Who I am in You?

In the early mornings when I am between waking and sleeping I think of you in song. This morning like yesterday I was singing “tell me once again, who I am in you, who I am in you.”

Days ago, I was reading the book “Harbinger” by Jonathan Kahn. The book is written in fiction but it is repeatedly said that it is true. The story surrounds the idea that America is in judgment by God. The judgment started because we were once a nation that followed after God but has fallen away. The nation of Israel was destroyed for the same reasons and the verse Isaiah 9:10 “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone: the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.” These words were spoken in Washington and in New York as a hope message but they were actually a curse for America.

The book is in fictional form and done very well but the message is overwhelming. The evidence is thought provoking and I remember the President saying “We will rebuild”. It is a must read.

My question to God was what about the believers who live in America who are called by His name. I was reminded of what happen in Israel. Ezekiel 9:3b-6 Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had a writing kit at his side and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark…”

We who believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for us and have asked the Holy Spirit to live in us. We have the mark or seal of God’s ownership in us in the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:11-14)

In Proverbs 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck and write them on the tablet of your heart.

We can memorize and say we know this but our conscious has a different take on it. “Tell me once again, who I am in you, who I am in you.” We want to be reassured we will be taken care of.

“Who do you say I am, Lord?”

I heard a quiet response that said, “Daughter of a King.” We are the sons and daughters of the King.”(2Corinthians 6:18) I am a daughter of a King with privileges of meeting with my Father anytime of any day; and to supersede any other request. How awesome is that!

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. (Matthew 16:15, 16)

Jesus is the Son of the living God and I am the daughter of the Son of the living God. I am accepted, adopted, blessed, cherished, comforted, loved, healed, protected, royal priesthood, and saved. The list goes on and on in Christ Jesus.
If, we are the daughters’ and sons’ of the King; then, we need reflect who He is.

Do you see yourself as that daughter or son? Are we living a life in union with our Father or are we still set apart?

I know what it’s like to live with a wall of safety around your heart. To shut out the one who could heal and tear down that wall. I thought I would die if I open just a little up to the Lord. I was wrong I lived through it and growing stronger every day. The Holy Spirit is working in my heart and He is healing the parts of my heart on a day by day continual. I did not die physically but my flesh died a wonderful death and the only one present at that funeral was mortician and I. Kidding aside.

Sometimes, we need to choose our battles because life stinks. Life is hard enough out there on your own to walk away from open arms of a Father who truly loves you. He is running after you and nothing you say or do will ever turn Him away from you.

My Daddy Father is LOVE.
The best scripture that describes who I am in Christ is who my Father is:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1Corinthians 13:4-8a)

We are to grow into the likeness of the son of God. (Romans 8:29) We are to be embassador’s for the King. We are to be a light to a starving world.
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill that cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:14)

Thank you, God for your son that died on the cross for me. Thank you for adopting me as your daughter so that I can call you Daddy. Thank you for your continual pouring out of your life in me. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who is alive in me and training me in the art of love.

I pray that we will grow continually into the likeness of Jesus Christ; so that, we will stand firm in all your will God mature and fully assured. In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen

Center Stage

William Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.Today I invite you to consider yourself as an actor in a play.

Center Stage by DeAndra Ransom

Consider yourself up on stage in front of thousands of people who have come to hear you speak. For some, this is a terrifying thought while for others, it is electrifying. No matter how you feel about it, if you are a Christian, then that is a pretty accurate analogy for the life you are living.

Jesus said,

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a [basket], but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.

MATTHEW 5:14-16 AMP

Have you ever seen a play or watched a movie and witnessed the lack of chemistry and harmony between the actors? It’s horrible! It’s a big waste of your time because without harmony, the movie is dull, lifeless, and boring. You lose interest. You almost want to laugh at the actors attempts because they seem fake, forced and phony. Unfortunately that is the way that many people view Christianity. Many of us do not get along, we argue and treat each other with contempt, we run each other down. When we try to put up a ‘united front’ it seems anything but genuine.

But as part of this elaborate play, we have each been given specific roles and part of our job is to help one another to fulfill their roles, too. We are supposed to be working together as a team in perfect harmony. The Word says,

But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

1 JOHN 1:7 AMP, EMPHASIS MINE

The roles we play are not purely for entertainment. Your ability to effectively carry out the role our Creator has given you could be the difference between someone else having eternal life or eternal death. The Lord has the right people in the right place at the right time. He handpicked you out of the crowd. He saw you as noble, courageous, strong, brave and capable…even when you were just a random member of the crowd. You didn’t realize you were special. You didn’t know you had such a significant role to play. In fact, you are still learning how critical your role is to this play. With each scene you are slowly understanding that God is relying on you in order for this play to be glorious. This is your destiny.

Believers have no right to fade into the background. You are the LIGHT of the WORLD!

Sometimes this information is a lot to take in. Sometimes it is difficult for me to believe that God really does have a very specific plan for my life. When I look back over the years, I can see all that has happened has led me to the point where I am now, and it gives me confident hope for tomorrow. It is often times difficult to believe the incredible glory that is within our hearts. That’s because we’ve all made so many agreements with lies over the years, and only the Word of God can unveil the truth (see 1 Corinthians 2:10). My earnest prayer is that God has prepared your heart to receive the truth. The truth is this: you are much more than meets the eye. You could have been born anywhere in the world at any time in history, but God specifically chose you, your parents, your siblings, your place of birth, and your moment in time. You were handpicked for such a time as this. The time is NOW. It’s not a myth and it is not a fantasy. Before you were born you were destined to be like Jesus. Let’s read Romans 8:29-30 in The Message translation:

God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.

(EMPHASIS MINE)

Amen! God already called you by name. He already set you on a solid basis with Himself. He already established you and He has already glorified you! Praise God!

Here’s a question for you: what if the life we are living has already happened?

There is no beginning or end aside from God. Jesus said He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (see Rev 22:13). Many people believe the book of Revelation is written in past tense because the events have already occurred. Perhaps he simply had a vision about the future…but there is no future in eternity. I often speak of God’s existence outside of the confines of time. Since both the end and the beginning starts and ends with Him, He is able to see the “timeline” of humanity in its entirety. Therefore He has already destined us to be like Jesus. He has already called us by name. He has already justified us, we are already righteous through Christ Jesus and He has already glorified us – He has already completed the glorious work He began before the foundation of the world.

Wow. What does that really mean to you? Being like Jesus?

Is life really just a sum of day-to-day responsibilities?

Is that all?

What does God really expect from us? What does it really mean to be pre-destined to be like Jesus??? I’m so excited to explore this further!