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Identity- WHO ARE YOU?

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‘No matter how old (or long) a ‘man’ is (or has lived), without an identity; he is yet to exist’-Sst

Every ‘man’ needs an identity. He needs a name. He needs somewhere to belong. He needs to know who he is…

Have you been called a failure?

Have they told you, you are not good enough?

Have you been called useless?

Or are you like Jacob a ‘Trickster’?

………..

You are not just industrious

You are so classless

You are a bastard child

You are a man without purpose

You are not who the world (devil and sinful people) says you are. You are who God says you are

Have you grown to believe what people said about you- that you just ain’t good enough?

Have you grown to believe the lies others told you- that you will never be better than the present state of your life?

Has your life now become this lie?

Have you believed so much, you are now the lie, such that,

You keep failing

You can’t keep a relationship

You con your way to success

You have become the definition of F.A.K.E

You might have done what people said you did but you are never what people say you are

To understand your identity, you must look to God to reveal. Your identity can only be found in Christ, and in His Word. Here are a few things He’s said about you:

You are born of God… 1 John 5:18

You are fearfully and wonderfully made…Psalm 139:14

You are alive with Christ… Ephesians 2:5

You have the peace of God…Philippians 4:7

You have been set free… Galatians 5:1

You are more than a conqueror… Romans 8:37

You are an overcomer… Revelation 2:11

You are an ambassador… 2 Corinthians 5:20

You are a citizen of a holy nation… Exodus 19:6

You are a chosen generation… 1 Peter 2:9

You are a friend of God… John 15:15

You are the head and not the tail…Deuteronomy 28:13

You are God’s temple… 1 Corinthians 6:19

You are blessed… Ephesians 1:3

You are a peculiar treasure… Exodus 19:5

You are created in the image of God… Genesis 1:27

You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you… Philippians 4:13

You are a son of the Most High God. You have been purchased by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. You are a joint heir with Christ- a priest of the King of kings. There’s greatness in your bones and in your bloodline… Galatians 4:6-7

PRAYER-

Dear Lord, please ‘help me to see me the way you see me. I see where I am, but you see where I shall be’.

 

What is your identity? What’s that thing that makes you recognizable?

Oluwatosin Olabode

SIN- Satan’s Influential Nature.

For me, what comes to mind when the word sin is mentioned is, “Satan’s Influence Nothing else” (satan’s influential nature)! this is the state at which one is disconnected from God (it is important to note that the prefix “dis” thus used here stands for distant, meaning God is just distantly connected to us when we are sinners, but so distant, He can’t connect or help us), remember He said:

“…I will never leave you nor forsake you”…Hebrews 13:5b

 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” James 4:8

Meaning He is with us, but in way that requires us going to Him. God doesn’t first of all draw close to us while we are still in sin because as much as He is a merciful Father (Deuteronomy 4:31); He is also a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). A sinner is who we have become not what we are; the true us is the image of God-

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them”… Gen 1:27

…if it is true that man is defined by life, then the mortal body is not who we are, God in all wisdom knew that man would fall- {someone might be thinking, if God is so good, why didn’t He just pretend the fall of man never happened and just create another master plan, why didn’t He just cover-up, no He had a plan, He still does concerning you, He solved it before it could ever come up-

 

“All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”… Revelation 13:8

 

And we know from John 1:29 that the Lamb spoken of- here is Jesus

 

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world “John 1:29

 

And so therefore, here is what you should understand

 

“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained (appointed) before the foundation (creation) of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you”… 1st Peter 1:18-20

 

This is to say, THE SOLUTION TO THE FALL OF MAN WAS SOLVED BEFORE THE FIRST MANT FELL!!!}

… But since His image couldn’t fall, He created a body to house the fall of man; called SIN. God hates sin not the sinner (not you, just the bad things you do), again this is prove that sin is not who we are, but what we have become. Sin is innate in our natural DNA; it’s not something you acquire after birth-

“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin, my mother conceived me… Psalm 51-5”

…sin is a recessive gene that is dominant on earth once given birth too, and remains dominant until… (And that is why even a repented soul, after the sin gene has returned to its normal recessive nature even here on earth, when the person gives birth, that recessive gene picks up again in  the child and becomes dominant).

Now, realizing it’s not by your strength that the sin entered you, it is important to also note that, it’s not by your strength that the sin would be gotten out of you. Sin is the distance between you and God, the separation of you from God’s will- here is how it works in a sinner’s life:

GOD—GOD’S WILL—US… (What should be)

Now, since sin can’t take God’s place and can also not take our place, it takes the place of God’s will in our life (this is only because God’s will becomes manifest in us when we allow Him, the devil can control what we allow, if we let him), we now have,

GOD—SIN—MAN… (What actually is)

and so when GOD looks to see His will in man, all He sees is Sin in man, God’s will is defined as anything you can think of- that I know you’re thinking of right now!!! that’s what sin is stealing away (note, its present continuous, His mercies are new every morning, so every time they come, sin legally steals them away)

But, here is something that should interest you-

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”… Romans 5-8

…Christ did not die for us after we sinned, but rather while we were still sinners. This means the solution had been given long before we realized we sinned, of course, the essence of the death of Christ Jesus cannot be over emphasised. Sin was not in our master plan but became part of our master plan as a result of satan’s influential nature, and so, that’s why even while things were wrong, He was making right (He is making right)…He sent His Son to die for us because the devil comes to kill, to steal and to destroy!, the devil is greedy; he doesn’t just stop at trying to steal God’s will in your life, he also wants to kill and destroy our being which is the image of God, he doesn’t only want you to sin but, to also go to hell were, you wish you were killed and destroyed while eternally living, not somewhere even the devil wants to be but has to be…

Satan’s influential nature doesn’t have your name in it, only satan’s. You have been redeemed through the blood of the Lamb; the only  begotten Son of God and so don’t allow satan deceive you otherwise, thereby stealing, killing and destroying God’s will for your life.

“The thief (devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly”… John 10:10

All scriptures are from the New King James version of the bible.

By: Olabode Oluwatosin

The Ambassador

       Have you ever looked at someone and said that person must be Yoruba or better still, you see someone and you’re like she’s a white person or maybe Chinese. When you see someone’s ID card, you know he’s from a particular location, school or office, looking at someone’s face tells you whose son the child is (for those that know the father).

The ambassador of any country is known by his style of dressing, location of the environment placed, his plate-number and most importantly the country he came from. No matter  how well and fun the life of an ambassador is; he always knows he has an expiring date and so works his best to accomplish the much he can before he returns home.

The ambassador’s authority comes from his home country but the country he is based in also pays him. He is responsible for telling that country all he knows about his country, how his country can help improve the present country he is in. Whenever the president of the ambassador’s country comes, he is in-charge of taking the president around, introducing him to the president of that country and showing him what the two countries have done with respect to his country. After the agreed or fixed period of time, the ambassador returns back home where he leaves for ever.

                                                WHAT COULD GO WORNG!

If the ambassador goes and does not do his work, that country gets tired of him and his country removes him. For him to be an ambassador of a particular country, the ID of that country he must keep.

If he gets to a country that is better than his own and decides to take the citizenship of that country, then he is no longer fit to be the ambassador of his former country and so he’s not. A citizen can’t be an ambassador in his own country…

Imagine me been the Nigerian ambassador to Nigeria

                                       WHAT’S THE POINT OF ALL THIS:

WE are God’s ambassadors, whose home we find in heaven; here on earth are we to do, that in heaven, which earth appreciates.

                     “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”…

Mathew 6: 10b

 A reasonable question

If you can look at someone and know his sex, school, state, country etc., just by identifying something that made you know- how then is it that when someone looks at your life; sees your identity, he still doesn’t recognise you are heaven based or does he? (I really pray they do, however, the good news is they still can). As an ambassador of God; does your character, talk, association, conversation, believes, faith shows were your origin is?

      An ambassador of God is someone sent from heaven to do earthly jobs the heavenly way.

                                                                                      Oluwatosin Olabode

He is someone who introduces the lifestyle of heaven to people here on earth, a person who knows his reward and salary comes from heaven.  No matter how well earth is (tempting and all that), an ambassador of God knows, he will one day have to return home to give an account of his stewardship (Luke 16:2); on how he spent earth.

                                Do you even know you’re an ambassador?

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

                                                                                   2 Corinthians 5:20…

Something is wrong if you’ve not been doing heaven business here on earth. It’s Scriptural that all you do be done to the glory of God…

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men

Colossians 3:23

… Meaning that course you’ve studying, that profession you are in, should all be done to the glory of God. If earth hasn’t heard about heaven in your location; where are you from and whose ambassador are you?

       Listen, an ambassador is sent to a location because he fits into that place. If God sent you to earth, (your office, home, continent, for instance), its only because they people you would find there would listen to you best about heaven than anyone else, anywhere else, at any point in time of your existence.

                                                                                  Oluwatosin Olabode

               Kingdom business is what you’re called intoget involved now! Getting  involved however  requires  you to first realize you’re sent from heaven, accept this  fact and receive Jesus  Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour( VISIT my YES TO JESUS PAGE, https://bib4le.wordpress.com/yes-to-jesus/) as He is the only one  with the direction of   both here and back to home. YES TO JESUS page will lead you through the process of doing just that…

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

                                                                                             John 14:6…

When you’ve done the above, ask Him for your assignment as his ambassador, and then together youGuys will do it.

By: Olabode Oluwatosin.