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On Issues of IDENTITY

A time in my life, after I was “SAVED”, I still didn’t feel SAFE. A friend made this statement yesterday that resonated within me.

“It is a terrible thing to live without knowing how awesome you TRULY are” – Effiong (The Rabbi).

Without realizing the awesome that you are, every decision made would be made out of uncertainties and fear of the unknown. Even for someone who “received” Jesus and was SAVED. He still doesn’t feel SAFE, because ignorant of what REALITY is. In my observation, it all began from hearing wrong about self. Listening to some pretty unhealthy news about Self.

From birth, we heard the news that we all sinned in Adam, and we carried on making Adam our reference henceforth. We made Adam our identity, the “one” who had the separation mindset since Eden. Hence, hearing the unpleasant news about ourselves. Leaving us ignorant of Who We Truly Are. Separated from our true identity, we hence lived life from a deluded mindset; living out the darkness initially meant to help us experience the light that we are.

“And because we do not know WHO WE TRULY ARE, we therefore live out WHO WE TRULY AREN’T”

We became blinded to a life that was supposed to be of PEACE, LOVE, ACCEPTANCE, UNITY, ASSURANCE, HEALTH and REST, and started to live out a life of WAR, HATE, REJECTION, DIVISIONS, FEAR, SICKNESS and LABOR. All because we made Adam our reference point. Again, a separated mindset. A lost IDENTITYSIN. Whereas, Jesus came and died for better. How that we didn’t hear the news that Jesus is our legitimate reference point baffles me though. I implore you to stop hearing the news that Adam is your reference point. He no longer is (he, in fact, never was). Move on from there.

How is it that we didn’t need to believe in Adam before we became SINNERS? The horrible news was just passed on to us. And because of one man’s sin, we all became condemned to a fate never meant for us. So hard is it for us to believe that before we were ever thought of being born, Jesus came and undid all that ADAM did. How come we were born to not believe one to participate and believe the other to participate. Nothing fair about that news to even make it good in the first place. We just didn’t get God’s message right.

We listened to God’s statement from an entirely different perspective, and we passed it on over years. Doesn’t make it TRUTH however.

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“And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us UNDERSTANDING so that we know the true ONE, and are in union with the truth One–that is, we are in union with His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and the Life of the Ages” – John

Christ came to give us an understanding. He came to give us insight. He didn’t come to play. Seeing that we have been living out WHO WE TRULY AREN’T, Christ came to give us insight on WHO WE TRULY ARE. Christ is the understanding; the understanding of which could change everything. The understanding that God is our point of reference, and not Adam. The understanding that SIN isn’t our identity, but RIGHTEOUSNESS is.  Never should we have heard we were sinners, or ever separated from God or even condemned by God at all. All was a lie. We all were never to hear such news – news that was never about Christ; the understanding of our Identity.

WHO ARE WE TRULY? At least, I know who we aren’t… We aren’t enemies of God, slaves of God, servant of God, or even separated from God e.t.c. We are but SONS of God. One WITH God. Always IN God. Living AS God. Our Identity is LOVE, PEACE and RIGHTEOUSNESS. Reason is we have always been ACCEPTED, HOLY, BLAMELESS.

Interesting part is “whatever God knows to be TRUE” never changes. And he knew you before he formed you to be HOLY and BLAMELESS before Him in LOVE. Why then have you chosen to know yourself differently because of what your Pastor says happened to you in Adam? Do you realize what God knows you to be true before the foundations of the world is waaaaay greater than what happened to you in Adam.

KNOW YOURSELF AS YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN BY THE ONE WHO KNOWS ALL.

The knowledge He (God) has of you is of PEACE and not of EVIL. In other for you to ACCEPT and LOVE Yourself, FEEL SAFE in being SAVED; which is your EXPECTED END. Be at PEACE with yourself, in yourself and all things around you. So you know, God didn’t change his mind about you because of Jesus. Rather, Jesus is God’s mind made up about you before the world was formed.

Again, I say remain at peace, for God is at peace with you.

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Have a great weekend in Advance. 🙌

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MILESTONE

Hey guys… It’s being a while. Yes! I know you’ve missed me too. Well, I’ve been quite lazy. Yes again! But apart from that, I’ve been learning. Like much! Thanks to the Holy Spirit. I just started class one in the school of the spirits. Hallelujah! Praise God for my soul. It really wouldn’t be a bad idea to start today and now. Hopefully, you’ld consider my wise saying… -shrugs-

Alright, I really tried with the humor at the intro, but my editor said it was lame (nicer editors, please apply after reading this post).

“What’s to blog and share today?” I asked myself. And my mind said to share something awesome, something wonderful and liberating. Hallelujah! Tell the fellow beside you to join as you have this classic meal. This is LOVE. Something more special than Coldstone’s rapturous crème de la crème. Amen.

We would be discussing a milestone – the day of our salvation. Cool, yeah? We would be learning from two brothers though, Their convo is quite an enlightening material. The first of the brothers is Kunle (a new convert) and the other is Tunji (a growing brother in the knowledge of Christ’s grace)

Kunle: I like this gospel I’m hearing, you say it is Grace?

Tunji: Yes Bro, it’s the sweet gospel of Grace, who is Christ. Very interesting, yeah?

Kunle: Yes na. Weren’t you the one that said the one who created me came to die for me? How interesting can’t it be! But wait o, why so? What’s the good news in someone dying?

Tunji: ah! Plenty of interesting something is in this matter. He died to save us from something the word “mighty” is to little to define. Out of love, in that we did nothing to even incite his desire to help, he saved us from condemnation to eternal punishment as a consequence of our inadequacy in reaching his divine standard set by the Law he gave us through a mighty man of old called Moses. Baba… Even SUPERMAN and GOKU don’t stand a chance withstanding this punishment. (Jhn 3:14-18, 36)

Kunle: Hmmmm… This is serious. So tell me, how did this hero save the world?

Tunji: Kunle, God came in the flesh, through his son. Open that Bible I bought you now and Check John 1:1&14, 2 Cor 5:19-21 for yourself. Start from “table of content”, you’re a learner joor. Combine those passages with 1 John 2:2, You see how he took the sin of the whole (all, complete, throughout, past, present, future) world and took our punishment for us so that we be eternally forgiven and saved from condemnation.

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Kunle: Wow! Are you kidding me? He gave me eternal forgiveness? This is interesting. I am a bad guy o…

Tunji: Yes o! Because Jesus died on the cross for you to gain right standing with God, He (God) made a new covenant with you saying, he would “be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Heb 8:12)

Kunle: Are you sure what you’re saying ke?

Tunji: I am mega-sure Bro. In the old times, God probably anticipated the time he would send his son to forgive all, because he gets plenty of honor in forgiving. Psm 130:4 (NET)

“Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from ALL his iniquities.” (Psm 130:7&8). This was a promise made before Christ came to fulfill it on the cross.

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Kunle: but my name is Kunle not Israel, how am I sure he has fulfilled this promise for me? How am I sure I’m truly saved.

Tunji: Kunle the clown, laughing mildly. You’re now a spiritual Israel because you believe. Because you are a person of God, you’re an Israelite. My question now is, do you believe any of these things I’ve been saying? Because “everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah has been born of God… ” 1 John 5:1

Kunle: Yes o! Over-believing sef dey worry me. There is a serious peace in my heart right now. Like, I feel very free and secure Bro. But God loves me too much o. He came to DIE. Ha! Wait o, am I safe with a dead God?

Tunji: Dead God ke? Lol. He is very alive, plenty of life is worrying Him and he’s already giving you in fullness because you believe. That’s the sweetest part. Lemme show you something.

“He (Christ) was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.” Romans 4:25

It’s the sweetest part. Christ died because of our sins, by the same token, he was raised because all our sins have already been judged and we were declared “not guilty” before God. Hallelujah! You believe a living God.

Kunle: Tunji, this sounds too sweet to be true o.

Tunji: That’s the new covenant God has with you Bro, the too good to be true covenant. It would empower you in all areas of your life, see how much God loves you na.

You’re already saved o. You’re already a son of God, let no man cause you to doubt what and who God says you are o.

“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name” John 1:12

Kunle: Hallelujah! Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!!! Because of Jesus, I’m free. Tunji, I’ld be back soon, I want to goan tell Soji what and who I am now. That boy needs to wake up and realize he has a life. He needs to receive this love into his joyless life. LoL

*Kunle hurriedly leaves scene…

So, folks… I know this is very foundational, but I hope in it still, life has been received, by you, to go forth into the world and heal it knowing our loving Father has forgiven us all our sins and has also given us power to reign.

For some of us that still think we are better off without Christ, I’ld like to have you know that his love for you is beyond much and he wants you to realize it, that you should enjoy his life to the uttermost, even on earth. Consider receiving his forgiveness and love, for in it is strength to reign in every area of life.

Very FREE, it’s ALL GRACE.

Hey! There is a next episode on Salvation Series – My SPIRIT. COMING SOON!

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