"Know Your Identity: For Such a Time as This"
By Crystal Lowery
I will be honest, I have never really paid attention to things like "Women's History Month." I have always felt that if we
think correctly and look through the eyes and lens of God, we would recognize that we are all His creation and are made in His image. We are made for a purpose and God knew us before we were even created. There is a destiny He created for each of us and we
need to just say "yes" to Him and listen and obey.
To my knowledge, I have never been treated less than or more than any other person just because I am female. I want my character and work to show for
itself, and shine on my behalf. If I am doing what I am supposed to be doing, and obeying, then God will bless my obedience and promote me and lead me to the next step – He always has. Yet, something was different on a recent morning, as I saw a post
flash across my screen saying that March is Women's History Month. I actually gasped and felt heaviness come upon me. I just knew that I must write about this in a not-so-traditional way. This article is for women and men equally.
Emphasizing the Future, not the Past
When we focus on our history, we are looking behind. We are not just emphasizing what has happened, we are facing that direction and not looking forward.
We were created to move forward. Our eyes are on the front of our faces, our feet face forward, and every part of our bodies is made with forward motion in mind. An airplane points forward and upward or else it will crash.
We absolutely cannot move forward while we are at the same time focusing on the past. We must learn from the past, but that is not what I am emphasizing. We must absolutely learn from the past, but we must, as a priority, not emphasize the past,
or our heads will start to turn and we will start to stumble from not looking forward.
If we really want something great, we need to celebrate "Women's Future," not "History." The only way we can do this
is to know our identity in Christ. This will NEVER be accomplished through the world's ways and inferior methods. I don't believe that we can do that without knowing who we are. We can't know that until we know our Creator.
Knowing Our Creator: The Key to Our Identity
Genesis 1:26-27 (KJV) says: "And God said, Let us make man [humankind, male and female] in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion
over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created
He them" (emphasis mine).
We are made in the image of God. We are made in the likeness of God. When we look in the mirror, we see a reflection of His image and His likeness. God wanted to put Himself in
us. He created us to be an extension of Himself. We are His children, therefore, we resemble Him in our characteristics and in our spiritual DNA. It is clear that we come from God.
In Genesis, God
gave man dominion over every thing that creeps on the earth...that means dominion over ourselves as well. Sometimes, we read this passage and we only associate birds, fish, and other animals with what we have dominion over, but this is not true. We have dominion
over ourselves – over our minds, our wills, and our emotions.
If we look at the Word of God, we look into a spiritual mirror, and in it we will discover our true identity. "For if any be a hearer
of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and gets his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was, but whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty [God's Word –
specifically the New Testament], and continue the therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed" (James 1:23-25 KJV, emphasis mine).
is our spiritual mirror. It always and perfectly reflects WHO we REALLY are – our identity in CHRIST. We must learn to look at and trust this truth and spiritual reality that we see in the Word of God.
people, and for that matter most Christians, unfortunately, are dominated by what they see, taste, hear, smell, and touch, instead of God's Word. The flow of life within stays turned off because they don't believe anything they can't see (which is FAITH).
It's not real to most people if they can't perceive it through their natural senses. But, it's imperative that we renew our minds to TRUTH...to the Word of God.
Hopefully, you've settled the issue once
and for all that the Bible is the Word of God and that it is absolute truth, and is not relative to the whims and opinions of the world, but is a standard we carry high! If you haven't settled this issue, I highly recommend you do it now. Otherwise, you will
always wrestle with the issues of life with no foundation that is formed from rock-solid truth.
Ephesians 4:17 (KJV) says, "This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as
other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind." Believers shouldn't live like lost people who are trapped in their carnal, physical world. As women (and men) of God, we have NOTHING to prove. We know WHO we are and we live just like daughters (and sons)
of the King, because that's who we are. We don't have an agenda to prove – we only have our Father's agenda. We are transformed women (and men), not conformed women (and men).
As Mary the
mother of Jesus said to the archangel Gabriel, "Be it unto me." Like Mary, my only answer is "yes." My "yes" has no qualification, no hidden or selfish motive...nothing but "yes." I am who I am because of who He is! That is my identity. Period.
For Such a Time as This
We just celebrated Purim (last week on February 25-26). This is a time when we honor and celebrate Esther, a Jewish woman placed in the
king's palace at the right time to be a voice of deliverance and freedom for her people, who were imminently facing death. Esther knew her identity. She could have backed away in fear from her assignment at that moment, but because she knew who she was, she
stepped into her role and became the voice of deliverance for her people. The executioner, Haman, became the executed. The tables turned and a shift occurred because of this one woman.
Now, women of God
(and men) – Esther’s – you are positioned in just the right place at just the right time. So, go and fulfill your destiny because you know who you really are. You have no agenda other than the King's agenda. And, you are here, right now,
for such a time as this.
"For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise for the Jews from elsewhere, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows but that you have
come to the kingdom FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS AND FOR THIS VERY OCCASION?" (Esther 4:14 AMPC)
By Crystal G.H. Lowery
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321