August 21, 2009

Identity Protection

My parents tell great stories about their children and grandchildren. Mom's stories in particular are told with such fun and finesse that they probably dwarf the actual event in interest but not in accuracy. Our family relates true, memorable moments from life. It is one of our favorite ways to stay connected to long distance grandparents and cousins. It is my favorite way to remember who we are as a clan.

Have you heard me tell the one about my 3 year old nephew Drew requesting hummus from the server at a seafood restaurant? Or about the time that Drew and my 2 year old William were playing together, but Will was not sharing. So Drew asked me when Will would be taking a nap? These stories glue us together.

Identity matters. When we are indentified as Christians, we want to take care to walk as He walked. If we are suffering an identity crisis, Jesus can help with that. He does want our identity to be in Him. He gave us His Word. He gave us His precious Holy Spirit. We have the resources we need. We belong to Him. He is our identity.

"Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law or by believing what you heard?
Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
Have you suffered so much for nothing- if it really was for nothing?
Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?" Galatians 3: 1-5

Our mission of any conference or workbook or shared prayer time is to keep before you and me an understanding that we walk in His power. We conquer in His name. We live by His Word. We are filled with His Spirit. We are not alone, trying to measure up or show off for Him. We began in the Spirit. We must walk in the Spirit. We will see His miracles in our lives and circumstances by believing what He said, not by human effort.

"But by my Spirit says the Lord."