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WHO AM I?

For a long time I had an identity crisis. Being from a broken home, two years younger than my average classmates, and being a little on the short side, most of the things I heard about myself were negative, at least the ones I remember anyway. And life has taught me that whatever problem I’ve had has been someone else’s, whether in the ancient times or contemporary times or the not so distant past. And I’m not talking about the fleeting psychological sense of ‘identity crisis’: not only adolescents experience identity crisis. I believe it’s okay to ask ourselves who we are. Jesus once asked His disciples, “What do people say about me?” The disciples answered, “John the Baptist, a resurrected prophet, etc.” The Master went on to ask “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” (Matt. 16:13-20)

Jesus did not need Peter’s validation of Himself; He knew who He was already so He was able to confirm correctly what Peter had said and even compliment Him. If Jesus had had an identity crisis He would have responded, “Er, erm, really, are you sure? I mean it’s true but do you really believe it? I’ve had people tell me I’m Beelzebub, my own hometowners don’t believe in who I am. But do you all twelve believe I’m the Son of God? Really, truly?”

Inasmuch as we ask ourselves who we are, we should be able to answer that question correctly. And I believe the best answer is: Who I am is who God says I am. That might be hard to swallow, since we don’t see God telling us who we are in broad daylight whilst on the other hand, people keep telling us what they think about us, some good, some bad all the time. But He says it in the Word. There are so many scriptures indicating how God sees us. For example, Isaiah 43 verse 1 says “But now this is what the Lord says, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name; you are Mine’.”

It’s as simple as that. We (Christians) are God’s. He has claimed possession of us in the Word. What is more sobering than this thought: that the Maker of heaven and earth, who is “no respecter of persons”, has chosen us to be His? Unless we see ourselves this way, it would be difficult for us to enjoy our status as Christians. As long as we are on earth people will continue to tell us what they think of us, and try to get us to believe them.

And unless we say with David, the man after God’s own heart that, “Lord, You are the Lord, my only source of well-being” (Psalm 16:2, emphasis mine), we’ll go through the unnecessary emotional burden of people-pleasing. Giving our lives to Christ is an end in itself, not a means to an end. For “in Him we move and breathe and have our being.” No matter how hard we try, we can’t do anything without Christ; our very respiration we depend on Him for! We can only acknowledge who Christ is, then who we are, then what He expects of us. Otherwise, though Christians, we would be like “a wave of the sea (of life), blown and tossed by the wind (of public opinion)”. (James 1:6, mine in brackets)

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Is Christianity Utopic?

Galatians 5:16 KJV
[16] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Ray Boltz, Katy Perry, get the picture? These people were once Christians, but decided they “couldn’t do it anymore.” Listen to the the radio, you hear pastors who fornicate with church members, who steal, etc. and one wonders: What is Christianity really about? Is it some sort of a joke? Or some kind of game? We know it’s not, but we live as if it is. We sometimes use our humanity as an excuse, as to why we do certain things, but sometimes I wonder how much more God is going to take.
The Old Testament Era II?
In the old Testament era, people did things that God actually overlooked. For example, the priests were “forgiven” for working on the Sabbath, or for entering the Most Holy Place. Also, a good example is King David who had more than one wife, who fornicated, and though he was not allowed to build a temple for God, was still a man after God’s own heart.
The strength of Samson did not leave him after he slept with a prostitute. Judah slept with his own daughter-in-law without (seemingly) any repercussions. 
We hear of pastors and gospel musicians having affairs among themselves and writing songs and sermons as a way of apology to those whom they “may have offended”. I’m writing this because I myself  wonder if I can’t do these things as they do and still be okay. Afterall, they are still alive, and most have their marriages intact after everything.
What’s The Big Deal?
If the so-called big-shot Christians are making bigtime mistakes, what about me? I am not expected to be any better than these talented and experienced Christians, can I?
Unfortunately, no. 
Because inasmuch as God loves the world so much as to send His Son, insomuch as He is not going to pretend wrong is right after sending Jesus to do what  He did and go through what we He went through.

Jesus Christ did not die in order to give us a license and good conscience to sin.
In short, it’s not about the pastors, the gospel musicians and whatnot. In the end, it’s all about Jesus and what He did on the cross for us, and how we allow ourselves to be changed by it. It’s not about self, because the Bible already warns us to die to our flesh. It’s not about our humanity because the Bible admonishes us to walk in the Spirit so that we will not gratify the desires of the flesh. In the end there is no excuse.
Also, every action has consequences even here on earth. Though we are forgiven our daily sins, the results of our actions can never be wished away. For example, fornication can be forgiven, the guilt taken away, but God is not going to remove an unwanted baby miraculously.

Galatians 6:7 KJV

[7] Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

True Christianity

Romans 8:1 KJV
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

I like this verse a lot. Especially the part “which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”. People complain about today’s Christians, that we are not serious as before. I think an acid test to see if one is a Christian is this: not only who are in Christ Jesus, but who also walk in the Spirit, not according to the flesh. This is corroborated in this verse:
John 4:24 KJV
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

True Christianity is worshipping God in Spirit and in truth at every particular moment in time. Though difficult, it is possible through Christ who strengthens us.

Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus I pray, help me as I purpose in my heart to serve you I’m spirit and in truth. I receive Your peace, that peace that transcends all understanding. In Jesus’ name, amen.

PLEASANT WORDS

Proverbs 16:24 KJV
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

There are uncountable people out there who have
been shattered by negative words from respected
people. Please don’t be that someone who does
that. As I’m sure your mom told you, “If you don’t have
something nice to say just keep quiet”. Thank you for reading, and God bless you as you go about your day saying pleasant words to others, not fogetting in your own self talk as well.

Who Is Your Standard?

Hebrews 12:2 KJV
[2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of
our faith; who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross, despising the shame, and is
set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I was disappointed to realize that not just a few
but a lot of Christians who are “famous” and could
have used their faith as an example of what Jesus
taught us in Matthew 7:13-14 are not doing that.
Matthew 7:13-14 KJV
[13] Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the
gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to
destruction, and many there be which go in
thereat: [14] Because strait is the gate, and
narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and
few there be that find it.

I am in no position to judge, but the Bible never
says to turn a blind eye when someone goes
wrong, no matter how experienced the person
seems to be in the faith.
In the Scriptures for example, Joab could have
saved David’s family a lot of lives if he had just
spoken out against David when the latter sent
Joab to send Uriah to his death (2 Samuel
11:14-15). Because of what David did, a curse fell
on David’s family that “the sword would never
depart from David’s house”(vv 10) because of
what David alone did. Not to mention Bathsheba
in the first place, who I think would have made a
big difference if she had spoken out like Tamar
did.
2 Samuel 13:12-14 KJV
[12] And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do
not force me; for no such thing ought to be done
in Israel: do not thou this folly. [13] And I, whither
shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee,
thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now
therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for he
will not withhold me from thee. [14] Howbeit he
would not hearken unto her voice: but, being
stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.

That did not move Tamar’s adversary but I’m
sure David would have relented. I think the rest of
us should learn lessons from these people who lived before us. They faced similar trouble and temptations, but the Word of God is still our standard.
Prayer: Abba Father, help me this day and every
other to make Jesus Christ my only standard. I
choose not to be moved by the bad things people, even
Christians do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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