Yesterday I revisited what constituted geographically to be my old training ground of former years where I was introduced to what it is to be a “soldier of the cross”. I love this place as it holds a lot of good memories and reminders of that from which I have come.
Yet I went knowing I was on a “new assignment” with “new grace” for an old place. This was to become my greatest object lesson yet. When I showed up “nothing” or “no one” was “in place” thus to meet my expectations. I felt disappointed or let down. I began to ask God as to why did I even come? Why am I here today, when no one or nothing is in their presupposed place? Why is everything seemingly out of time and place? Can I please get some cooperation here from someone? I showed up, right? Am I the only one who has?
I am not to rely solely upon that which I see with my physical eyes or what I feel in my emotions. I am not to relent or relax back into an old default pattern. Rather I am to press into continually morphing into an expanding view that is asking for more added input. I don’t want a static condition but rather a moving one.
I can geographically be standing in what might appear to be the same old place and I can easily if am not careful, slip back into old perceptions or mindsets to where I lose sight of the fact that I have given that place a new face. A face that is open to more in every moment, content only while employing every available resource.
I remember that the call of God upon my life rests on the other side of my perceived perceptions. That new place is what I declare it to be. How I speak “of it” is what shows up.
I must be willing to follow God into the unknown. There is a call “to” the consecration “of” that call.
God has for you and I a new identity in which we are to step into. We are who we are because we decide to be.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Am I listening for a new and fresh word from God, while at the same time faithfully following through in the last one spoken to me?)
To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.”
(Revelation 2:17 ESV)
A conqueror will delve into the “meat of the matter” to extract the words from behind the words and the message within the message yet while at the same time keeping it simple and concise, yet pure in its integrity. Practical and pragmatic, keeping the vision where he that reads it may be able to run with it.
You receive a new name; you can only receive what the name means if you choose to receive it.
If you walk with a new name, it describes who you are. It describes what your experience has made you into; or that which you are to become. I am a word from God “being”, while at the same time inviting the “becoming”; that which reflects increase and multiplication into something more.
In Christ, God restores our true identity. It does not matter what you think your limitations are. It does not matter how tired you feel you are. It does not matter how weak you may perceive that you are.
Choose you this day to stand in and fully embrace your new identity. There is no going back. There is no room for inconsistent meanderings but rather a call to remain resolute. Be strong and very courageous; remembering His name is Immmanual, meaning “God with us”. If God be for us, then who can be against us?