A Needed Reminder

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Every once in awhile, I need to be reminded of who I am in relation to the King.  It’s so easy to forget and begin limping through life on the wrong footing.

From My Journal

“Being My child is your primary identity.  Everything else has to flow out of that.  If you identify yourself in any other way, you put yourself in the place of having to support that identity through the validation of others.  This will lead to exhaustion and frustration, depending on how good you are at making others believe in you.

“Sonship affects everything.  It affects how you relate to Me as well as how you pray.  It affects how you view yourself and others.  It affects how you carry yourself and conduct yourself in every situation you face.  When you know – really know – that you are My son, you will experience a sense of security that you have never known before.”

The Battle for Identity

Someone once said that every battle is a battle for identity.  That may well be true.  Think of the temptation of Jesus.  He had just been baptized by John in the Jordan River.  As He came up from the water, a voice came out of Heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”  (Matthew 3:16 – 17)  It was a powerful moment of affirmation.

Immediately Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness.  There He met the tempter head on.  Twice the tempter challenged Jesus’ identity.

“If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”  (Matthew 4:3)

“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down…”  (Matthew 4:6)

Fortunately, Jesus was completely secure in His identity as God’s Son.  He didn’t have to prove anything to Himself or anybody else.  He didn’t yield to the enemy for a second.

Put It Off

We are often tempted to slip back into our old identity that we had prior to becoming a child of God.  The problem is, that person was crucified with Christ.  In the mind of God that person no longer exists.  That is why Father never dialogs with that old identity.  He constantly relates to us in our new identity as His children.  He calls us back to walking as who we are in relation to Him instead of who we used to be.  That is why we need to heed the words of the apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:17 – 24 and put off that old identity once and for all, get our thinking sorted out, and put on our new identity once and for all.

A Song

Below I have posted a song by Jonathan and Melissa Helser.  It really affirms our identity as children of the King and the resulting freedom from fear.  Let it be a comfort to you in the night.  Let it awaken you in the morning.  Let it be your companion throughout the day.  Let is assist you in living in your true identity as you go about your day living in the Reign.

Peace,

M

No King But Caesar

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The tension in the air was so thick you could almost cut it with a knife.  Even though there was a chill in the air, Pilate was sweating.  He would be very glad when he could get this over with and wash his hands of this accursed mess.

The young man who stood near Pilate, with his flesh in ribbons and a crown of thorns pressing into his head, had been brought  by the Chief Priests of the Jewish people.  They wanted Pilate to crucify him.  To that end they had laid out charges that Pilate was fairly certain were not true.  In fact, Pilate couldn’t find any real reason to put this young man to death.  Although he found this Jesus from Nazareth a bit odd, he certainly didn’t find him to be any sort of threat to Rome or the Jewish people either one.  He was also fairly certain the the religious leaders were jealous of him.  Because Judea was subservient to Rome, the Jews couldn’t simply put jesus to death themselves, so they wanted Pilate to do their dirty work for them.

There were also things about this case that Pilate found troubling, even frightening.  His own wife had sent him a message saying he should not have anything to do with this man.  She had apparently had troubling dreams about him.  Then there was something the Jews had said that sent a cold chill down Pilate’s spine,

“We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.”   

When Pilate heard this statement it caused him to quake to the very core of his being.  He quickly rushed Jesus back into his headquarters to try and find out more information from him.  Who was he really?  Where was he from?  The answer Jesus gave only caused Pilate to be more confused and frustrated.

He then brought Jesus back out to where the Jews were waiting. He took a moment to look over the crowd and then said to them, “Behold your king!”  This brought a violent reaction from the crowd as they began to shout, “Crucify!  Crucify him!”  Pilate then asked, “Shall I crucify your king?”  The response of the chief priests caused Pilate to capitulate to their demands.  The religious leaders looked steadily at Pilate and said,

“We have no king but Caesar.”

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