"Knowing Who You Are and Whose You Are"
By Todd White
What Determines Your Value?
God thought about you before
the foundation of the world. God planned you. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God knows the thoughts and the plans He has for you. The Bible says that all life comes from God. So, if you're reading this, no matter how you came into the world; whether your mom and
dad were married; whether your dad didn't want you—their soul, their mind, their will, and their emotions do not determine your value.
You have to understand your value. You can't afford to think less of yourself than
the Father thinks of you. And His thoughts toward you are wonderful and far outnumber the grains of sand on this planet. I can't afford to have thoughts in my head that my Father doesn't have in His head. I have lived for seventeen years without condemnation,
guilt, or shame. They're not mine. I gave them up seventeen years ago when I got saved. It is the enemy who is guilty, ashamed, and condemned for eternity—NOT YOU.
He will do anything he can to drag you down to his level
of depravity. You are not allowed to think like the devil. You can't afford to represent Jesus and think like the devil. You can't afford to say, "I believe," and think condemnation, guilt, and shame. God loves you—every day, all day long.
We have to believe what the Bible says about us. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever [that's me; that's you] believes in Him shall not perish [Jesus crushes the fear of death]..." (John 3:16).
Paul says that to live is Christ and to die is gain. That means that every day is "to live is Christ"; then one day, when I put off this tent, I'm just going to go and be with my Father. That takes away all fear. The perfect love of God casts out all fear.
See, that's my problem. I haven't been afraid for seventeen years. I lived in fear my whole life before Jesus.
In the world, the price that's paid for something determines its value. If it's true in the world system, how much
did Heaven pay for you? Heaven gave everything for you! How much is the Son of God worth? You weren't redeemed with silver or gold. You were redeemed with the Blood of Jesus. The price that was paid for you determines your value. Your mom or dad or whether
people appreciate you or not does not determine your value. The Cross determines your value, and it never changes! This revelation will change the way you look at yourself in the mirror.
Our Father God
God wants us to know who we are so we can represent Him on this earth. You have to understand that no matter how you grew up or who your parents are, you must be born again. Being born again is essential because it unlocks your potential. You have
to have God come and make His home on the inside of you. You cannot afford to worship "a god" who is far away. You can't afford to go through rituals, traditions, and different things to "get to God." There's only one way to the Father—it is through
the Son. Jesus paid a price for us to all have Christ in us.
We also can't afford for God to just be God; He has to become our Father. Sometimes with the way we grow up, we don't receive a good understanding of what the word
"father" means, because our fathers were "so and so" or "such and such" a way with us. Many times we don't think the right way because we think the "way that seems right to a man" (Proverbs 14:12). The problem is, when we grow up, we allow our lives to be
manipulated by lies, by what happened when we were young and by our mom and dad not wanting us or rejecting us; so our souls must be sanctified when we get born again—our three-part being must be sanctified.
need to be transformed so that we can think like our Father thinks. It says in Romans 12:1 (NKJV), "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable
service." God asks us to offer our whole body to Him, which is our only pleasing service to the Father. And Romans 12:2 says, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and
acceptable and perfect will of God." Why? So that we can show people what the will of God is.
You are required to know the will of the Father. It is not a mystery. The will of God is determined by the life of Jesus. The life
of Jesus paid a price to put that will inside of you. And God wants us to be renewed in the spirit of our mind. God wants us—needs us—to not be unwise but to know it, to have the will of the Father firmly established in us.
Knowing Who You Are and Whose You Are
Listen, we can't afford to think any other way than what God says about us. You have to know who you are and Whose you are. We have to know this in order to represent Him. When
Adam and Eve fell, they were afraid. God came to walk with them and talk with them. They hid from Him because they realized they were naked. This was the first time shame hit mankind. Ephesians 4:15-16 says that Jesus is the head and that we are the Body.
Look at this picture: The lowest part of us—the Body of Christ—is still above the highest part of Hell.
The Bible says that the God of peace will soon trample satan under your feet (Romans 16:20). 1 John 3:8 holds
the mission statement of Jesus. It says, "... For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." When Christianity is understood, the mission statement of a Christian is the same. For this reason, you are made manifest—to
destroy the works of the devil. This is the reason you are on the earth—to destroy the works of the devil. But the first place that it needs to be destroyed is in your thinking. It's in the way that you think because you cannot afford to think less of
yourself than the Father thinks of you.
Do you understand that the devil was finished because of what Jesus did? It says in 1 Corinthians 2:8 that if the enemy would have known what he was actually doing, he would have never
crucified Jesus. If the devil knew there would have been a resurrection, he wouldn't have crucified Jesus. But he did—bummer for him; see, because now he can't stop it. All the thief knows to do is steal, kill, and destroy. Colossians 2:15 says that
Jesus made a public spectacle of the devil on the Cross when Jesus was being nailed to the tree.
In the garden, God said to the serpent that the seed of this woman (Eve) was going to crush his head. He said to the serpent,
"You're going to bruise His heel, but He's going to crush your head." See, the devil isn't smart. He's dumb; he's bitter; he's clueless. He doesn't know when the end is. All he knows is that he brought this onto himself. He's the one who is completely worthless,
but he wants you to think you are.
You Have the Mind of Christ
I thought with a mindset of worthlessness my whole life. Then I got born again, and God made me think like Him, and I found out
I wasn't worthless at all. The devil is worthless. He's the only one who has no hope. He wants you to think you're hopeless and depressed; he wants you to be worried and afraid. He wants you to think like him.
On that day
in the garden when man fell, the devil was after the keys of dominion, and he took them from man. The Bible says that you become a slave to whomever you obey (Romans 6:16). You're either a slave to death or righteousness. But Jesus took the keys back when
He defeated death on the Cross. The devil thought he won, but he really sealed his fate forever.
The devil is after making you think like him. He's after your mind. You can't afford to let him have it. And the best news is
this: you don't have to let him have it. The Bible tells us that we have the mind of Christ! It's our inheritance! Mary modeled Christianity because we are supposed to be pregnant with Jesus. Jesus comes and makes His home inside of us. We ask God to forgive
us and the Blood of Jesus washes away our sin, and we receive new life and the mind of Christ.
Are you hungry and thirsty for righteousness? Choose to receive God's thoughts toward you. Open your Bible and get His truth on
the inside of you. Choose to allow His fullness to dwell in you!
By Todd White
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Todd White is the founder and president of Lifestyle Christianity, located in Watauga, Texas. Lifestyle Christianity began in 2014 as the evangelistic
ministry of Todd White. Todd became a Christian in 2004 when he had a powerful salvation experience. Todd was a drug addict and atheist for 22 years. He was at the point of suicide when God came into his life and set him free. As a new Believer, Todd began
sharing the simplicity of the Gospel of the Kingdom and what Jesus Christ accomplished at the Cross. It was common for Todd to see dozens of people healed as he shared Christ's love for them throughout his normal everyday life. Since that time, Todd has been
passionately pursuing his call to see people fully walking in their identity in both the purity and power available in Christ. Lifestyle Christianity desires to see people walk in their God-given identity. Gripped by the simplicity of the Gospel and what Jesus
Christ accomplished on the Cross, our heart is to see people brave the waves of fear and share the love of Jesus everywhere that they go.
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