Identity Crisis

Have you ever thought about the power of your name?  Who do you believe you are?  And who has told you that is your identity?

 

I want you to really think about it for a moment.

 

Generally, if you have the authority to name someone, or something, you have authority over its life.  And with the authority you also have responsibility.

 

For instance, women take on the name of their husband when they marry.  Her new husband ‘gives’ her a new name, his name.  He then is supposed to have a responsibility; he is supposed to lead her and love her.

 

We also name our children.  We have authority over them, and responsibility to care for them – to teach them, guide them, and love them.

 

Even our pets, we give them names – and still, with the name we have that same measure of authority and responsibility.

 

For a better understanding, let’s lay a foundation.

 

God created us.  We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).  In the first chapter of Genesis the scripture tells us that we, mankind, were created in the image and likeness of God.  He designed us in such a way that we would have authority; authority in the earth and over the other living creatures on the earth that were created by God.  And mankind was, with that authority, given the responsibilities that go along with it.

 

In the second chapter of Genesis it says that God brought all these living creatures to Adam to see what he would call them.  Adam was given the privilege and the authority and the responsibility of naming the living creatures/animals, and he was to have dominion over them.

 

And then, we come to the third chapter of Genesis.

 

We can assume that, since Adam named all of the living creatures, Adam also named the serpent.  Adam and his wife should have exercised their God-given authority over the serpent, but they did not; and the serpent, being crafty, caused Eve, and ultimately Adam, to question their identity.  The identity that was given to them by the Creator – God.  When their identity and authority and responsibility were questioned, the serpent exercised an unjust authority [a type of oppression] over those that should have had authority over it.  Adam and Eve questioned the integrity of God.  They compromised and disobeyed God – the One that gave them their authority – and therefore lost the authority that was given to them.

 

That moment of compromise came with great cost.

 

But when Jesus came, He was given all authority and power (Matthew 28:18), and He reinstated an authority to His believers [those that have taken on His name].  He gave them power [through His Name].  Power to tread over serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:17-19).

 

I believe that it is imperative that you understand what/who He was referring to when He spoke of the serpents and the scorpions and power of the enemy.

 

The word serpent comes from the Greek word ophis, translated as ‘a type of sly cunning, an artful malicious person.’  And the word for scorpion comes from the Greek word skorpios, meaning ‘to pierce’ and was taken from the root words meaning ‘to peer about skeptic.’  These definitions give us a better look into some of the powers and tactics of the enemy that we will have to deal with.  We must remember that Jesus has given us authority over all these powers, through Him and His Name, but we must learn how to exercise this authority and this authority must be utilized.

 

More importantly, however, is the fact that Jesus says that this authority is not what we should rejoice over, but we should rejoice that our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20).

 

Remember that God, the Creator, has given us a name.  We are told in Isaiah that He has given us an everlasting name (Isaiah 56:5).  God created us.  He knew us before we were born – before we were even formed in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5).  And through it all, He has redeemed us and called us by His name (Isaiah 43:1).  We are His.  He tells us that even if our mother were to forget us, He cannot forget us (Isaiah 49:15).  He says that He has graven you upon the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:16).

 

We must always be cautious though.  We must never let our guard down.  The enemy will come in many forms.  The enemy wants to steal your name from you (John 10:10).  He tries to make you forget who you are.  He will try to unjustly label you.  He will tell you that you are not loved, that you are nothing more than an addict or alcoholic; he will say that you are ugly and useless, or that you are sick, or just no-good, etc.  He will whisper these things into your ear/mind.  Please remember that the enemy is a liar (John 8:44).  Do not accept his labels.  He has no authority to name you.  Those labels are not who you are – those labels are not your identity.

 

Do not question the integrity of your God – your Creator – the One who formed you and called you by name.  He says that you are His child, you are loved, you are blessed, you are chosen.  You were created for purpose.  You are the head and not the tail.  You are above and never beneath.  Believe Him and strive to follow after Him.  Do all you can to obey Him.  Never compromise.  As long as you allow Him to be the authority over you, you will have authority over all the power of the enemy.  In Christ you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).  Be conformed back into the image that God originally designed, the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).  We were created for purpose, and created to be in the image and likeness of God.

 

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Romans 8:28-31 (KJV)  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. [29] For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. [30] Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified. [31] What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

 

 

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