Man does not live by bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
We live by the Word of God, by what God says.
Your identity is purely what God says about you. Who he says you are is who you are.
“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.”
There are so many other voices. So many other opinions. Including our own.
And often our own is the harshest. How many times do we look in the mirror and go meh. How often do we know all the good, bad and ugly about us, the light side and the dark side. We know all the times we have tired and failed. We know all the times we haven’t tried at all. And sometimes we think that disqualifies us and that if God really knew who we were, if people really knew who we were then we would be out on our butts.
Bur our deepest awareness of ourselves is that I we are deeply loved by Jesus Christ and we have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.”
You are loved by God.
You are called by God.
God sees the good the bad and the ugly and he says I choose you. I choose you to be in my family. I choose you to be my friend. I choose you to be my representative. I choose you to be my servant. I choose you. I choose you to go out into all the world to preach the gospel and tell people how real I am. I choose you to lay hands on the sick and they will be healed. I choose you to do amazing things.
You are called to make a difference in your generation and the devil wants to shut you down and shut you up but God sees what HE has begun in your life. Its not by our greatness, or our good works, or our talents and abilities but it is by what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives. Our only part is to say yes. Our only part is to agree with what God is doing.
Tonight is all about God speaking into that part of who we are, our destiny, our purpose, our gold, our mission, the who He is making us to be, the who He is calling us to be and for us to surrender and say WOW Yes God.
God doesn’t major on the mistakes we make. He looks at the potential He has planted in our lives. This is who we are. This is who you are.
God sees you as a son and daughter of God.
He sees you as a leader. He sees you as a world changer. He sees you as a influencer.
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Giden he prophesied Gideon you mighty man of valour and Gideon was like who me? No way. God had planted the seeds of greatness and might in Gideons life and Gideon then had to choose to have faith in God and in His words. He had to have a change in identity.
Daniel when he was taken to Bablyon, a captive, a prisoner agreed with the identity that God had spoken into his life. He refused to be assimilated but instead stood up and make a stand for what God had called him to do. He refused to have his identity compromised by the worlds culture and systems, even at the threat of his very life. He knew what God had said and how God had said for him to live and lived by things. He allowed his heavenly identity to shape how he lived.
Joseph dreamed of being a great leader and held onto that sense of calling and identity even when his brothers beat him in a jealous rage, and sold him into slavery. Even when he was falsely accused of having sexual relations with that woman and thrown into jail he kept his sense of identity secure and lived as a leader, regardless of the location and situation. He lived by the promises of God and then was ready for that day when God turned the tables and he became prime minister of Egypt.
What does God say about who you are? What is God saying about who you are to become? You might be like Gideon and look at yourself and say who me? You might be like Daniel and feel like you’re the only one walking this road. You might be like Joseph and wonder how on earth you’re going to get there. But God has a plan and a purpose and it is Him who shapes your life and knows the days and seasons. When we build our life by the Word of God we have real life.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take Prov 3:5=6