Category Archives: Identity

IAM a God Imitator

EPH 5:1-2 NLT Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

I can tell you as a father of two wonderful amazing girls in their childhood, there have been distinct moments when I have observed them do something really amazing.  The thoughts that went through my mind was : “That’s my girls!  Yes! I am their Daddy!  Yes those little mini-me’s right there, those are my children!”  Their actions were a pleasing aroma to me and my wife.  And even more to God.  Yes, I have the wonderful privilege of raising my girls until they are adults, and I hope I can model Godly things for them everyday.
God does that in the heavens everyday when he sees you.  Do you know that?  Can you hear it?

Today, the word is encouraging us to the imitators of God.  Imitation not in a bad, knock off, poor copy sort of way, but a very very close representation of the true and living God.  Be imitators in everything we do.   Everything, leaves no room for a sliver of weakness.  When we play the part, and start living it out, it becomes very very difficult to compartmentalize my old life, and my new life.  I want to encourage you:  Go all in!  Don’t reserve 1% of your life, and say:”God, I trust you for 99% but I gotta keep this 1% for myself”  God wants it all, and he demands everything.  As your heart desires to be more like God, just say, Ok God, I trust you the good father, with everything in my life.  Buckle up, because it’s a wonderful ride!

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We imitate God, because it is his DNA that he has given to us.  We imitate God, because it is our new nature to live a life filled with love.  Ask God to fill you with love every morning.  Ask God to help you to be more and more like Jesus in all that you do.  Jesus came to this earth to serve and sacrfice his life for us.  Jesus loved and lived sacrifically.  That’s our perfect example for true wonderful aroma filled living.

There is nothing you can do or say that can take away your identity that God has placed on you.
It doesn’t matter if you were born into this world with awesome parents, or rotten parents, your DNA is the DNA of the Creator.
Their life and destiny is not your life and destiny.
God is a loving father that has an amazing unique plan for your life.
Remember the truth:  I am God’s dear child, He loved me and gave himself to purchase my life.

IAM a God Imitator
IAM a Child of God
IAM 100% God’s
IAM Loved by God
IAM a Pleasing Aroma to God

IAM Adopted

EPH 1:4-8 NLT Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.  He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

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It’s hard for me to fully understand the depth of God’s heart and mind.  It’s my limitation because my mind is just not developed enough to understand or even have the capacity to think back that far.  I am starting to forget things that happened to me as a child.  The mind of our God is so much greater.  Even before the world began, God loved you and me.  That’s a very very very long time ago.
Not only did God love us, but he chose us to be in relationship with him.  It was premeditated adoption, through Jesus Christ.

God chose you!  He picked you out!  Out of all the humans that have lived on this earth througout the history of man, God wanted you to be in relationship with him. That choice was based in God’s kindness and grace.

I think I know a purpose for genealogies in the bible.  So and so begat so and so.. etc.  And how they trace all the way back to Adam.  He had a purpose and plan for you and me, even in the Garden of Eden.  It was deliberate and thought out.  Moses was adopted for a special purpose by the daughter of the Pharaoh.  It may not matter how you were born into this life or the circumstances, it’s more important whose loving royal family you have been adopted into today.  All the history of the world has been waiting for you since before the world began.

I want to encourage you with the powerful truth in your identity.  You are a chosen member adopted into God’s family purchased through Jesus.  An adoption is not cheap, and our adoption into God’s family was very costly.  Jesus’ blood was the cost to free us from death.  That’s what God went through for us.  That’s how important you are!

If someone asked you today: “Who are you?”  Can you answer in confidence that question?
I am a Child of the King.

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Answering that question with confidence brings power and posture through wisdom and understanding.
Power to live with the full confidence in knowing who you are.
You don’t have to spend any mental time on the what if’s and questions about direction.
You are moving full steam ahead into your destiny

Posture is your stance and mojo. It affects your language and prayers.  When we pray, we know we are talking to our Daddy.  When we speak with others about who God is, we can speak with first hand knowledge of what we know deep down.  Not just what we heard from someone else.  It’s time to live boldly in our identity.

It’s mirror time again! Look at your beautiful face in the mirror or selfie camera and proclaim the truth with me today!
IAM Chosen
IAM Loved
IAM Adopted into God’s Family
IAM a Child of the King
IAM Purchased into Freedom
IAM Holy and Without Fault in God’s Eyes

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I am chosen, I am free
I am Living for eternity
Free now forever

You picked me up, turned me around
You set my feet on solid ground
Yours now forever

And nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back

My chains fell off
My heart was free
I’m alive to live for you
I’m alive to live for you
Amazing Love, how can it be?
You give everything for me
You give everything for me
Everything

You washed my sin and shame away
The slate is clean: a brand new day,
Free now forever

Now boldly I approach your throne
To claim this crown through Christ my own
Yours now forever

And nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back
Nothing’s gonna hold me back

My chains fell off
My heart was free
I’m alive to live for you
I’m alive to live for you
Amazing Love, how can it be?
You give everything for me
You give everything for me

I’m free to live
Free to give
Free to be

I’m free to love you

IAM God’s Prized Possession

James 1:18 NLT He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

 You are God’s prized possession.  When you read that, is it easy to believe? When I look at this world and whats going on in the news, social media and entertainment, I am pretty sure people have not fully grasped what it means.  It shows in their actions, expression, physical posture and words.  Even our words, thoughts and actions can betray us, and knock us off the truth.  Don’t let it steal any power away from flourishing in your God given identity.  You are a prized possession.

Own it!  Walk around in that confidence, strut in the powerful posture of who you are.  I give you permission to say to someone today “Don’t you know who I am?”  And say it with some moxie!  Then encourage your brother and sister around you to do the same.

When you get to work, make your entrance to the office just like Sherman Hemsley.  I hope with the double dutch part too!

 Our real life started when he chose us.  God’s word’s and true good news rang true in our ears, and we started a relationship with him.  It wasn’t a random thing.  God chose you!  God wants you, not as his third for fourth choice when he was looking around for someone.  He had a wonderful amazing destiny filled plan to give you new life.  Please know deep down inside, that God chose you.  From the day that you were born and given a beautiful name, God was weaving a wonderful plan for your life.  You are not a mistake.  Embrace that wonderful piece of truth as well, you are God’s possession.  He chose us, and he owns us.

 

There is no other master I would rather be a servant to.  No king is greater, wiser and compassionate that our God.  I have a comfort in knowing that I am a loyal subject to the true ruler and king of the universe.

Friend:  enjoy your identity.  Have fun in it, rejoice in it.
Strengthen your heart and mind against the lies that try and tell us otherwise. Let the words flow over you, all morning, noon and night.

 I want to encourage you, if you really struggle with negative inner thoughts, scripture memory is the only weapon for that battle.

Burn the words and truth into your heart and mind.

 Let’s proclaim the truth today!

IAM Chosen by God
IAM a New Life through God’s Word
IAM a Wonderfully Created by a Master Craftsman
IAM God’s Possession
IAM God’s Prized Possession

IAM on FIRE!

Jeremiah 20:9  But if I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!

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When i was 22 years old, I received this verse as my life calling. I have a message that I believe must be shared as skillfully as possible.  That is my life calling.  It burns in my heart like a fire.
I have spent way too many years running from my calling, and I am weary from holding it in.  I can’t do it anymore!
 
God wore me out. I kept making free will decisions to run away from who I am, and what I was created to do. I am so thankful that He would not let me run away too far.  My decisions to run away also led to some consequences that were not so pleasant.  God used them to bring me back to him. I am so thankful that he would not let me go.  He wants you!
 
It’s a scary prayer to ask God: “I want to go deeper”  or “God, give me your heart”  the middle will be messy.  I want to encourage you, of the glorious end point!  The peace and joy of knowing you are living out your true mission on this earth! That’s a man on fire! Fire burns away the junk and things that do not matter, and it purifies and strengthens the eternal.  
Don’t be afraid of the fire, because what remains is what truly matters.  Don’t be afraid of the bold prayers for more!
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That is who I am.  My identity is not in what I do, it is in the message.  
My identity is not in my success or bank account, it is in my Lord
My identity is not in my wife or kids, it is only in the words that burn in my heart
My identity is not in what anyone else on this world thinks or says about me, it is only in the good news that must go forth. 

IAM Awesome

Hi, I had to get this down in words today.  It’s a creed, a manifesto, a war cry.   A summary, but not the end.

IAM Victorious
I have supreme confidence in the one who gave me life
IAM Beautiful and I love myself
I see beauty in all of God’s creation
IAM skillfully and wonderfully created

My DNA is the DNA of God and so is yours
IAM loved by God, and nothing I can do can take away his Love for me
I have received deep inner healing from the wounds and lies of the world
IAM uniquely called to deliver a message of Love and Hope to all
I live my life with faith, vision and passion, never regret or excuses
IAM a Conquering Warrior
I fight for justice for those who cannot fight for themselves
Friend, my creed isn’t just for me. It’s for you too.  You have an amazing contribution to give our world, and you are the only person who is uniquely gifted to do it.  Find and become the best version of yourself.  Proclaim the truth about who you are everyday and night.  When you wake up, and when you go to sleep, look into mirror and see your beautiful face.  Smile and speak the truth to yourself and your soul. Your whole life up until this point may have been a battleground of getting beat up.  Today start the healing process inside of you.  Develop a new habit of loving and healing yourself.
I love you. I see you.
You are talented in many ways!
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IAM Supremely Confident in My Identity

Mark 14:61-62 NLT But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “ i am . And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven. ”

Jesus knew who he was.  He spoke plainly and boldly.

And he knew where he was going, he knew his destiny, and he speaks with confidence about that truth!

If you take a look at the whole chapter and previous chapters in the gospel,  Jesus is finally betrayed and he stands before his accusers. Yes, that’s me, you got it!

But not wrongfully accused, but asked to give testimony about who he is.

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Are you one of them Christians?

Yes, IAM, and I want to share the Love of Jesus with you!

Are you someone who can help me, because my family member is dying of cancer?

Yes, IAM, and I will pray for you and your family in the power of the Holy Spirit

Are you someone who can provide wisdom and insight into this horrible situation?

Yes, IAM, and I will speak the truth of God’s love and ways.

And everyday! Someone is crying out!  Who can bring sense or reason to this crazy crazy world we live in?  I need help!  I need someone to talk to!  I need someone to pray for a miracle!

With no hesitation, just instinct?  When our second nature, and first nature, become one powerful being moving in power, then we are confident!  Yes, IAM.

When I hear and read people’s prayer requests, I love the ones that say “I want to know God more!” Or “I want to go deeper”  or the really bold one “I want true faith” I boldy ask that God answers these prayers and He gives you a bold bold measure of strength, because these are prayers that will disrupt your middle class 3 bedroom 1.5 bath existence!

The middle will be messy, but the finished person will be Glorious!  And you will stand among the witnesses and warriors who know very clearly what they are, who they are, and what it is they are called to accomplish in this life.
God is refining you, purifying you, and transforming you!

Everyday, I hope to encourage you with another shade and aspect of God’s identity.

It’s my prayer that you will have the opportunity to boldly testify the truth in words and action

IAM Called by God

IAM a Witness
IAM a Messenger
IAM a Friend
IAM a Good Listener
IAM Confident in My Identity

IAM So Smart

1KINGS 3:12 NLT I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have!

People are weird complex beings.  We do dumb things, we self sabotage wonderful relationships, we argue for the sake of argument. Why?  Who knows?  People can make theories, and write long books about it.
Only God knows.  The wisdom that comes from God is higher and better than anything ever written or taught.

It’s awesome to me how the verse is written: Ask God to give you a wise and understanding HEART.  It didn’t say brain!
I truly believe at the root of it all, its our souls and hearts that control us.  And the solution to the major problems and darkness in this world: all start at the heart.
God can skillfully and powerfully empower you to move in the hearts of men, women, children, relatives, strangers.
Our creator can give us all the wisdom we need.
Just ask for it.  He will make you wicked smart and wise!
And not book smart, but people smart!

Unpacking the deep deep wounds and anger inside people is not an easy thing.  I don’t believe the path to that healing comes from book learning.  The wisdom to pray, give insight and compassion all comes from the Lord.

Whatever we need for the task and vision at hand, God will give it to us.  If we ask with faith

MARK 10:51-52 NLT “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My Rabbi, ” the blind man said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

A simple conversation, not a whole long drawn out story about his past and how many years he has been wandering around.  What do I want?  I want to be healed!  I want the full healing!  I don’t need vision in one eye!  I want and believe you have all the power to give me healing in both eyes!

Jesus says, “your faith has healed you.”

Our deep deep belief that God will give us what we truly ask for is what can and will heal us.

 And then the man followed Jesus down the road. God doesn’t make us wise for our sake. He makes us wise so we can be his followers doing his work
It’s time to stop saying things like:
“I am not smart”
“I can’t do that”
“I am not….”  Those lies cut you down!

Proclaim the truth,  Smile and look into your own eyes.   Whip out the selfie camera and look at your beautiful face
Hold the gaze for more than 10 seconds. And say it out loud!

IAM SO Smart

IAM Empowered with Wisdom
IAM Understanding in Matters of the Heart
IAM a Believer in God’s ability to Heal.
IAM Follwing Jesus down the Road!

Ask for it!

 

 

IAM Gifted

1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

It hurts my ears when I hear anyone say that they are not smart enough, or skilled enough or talented enough to do the things they dream of.  Even for myself, I ask God everyday for faith to always believe in God to be the power behing any vision. I know that when I utter any false truth about myself, I hurt myself.  I cut off all opportunities to do anything great.  Just by a misguided thought.

 

When I think of all the gifted and talented people in this world who have settled for the middle class safe first world dream.  It makes me sad, because those people are not in what seems like any major danger.  But they are frozen in effectiveness.  Just like those people in the matrix, living in a programmed dull life without ever doing anything of impact.  And if that’s not a slow death, I don’t know what is. That’s not worthy of the life that Jesus laid down for us.

Don’t waste another day or moment living settling for an average life.

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I see you!
God has gifted you!

Some of us already know what those gifts are, and some haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.
Everyone has a gift.

God makes it pretty clear: Use those gifts to serve one another.

Use those gifts as if God was acting through you.
Do it with all of the strength and energy that God supplies.
Do God’s supplies ever run out?  I don’t think so!
I know that when I am God’s conduit to do his work, I don’t feel tired.  I get more and more pumped up.
I feel like an 18 year old young buck again!. Ready to take over the world!   That’s the place I want to be in every day of my life.
Can you tell I am a morning person?
God needs night people also!  People who get on their knees and battle for souls all night long.

And that serving of others has one purpose:  To Bring Glory to God through Jesus.

Yes, it’s nice to hear the finely tuned sports athlete who’s gift is to deliver bone crushing tackles on the gridiron in a post victory interview to give all the Glory to God.  It makes an impact for how God wants to use that person.
We have the opportunity to Give Glory to God in your amazing giftedness.

You have an amazing gift that when developed and perfected through the power of the Holy Spirit, will allow you to be one of the best of the best!  Do you believe that?
You have an inner genius that God has made a part of your soul fiber that is waiting to be used by the Creator!

 

Pray and ask God to show you what you are gifted in
Ask your close brothers and sisters in Christ: What am I gifted in?

Take an online test! http://www.spiritualgiftstest.com/tests
Then ask God to put you in situations to use them, and exercise and fine tune them!
Then point your hands to the heaven and give all the Glory to God!

IAM Gifted

IAM a Servant
IAM Supplied by God’s unlimited Power
IAM a Reflection of God’s Glory

A blind surfer, saying he believes…

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 “Believer”

 

I want to live this live unsafe, unsure, but not afraid
What I want is to give all I got somehow
Giving up letting go of control right now‘Cause I’m already out here, blind but I can see
I see the way You’re moving
God how I believe that

I can push back the mountains, can stand on the waves
I can see through the darkness, I’ll hold up the flame
Take me to the ocean I want to go deeper
I’m not afraid no, I’m a believer

And so I lose this life to find my way and come alive
They can try to deny what’s inside of me
But there is more, can’t ignore all the things unseen

Oh I believe I can walk on water with You, Lord

When I walk through the valley of the shadows
When I’m trapped in the middle of the battle
I will trust in You
‘Cause trouble comes, but you never let it take me
I hold fast ‘cause I know that You will save me
I will trust in You, I will trust in You

Oh here I stand all alone waiting on you, Lord
Waiting on You

IAM God’s Property

Romans 8:1-2 NLT So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

 If you have submitted to Jesus and made a decision to let him be the Lord of your life,  then you belong to him.

And that was the first step: God’s life giving Spirit has broken the chains of sin inside of us

The father of lies wants to condemn you and attack you at your wounds.  When we allow the power of sin and lies to take a hold in our heart, that’s a pathway to death. And in the past when were not healed and living in death, that was the normal terrible cycle of lies, sin and bondage. Those lies are powerless, because of the Spirit that lives inside of us.

Let that Spirit search through you and heal you in all the deep places.
Are you willing to allow God to heal you?
I hope your identity is not in the wounded person of the past.
Let that person go!
Embrace your new identity, as a condemnation free, powerful spirit filled new creation!

There is no room for any lies in your spirit , mind, psyche and heart.

Yes!  You are healed and you are free.  So now what?

Are you happy in that?  Well, there was a purpose for your freedom.
It was to then share this amazing, healing freedom with as many people as you possibly can

JOHN 7:38 NLT Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”

First you believe, get healed and refreshed.
Then let this river of living water flow from your heart and impact everyone you meet , everyday.
Jesus has promised us, this river of living water, all we have to do is believe in him.

(You’re the hydrant!)

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I get the privilege of encouraging you and myself with the statement IAM. I hope that the daily reinforcing of your amazing beautiful powerful identity will heal your soul.  I hope that the truth of God’s word will be burnt into your mind.  It’s my prayer for you to be 100% healed from any emptiness and wounds from the past that the enemy used to have a field day with the lies that condemn.  And not just by starting to live better and more light, but you will have the courage to speak the beautiful truth into others’ lives who don’t have the sweet salvation that gives us life.   Constantly focusing on IAM, IAM, IAM , is not self centered at all, when we take on the identity of our amazing creator. We are, because God is the great IAM.

First you, then the world.

 I encourage, look in the mirror and proclaim the truth! Sing it in our shower, if that’s your thing!

We are God’s Property.
IAM a Child of The King
IAM an Heir to the Kingdom
IAM a Warrior in God’s Army
IAM Justified
IAM Healed
IAM Bulletproof against any lies
IAM Free from the sins of the past
IAM God’s messenger of healing and freedom
IAM a River of Life showering all around me with God’s Love

Let Kirk Franklin bring it today

IAM Christ-Minded

IAM Christ-Minded

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Philippians 2:1-5 NLT Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

It may not be a real word that you can use in scrabble for major points, but the idea is right on.  IAM Christ-Minded

I am encouraged, motivated and pushed everyday to take on the mind of Christ.  That is my heart’s desire.  That my heartbeat and soul would pulse and have the same rhythm as God’s.

That mind of Christ is to be humble.  To be more concerned about the needs and interests of others

Brain, Mind, soul, heart… all of those parts are different things going on inside me. When I think about what moves me and drives me. I can’t separate any of them, into easy compartments.  It’s kind of messy, and all of those parts of our being are being transformed to be more like Jesus if we choose and desire it.

When we belong to Christ, there are a couple encouragements that come from that.

  1. Comfort from his Love
  2. Fellowshipping in the Spirit
  3. Tenderness and Compassion of heart

I am so thankful to be a part of a community that agrees wholeheartedly with each other and what God wants.  I see and receive that daily.  I know that I am loved, and I love others and it nourishes my soul.  And we are moving towards big time dreams with one mind and purpose.  When a community is wholeheartedly living and interacting with these attitudes of Christ, then it’s amazing to see the unity of Love and purpose.

I have one mind. I have one purpose. To share the Love of Jesus with as many people as possible

IAM an integral part of a body that fellowships in the Spirit

IAM Compassionate

IAM Tender Hearted

IAM Transformed by Experiencing God’s Love

IAM a representative of God’s Love to others