From the desk of Steve Shultz:
More than ever, it's important that we know WHO WE ARE. I couldn't say it better as Rob Hotchkin shares below: It is critical in this hour that we dig into the Word and posture ourselves before the Father's heart so that we can allow Him to show us who we truly are.
Let's take time today to pray and allow HIM to truly tell us who we are.
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Before God ever formed us in our mothers' wombs, He knew us. In other words, before He even brought us forth He had fully determined who we are and established our identity in Him.
One of the most important weapons of warfare we have in any battle is our God-given identity. When we allow God to reveal to us who we truly are, and we choose to believe Him, we can live from that identity and trust God to back it up and bring it about. When we know who we are to God, with God, and for God, we can enter any situation or circumstance confident that we will see victory, because we are walking out the destiny God created us for, called us to, and has empowered us to step into.
The Life of the Son
The Father models this to us in the life of His Son. When Jesus emerged from the waters of His baptism, the Father proclaimed Jesus' identity. The Father declared that Jesus is a "Beloved Son" in whom the Father is "fully pleased." Before Jesus stepped into any ministry or any confrontations with the enemy, He knew who He was.
God-given identity is so powerful that the enemy will do all he can to come against it. He tried to attack Jesus' identity in the wilderness and get Him to question if He really was God's Son. But Jesus refused to be shaken. He refused to let go of the identity His Father had declared over Him. He was so rooted and grounded in who He was to, for, and with the Father that at times He simply declared His true God-given identity and the enemy was completely overpowered by it (John 18:6).
Jesus was the firstborn of many children (Romans 8:29), and because of the amazing gift of His sacrifice you are now one of those children. Just like He did with His Son Jesus, the Father wants to declare over you, His precious child, who you truly are.
It is critical in this hour that we dig into the Word and posture ourselves before the Father's heart so that we can allow Him to show us who we truly are. You are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are not who you were. You are who He created you to be. When we know and embrace our God-given identity, we can nullify the lies of the enemy and cast down every temptation and vain imagination that does not line up with who and what God says we truly are.
Knowing your God-given identity is a key weapon for victory in this hour.
There is Victory in Identity!
When David went into battle against Goliath he confidently carried a weapon that was key to his victory. More than the sling in his hand, more than the five stones in his pouch, the weapon David wielded was his God-given identity.
In 1 Samuel 17, when David showed up at the battlefield to take on Goliath, no one thought of him as a warrior. At that point he was really only known to the world as a musician in Saul's court. But David did not let the world determine his identity. He knew the Lord had anointed him to be a leader, victor, and protector of Israel. He knew that God had been training him for war while he had been caring for the sheep of his father's flock (1 Samuel 17:34-37). It didn't matter if the world knew who he was at this point. David knew who he was – because he chose to believe what God had declared over him. That's why he was ready for the battle and able to step into the victory.
When his older brother belittled him, telling him he had no business being amongst the warriors since he was just an insignificant little shepherd (1 Samuel 17:28), David held tightly to who God had told him he was. When King Saul dismissed him as...(more)