Faith Identity

I Am A Son!

God has been stirring a deeper sense of sonship in my heart recently. Ever since my pastor spoke at church recently from Isaiah, God has been pressing these words upon me, speaking their meaning into my life, my identity, and my purpose.

But now, this is what the LORD says– He who created you, He who formed you,: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1

God has broken this into five parts for me. They speak about the past, the present, and the future.

He Who Created You. 

I wasn’t an accident. I don’t know if your parents planned on having you, or if you were a surprise. I know that for some people, hearing you were an “accident” can leave scars and place chains upon you. But hearing this: the Author and Maker of the Universe created you! He wanted you in this world, so He created you. Doesn’t matter what the world says, GOD CREATED YOU.

He Who Formed You

I wasn’t random. A lot of us wish that there was something different about us. Maybe height, or weight, or disability, or talents. But I want you to know something; God formed you how you are. Psalm 139: 14 says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” That means our Heavenly Father took great care and intentionally put you together exactly how He desired you to be. And no matter what the world may say is a good talent or a bad feature, EVERYTHING about us is being used to showcase the glory of the Lord. When we shine, we can point others to the blessings of our Father; and when we are weak, then His strength sustains and pours through all the more.

I Have Redeemed You

I am not who I once was. The dictionary defines redeem as “compensate for the faults of” or “gain possession of in exchange of payment.” We all know that Christ paid the price for our sins on the cross, but then through His resurrection, He compensates for our faults/weaknesses. He didn’t just buy “junk” and leave it in an overlooked corner of the storage closet. He bought us, cleansed us, and then filled all that we are lacking with His goodness so that we are pure and holy, able to stand before the Lord without blemish. We have a tendency to just focus on the “purchased” part and forget that we are called holy, righteous, pure, blameless. We cannot believe the lies of the enemy who tries to get us to stay in the dirt with him. Instead, we need to remember that the Father RUNS to meet the prodigal son and put the finest robe on him!

I Have Called You By Name

I am not just a number. In this world, it seems like you only have a name if you are spectacular or horrible. “Go out and make a name for yourself!” or “Don’t be like _____.” Sometimes it feels better or safer to just blend into the crowd. But then we fear about making waves, whether it be in this world, or even in our prayers. If we don’t grasp onto the fact that God doesn’t just love the whole world, but that He loves YOU, then how can we “approach God with full confidence” as it says in Ephesians 3:12? I don’t know about you, but I find it much easier to talk to someone when I am on a first-name basis with them. And when I know someone, I am definitely more likely to ask them a favor, and much more willing to listen to their instructions. And when I know that they love me and only want the best for me, then I know that I can trust what they tell me to do, because I KNOW that it will lead to blessings and life.

YOU ARE MINE

I just had to all caps that one because it is SO GOOD! Have you ever felt like no one wanted you? Have you ever been picked last for a game? Have you ever done something dumb and your friends or family say “they aren’t with me”? Well, listen to this: The God of the Universe, The Alpha, and Omega, The One who parts waters, The One who brings the dead back to life, Our Loving Papa claims us as His! God didn’t just get stuck with us like someone flicked a booger on Him; NO, He says that we are His. And it isn’t just in a “yeah, he hangs around so we keep him” sort of way. It is a full-out YOU ARE MY SON, shout from the rooftop, throw a party and let the whole neighborhood know, sort of way. And a really cool thing about that, guess what our Heavenly Father says about His kids: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17). One of the biggest things I love about that verse, is that God spoke those words before Jesus even started His ministry. Before we do anything for God, He says we are loved and He is pleased with us.

Put into Practice:

I want you to spend time in a quiet place with God this week and ask Him to point you to a verse that He would like to speak over you. And then take that verse and write it down on a bunch of things. Put it on your bathroom mirror, put it in your car, put it on your desk, write it on your hand, put it anywhere you regularly hang out. Basically saturate your life with the words that God wants to speak to you. And every time you see those words, read them, and then pause for a moment. It may be 5 seconds or it may be 5 minutes. But in that pause, just listen. Listen to what the Lord is saying to you.

Our Heavenly Father loves us SO much and always wants to speak His words of encouragement, correction, love, and life over us. Let’s make time this week to let our Loving Papa fill us to the fullest with those words. And from that place of fullness and overflow, let’s walk in confidence and courage for all that He has for us.

Warrior On!

Casey Perkins

Casey Perkins has been in the church his whole life. However, that did not prevent him from going down a path of perversion, adultery, self-indulgence, and isolation. Thankfully, like all prodigal sons, the Lord chased after Casey even when he was a long way off and welcomed him back with open arms and unconditional love. Casey's primary purpose now is to live out the mantle that God has placed on him and lead other men into the grace and calling that the Heavenly Father has given us all.

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