Posted by: Rina | September 6, 2009

The Solution

“Thou shalt also decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee; and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” (Job 22:28 KJV)

God’s Word that is conceived in you heart, then formed, by the tongue, and spoken out of your own, becomes a spiritual force releasing the ability of God within you.
-Charles Capps

The strategy for the solution to our identity crisis lies in these two quotations.  We must know where we have believed lies about ourselves. (Generally from the words of another person)  As a direct result, we must know what God’s Word declares about us.  Consequently, we must reject the lie and begin speaking God’s Word over us.  In this we exercise our God-given authority using the spoken word as the vehicle.  Job 22:28 promises, when we decree a thing, it will be established.  We have spent the last few chapters building up to this solution.  Now it is time to act.  We must claim our identity as it is written in the Bible regardless of the position of our heart.  The heart must be trained to line up with scripture.  (The heart is a deceitful thing that leads men astray according to Proverbs 12:20.)  Therefore, we must confess the Word of God with our mouths until our hearts agree with the biblical identity.  The biblical identity statements in the next section of this chapter, plus the bulk chapter one, detail the identity of the believer.  These principles are the medicine for our identity crisis.  Decree them over yourself and others until they are believed in your heart.  Once it is believed in you heart, and spoken with you mouth, it will become your identity.  This is a spiritual principle that Jesus taught us in Mark 11:24 (see “the faith factor” in the chapter “A Word about Words.”)  The things we speak have a transforming effect upon our heart.  Once our heart has lined up with the biblical identity, it will become our identity.  “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7).  It may take a little time.  We can expect miracles, but more often than not, it is a process of healing and change that brings about identity transformation.  However, we can make an immediate change in the things we say about ourselves.  This is the first step, to stop speaking the lies over ourselves.  This only has benefit for the enemy.  The Holy Spirit told Charles Capps once, “I have told my people they can have what they say, but my people are saying what they have.” (1)

Jesus Christ never had an identity crisis!  He knew who He was and He never took the testimony of demons or humans to mold His identity.  Yet, this is what has happened to many Christians.  This necessitates a change.  We must pattern our thought life after our biblical identity.  We must ignore and rebuke every thought that is contrary to what scripture says about us.  We must take it captive to Christ and sacrifice it on the alter of sanctification.  The Body of Christ collectively needs to become the way it is described in scripture and it begins individually which each Christian.  Neil T. Anderson wrote, “Understanding your identity in Christ is essential for living the Christian life.  People cannot consistently behave in ways that are inconsistent with the way they perceive themselves.  You don’t change yourself by your perception.  You change your perceptions of yourself by believing the truth.  If you perceive yourself wrongly you will live wrongly because what you are believing is not true.  If you think you are a no-good bum, you will probably live like a no-good bum.  If, however, you see yourself as a child of God who is spiritually alive in Christ, you will begin to live accordingly.  Next to a knowledge of God, a knowledge of who you are is by far the most important truth you can posses.” (2)

All the resources of heaven are at our disposal.  Jesus has purchased everything that we need to be transformed and changed.  The Holy Spirit is an awesome life coach.  Ministering angels have been commissioned to help re-shape our thinking and protect us from the enemy.  We are set up for success!  As Dave Roberson writes, “God isn’t the one holding the power back.  If he had His way, every one of us would be operating in raising-the-dead type of power tomorrow.” (3)  God’s desire is for us to be molded into the image of His Son.  Then we will begin to do the things that Jesus did and, according to Jesus, we will do greater things that He did. (John 14:12)  Also, we must realize that this is a process that is filled with events.  We will get there but it must be as the Spirit is leading us.  This is a Spirit based program and it takes some time to de-program the lies we have believed, oftentimes, all of our lives.  Expect miracles and invest time.  Never doubt breakthrough, it is guaranteed for us.  Here are the steps.

1.  Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you have believed a lie about your identity.

2.  Once it is identified, ask God to remove it from you heart and replace it with the biblical reality.  This may require some inner healing or emotional healing.  Many of the lies we believe were developed through painful and traumatic experiences.  We may need some deliverance or some healing or some of both.  Let the Spirit be your guide.  He is the Comforter and the Counselor

3.    Ask God to transform your identity into what He says that it is.  Ask God to show you how to exercise your identity as a Christian.  Begin to renounce the lie every time it comes to mind, and begin confessing what scripture says about you each and every day.  Some people print out the next section, the biblical identity statements, and post them up in a place where they are visible daily ie:  on the bathroom mirror, on the rear-view mirror of the car, on the refrigerator, etc…  More importantly, is that every time throughout the day that the lie of the old identity comes to mind, rebuke it in Jesus name, and speak out loud you r biblical heritage and identity.  If this needs to be 900 times a day a day, fight the good fight of faith, prayer and get empowered and defeat this strategy of the enemy that is trying to keep you locked out of your destiny.  Overtime, it will get easier as it just becomes habit and then it becomes who you are.

A final note of caution.  What we are trying to accomplish here, is to place belief in our heart by our confession.  Ultimately, this is a work of the Holy Spirit and not of ourselves.  It is really easy for the  pursuit of identity to become the works that we use to demand kingdom advancement and promotion.  This is not how this healing process works.  It is a work of grace and a work of God.  The only “works” that we can do is to humble ourselves before God and confess that we are in a mess because of this sinful and fallen world.  We ask God for His help and for Him to make us everything that Jesus died to give us.  In our own efforts, we must put ourselves in “receiving mode”.  To pray, wait, confess the biblical reality, and wait for the Spirit to transform our inner man into Christ-likeness.  This topic will be discussed in further detail in the next chapter about the role of the Holy Spirit.  We must avoid what Randy Clark calls the “performance mentality.”  Randy writes, “The performance mentality is practically unavoidable in Christians.  It’s impossible to overcome unless the power of God moves in to change our erroneous thinking that we must “do something” for God in order to “purchase” our position in His sight.  We may actually believe we’re earning our place at God’s table through our good works and outstanding effort on His behalf.  How tragic!  Performance mentality also tells us that it’s possible to get ourselves  ‘right enough’ to be powerfully used by God….Performance mentality deceives us into believing that we can work our way ‘good enough’ for God to pour His Spirit out through us. (4)  We must not allow this mentality to take the place of the Holy Spirit working in our lives and sanctifying us.

Endnotes

1.  Capps, Charles, The Tongue:  A Creative Force, Harrison House, Tulsa OK, 1976, page__.

2.  Anderson, Neil T., Victory over the Darkness, Ventura, CA, Regal Books, second edition, 2000, page 47.

3.  Roberson, Dave, The Walk of the Spirit, The Walk of Power, the Vital Role of Praying in Tongues. Dave Roberson ministries, 1999, Tulsa OK, page 308.

4.   Clark, Randy, Lighting Fires,  Global Awakening ministries, Mechanicsburg, PA, 1998, page 70-71.

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