destiny through identity


As a professional athlete, I can relate to the pressure of performance you might encounter in your sport, or your career. As you pursue excellence in what you do, it is easy to become wrapped up in the process of becoming great. It is easy to allow how we perform in what we do to define who we are. If we don’t measure up to our expectations (or the expectations of others around us) it’s easy to feel like a failure.

Now, being able to perform when it matters most is what we signed up for when we decided to compete in athletics. Excellence in performance is not something to shy away from or be afraid of and I believe with all my heart that part of honoring the gifts and talents the Lord has given us is to work hard and do whatever it is we do with greatness! (Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters...”)

The kicker here is having a correct understanding of where our true identity lies. Let’s look at the gospel of Luke to illustrate this point. In Luke 3, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist. As he is baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon him and a voice from heaven spoke, “This is my son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Right in that moment, God the Father is establishing and validating Jesus’ identity as his son. He is making it clear before men, that Jesus is in fact who he claimed to be – the son of God.

Here’s where things get interesting. Following his baptism, Jesus is led by the Holy Spirit (note: he was not led by the devil into this time of testing, but the Holy Spirit) into the wilderness for 40 days. Over this period, Jesus goes without food and is tempted by the devil. 2 of the 3 temptations recorded in the Scripture begin with, “IF you are the Son of God…” Wait, what?! Literally, the chapter before this God himself established Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. Jesus knew it. Those there that day knew it. But immediately, the enemy is calling into question that which God has spoken.

I wonder if the enemy has caused you to question your identity as a daughter of God? If so, that can create a shaky foundation to launch from into doing what you’re created to do. Take heart, he tried to do the very same thing to Jesus. Jesus countered this attack with a sword: the Word of God – and we can too.

Here is a Scripture based reminder I put together that I read over myself at times to help me remember who I am and whose I am:

“You are His beloved, precious, favored child. Lovely, worthy, redeemed, powerful, beautiful, radiant, chosen, forgiven. A new creation, a royal priesthood, heir of God and co-heir with Christ. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You have purpose. You have a calling. You have a destiny to walk with Jesus all your life. You are a champion for the Lord. You are as successful right now as you will ever be – because God is with you … because he delights in you and is for you. His heart is ravished by you. You have authority as his child to bring the kingdom of heaven here to earth. He loves you. You can move his heart. He is a good God. You were the joy set before him when he endured the cross and you are loved with an everlasting love you cannot even begin to comprehend.”

We need to know who we are in order to operate in power and walk in the fullness of what God has called us to do. My prayer for you today is that your Heavenly Father would so deeply inscribe on your heart your identity as HIS DAUGHTER, and that no attack of the enemy, circumstance in life, win or loss would cause you to question it.

 

 

 

 

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