Oftentimes when I look around me to see how people labour to lead a tranquil and fulfilling life I’m almost saddened to discover that people have forgotten their identities, they have forgotten who they are and some are not even aware of any identity whatsoever, as the bible rightly pointed out in the parable of the sower (Matthew 13) they’ve allowed to struggles of life rob them of their God-endowed heritage. Many persons have been stylishly brainwashed into disbelieving/neglecting the truth of the gospel while embracing the lies of the world hook, line and sinker. I see a people groaning and writhing under a heavy burden so desperate for a Moses to lead them out of captivity, I see a people so freely tormented by the devil without reprimand of any sort all because they are not fortified with the knowledge of who they truly are.
Overtime I have been privileged to listen to Christians say about themselves that they are sinners and that if they tried approaching God He just might not answer them, they see Daddy as a judgemental Father who is always awaiting an opportunity for them to fall into errors just so He can wield the big stick on their frail buttocks when Hebrews 4:16 KJV records that God wants us to come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. In fairness to those who belong to this school of thought; they are only playing out the script written, directed and screenplayed by their illusional minds no thanks to the devil’s subtle suggestions to their undiscerning minds. May I say to you this day that God in His infinite mercy and love which are renewed every morning is not vindictive as people of the world view Him to be, He’s not seeking for an avenue to give a migraine-eliciting knock whenever you fall into sin, He’s not also pointing searchlight at you (like the FBI after a runaway criminal) just to make sure He finds something to accuse you with, NO, He’s not the devil, that role is exclusively Satan’s intellectual property right…God cannot condescend to such accusatory role because He’s got no darkness in Him.
God is the all-knowing Father who knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end. It is very important for you to remember that before He formed you He already knew you (Jeremiah 1:5), your strengths and weaknesses are as plain before His eyes just as the palms of your hands are before your eyes. He knows what you can/cannot do, all the sins, pitfalls and occurrences that may possibly confront you in years to come are already plain before Him. He drafted your operation manual, you’re the work of His hands, and He’s not seeking to destroy you rather He longs for a loving and cordial relationship with one of His priced possessions.
You can think about it this way…how many junior workers of an establishment/organization/company can speak to the top boss of such company, how many does the CEO have a relationship with or how many citizens of a nation can request to speak with the president of that nation, your call would probably stop at the desk of the secretary to the secretary to the secretary of the personal aid to the president (such is the bureaucratic bottleneck that attends to our establishments here on earth) but here is the master of the whole universe, President of the whole world, the One who installs and removes presidents, the One whom all things were made through, for and by Him coming down to our level to have a relationship with us, isn’t that too low a status for the master of the whole universe to descend all in the name of wooing you unto His side? no wonder the psalmist asked ‘what is man that You are mindful of him…’ (Psalms 8:4)
There is a sharp distinction between a sinner and a true believer who falls into sin; I’d illustrate this distinction with two animals that we’re very familiar with (pig and cat). A pig as we all know is an animal who rejoices in and celebrates dirt, put a pig in a clean pen with clean water source and watch closely how it utilizes the resources provided it, I remember when I used to work in my father’s piggery, it is never an uncommon sight for you to sight the pigs urinating in their water source and even sometimes they’d defecate in their food trough as well. The height of disgust comes when they have defecated and water somehow flows into the pen (you do not want to see them play hide and seek with each other in such moments, it’s always so disgusting). A cat on the other hand is a very clean animal; it doesn’t tolerate the presence of dirt as pigs do, ever seen a cat fall into a bowl of yam flour powder before? It screams as if it’d been shot, all the way shaking its body to dust off the powder.
A sinner, just as the pig loves dirt thrives in sin as a bacteria thrives luxuriantly in a richly fortified medium, sin is his nature, he cannot do without sinning, his conscience is already seared and as such it doesn’t reprimand him of any wrongdoing, there’s no check whatsoever on his deeds while a true believer on the other hand is likened as unto a cat, he doesn’t like dirt/sin, he doesn’t possess the sinful nature, he still has his conscience pricking him each time he errs but he can fall into sin and just like the cat he can run screaming to God for forgiveness of sins while jettisoning the sins. Moreover God doesn’t see the true believer who falls into sin as a sinner rather He see the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21), He sees someone who had been bought and redeemed with a high price: the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
When you’re a bonafide child of the most High, you have automatically become a citizen of heaven, you belong to the government of zion, you are a strategic planting of the Father here on earth, you are simply functioning as heaven’s ambassador here on earth. You’re probably wondering to yourself that this is a hardsaying who can comprehend it; hear what apostle Paul had to say in (Ephesians 1:20-23 MSG) it says “all this energy issues from Christ: God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which He speaks and acts, by which He fills everything with His presence” (I’d suggest you take some time off to let those verses register in your mind).
The emboldened part says ‘the church is Christ’s body in which He speaks and acts’…just ruminate on that sentence critically and tell me what you can deduce from it. Let me confirm your suspicion, the sentence is simply speaking about you, yes you, you are Christ’s body here on earth, not the benches, microphones and speakers in a church building but you and only you. When Jesus was about leaving the earth for heaven, He delegated His authority here on earth to each and every one of us (true believers)( Mark 16:17; Luke 10:19) to profit withal, to enforce the Christ-given victory over the world and the devil (John 16:33). If you are still in oblivion as to the heritage and identity that Jesus purchased for you through His blood; read Ephesians 2:6 MSG, you can start your own reading from verse 1 for clarity purpose but verse 6 says ‘then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our messiah’ Wooooooooooow! What a divine revealing this has been, what a display of love from our heavenly Father raising us up to sit with Christ in heavenly places…Who does that? Raising up a nobody and making him reign together with His beloved son in heavenly places? only God is capable of doing such and this attests to the genuineness of His love for us (that reminds me; watch out for another great post soon to grace the webspace ‘God and His hosts of nobodies’).
I must confess to you that since the day this revelation leapt at me from the pages of the holy scripture, I haven’t quite recovered from it, I concluded in me that never will I be ridiculed or subjected to slavery of whatever kind again, since coming to this realisation of my identity I have learnt to exercise my God-given authority to change situations and level the mountains before me.
You would do well to identify with your present location: you have been raised up and set in highest heaven with Jesus Christ, you are from the government of heaven, over and above all rulership, government, authority, principalities and powers; you have to be conscious of your status as “heaven’s ambassador to planet earth”. You are no ordinary person my friend, no true believer is, you have a heavenly pedigree. This however does not say you should not obey constituted authorities here on earth, NO, obey the authority that governs where you live because they are God’s ministers to execute wrath upon those who doeth evil (Romans 13:4 KJV). But when a constituted authority is reeling out decrees, pronouncements, bills, acts that negate the pronouncement of heaven, then that is time for you to take your stand as “heaven’s ambassador” to report the brewing matter to your Father who resides in heaven, who presides over all affairs in heaven, earth and deep in the sea. You should be the one to dictate the pace of happenings around you, not the other way round.
Always remember that you are far above the influences of demons, wickedness, perils and debilitating forces of this world, only the ignorance of not knowing your true identity can make you subject to endless toiling and oppression from the accuser of the brethren and his cohorts. So having been armed with the truth, will you let it set you free or will you let your present challenges choke it of its potency? C’mon stand up and fight for what is yours, wake up from your slumber and take a stand against decisions that negatively affect your existence.
So be confident in your strides as you go out today and accomplish those feats you think are impossible because with God all things are possible!