Today I want to share with you an issue that I feel is extremely important to all of us. And that being, who do you think you are? It’s so important for us to have a proper identity. I find that so many have an identity crisis. So I would like to share Part 1 of a 3 part blog post. I will be posting the next two parts in the next few days.
The thing that always stands out to me about the people of Israel is that many times they only turned to God as a last resort, and only because of the oppression they experience in the moment. The fundamental problem with the Israelites was that their faith in God was founded not on love for and gratitude to the Lord, but on self-centered desires and ambitions. They sought God only in times of crisis when they felt they needed Him. All throughout the Old Testament much of the time you see them with a slave mentality.
Judges 6:11-12 says, “Then the angel of the LORD came and sat under the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press in order to save it from the Midianites. The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior.””
Sometimes we will live in fear or doubt, not realizing what God is willing to do for us, through us, or even what He has invested within us.
Some of you have gone through far too much troubles to think God hasn’t planted some seed along the way that’s waiting to spring forth.
And the thing we need to realize is that God isn’t seeing you how you may see yourself, He looks inward to your true potential and what you’ll be capable of after He’s worked some things out within you. That’s why His calling can seem like such a great or overwhelming thing. Because He sees and realizes your true potential and is prepared to cause it to come forth.
Judges 6:13-15, “Then Gideon said to him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” The LORD looked at him and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?” He said to Him, “O Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.””
Sometimes I wonder how many people that come into our church services are just really having to deal with some heavy things or the past week has been extremely trying and they come with the question on their heart; “Where is the Lord?” That’s where Gideon was here. Gideon is asking “where is the Lord?” And I want you to notice the reply was, “He’s in you,” “go forth in this might of yours.”
But unfortunately Gideon was completely lost in his identity. He was so lost in who he felt he was in the moment that he couldn’t see who he could be with God.
I truly believe when you finally realize who you are in Christ and where exactly you stand within the heart of God it will begin to change you. You’ll finally find a place of rest in the unchanging love of God. And that being said, we really need to know our identity, who you are in Christ.
Identity is defined as this; the condition of being oneself, and not another: the sense of self.
Some of us here today would identify ourselves with what type of job we do, or our family social status, or even worse, how we feel in the moment.
You know, I’ve come to find that my emotions are subject to feel all types of different ways at times but that isn’t what makes or breaks me in life. There are many times in life where God will even come to you at your lowest and will begin to speak great things into your life to the point of where you’ll think He has to have the wrong guy. That’s where Gideon was.
God was commissioning him to raise up an army and defeat the Midianites; all while Gideon wasn’t in a moment of courage and bravery. The Lord spoke into Gideon’s life and all Gideon could do is tell the Lord how he wasn’t good enough and didn’t have what it took to do the job. Gideon didn’t realize it was more about God’s ability in him than his own.
As Christians we should be firmly rooted in who we are in Christ. But most are so confused and mixed up when it comes to our identity. That’s why you see so many people using each other to fulfill their own needs instead of loving one another with the love of Christ that surpasses all understanding.
LISTEN CHURCH! Your not here to be used to meet my needs and I’m not here to be used to meet your needs. We are here to serve one another in LOVE and fulfill the call of God on each of our lives.
Galatians 5:13-14 tells us, “…..through love serve one another and seek the best for one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one precept, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”