"I KNOW WHO I AM"
Israel Houghton is one of my favorite gospel recording artists and in the beginning of that song "Identity", he said, "one of the things plaguing our generation today is the issue of identity" We've all heard several songs that speak to identity, boldly proclaiming that we know who we are in Christ, that we know our God. When we hear those songs that are often in the tone of declaration, we sing them with boldness and confidence even with extra oomph!! "I'm walking in power, I'm walking in miracles, I live a life of favor, I know who I am..." That was sung by Sinach. Israel Houghton sang it best in His song when he sang, "You are my father, You are Father, in You I find my identity"
Now say with me "Imago dei"! Imago dei is the Hebrew way of saying Image of God. I was introduced to this concept a few weeks ago in the Bible College class I'm taking. My professor asked "What does that look like to you?, to be made in the image of God?...mmmmm.... I drew a blank. I'd never considered that before. If someone asks who are you, you begin to recite your name, tell your age, tell your mother and father's names and say you're their daughter or son; maybe give your social security number to add validity; but it's way deeper than that.
Your first point of reference for your identity is in God. He said in Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in your mother's womb I knew you, He said "I set you apart , I appointed you as a prophet to the nations".
'Who am I?'
Genesis 1:26-27 says,
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them;male and female he created them.
In order to really begin to answer that question you must begin to understand the image of whom you were actually created.
What is image?
Image simply put is the physical representation or physical likeness of a person, thing or animal, the resemblance, depiction or portrayal.
But for the sake of this topic this definition must tweaked. You are the spiritual representation and likeness of God. John 4:24 says "God is spirit...", Job 33:4, "The Spirit of God has made me, and the Breath of the Almighty gives me life."
Image?, likeness?, of God? what is God like? What is the image of God?
God is creative, God is bold, God is beautiful. God has emotions. He feels joy, He feels pain, He feels grieved sometimes but He is rational. God is free and He is holy.God is love, God is peace, God is power, God is intelligent, God is light, God is an architect, God is an artiste and you are His masterpiece and when the devil begins to make you believe otherwise you tell him "shut your face devil, I am creative, I am bold, I am beautiful, I have emotions, I have peace, i have joy. I am fearfully and wonderfully made, I am the apple of God's eyes!!! All these things that God is, we are!!
Something you must always remember of Satan is that he does not create, he cannot create, he was created...... God created him with beauty and splendor but he likened his beauty and splendor to his own power and might, that's why he fell. What Satan does is he tweaks everything, mars and scratches things all up so we don't recognize the original form. If you hold up a mirror that's all scratched up can you recognize yourself? Barely.
God is repairing every scratched up and broken mirror in Jesus name.
You were made in the image and likeness of God but if you don't recognize that Satan plays on it and feeds you with lies like, you're slow, you're too simple, you can't figure things out. You're ugly, guys will never be attracted to you. You're nose is too big, your ears are like Dumbo's, you're too dark, you're hopeless, even if good things come your way you won't recognize it. You have anger issues, your heart is too dark to ever recognize when you need to be patient and listen. Sing? , you can't sing, you're too shy, you can't even look your dog in the eyes let alone look into a crowd of people. Lies!, Lies!, Lies!.. Satan is the father of lies! But on the other side of every lie is what?....the Truth. What is the Truth?, the Word of God. Psalm 139:14 say I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Let's read the Message version......it's so exciting...."Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day."
This is why it's important not to speak negatively of people, bullying and oppressing others. It's ugly and despicable; it's a habit that Satan desires for us to covet.
I watched a CNN special report on "Being 13" the other day and I discovered that the social media experience of a 13 year old is different from mine....they bully, torment and spew out such hateful and ugly words to each other. Horrible, things....it's because they have not been taught who they are. When you know who you are, you stand confidently in that and you don't allow any one to address you as anything less than that, fearfully and wonderfully made.
After God created us the second gift after life was the ability to create. He said to us "be fruitful and multiply. You are a creative being. Satan makes people believe they are homosexual in order to minimize that ability to create, to procreate. Satan makes people believe they don't have talents so they don't tap into their creative abilities. The next thing God blessed us with is dominion, power, authority! When God created the animals, He gave Adam the ability to give names to all the living creatures including his wife. That is authority. The ability to speak those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). Depression is not yours, oppression is not yours, weakness is not yours, sickness is not yours! The minute you begin to allow those things to be spoken into your life, they are planted as seeds and begin to grow. You must exercise authority over those things. His Word says in 2 Tim 1:7, "For God has not giving you the spirit of fear but of boldness, of power and of a sound mind"....other versions say the spirit of timidity... other versions say but of self-control. God is not timid, God is not fearful, God is power and He is boldness.
When you have a good picture of who God is and you knowing who you are in Him it is the very definition of you.
I knowwww who I am! I am created in the image and in the likeness of the Most High God. Do you know who you are?
Shola is keen about identifying who we are in God. Shola says "Identity is so key in my opinion to true success in reaching our destiny in a world that is filled with so much right now".