Hello Everybody! Today, I would like to touch on a subject that I feel led to talk about. For the past few days, the Holy Spirit has been urging me to tell people that “You should never forget that you are a Christian”. It seems like a “duh” comment, but when you really think about it, how many of us forget that this is our identity? The reason I feel I need to bring this topic up is because lately, we forget that “the enemies of God still hate God, and they don’t care for you either” (I got that from Fred Hammond’s song “No Weapon”) :) . Are you still wondering why bad things are happening to you even though you consider yourself a “good” person, are you wondering why your money is getting tight and you’re running low on resources? Are you still wondering why your family members are acting crazy all of a sudden when things were going well? are you still wondering….?
It’s because you are a Christian.
Spiritual warfare isn’t something that you switch on and off and can go to sleep when you want to. The moment you identify yourself as a Christian, literally, it’ll seem like “All hell broke loose” because that is when you have enlisted yourself into spiritual warfare with the devil and the battle rages on. It’s ever ongoing, ever-present and if you read your Bible, you would know that the Enemy, the devil is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. If your enemy doesn’t sleep well at night because he is roaming around seeking to steal, kill and destroy your blessings and your life, then why is it as Christians, we put ourselves on “sleep mode” thinking that nothing bad will happen? The battle that you face in your life is not your physical life itself, it is a battle against your faith, and faith specifically towards Jesus Christ as Lord over your Life. What you believe in is what you identify yourself with and believing in Christ is a spiritual battle because Jesus didn’t come to save our physical bodies since we will all die one day. He came to save our souls and our spirits and therefore, what you are up against isn’t anything natural, it is a supernatural battle that manifests itself in your natural world.
Everything regarding your Identity is based on what you KNOW about yourself as a Christian. If you didn’t know the few scriptures that I’ve just mentioned in this post or have just remembered a few of them and not because you have been actively meditating on them for yourself, then you’ve got to ask yourself, how much of your identity as a Christian have you embraced? Do you KNOW who you are in Christ?
Contrary to “popular” opinion, “What you don’t know can hurt you”.
The biggest tool used against Christians in today’s world is Ignorance. What people don’t know can hurt them. If you don’t know your authority, your ability, your purpose in life, your God, and your salvation, you truly are a lost person. If you don’t know something, then pursue knowledge actively. Laziness and complacency attracts poverty and destruction. If you want to avoid strife in your life, then get to know your God more, and learn more about what He says about you. I don’t have to tell you what to wear, or what to do when all that information is in the Bible. The question is, are you even reading it? Are you simply waiting for a Sunday service to get your Word fix? If you are, you are being Lazy, and you truly don’t know what battle you are facing right now.
Have I offended you? GOOD, because you need to be offended in order to face reality my friend. The Devil doesn’t play, and neither should you by playin’ around. Go back to the source of your Salvation which is in Jesus Christ and read the Word of God (the Bible) to understand what the Word says about you. You have to know how God defines you, rather than remain ignorant and accept any definition that the world has to offer about you. Ignorance is no bliss…ignorance is a curse.
Your God-given identity is not wrapped up in material things, it is a spiritual identity that takes shape in various shapes, sizes and colours since God created each one of us uniquely and we are all said to be Fearfully and Wonderfully made. We seriously haven’t got time to criticize other people prejudicially when Jesus tells us to “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34-35) . Put your biases aside towards other people and focus on understanding your OWN identity rather than poking fun at another person’s identity. That’s just nonsense. When we bicker amongst our fellow brothers and sisters criticizing them on superficial things like their attire, their hair, their skin, the accents, etc, the devil laughs at us because he knows that people are acting like fools if they are busy making fun of their brothers and sisters. It tells the enemy that you simply can’t identify that you are making fun of God at the same time when you do that so STOP IT.
This topic on knowing who you are as a Christian is a Sermon all by itself. I could go on and on, but I just wanted to touch base and let you know that what I felt led to capture in this post today is this message that the Holy Spirit has been urging me to tell people for a while now. And that is,