Just who the *$%& do You Think You Are?!

by Lester Young

Sound familiar?  It probably should – that is, if you’ve got (or have ever had) a Mom, or a Dad, or a teacher, or a girlfriend…but I digress.  Let’s talk today about just who the heck you are.

On second thought, before we go any further, it might be interesting for you to actually answer that question truthfully: who do you think you are, really?  Take a few moments and do a semi-thorough evaluation of your own thoughts about yourself.  And not just who you are – take into consideration what you are, as well.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Okay, so how did it go?  I suppose some of you are feeling on top of the world right now, because of who you think you are.  It’s probably also a safe bet that others out there would just as soon not have even bothered to start reading this post in the first place, due to the rather low opinion of yourself that you’re trudging around with.  But here’s the good news in all this: your own personal opinion of who you are is absolutely, positively irrelevant, and there’s only one opinion that really and truly matters.  Unfortunately, there is a sliver of bad news that comes along with that, which is this: who you think you are is absolutely, positively crucial!

Well, now that I’ve either completely lost you, or I have your attention out of sheer morbid curiosity because you’re waiting to see what the next stupid thing I’m going to say will be, let me elaborate.  The best place to start, I suppose, would be with the opinion that matters.  If you haven’t guessed, it belongs to God our Father.  If you’re in His Son Jesus Christ, that’s exactly how He sees you: in and through His shed blood – washed, clean, innocent and righteous; that is, you’re good to go (or, in right-standing) with Him.  Furthermore, that’s exactly how He treats you, because He’s lavished on you all of the glory and honor He gave to Jesus.  It’s right there in The Book.  When God raised Jesus from the dead all the way up to sit at His right hand, we were graced to be raised all the way up there, too (Ephesians 2:5-6).  And, we’ve been given power-of-attorney to wield His Name – the glorious Name of Jesus – while we’re here on this earth to finish His work (Matthew 28:18-19; Acts 4:10).

So, as far as God’s concerned, you’re blood-bought and fully cleansed, with every right to come boldly into His throne room whenever you darn well feel like it (Hebrews 4:16) – just like Jesus!  Your past life and past sins are irrelevant; they don’t even enter into it – that’s what the Blood (along with repentance) is for.  And if God isn’t holding your past against you, why would you bother to?  He’s not even mad at you (Isaiah 54:9); but then, why would He be?  In His eyes – and He‘s The Judge – you’ve got a completely clean slate (Colossians 2:14).  And that, my friend, gives you complete access to everything the Covenant promises – and it’s a document of wholeness, peace, good health, prosperity and well-being (Isaiah 54:10; 2 Peter 1:3). Therefore, if the One Who owns the world has already clearly declared that you are to have everything (that is, be heir of the world, as stated in Romans 4:13, and also Psalm 37:22), then you should be saying right along with Him, “Praise God, I’m healthy!  I’m rich! I’m heir of the world!”

Looking at it from a slightly different angle, that’s actually your name, you know.  You see, we, as members of the family of God – whether in Heaven or here on earth – have been named after our Father (What, you weren’t given your parents’ name when you were born)?  And, what is our Father’s Name?  Well, remember Moses standing (or, shaking) in front of that burning bush in Exodus 3?  In verse 14, God told him what His Name is: “I AM THAT I AM;” or simply, “I AM!”  (Uh..Am what?)  ‘Am’ whatever it is that you need!  So, your name is “I am,” too.  Am what?  Whatever the heck He says you are!!

If God calls us healed, then we – out of respect, adoration, and thanks – call ourselves, “I am healed!”  If he calls us rich with all our needs abundantly met, then we should be calling ourselves “I am rich with all my needs abundantly met.”  I mean, how upset would your dad, Mr. Smith, be if you just decided to call yourself Jones, especially if he’s laid up a bunch of assets for you in the family name?  So, we are whoever and whatever God says we are, and that’s exactly how we should be thinking.  As the Apostle Paul said, “…By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace which [was bestowed] upon me was not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:10).

Well, then, if that’s the case, why is the bad news I mentioned earlier so important?  Because Proverbs 23:7 plainly says, “…As [a man] thinks (or estimates) in his heart (mind, soul), so is he.”  The inner image that you have of yourself will go a long way in determining just how far you make it – especially if that image is born out of shortcomings, psychological wounds or past failures.  That’s why God had to change Abram’s name to ‘Abraham,’ so that he’d be forced to start thinking of and calling himself ‘father of many nations’ in agreement with the LORD’s assessment of him (Genesis 17:5).

Negative inner strongholds can be extremely difficult to overcome in the natural, if not impossible.  But God’s not natural, and He specializes in the impossible (Luke 1:37).  Let Him tell you just what He thinks of you; then you simply say, “Uh…Okay!”  I guarantee, you’ll love it!

 

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