In my time the Lord today, I read a phrase that really inspired me. It also caused me to want to share my thoughts with you. I trust that it will not only let you into my mind, but it will show you the heart of God towards you.
Pastor Bob Johnson said this…
“Christians who live out of who they really are cannot be crippled by the opinions of others. They don’t’ work to fit into other people’s expectations, but burn with the realization of who the Father says they are.” A Life of Miracles
If you know me at all, you know why I wanted to share this with you. You know why it’s important for us to journey on this one together. Let me break down my thoughts for you.
My first thought.
I love how Pastor Bob put it. “Christians who live out of who they are…” This is important. This is why. It is clear to him and it is clear to me that that there are too many Christians that don’t live out of who they are. This seems odd to me, but it was my story too. Just because Jesus saved you and you received it, doesn’t mean that you live out of who He created you to be. It’s a process. That is why the School of Identity exists.
My second thought.
Opinions from others can cripple our lives. Think about the word “cripple.” Crippling means that we are unable to do what we were originally created to do. In other words, the opinions of others can stop you from being you. This is not God’s intention. We must not live in the opinions of others. They cripple us.
Think about this. Even good opinions of us can cripple us. They can make us do things that God never intended us to do. When we get praise for something God does not want us to do, the praise can cripple us. Crazy right?
My last thought for today.
“Burn with the realization of who the Father says they are.” What an awesome statement. This is not some simple recognition of identity, but an engaging, empowering realization.
When you burn with passion for example, it controls you. Well what do you think could happen if you burned the realization of who the Father says you are? That would be amazing. You would be continually motivated to be you.
I like to say, “I could be me all day.” That’s the picture. It’s easy to be you when you are who the Father made you to be. It becomes natural, then it becomes exciting. It will drive you. I love being me. I want that for you.