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Identity Crises

Posted on Apr 10 , 2014 in Salvation

Identity Crises

© By Brad L Hodges

“tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor,
richman, poorman, beggarman, thief” – Old English Rhyme

Galatians 5:7-10
7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty.

Who are you?

What defines you?

When will I know?

How did you get where you are?

Who, what, when and how? Delphic questions we all ask ourselves over the course of our lifetime.

It begins in childhood and ends when we take our last breath on earth; the quest for understanding our purpose.

Along the way we are influenced by time, events and circumstances, but mostly by other human beings.

If we are fortunate, the strongest influences in our lives are positive reinforcements of our basic good created by God when he made us in his own image. These positive supports usually come from loving parents, loyal friends and honest authority figures we encounter and interact with during our timeline of living.

If we are not so fortunate those influences tap into the dark side of broken humanity which is separated from God and is nourished by the “Accuser of the brethren” – Rev. 12:10, Satan. These nefarious persuasions derive from third string parenting, narcissistic companions and corrupt leadership.

In reality we meet a mixture of all the above which often can lead to a true identity crises when attempting to define who we are as individuals. As a result of this conglomeration of influence, while we are “running the race” of life, we will undoubtedly encounter those who will keep us from finding the truth of life.

And what is the truth of life?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life…” John 14:6 (NIV)

Those who persuade us into the darkness certainly do not come from the one who calls us into the light; Jesus Christ.

They are like the yeast in the dough and enough of evil influence can ultimately work its way through our lives and consume us if we do not find, and are not surrounded by, the light of Jesus.

Even if we find salvation from darkness by accepting Christ as the yeast of our life, if we do not walk in His grace and feed on the bread of life found in the Bible, God’s Word, evil influences from broken people we encounter in our lives can often “throw us into confusion” as to our identity. However, as stated in Galatians 5:10; they “will have to pay the penalty.”

The good news is we can find our true identity in Jesus Christ;

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 ESV

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 ESV

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 ESV

What can prevent an identity crises in your life? Who are you? When will you know? How will you get there?

By becoming a child of God through Jesus Christ;

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— John 1:12 (NIV)

That is who you are, that is your identity.


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