Breakthrough the Identity Crisis
July 21, 2017
Have you ever felt emotionally scattered and wondered who you were? Like you know who you are of course – but thought at a deeper level. Who am I? What’s my purpose?
Has the past ever tried to side swipe you with its unwelcome memories? Has the finger of shame been pointed at you and what you did in the past? Even the recent past?
Let me tell you. That is not who you are, that is not your identity.
It can feel daunting and painful to leave the familiar behind us. Leaving “Egypt “as it were, with its oppression, slavery, misery, hurts and wounds. That has tried to become our identity with the aim of messing with the purpose and plans that God has for us.
We are afraid of losing our ‘captive identity’, fearful of embracing our ‘slave-free identity’. Hanging on with claws to what we have accepted, to what we have perceived as ‘our normal’. A wilderness and desert season often separates Egypt from the Promised Land, the wheat from the chaff, the past from destiny.
Your addiction, is not who you are. Your fear is not who you are. Your grief and loneliness is not who you are. Your broken heart is not who you are. None of this is your identity. They are emotions, they are cuttingly and absolutely real – but they are not who you are. They do not define you.
This is my story. Who I am now, is not who I was. What I did then, is not what I do now. God is leading me into new paths, and opening exciting (aka scary) doors, changing my heart and refining my character.
Enter in the liar of all liars who wants me – and you – to not know who we are, who questions our worth and our identity. He repeats those familiar words from the Garden of Eden, via the Serpent to Eve “Did God really say?”
Well, yes actually He did! He told me, I am his Masterpiece. That I am his beloved, his Child, the one who before I was formed in the womb – knew me and had a plan for my life, a destiny and a purpose.
The Devil is an inveterate liar. He wants to keep you in a holding pattern, circling the airport in your plane of ‘going nowhere’, not allowing you to land in new territory, into your destiny.
Launching into the unknown is scary. Letting the past go is scary. But your identity is not in the past. It is in God who has called you his Masterpiece and who has pre-ordained for you to do amazing things.
Change is uncomfortable, it is confronting. It may mean having to up sticks and go somewhere new, it may mean changing your lifestyle, ending a relationship that is toxic, saying goodbye to a sphere of ministry. It may mean walking a path alone with God that others do not understand as you prepare for the future. A season that even you or I don’t fully understand and have to take one step at a time.
Your identity is in God.
I came across a drawing I did aged 5 yesterday – I had to laugh as I saw what I’d written: “Karen, I like myself”. I found this powerful as it resonates with the theme of identity and knowing who we are. I am loved by God, I like myself.
As Paul said in Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
Keep pressing on, even when the Devil tries to confuse you and reminds you of your past – forget the past. When you feel you aren’t there yet – the Words of Paul “I have not achieved it but, I focus on this one thing”
Press on to reach the end of the race!
God finishes what he starts, and he isn’t giving up on you – his Masterpiece! He is adding fresh brush strokes, shading and background day by day.
Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
He is your identity.
Karen Frith is a wife, mum and life coach as well as a prophetic voice and keen intercessor with an infectious passion for life. Married to Kevin, they have two teenage children and attend Elim East Christian Centre in Auckland New Zealand. Have led the Mums in Prayer School Ministry at the Elim School, Intercede with others at the Church, involved with Alpha Holy Spirit Day, Healing Rooms, Cleansing Streams etc is a wife, mum and life coach as well as a prophetic voice and keen intercessor with an infectious passion for life.
You'll find her blogging at On Becoming Esther and Time to Fly Free - Blog, where she honestly and powerfully shares from her own journey how God is bringing her to a place of maturity in Him.
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