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Know Your Identity, Call and Assignment

Identity in Christ

In today’s culture of increasing identity confusion, there is a need for believers to understand and model a healthy identity and purpose that is Christ-centered and kingdom-focused. When we know who we are, why we’re here and where we’re going, we will offer to the world a picture of what a true son and daughter of the kingdom looks like. Here are several principles that may help start the process in learning to know your true identity in the kingdom of God and fulfill your call and assignment.

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  • Determine to love Jesus more than anyone or anything. Simple? Yes. Easy? No. We become what we focus on – who we focus on. As we fix our eyes on Jesus and determine to please Him above all else, our hearts and affections will be rightly placed. In order to make wise choices and determine God’s will, loving Jesus first and most is foundational to everything else. We will never know who we really are apart from learning who Jesus really is. We are to be a reflection of Him.
  • Walk in the Fear of the Lord, not the Fear of Man. Once we have settled to love Jesus most, we can expect to be tested in it. The Fear of the Lord keeps us faithful to His purposes even when others may misunderstand us, mock us or challenge us. Though I can walk with sensitivity towards people’s needs and perspectives, I don’t have to bow to them or change my beliefs for validation. Especially in the current atmosphere of hostility towards those who seek godly truth, we must guard ourselves from compromise at the altar of “acceptance”. Walking in a healthy Fear of the Lord provides wisdom, protection and confidence in all things eternal and right.
  • Seek a reputation in heaven more than on the earth. In today’s social media, the more friends you have, the more tweets you post and the more “likes” you get, the more likely you are to draw a crowd. But getting attention is a lot different than having influence. Standing out in the crowd isn’t hard to do in our shock-driven, entertainment-saturated culture. What’s a lot more challenging is saying or doing something that will cause heaven to move on your behalf to change entire cities and even nations. Sometimes those in the secret place are changing history a lot more than those in the public eye. Seek to move heaven first and then watch the earth respond.
  • Know your spiritual gifts. You have been given a measure of spiritual gifts that have marked you from creation. The seven gifts listed in Romans 12:3-8 point to the motivations and passions your Heavenly Father put within you from birth: Prophesying, Serving, Teaching, Exhorting, Giving, Leading, and Showing Mercy. When you can identify your primary “motivational gift”, you can better know your strengths and weaknesses and where you best fit in the body of Christ. Though these gifts do not necessarily define who you are, they do point to what you’re good at and what will bear the most fruit in your life.
  • Know your call. Where your spiritual gifts explain your primary motivation, your calling is what you were born for, or better yet, who you were born for. God’s priority is always people and our calling will be a reflection of His heart to reach someone. This may take a lifetime to fulfill, but you will know it is His call because it continues to burn in your heart, keep you up at night and never quite goes away regardless of challenges or set-backs. It will require faith and be bigger than you are, but your call is what draws your heart and inspires your journey.
  • Know your present assignment. If your life story were written, your calling would be the entire book. The writing style and illustrations would reflect your spiritual gifts and your assignments would be the individual chapters. Seasons and priorities change. Specific assignments come and go as ways to not only to mature you, but to increasingly reveal God’s heart in and through you. Assignments serve to advance the kingdom and increase the measure of grace on your life to ultimately fulfill your call. Some may seem like side roads to your destination but all will lead to His purposes as you trust His heart in knowing how to prepare and equip you.
  • Measure your success by the fruit. Regardless of our call, gifts and assignments, the true measure of success will be in the fruit that follows us. If we are walking in the fullness of our identity, the people around us will recognize it, grow from it and encounter Christ through it. God’s grace will flow out of us and will exponentially increase in those around us. Look for disciples, not just “followers”. Look for reproduction, not just reputation. Look for transformation that lasts, not just a buzz that quickly fades.

Ultimately, knowing who you are is not about “finding yourself”, but losing yourself in order to find Christ. Seek to know His heart above your own and trust His plans in molding and shaping your life to be a perfect representation of Him. There won’t be any identity confusion. In the end, the world won’t see you anyways – just Him.

A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..

A word by Dana Jarvis

I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.

Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!

You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.

However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”

I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!

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Wanda is a recognized Five-fold prophetic minister with Dove Christian Fellowship International and an ordained minister. She is also on staff at Intercessors for America as a Field Correspondent. Wanda ministers along with her husband, Pastor Bobby Alger, at Crossroads Community Church in Winchester, Virginia, which they planted in 1998. Follow her weekly blog at www.wandaalger.me.