I Am Who He Says I Am

II Peter 1:3-4 (The Message)

“EVERYTHING that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously GIVEN to you by getting to know, personally and intimately, the ONE who invited you to God!  The best invitation you ever received!  You have also been given absolutely terrific promises – your ticket to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.”

chainsDid you read that?  Read it again.  Slowly.  Chew on it.  Your mind won’t grasp it, but your heart and spirit will sense the magnitude of it.  This scripture has been the source of much meditation for me over the past year.  It says to me that regardless of how long I have battled, struggled and wrestled with the same stronghold in my life, He has ALREADY given me EVERYTHING I need to overcome it and lead a life pleasing to Him.  I know, we’ve heard those words before and we tend to read them with a numbness without really HEARING it.  As I have meditated on this scripture, I began to realize that who I AM is the person that is FREE of that stronghold.  The false belief system in my mind was that because I have always been a certain way, or practiced certain behavior, or yielded to the same specific bait that the enemy brought across my path, that it was just a part of who I am.  But that’s a lie!  You see, who I am, and who you are, is the person that is created in God’s image.

As I would find myself yielding over and over to the same stronghold, I would become angry with myself….but I would still yield.  I would feel like a monster and a horrible person….but I would still yield.  I would become sick at my stomach at my repeated behavior…..but I would still yield.  I would cry buckets of tears before God accepting once again His mercy and forgiveness…..but I would still yield.  I would say to God, “I don’t know how NOT to be this way!  As far back in my life as I can remember, I’ve been this way!  I don’t even know how to NOT do this!”

That’s when He brought me to that scripture….and began to lovingly show me that the first step in being free of that stronghold was to realize….that it was not me.   He reached down into the deepest places of who I am, because only the One that created me knows where to touch, and He whispered, “You believe that you’re that person.  You believe the lie the enemy has told you.  But I don’t care how long you’ve practiced that stronghold, or how many times you’ve chosen it over me….I did not create you that way and you are not that person!”

potter's handsSo, who am I?   And who better to show me who I am than the only One that truly knows?  Because He fashioned me.  He molded me.  He spoke forth plans for my life.  He put gifts inside of me.  He put laughter and joy inside of me.  He filled me with His peace that passes all of my own understanding.  And He said, “You are mine.”

So as I have progressed in soaking my mind in the fact that the real me has nothing to do with the behavior I once yielded to….and this is definitely not an overnight process…..and as I continue looking into the mirror of His Word that tells me who I am, the stronghold gets further and further away.  And the picture of how I see myself becomes clearer each day.  And old things become new.  And weights that once weighed me down fall away.   And although the picture of the real me is only a glimpse right now, I am beginning to believe that it’s the truth.  Why?  Because He said so.  And He has never lied to me.  He has never left me.  He has never presented Himself as anything other than Who He is.  And He is trustworthy.  And He is faithful.  And He has loved me every moment.  And He has hurt for me everytime I believed the enemy’s lie.  And He has picked me up.  And He has dusted me off.   A million times.

I love Him.  You are who He says you are.  Believe it.  Think on it.  Meditate on it.



  • Holy Spirit Our Helper

    Often when Christians think of Holy Spirit they only see Him as a helper in their spiritual walk and not in their day to day activities. Truly He will teach us all things and help us when we are reliant upon him.helperYears ago when I was a babe in Christ, I worked a job being responsible for a common carrier microwave video carrier network that covered hundreds of miles across Texas. Many times I would get called on an outage and be on the job site until I completed the repairs. Back then, we did component level repairs of almost all equipment, which means we diagnosed on site whatever the problem and came up with a fix to restore service to our customers.

    I was on call one Saturday morning, and received a call that a particular piece of equipment malfunctioned about thirty miles from home. After many hours of on-site diagnostics, I removed the piece of equipment and took it back to the repair shop. I worked and cannibalized some other equipment to make the proper repairs.

    When the sun rose on Sunday morning, I believed I had repaired the problem but I wasn’t really confident that it was going to work. I drove thirty miles back to the job site, pulled up to the gate and said to myself, “I sure hope this works.” Immediately, I heard Holy Spirit say to me, “Try it, it’ll work.” My confidence soared; I had heard God in the matter. I thought I’d been working all night alone, but I had a helper right by me saying, “Try it, it’ll work.”

    I went into the facility, walked up to the equipment bay, installed the piece of equipment and powered it up. The equipment usually would immediately blow a fuse, but this time it came on line and the problem was solved! I was amazed that God cared about such a non-Bible matter.

    Many times that job kept me out of church services and sometimes I would be confronted by well-meaning church members chastising me for working on Sunday and missing church. They looked at me as less than themselves; they looked at my situation and not my heart.

    Now, I was certain that God was concerned about my minute issues as well as the spiritual matters in my life. Even if my job took me away from church meetings from time to time, it didn’t take me away from Him. After all Jesus didn’t say, “I’ve come to give you meetings and meetings more abundantly.” But He did say, “I’ve come to give you life and life more abundantly.” John 10:10

    Later in my career, I was employed in a management role, my senior director called me requesting I come to his office. He didn’t say what he wanted, so as I walked the fifty or so steps to his office, I began to pray for witty ideas and for favor with my boss.

    As I arrived at his office, I found him to be very distracted by personal matters. He was in a quandary over what he should speak about at a Toastmasters meeting the next day during lunch. He needed to give his speech as an outline based subject matter, and he couldn’t think of anything.

    I sat there a second, reached for a piece of paper on his desk, and without even looking at it; I handed it to him and said, “Use this!” I didn’t know what I had given him, but when I saw the look on his face, I knew the God in me had moved, and He had moved in a miraculous way. The paper I handed him was an itemized list of company guidelines and successful business practices.

    He stared at it the paper, then at me, then back at the paper, and then at me for what seemed like an eternity. Suddenly, he went into jubilation and said, “This is exactly what I need, how did you do that!?” I just smiled and we chuckled together.

    As we discussed some other company issues, several times he interrupted himself, looked at me and said, “I still don’t know how you did that!” My boss was a believer, but to my knowledge, he had never witnessed anything like this. I kept on my best poker face during the time in his office, but as soon as I got away, I could no longer contain my exuberant gratefulness to my God and my Helper.

    It seems I often exhaust all my efforts on a dilemma before I surrender for the Helper to get involved, but I’m learning more and more to go to Him first and request His help. I just shared two stories, spanning thirty years or more, yet there are many other times my Helper has delivered me when in dire straits. It’s true, that if it’s our business it’s His business. Before Jesus went to the cross he told of God’s plan to send us a Helper which is Holy Spirit and that He is the Spirit of truth.

    John 14:16-17 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;{that is} the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, {but} you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

    John 16:7 “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.

    John 16: 13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.

    1 Peter 5:7 “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”