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Who & Whose are You?

January 10, 2019

 

Before I belong to anyone else, I am my own. Before I belong to myself, I am my Creator’s. 

 

Do you know who and whose you are? Identity seems to be a hot topic right now. Searching for it resonates with so many of us. Not knowing our identity can cripple us, but building a false identity can do even more damage. We can go years living under a mask we’ve created, which will prevent us from ever feeling fully known and from deeply connecting with the world outside of our false persona. When you’re operating from a foundation of falsehood, everything begins to feel fabricated. 

 

But when we know to whom we belong, the rest becomes very simple. When we know the Creator of our core, we begin to know ourselves. And when we know ourselves, we can boldly chase our purpose. 

 

A few days ago, one of my all time favorite pastors, Erwin McManus, told a story about his daughter, Mariah, that was incredibly sweet and painted a beautiful picture of what intimacy with God can look like. He said that he and his daughter’s mother-in-law were sitting together at a crowded loud coffee shop across the room from Mariah and her husband. Mariah was on her phone and chatting when her mother-in-law began to shout her name several times over the noisy groups of people conversing. But Mariah didn’t turn around. She didn’t hear her. Erwin smiled and said once in a soft tone, “Mariah,” and she immediately turned around. Her mother-in-law laughed in amazement and said “how did you do that?” to which Erwin replied, “See I didn’t even need to use words, we’re so connected that I knew she would hear me whisper in a crowded loud coffee shop across the room.”

 

(Side note: this is one of my favorite sermons by him of all time, check it out HERE.)

 

How beautiful is that? 

 

Intimacy like that is truly hard earned. True intimacy brings so much trust and safety into a relationship. How incredible it must be to know, and be known by, someone so intensely well that your spirit senses when they need a moment of your time. You don’t have to shout or wave your arms or beg for attention, because your hearts are in tune enough that the other person is ready to give that time to you freely. Over the loud boom of life, a soft whisper from them comes through with complete clarity because you KNOW their voice so intrinsically 

 

That’s what I’m focusing on this year: Intimacy with Christ. Knowing His voice so well that if He were to whisper my name in a crowded room, I would stop what I was doing and immediately turn my face to Him. I want to know in full confidence that I have a place in His heavenly court. That if I come in with a request, I won’t be turned away. It won’t even be a question. He’ll stop what He’s doing to hear my prayers. 

 

2019 will be a year of bringing it all back to the basics and pursuing whose I am, and who that makes me. I want to explore all information and evidence that is available to us about the Creator of our universe, I want to fully believe that I belong to Him, & then I want to trust in everything that says about ME. 

 

My ability to fail is incomparable.

But He never fails, and I am His FIRST. 

My heart’s capacity to deceive is vast.

But He is full of truth, and I am His FIRST. 

My talents will fall short every single time.

But He is the creator of all things, and I am His FIRST.

My mind will doubt ceaselessly.

But He is the author and perfector of our Faith, and I am His FIRST.

I am not enough.

But He is everything,

and I belong to Him before I belong to myself. 

 

I want to encourage you to dive into these truths as well. We spend a lot of time trying to get to know who we are, and although that can be a fantastic looking glass into who God is, why not start from there first? Why not fix our eyes on who He is, and then let Him show us who we are because of His goodness?

 

 

Because the truth is, we began from a place of intimacy with God. We were dreamed up and created by Him in the secret place. But from the moment we took our first breath on this planet, the Devil has been tirelessly working to tear apart the closeness we have with God by planting subtle doubt in our hearts. He speaks lies to us about who we are, and we believe him because it is so much easier to pin our identity on our flaws than it is to believe in all that God could use our brokenness for. 

 

Don’t let the devil rob you of your intimacy with God. Fight back by speaking your God given identity over yourself daily this week. Here are two easy ways to do that.

 

1: Memorize this simple verse (or another that speaks identity to you) that reminds us that we began from intimacy with our Creator, and He has written all our days out for us: 

 

“My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.”

Psalm 139:15-16

 

2. Listen to this song by Lauren Daigle! I’m sure you’ve already heard it – this song is breaking down secular barriers and crushing charts: “You Say” 

 

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know (ooh oh)

 

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe (I), oh I believe (I)
What You say of me (I)
I believe

 

The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me
In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity, (ooh oh)

 

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe (I), oh I believe (I)
What You say of me (I)
Oh, I believe

 

Taking all I have and now I'm laying it at Your feet
You have every failure God, and You'll have every victory, (ooh oh)

 

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe (I), oh I believe (I)
What You say of me (I)
I believe

Oh I believe (I), yes I believe (I)
What You say of me (I)
Oh I believe (oh)

 

 

 

Lean into who He is this week, and see what it teaches you about who you are in Him.

 

 

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