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Identity

Don't you just love it when Holy Spirit pinpoints areas in your life that need work. I find these times challenging but yet life giving, resulting in a beautiful journey with a positive result. When Rick and I became the Lead Pastors of Shiloh Church in April 2012, it was one of the happiest days of our life. This was it! We had been waiting to step into our calling since we were at Bible School in our late teens and early twenties. So, why did I end up falling into an identity crisis?

I was that girl, growing up, who knew what she wanted in life and made it happen. Having an identity crisis was foreign to me. For the first time in my life I had no idea what I was capable of, what my calling was, who I was. I mean, it was bad! After a couple of months of moping around aimlessly, I decided enough was enough and went to my room, closed the door and got real with God. Why I didn't do this sooner, I have no idea. After crying, screaming and questioning God, I silenced my heart and rested in the presence of God, allowing Him to minister to me. He began to remind me of who I was. Who He created me to be. I began to write everything down as He spoke to me. For days after this encounter with the Father, I would look at myself in the mirror and speak everything the Father showed me over my life...until I believed it and stepped into it.

You see, God gives us our identity while we are in the Heavenly Realms before coming on assignment to earth. But the thing is, when we are born and while we grow up, people put false identities on us. Identities of what our families expect of us. Identities of sickness and poverty. The list can go on.

What I have learned, through my walk with Holy Spirit, is that we can choose to either stay in our false earthly identity or we can choose to step into the identity that the Father originally placed on us. In the end, it is our choice.

I love what the Passion Translation says in Romans 5:1, "Our faith in Jesus transfers God's righteousness to us and he now declares us flawless in his eyes. This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us."

As soon as we say YES to Jesus, God's righteousness is transferred to us and we are flawless in his eyes. How amazing is this? If we would see ourselves the way Jesus sees us, what a different world this would be.

It's time to turn our heart towards the Creator who created us in His perfect image. Remember, we are flawless in His eyes. What's holding you back?

To listen to or download my message on Identity:

https://soundcloud.com/shilohchurch/mel-nieuwenhuis-identity
https://shilohchurchint.podomatic.com