Knowing who we are in Christ
This Saturday at bible study I taught on knowing who we are in Christ. This is the most important thing when it comes to a relationship with God and living your life as a child of God in the earth. How can you be who you are if you don’t know who you are?
Well you may be thinking “I have been alive this long, I know who I am”. To the contrary, you know who you are according to your own standards and limited knowledge. You know who you are according to what the world has shown you. Before creation ever was you had already been created in the mind of God. He knows more about you than you will ever know about yourself. Let us not forget that you were made in his image. If you don’t know what that image is than how can you be so confident that you know who you are? You may know who you are in flesh but what about your spirit? Who are you in the spirit?
Let us take a look at one of my favorite stories, which is the story of Gideon (Judges ch. 6-8).
Just to give you a little background lets start with verse one.
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.
God delivered the children of Israel into the hand of the Midianites. The Midianites had taken over their land.
And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.
Fast forward to verses 11-12
And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor.
The thing that I find so amazing here is that Gideon was afraid, hiding behind the wine press threshing wheat trying to hide it from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord comes and calls him a mighty man of valor. I can imagine Gideon turning around like, “Who me? You can’t be talking about me”. The amplified version says you mighty man of fearless courage. Fearless courage? As he is cowering and trying to hide his wheat.
You see God does not see you as you see yourself. You see yourself based on your surroundings and God sees you according to what he has created you to be. Which one do you think is accurate? We act like it is our view that is accurate but it is always his view that is accurate. That is why we have to know how he sees us so we can learn to see ourselves in that same light.
And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? And where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? But now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
I love what he is saying here because this is exactly the current state of mind of many people regarding all that is going on in the world. They are asking God the same question. Lord how can you say that you are with us when all this stuff is happening. Wars, devastation, people starving, people dying, people hurting. How is it that you can be with us?
We have the mistake of thinking that because so many negative things are happening that God is not there. The first thing the angel said when he appeared to Gideon was “the Lord is with thee”.
Negative things are not happening because of the absence of God, negative things happen when we don’t acknowledge the presence of God.
When we refuse to acknowledge his presence in our circumstances is when things start to go bad, but it is not because he is not there. It is because you will not acknowledge that he is there.
And the Lord looked upon him and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have I not sent thee?
And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.
And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with with you, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
At this point God has revealed to Gideon that he is the one that God is going to use to defeat the Midianites. God tries to assure Gideon by letting him know that he has sent him. In essence he is saying I have called you for this, I have created you for this. “Have I not sent thee?”
Here Gideon was complaining about everything that was going on. Asking God how is it that that he was with him when he has lost everything to the Midianites. God comes along and says I am here and I am going to fix it, and I am going to use you to do it.
We are always so quick to complain about the state of the world. We want to complain about what is going on around us. Do you not know that God has sent you. He has set a purpose and a plan in your heart to contribute to the success of seeing his will accomplished in the earth.
When Gideon heard that he was the one that God was using he did not feel qualified. “Behold my family is poor and I am the least in my father’s house”.
Here he was looking at his circumstances to determine who he was when God had already declared that he was a mighty man of valor. In his mind Gideon could only see his circumstances. He could only see that he was poor and the least in his family. God could only see him as he created him. He could only see him as a mighty man of fearless courage.
God then goes on to say “I will be with you”.
God is not leaving you alone to do what he has called you to do. To be who he has called you to be. He will be with you, he is already with you at this very moment. What we fail to grasp is that you are already who God has created you to be whether you realize it are not. But it is the realization of it that causes it to manifest.
Every time Gideon tried to remind God of his circumstances, God always brought everything back to Himself. “The Lord is with you” “Have I not sent you?” “Surely I will be with you. God wants us to acknowledge him. It is God that causes us to prosper, to be a success, to walk in health through Christ. When we take our focus off of him we start to loose our identity because it is only found through Christ. In the natural we look in the mirror for a refection of who we are. In the Spirit we look to God and his word for a reflection of who we are.
How do we know who we are in Christ?
By opening up your bible and reading what it says about you. The word of God is Christ himself (John 1:1). When you read the word of God and the promises he has made to you it as if Jesus is sitting right beside you speaking to you. The words are spirit and life (John 6:63). They are alive and have transformation and healing power (Proverbs 4:22).
Don’t just read the bible, it is not a fairy tale or bed time story. We must study it, break it down, ask God what things mean and expect him to answer. Make studying the bible personal. You are finding out what God has said about you, how he feels about you personally. This time is intimate, and cherished by your Father. Go in with an open heart and you Father will not fail to reveal himself to you, therefore revealing who you truly are.
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