Identity

When you hear “I.D.” you automatically think of a government issued form of identification that says your name, date of birth, country you’re from and etcetera. IDs are used to validate who you are as a person. No ID. No identification. Simple as that.

Identity goes beyond just a government issued ID. It’s who you are as an individual. It’s who you were created to be. If you believe something, you identify yourself with that label and validate it with whatever everyone else says. I believe I can’t drive because I identify myself as a bad driver & had it validated by other people in my life.

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
(Genesis 1:27 NLT)

For a long time I had trouble figuring out who I was and how I fit in this life. I was searching for an identity. I identified myself as so many things and never found the answer in any of those labels. Until I lost my grandma two years ago and I realized the only constant in life is God. Family titles, surnames, villages, school, work even church all disappears or leaves eventually and all I’ll have left is God.

I found my identity in God that day. I now believe I am a daughter of the King because I identify myself as one through Jesus and it has been clearly validated in God’s Word. “…it is Christ who lives in me…I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself to save me.” (Galatians 2:20 NCV) What’s your identity?

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Space Jam and Faith

One of my favorite movies of all time is Space Jam especially because the soundtrack is awesome. I remember when I was younger I used to think our world was connected to to Looney Toon world through golf holes because of this movie. Yes I was a very gullible kid (actually I still am). I also believed that I could be victorious as long as I did things the way I was created to do it. I watched it for the first time in years today and saw it in a different light. I saw the effects of faith. When Michael Jordan was making a deal with the Monstar’s boss, he did not hesitate because of his faith in his team.

Bugs Bunny: “You shouldn’t have done that Doc
Michael Jordan: “I have faith in my team.”

 

Because of Michael Jordan’s faith in what the Toon Squad could do as a team, they were victorious. It’s the same way when we have faith in God. When we believe in God and the power that He possesses to help us face situations, we are victorious against those situations when we put our faith in Him and His play book. In the movie, Bugs Bunny said Michael Jordan had special stuff that made him the amazing basketball player that he was when it was actually just water and because of that they believed in their ability to play the game according to the rules but the way they were created to play it by being their looney selves. In the same way, we need to believe and have faith in the “special stuff” that God gives us in His Word in order to receive the faith that God wants us to have in Him to play this game of life.

“for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 John 5:4, 5 NIV)

Believing in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross brings us the victory we are searching for in life. It’s only when we have faith in God and let Him be the Michael Jordan in this basketball game of life we will be victorious because it’s promised. So go ahead and “wave your hands in the air if you feel fine, we’re gonna take it into overtime welcome to the space jam. It’s your chance do your dance at the space jam.”

Relationship Issues

When you’re building a relationship with someone, you constantly crave communication with them especially if it’s someone you’re very fond of. You text them, call them, FaceBook them, tweet them, Skype them, think of them and whatever else them just to stay connected.

There was a relationship I pursued where at first we constantly talked, but as time went on I felt like I was the only one talking. I became frustrated and would try to thrive off of little squirts of conversation from his end. This wasn’t enough to fuel my desire for a relationship but it was enough to fuel feelings of anger, hurt and resentment yet I continued to be patient and tried to be understanding and continued to reach out when he decided to talk to me again. He only came to me when he wanted something and I continued to be there for him.

God is me in this story and that guy represents us and how we treat our relationship with God. Many times we are focused on our relationships with others we neglect our relationship with the one person who never ever forsakes us and is always there, God.

When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God. God called to the Man: “Where are you?”
(Genesis 3:8, 9 MSG)

God created people to build relations with each other and with Him. That’s why He created Eve for Adam so while God was away, Adam wouldn’t feel lonely. God created Adam so He could have fellowship with someone.

Like my relationship with that guy, God is like me in that situation constantly reaching out to us and comes to us when we call, but God does get hurt and he gets angry when we take Him lightly. Just think if you had created something how proud you would be of your creation and how much time you spend admiring it. God loves us and longs for us to love Him in return. That’s why He created us not to be limited by the rules of religion but to live freely under our standards of relationship.


My encouragement to you is to learn to treat your relationship with God the way you treat your relationship with the person closest to you. You’ll notice the difference 🙂

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