July 2015

Are you struggling with finding who you really are? Society (through media,
social network, so-called experts) has no problem telling you who you are.
And if you let them, they will shape your identity for you. Look at what it
is doing to our country. Our country is in an identity crisis and the world
is trying to dictate what its identity should be. The problem with that is
that society itself doesn’t know who or what it should be. Society is
constantly changing with the latest whim and is like a chicken with its
head cut off. It can’t see where its going, it has no wisdom to tell it
what to do, and eventually will die (actually it’s already dead but you get
my point). I am not here to put down our country or the people living in
it; it is because of my love that I write this. The Bible has a proven
track record and speaks about God’s heart for mankind. In Jeremiah 1:5 God
says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I
set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” It shows us 3
things regarding our identity: He knows you (relationship), he set you
apart (purpose), and he appointed you (influence). If you think I am just
taking a verse out of context, start at the beginning in Genesis with Adam
and Eve. It was only when the enemy came in and challenged their identity
that they sinned. And the devil is still deceiving people today, “The thief
comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have
life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). If you want life to the full I
encourage you to find your identity in God. He is timeless, he is all-wise,
and has the power to change your life. He also always has your best
interest in hand. He desires to see you, and our nation for that matter,
walk in destiny more than anyone else! How do we do that? How do we begin
to find our identity and begin living with purpose and destiny? It is one
simple step. It is turning our lives over to Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:6
that he is the way (so you won’t get lost), he is the truth (so you won’t
be deceived), and he is the life (so death is no longer an issue, you can
start living with intentionality!). I am a lot of things (a husband,
father, pastor, son, brother, friend, etc.) so the choices I make don’t
just affect me, they affect others. It is important that I know who I am.
What I want to be remembered for more than anything else is that I was a
man who loved Jesus with everything I had. It doesn’t mean I was perfect,
but that I was trying to live the way God wanted me to the best of my
ability. If you want to know who you are, start by finding whose you are.
You belong to God. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, or
where you come from. God will take you just as you are, and he will set you
on a new path of discovering who you can be in Him. God bless!