Ever had an identity crisis?
Do you know for certain who you are? Do you know for certain who God says you are? I’m realizing many Christians have an identity crisis, including myself! We just don’t know it!
Towards the end of December 2012 the Lord caught my attention with the TV advertiser’s phrase, “The new normal is uncertainty.” It prompted the two previous posts about uncertainty/certainty. But little did I know over these last three weeks since the second posting He would be depositing in me clearer understanding of certainty as a Christian. That’s why it’s been a while since my last post. I am being overwhelmed with liberating truth!
As I am grasping more of what Jesus did at the cross I realized my list of ways that help us be ‘uncertain’ are easy to do, because of a Christian identity crisis. Very few Christians really know who they are in Christ Jesus or what really happened at the cross.
Now realizing there are some inaccurate things (according to the Word) in my last post, I am excited to make corrections and share the wonders about His scandalous grace that are being unfolded to me. By the way, that is an encouraging aspect of the Lord – there is always room to grow and change. In fact, for all eternity we will be discovering riches about Him. Actually we are to discover and live in some of those riches here and now! (Eph 1:17-19)
Do you know that much of what has been taught or modeled in Christianity today keeps us in a place of uncertainty? In fact it promotes a place of separation. An illusion of separation from Him, that is.
To illustrate – how about the way we pray. We still consider Him as up there, out there, or somewhere. We think we have to reach out to Him, even find Him!
Sometimes we ‘reach out’ and ask, “Where are You?! Can You hear me?” Maybe if we shout? Maybe weep? Plead and beg? Fast? Maybe worship more, pray more, do more? Then He will hear and answer?
Why do we think that and do those things?!
Hmm, this brings to mind some phrases I remember praying with other fervent-hearted believers – “Oh God, don’t pass me by!” or “Oh God, don’t pass us by!” or “Oh God, have mercy!” This makes me chuckle now. What an identity crisis we had! The Bible says, “He is rich in mercy because of His great love with which He loved us.” (Eph 2:4) Scripture also says that it is according to His great mercy that has caused us to be born again to a living hope. (1Pet 1:3) In fact, His mercies are new every morning! (Lam 3:22,23) So why would we cry out for mercy, for goodness sake?!
Now here is a big part of the Christian identity crisis – many believers think they are just ‘sinners saved by grace’. We still believe Is. 59:1,2 is true in our walk with God – “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”
Because of that kind of thinking or belief, we live under the Old Covenant while being part of the New Covenant. This duality smacks against the cross and brings confusion, uncertainty, and striving.
Do you know that under the New Covenant, He has taken away our sins! He has even forgiven all our sins! (Jn 1:29 1Jn 3:5 1Jn 2:12 Col 2:13) So much for separation because of sin! Remember, we are saints, holy ones – thanks to Jesus!
Here is something that kicks that ‘separation’ mindset in the teeth! When we believe on Jesus and His ‘once for all’ sacrifice, then He comes to live inside of us. In fact, so does the Father and the Holy Spirit. They not only live in us but we are one with Them! (Jn 17:21,23 7:38,39) Goodness gracious, we can’t get any closer or fuller than that! So why do we keep ‘reaching out’ to God when the whole Godhead is living and flowing inside of us!
Certainty Himself said, “I will not in any way fail you nor give you up, nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless, nor forsake nor let you down, [relax My hold on you] – Assuredly not!” (Heb 13:5 AMP)
If we get what Certainty firmly and clearly said about never leaving us and being for us, then we can throw off that illusion of separation and a distant God. We will then resoundingly say – “So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, ‘The Lord is My Helper, I will not be seized with alarm – I will not fear or dread or be terrified.’” (Heb 13:6 AMP)
Next time you pray, just remember He is so near you that He is IN you. He is one with you so He hears you clearly, even your unspoken words. And please know, He wants you to hear Him clearly.
Oh the certainty of an abiding relationship with Him! He brought this about, we had and have nothing to do with it. He maintains this oneness, we don’t. It is ours to enjoy! It is founded on His faithful everlasting love. He declared, “I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!” (Jer 31:3 MSG)
Oh the certainty of LOVE!
He is rocking my boat because of clearer understanding of truth about certainty found in His cross, love, mercy, and grace! May He rock yours too! It’s part of growing in the fullness of our identity in Him.
- If you struggle as a believer, you just may have an identity crisis. A sinner mentality sure keeps us struggling and working hard.
- Drop the religious stuff and grab hold of the relationship. There is absolutely no condemnation in it. It is an internal abiding one where resting in Certainty awaits you.
- If you catch yourself ‘reaching out’ to Him, just remind yourself to look within. He is that close!