IDENTITY CRISIS AND THE BELIEVER (1)


“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ” – Philemon 1:6


LIGHT FOR NOW: The knowledge of who you are cures identity crisis.


The believer (the man born of God) is in Christ; that is where he resides; that is his place of residence or his residential address; that is his environment; that is his new world. In the book of Acts, this fact was echoed again, “for in him we live, and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Hence, Paul in his letter to Philemon lets us see that the good thing in the believer (that is, what is in the believer) is in Christ. Thus, by Paul using the statement “by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ”; it implies that the believer cannot know himself outside of Christ, why? This is because the believer is in Christ, this is his new world; hence, to know himself he must stay within that conduit (his new world in Christ) to know himself.

In essence, outside Christ, the believer cannot have a perfect view of himself. Seeking to know yourself outside Christ (as a believer in Christ) is an adventure in identity crisis. The full comprehension of your realities in Christ will be in the revelation of Christ. Therefore, as a believer, stop trying to know yourself (your realities) elsewhere outside of Christ. Nothing can best reveal the believer than the revelation of Christ in the understanding of the written word. In clear terms, Christ revealed is the believer unveiled and Christ not revealed is the believer not revealed.


In essence, any believer who lacks the revelation of Christ which has been communicated through the conduit of the written word lacks a revelation of himself. This is because you don’t know who you are until you know who Jesus is. The believer who is wallowing in identity crisis is only wallowing in identity crisis because he is ignorant of who Jesus is as revealed in scriptures; and that ignorance of who Jesus is as revealed in the written word is the reason for the ignorance of who that believer is as revealed in the written word. Therefore, how will a believer know his true identity and free himself from identity crisis? The identity of the believer (who he is, what he has, what he can do or what he cannot do) can best be revealed in Christ in the understanding of the written word. You don’t know yourself by looking at yourself, you will only know yourself by looking at Christ and within that parameter/conduit, you can now have a perfect view of who you are, what you have, what you can do, what you cannot do, etc. Therefore, it suffices us to say that if you are short of the revelation of Jesus, you are short of the revelation of yourself.


INSTRUCTION: Know yourself in Christ.


PRAYER: Father, I declare that the eyes of my understanding are enlightened and I can totally comprehend my realities in you in its fullness. I know who I am, I know what I have and I what I can do and what I cannot do and I declare that I am not short of the revelation of myself because I am not short of the revelation in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: If you are short of the revelation of Jesus as a believer, then you are short of the revelation of yourself.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 3; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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