a life that isn't worth living, a life in bondage and slavery to the world and its ways.
I say we rise up to be who we are destined to be. We have all been placed on this earth for such a time as this. We all have a destiny no matter how big or small, your life is significant and you are here to make a difference, and it starts with the transformation of yourself above everything.
When you change, everything around you either gets on board or they resist you and hate you for it. You cannot let the opinions of others effect you.
Now here is where we dive deep into greater realities of this life.
You can either take the blue pill or red pill and go deeper down the rabbit hole.
I really don't care to make you believe what I believe, its not my place. I live on an unshakeable foundation that has been proven time and time again through many trials and tribulations even though I am only 25.
My perspective is that of a follower of Christ Jesus, my God, my savior, my best friend, my everything. I don't care much for religion in the sense of the religious spirit that seeks to dominate its subjects and keep them bound up in a mindset that puts God in a box and puts themselves in a box. The religious spirit only cares about duties and how you look on the outside, "make sure you say the right thing while at church," "Make sure you do this and do that so people think you are good." Blah blah blah, of course we wouldn't say it like this, because its a deceiving thing that can creep into anyones life.
God is a God of the heart, not what you do or don't do. The God I know is a happy God that sent His only son to die for all mankind, to show unconditional love to EVERYONE. Not just the "good" christians. Sadly, we are known more for our hypocrisy then for our Love for people. The gospel is the good news of grace.
So how does this relate to your identity?
Historically, in the area of identity, our fathers are the ones who name us and give us our identity. Growing up, it is our parents who affirm who we are and let us know that we have what it takes, that we are loved, that we are accepted just the way we are, that we are special, that we are powerful, that we are unique, and so on.
The problem is we don't have perfect parents, its just the way it is. So we grow up without these questions unanswered.
Consequently we will spend our life seeking the answers in the world.
We find answers one way or another, the question is which one is right? Which road leads to your true self?
For me it was football, I was good at it so I found my identity in that. When i played well I was happy, when I didn't, I was depressed. Surely, not a healthy way to live.
Thats why you see these celebrities go off the deep end, they put their identity in their talent and not in a solid foundation.
Performing for acceptance can manifest in many ways, either in sports or any other type of performance oriented activity. Performing in the area of our personality so that people will love us. Putting on charm and flattery so that people will approve of us. The problem with this is that we will always be striving for love and acceptance and always afraid that if we say or do something wrong we won't be accepted or loved.
Thats the TRUTH right there.
Great news is that your completely loved by your true parents, your one and only Father who is in heaven.
"And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven." Matthew 23:9
Now this isn't saying that you can't call your earthly dad, father. What I believe Jesus is saying is that no one can replace your perfect daddy in heaven. He is the one that will sanctify you, the one that will separate you from all the false identities we grow up with, the one that has called you, the one that knows you more than you know yourself. I am pretty sure this is a good place to get your identity.
Because sure enough, we all have identities, the only difference is if its found in money, prestige, false humility, power, or any other thing that seeks to exalt itself over Love.
He is the only one that can tell you who you truly are.
Herein lies another problem, if we have a faulty perception of God then this will be very hard to take in. If we blame Him for all the troubles in the earth, think He is a bully up there waiting for you to screw up so He can judge you, or someone that doesn't passionately pursue a relationship with you then you won't see Him for who He is… LOVE.
Or maybe you project your relationship with your earthly father onto your heavenly Father. That would also be a corrupted viewpoint.
The reality is that He gave is only son to redeem you, to forgive you for all your sin, to take your place, to make you whole, to deliver you from depression, oppression, and all things evil. All because He LOVES YOU. (John 3:16)
This is what Jesus really came to do:
"The Lord has put his Spirit in me,
because he appointed me to tell the Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to tell the captives they are free
and to tell the blind that they can see again. — Isaiah 61:1
God sent me to free those who have been treated unfairly — Isaiah 58:6
Now that doesn't look like He came to give rules and regulations to all the sinners.
We have free will that we may seek Him on our own accord, He doesn't force Himself.
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6
Heres a neat passage that describes the beautiful exchange of finding who God is. In return, you will find yourself.
If you are seeking your identity and purpose, you are consciously or unconsciously seeking your creator, your Father.
13.When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[b] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[c] will not overcome it.
Here we see Jesus's disciple, Peter, call out who Jesus is, and in return, Jesus gave Him His identity.
He then goes on further to describe what it takes to find your true identity:
25.For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
This word "life" actually is associated with our psyche in the Greek. Now our psyche includes our personality and our behaviors. It is the totality of the human consciousness and unconsiousness.
When we stop trying to create a personality that people will approve of or you will approve of, or be something we are not, when we stop putting up a front, when we can truly be comfortable in our own skin, when we can put down our walls, when we can be and act the same no matter what crowd you are around, you will see, know, and taste the true joy of FREEDOM, the true joy of knowing yourself and knowing your creator.
No longer will you strive to be accepted, nor will you strive to "make it" in this life.
You will rest in love because you have found yourself, you have found the greatest treasure of all, IDENTITY.
When we know who we are, we will go about our life in a completely different way. We won't work to get something, we will work because we know our value, we know what we can provide to humanity, we will be completely satisfied.
Its the most simple thing yet very difficult. To lay down your life for a greater purpose, to give up striving like the world, to just stop. Its a beautiful thing. In this place you will find yourself.
For everything is possible for the one that believes. (Mark 9:23)
If the reward of being free from the worlds gravitational pull isn't strong enough, then I don't know what is. If this is speaking to you, I would suggest asking the Good Lord to help you out with finding Him and yourself. In return you will set out on the greatest journey of your life. A life full of adventure, love, passion, fulfillment, and peace.
You are a son and daughter of the King of Kings, you are loved by God no matter what you have done or will do. You don't have to perform for love, it is yours. The person you are is so unbelievably unique.
No matter who you are, I love you, muslim, jew, atheist, whatever your beliefs, love is unconditional and that is the Gospel, True LOVE!
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When we are full of thanks nothing else can be present.
We praise and worship, and when we do, we gain the perspective of Heaven.
our biggest problem looks small from heaven.
When we give praise and thanks we create a place for the Lord to dwell.
We become conscious of the solution instead of the problem.
Only one thought can can be present at one point in time. It is either trust or worry. Faith or unbelief.
When we have negative thoughts we immediately begin to praise and give thanks no matter how we are feeling. THis allows us to identify the opposite of that negative thought. We chose which thoughts to dwell on.