14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. 15 But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy. 1 Peter 1:14 – 16 CSB
1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord;
see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.Selah
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:31 – 33
The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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.
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.
I would be willing to bet that there have been times when we have all felt we were helpless victims at the mercy of our circumstances. There are times when life seems to spin out of control and there appears to be nothing we can do about it. I am glad to be able to tell you that this is not necessarily the case.