3 Things That Define Your Identity
This is a guest post by my friend Juan C. Pulgarin! He is passionate for souls, for the supernatural, and for leading this generation to encounter the Father and His presence. He is a young pastor who is connected to my spiritual parents, Apostle Guillermo and Prophet Ana Maldonado and their ministry, King Jesus International Ministry in South Florida! For more from him, follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube!
“The two most important days of your life; the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” - Mark Twain
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV)
Even before we were in our mother's womb, the Lord already knew us and set us apart with a purpose, this is why our purpose is not discovered because it can only be revealed to us from God the Father. Questions provoke God to reveal answers. The two most important questions a human can ever ask are, “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” If we never ask ourselves these questions to the One Who created us, then we will forfeit knowing what we were created for. Someone who doesn't know their God-given purpose is someone who lives an extremely frustrated life.
1. Picture. To have sense of self; like when you look at yourself in a picture or a mirror. To acknowledge your appearance.
"For if you listen to the word and don't obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like." (James 1:23-24 NLT)
God’s Word is a mirror that allows us to see the condition of our heart.
As we look into His Word with the eyes of our spirit, we will see the areas in our life that need to be transformed. Our spirit man is like a mirror: whatever other image we put in front of us and worship is what we will become. When we are in God’s presence, He removes all false identities and gives us the identity of Jesus Christ.
"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:18)
2. DNA. The carrier of genetics.
Genes carry the characteristics of the offspring. In the Book of Genesis Chapter 1, we read that God made man in His image and likeness, but after the Fall, we lost our godly nature and adopted a sinful one. I am convinced that God has placed in us His DNA like we originally had, through the blood and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our identity is Christ is revealed, not discovered or given by man.
"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7)
Our identity takes form and shape of whatever is in our heart and our mind. The character we have inside will always reflect on the outside. Even the first book of the Bible links that where our DNA originally comes from, "GENEsis." When we begin to comprehend and experience that we were solely made for the glory of God we will enter into true identity.
3. Culture. The behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group.
Your identity goes back to the place you were born. Every country has a culture and its citizens can be identified by their lifestyle.
Everyone carries a culture in their way of living. A culture identifies a group of people. Culture is the glory of a country.
When Jesus said “Let Your Kingdom come,” He was talking about heaven, the atmosphere, the government, the nature of heaven to come to Earth.
"So the Word became flesh ( in human form ) and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only Son." (John 1:14 NLT)
The disciples “saw His glory” (culture). In other words, they saw the culture of heaven in Jesus. Our original identity is in bringing the culture of heaven to our family, ministry, career, etc.
“And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.” (John 8:23)
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world," (John 15:19)