Who do you think you are?
I dream of owning a good bird dog someday. I love dogs, but I have never quite understood dog parks. They must be great for the dogs, because I see people there with their furry friends. This is odd to me, because it always seems awkward when dogs meet out in the open. It looks to me like a fight could break out at any time, and I notice small dogs are often the culprits. Somebody has convinced them they are in a position of authority over larger dogs. They are always barking and carrying on. I can almost hear the larger dogs thinking, "Who do you think you are?"
That is a good question for us too, "Who do you think you are?" All of us have bought into lies about our identity, and only God truly knows our hearts. The Bible says our hearts are deceitful to the point we can't even know our own hearts. Not only am I unable to know your heart, but I cannot even trust my own heart to be honest with me.
Open your eyes, and you will see people believing lies about their identities. People with eating disorders look into the mirror and still see a fat person. Abusive husbands believing their wives deserve it. Unmarried couples shack up together believing God is happy with their decision because they think they have found love. Spiritually lost and depraved people living as if there is no God and judgment is not impending.
Our hearts will tell us any number of lies. One lie that causes me to grieve is when God's people continue to live in their old identity. It is shameful to see things like divorce, drunkenness, and pornography among those of the church. It is equally shameful to see people of God living in fear as though the devil was equal to God in power.
Fellow believers in Jesus Christ, let us cast aside our old identities and take up our new lives in Jesus. Let us exercise our authority over temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13) and live in a manner which glorifies our Lord. Let us live with courage and peace being fully convinced that our God is on the throne. He is mighty and sovereign. He is certainly in control, and His children should find rest in Him.
The spiritual war is real, and it was won on the cross. Battles will continue until Jesus returns, and we are to live victoriously. We are to identify with our victor, Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.