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Identity Crisis

“We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.”

Madeleine L’Engle

What you see is what you tend to believe and what you believe dictates what you’ll do. You only rise up to what you see are My expectations for you. I heard these words while I sat before the Lord this morning. God’s been emphasizing the importance of knowing myself through His eyes. It’s crucial to have a clear snapshot of our identity in Christ. Without it, our destiny will always be just around the corner, out of our reach.

Moses initially did not have a clear picture of who he was and what God created him for, which affected his beliefs and actions. His parents were both from the priestly house of Levi. Out of all the tribes, God chose the Levites to stand and minister in His name. (Deut. 18:15) But when God called Moses to bring the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses had an identity crisis and his response was full of doubt. “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)

Moses did not believe God’s call on his life to be the deliverer for God’s people. I think that’s why Moses kept bringing up to God “what if” scenarios as seen in Exodus 3:13 and 4:1. Moses was insecure in his role as deliverer because he didn’t see himself through God’s eyes. In Exodus 4:10, Moses gave God reasons why he wasn’t the right guy for that position, such as not being an eloquent speaker. He even asked God to send someone else to do it. (Exodus 4:13)

If Moses saw himself as God did, he would not have come up with all those excuses to avoid obedience to God’s call. If he believed he was God’s deliverer, Moses would have been quick to obey. Moses forgot the ways God delivered him with his birth and how God rescued him from Pharaoh in Exodus, chapter two. God promised He would be with Moses (Exodus 3:12) and supplied him with a staff that performed miracles, but Moses still doubted God’s assignment for his life. Until Moses saw himself as the deliverer, he wouldn’t be able to deliver the Israelites. Likewise, until I see who God has made me to be, I won’t be able to fulfill His call. I need to believe I’m His writer, speaker, mentor, and restorer of hearts.

See yourself as I see you and watch what will happen! Catch a glimpse of who I’ve made you to be in the Spirit realm and greater empowerment will be released. Let me replace fear, doubt, and insecurity with faith, boldness, and the courage to obey. My identity crisis will disappear when I believe who God says I am.

“Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the ‘Beloved.’ Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.”

Henri Nouwen

Relevant Reflections:

1. Sit quietly before the Lord. Ask Him to show you who you are through His eyes.

2. In what areas do you struggle with an identity crisis?

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