Recognizing Who You Are
This week we are looking again at the whole picture concerning RECOGNIZING WHO YOU ARE. Our spiritual perception has been clouded by not daring to accept our call from Ephesians 4:11. We all probably know (or at least suspect) who and what we are - we just fail to distinctly 1) define it, 2) accept and 3) walk in it.
Many people seem to be struggling in their daily walk with life. It is not just the Christians who seem to be struggling, but all people. It is not just over certain issues - it is life overall. The fact is that we are living in serious times and according to the Word of the Lord, things will not be getting any better. Two things are for certain, 1) we cannot stop and 2) we cannot give up. In fact, we are all Moving Toward Destiny. With every step we take and with every breath we breathe, we are moving towards the ultimate which the Lord has in store for us.
2 Timothy 3:1-7 NKJV
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,
7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
All of these things are happening - why do we act surprised?
There is one very major issue we are all confronted with as we evangelize. Every day we come face-to-face with those who declare the Lord cannot and will not forgive them of their sins. The lie of the enemy is to cause you to think you cannot be forgiven. Again, Jesus Himself taught 70 x’s 7. Our motto is JESUS CHRIST IS TRUTH - SATAN IS LIE.
2 Peter 3:9 KJV The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 NIV The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
There are many reasons why God would not want you, but don't worry. You're in good company!
David's armor didn't fit.
John Mark was rejected by Paul.
Hosea's wife was a prostitute.
Amos' only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.
Solomon was too rich.
Abraham was too old.
David was too young.
Timothy had ulcers.
Peter was afraid of death.
Lazarus was dead.
John was self-righteous.
Jesus was too poor.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a murderer. So was Moses.
Jonah ran from God.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out.
John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
Martha was a worrywart.
Mary was lazy.
Samson had long hair.
Noah got drunk.
Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?
So did Peter, Paul
As we all respond there will be an abundance. The key here is we ALL must respond. Each person must do their part which the Lord is requiring of them.
The workmen will labor and the work will be done. WORK is a word which often some feel is synonymous with the phrase, “someone else will do it.”
Our spiritual perception has been clouded by not daring to accept our call from Ephesians 4:11. We all probably know (or at least suspect) who and what we are - we just fail to distinctly define it and then accept and walk in it.
Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors
1) Define It - Define what the Lord is putting into your heart. Too often - Too long we have only speculated and dreamed God would someday use us in the calling He created us to walk in.
2) Accept It - Accept who you are - Everyone say, “I am somebody.” I accept the fact I am 6'3" and weigh 235. I accept the fact that my reflexes are not as fast as they used to be. I accept the fact that God called me and He still wants to use me. It doesn’t matter what everyone else is saying. The Lord is the righteous judge. Accept the fact you are who you are and that you are not someone else. I am not Rod Parsley - I am not T.D. Jakes - I am not Benny Hinn - I am Randy Pelka. I am Randy Pelka because that was who God created me to be.
3) Walk In It - I believe you have to define who you are by the standards God has given - not what man has defined. Then you must accept that as a fact. When this takes place, you then MUST walk in your calling. Do not forget Proverbs 18:16 NKJV - A man's gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men. Men and women flow in their gift, they do not fight. You must walk in your true identity in order to be fulfilled and anointed. You cannot walk in another’s anointing.
Today there will be those who will accept their true identity and begin walking in it. It will take 1) an awakening, 2) an understanding and then 3) a declaration.
Accepting True Identity & Walking In It
1. AN AWAKENING
Ephesians 5:14 NKJV - Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."
Romans 13:11 NKJV And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
2. AN UNDERSTANDING
Psalms 119:144 NKJV - The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting; Give me understanding, and I shall live.
Proverbs 4:7 NKJV Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.
3. A DECLARATION
Psalms 96:3 NKJV - Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.
1 Chronicles 16:24 NKJV Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.
Jeremiah 9:12 NKJV - “.....who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD has spoken, that he may declare it?”