John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy........"
Someone stole my innocence very young, it happened when I was a little girl, it occurred after my parent’s divorce. See, I took the divorce personal, I thought i did something wrong. I became so unsure, so insecure and so worried about everything around me. All I had known was not the same any more, what I thought to be sure, didn’t even exist. Slowly but surely my identity was being stolen. The assignment happened so early, so quickly much like “identity theft”, I can’t tell you how and when it happened, I only know that it happened. John 10:10, “The thief comes in to kill, steal and destroy." Early on, his (satan) desire was to kill my dreams, steal my hope and destroy the future God had for me. He stole my identity, or what I thought was my identity. He presented me an alternative solution to living. At an early age I began to live with destructive behaviors that weren’t prudent to my future. Why? Because I was unsure of my identity in Christ, so I began to explore a life style that was not conducive to whom I was in Christ. I was unsure of whom I was, and low self-esteem helped guide me into my future. I began to make wrong associations, hang with wrong friends, compromised by who I thought I was and who I really was. These wrong associations, led to bad decisions, one bad decision seemed to continuously alter my course. My identity became completely stolen, I wasn’t sure who I was or where I belonged.
One day I heard a compelling message about a life in Christ. Now I had always gone to church, I was baptized when I was eight (8) years old, but I still was unsure of who I was in Christ. I believe that He existed; I knew that God was real, but my identity was still rooted in my past. I was led to make better decisions, but only to correct the things that I did wrong. I spent too much time trying to fix my past, I still couldn’t identify with who God wanted me to be. One day I heard a word, well actually two. The first was, 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” “Wait, you mean I am not my past?” It’s like the Holy Spirit said loud, “No LaKisha, you are your future.” You were designed uniquely for a specific purpose, a kingdom assignment, God has a place for you,” I was in awe; you mean that in Christ Jesus, I am made brand new?” I began a search in the Word, for more about my identity in Christ. The next scripture, Romans 8:28-29, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers.” “Wait, I am supposed to be the image of Christ?”
I began a search the scriptures, to see what Christ was like. I began to realize my identity was stolen, that everything I believed to be true about me was in fact a lie. I accepted an alternate life, because I thought that was all I was worthy of, I didn’t think God had any better for me. John 8:36 says, “If the Son, sets you free, then you are free indeed.” I am not bound to my past, my circumstances or any particular situation, I am only bound to what God and who God designed me to be. My identity is in Christ Jesus only, not my past or present situation, where there is liberty, I am free. He uniquely designed me for His glory alone, and I was tired of the enemy trying to confuse me. God had a plan for me and it was time that I discovered my destiny.
Prayer: Father renew my identity in you, please allow me to see my life, as uniquely designed it. Help me to discover my purpose, my call and vision that you have for my life. I don’t want to live second best. My life should be rooted in Christ Jesus alone, and I don’t want anything else. In Jesus Name. Amen
My Identity is in Christ,
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