"Now is the Time to Put on Your True Identity"
Kathi Pelton, Eugene, OR
I heard the Spirit saying, "Now is the time to shed the skin of false identity and put on your true identity." It is time to allow the Lord to help you shake off any false identity that you have been wrapped in, clothing you in misrepresentation of who God created you to be. You have been fashioned in His image and the Holy Spirit lives within you; He is there to do great and mighty things through your life. His Spirit reveals the love of the Father to you, reveals truth to you, and empowers you to resist the devil and his lies. Are you living under an identity that brings shame, distress, insecurity, self-hatred – anything short of amazing beauty? If so, then you are not living in His image or His design for your life.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
The enemy is terrified when God's children come into the true knowledge of who they are and what they were created to do, because he knows that if they step into their true identity, they will walk in authority against his evil schemes. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
The enemy seeks to make a weakened Christian a pawn in his game, as he manipulates and attempts to bring harm to the family of God. Our Father longs for His sons and daughters to know and believe everything He has said about His love for them. When we believe the identity God declares over us, we are strengthened and built up in the faith, but when we exchange His truth for the lie of some other identity, we become weak and open our lives up to be victimized again and again by the devil who comes only to kill, steal and destroy (see John 10:10).
...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Believing lies will not only weaken a person but it will steal hope from them as well. It is common to see the lives of those who have taken on a false identity based on lies and accusation experiencing devastating attacks over and over. This creates a victim mentality, and they become tempted to accuse God of not being just or faithful to protect them.
When we live according to an identity based on lies we have believed, it downgrades our lives and causes the favor that we were created to walk in to dissipate. As I agreed with the truth that I was deeply loved and not despised, I began to experience freedom from self-hatred and the love of God immersed me with tenderness and fiery passion that I had never dreamed possible.
When you break agreement with lies and begin to not only agree with truth but align your faith with truth, then truth will break forth in and upon your life. As a child, I never believed that I'd amount to anything; my greatest hope was that I'd find a husband who wouldn't leave me for someone else (and I didn't even have much faith for that). Wow, talk about setting the bar low! I never would have expected all that God has done for me, and I pray that I never get over the wonder of His unexpected blessings. And I've only just begun to see what He has in store! The same is true for you!
Now is the time for the sons and daughters of God to arise in truth, favor, and authority. Now is the time for you to arise and be the reflection of the image of Christ that you were called to display to the world.
(This is a highly edited version of this article. To read the whole thing go to Elijahlist.com)