jumprockWe live in a name-dropping culture. Who you work for? Who do you know? Whose clothes are you wearing? Some people have everybody’s name on them but their own. God never intended that you would find fulfillment in anything or anyone but Him. He is your fulfillment, and until you come to believe it, you will never live a life of fulfillment.

I do not want my identity in anything that can change. I do not want my identity in anyone but Jesus Christ. There is only one thing that never changes and that is the Word of God, which is Jesus Christ.  

Jesus received His identity from His Father before He ever began His ministry:

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
(Matt. 3:17)

For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (2 Pet. 1:17)

Jesus received His identity. He received glory from His Father. It was bestowed on Him. In that one statement by The Father, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” was all that Jesus could ever want or need. He was His beloved. He did not have to spend His life trying to get His Father to love Him; love was freely given to Him. The word “Son” was His total identity. During His earth walk, He identified completely with His Father. He said, “I and my Father are one.” He did not have to do anything to try to get His Father’s approval, He had it in the words, “I am well pleased.”

When the enemy came to Jesus in the wilderness he primarily attacked Jesus' identity, asking, “If you be the Son of God”, but Jesus held fast to His Father’s words, where His identity came from.

Notice again The Father spoke these words to Jesus before He started in ministry. His ministry flowed from His identity. He never sought glory from men or ministry. He had no need of man’s approval, for He had His Father’s. He had nothing to prove and nothing to gain from men. He did not spend His life performing, but instead releasing the anointing that was in Him. He consistently said that it was The Father who dwelled in Him that did the work. (John 14:10)

The identity Jesus received from His Father is the very same identity we receive when we are born again.
But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. (1 Cor. 6:17)

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:1-2)

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (Eph. 1:6)

The word “accepted” there means highly favored—well-pleased. The only other time it is used in the Bible is when the angel came to Mary and said, “Hail, thou are highly favored.”

We can see from these verses that we are beloved, sons of God, highly favored and that The Father is already well pleased with us.

When we accept this and meditate on it, it brings freedom like nothng else. You will know who you are. You won’t be trying to become. You won’t need accomplishments, career achievements, worldly success, or material things to define you. You won’t spend your life seeking other people’s approval either. You already have your heavenly Father’s approval, and you can live life knowing you already have all the identity, security, and acceptance you will ever need.

The Lord spoke to me once and said, “You were created to live in My glory, My identity, My security, and My approval. You will either receive it from Me, or you will spend your life seeking it from others and worldly pursuits.” Some think we can never walk in the glory of God, but that’s not scriptural. Jesus, in His high priestly prayer, prayed:

I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. (John 17:23)

Receiving the Father’s love, acceptance, identity, and approval also frees us to minister to others. We are no longer trying to get anything from man. In fact, there is nothing from man we want. We have it all from our heavenly Father. It is out of that fullness that we can minister to others. Unless the Lord first gives it, there is nothing we have to give to others. We can be a channel, but Jesus is the source.

I want my identity, my security, my approval, and my acceptance to be founded on the Rock of Jesus Christ, who never changes, and out of that fullness, I want to minister His life to others. I want to be rooted and grounded in Him so that nothing ever moves me. I know who I am. When you know who you are, you will know what to do because your doing will flow from your being.

This is the life Jesus came to give us—a life of rest in knowing who we are—right here, right now in this present world.

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17)

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