"Step Up to a New Level of Identity"
By Lyn Packer
Revealing Secret Things
God has secrets – mysteries waiting to be revealed to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see (Deuteronomy 29:29; Proverbs 25:2). The things He is revealing to us carry
within them a requirement and an invitation to step up into a new level of responsibility, to be a people worthy of the revelation and who walk in wisdom.
We are in a time where, more than ever before, God is stirring people
to cry out for the spirit of wisdom and revelation to be released into their lives (Ephesians 1:17). And, as we know, when God gives revelation, it has the potential to be literally life-changing, if we allow Him to do a work in us through that revelation.
We are in a season where God is doing a deep work of revealing secret things – things hidden in Him and things hidden in us as people. Over the years, we've seen revelations received and embraced by one here and one there, and
those pioneers walked them out so we could all see the reality of them and walk in them. One example of this is the healing evangelists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; now we've come to realize that this revelation is for us all to walk in. We can
lay hands on the sick, pray the prayer of faith and see the sick healed.
One of the things He is revealing at the moment, in a deep way, is our true identity. Whereas before,
over the years, one here and one there got it, discovered who they were in Christ, and walked in a way that manifested the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth in significant ways, now God is doing a work where that is becoming a widespread revelation and reality.
As I've prayed and processed through things this year with the Lord, it has become more and more evident to me that God is doing and saying the following:
"This time is a time where I am calling people
to a new level of responsibility, a new level of maturity. I want the world to see what it looks like to have a relationship with Me – what a fully healed, whole son or daughter of God looks like. I want them to see what My love and power look like when
they work within a person, changing them – bringing them back to My original plan for mankind.
"It's time for the revealing of the sons and daughters of God to become widespread, not just limited to one here and one
there. It's time for the world to see those who know their true identity as revealed in Christ, and who walk in it. It's time for all My children to know Me and do exploits!
"Now is My time for you to take a new, bold step
in walking in your new creation identity! But to walk in your true identity – the one I revealed to you through Christ – you must know first what that is, and you must face the false identities you've lived from. Recognize them, discard them and
learn how to walk as a different person – one that is the physical and mental manifestation of that new creation I made you in Christ.
"Walking in your new creation realities is going to take courage, and one of
the main places that courage is needed is as you face who you have allowed life to make you – the personality and character you have created because of how you responded to the things you went through. Those ongoing responses created the identity you've
lived from up until now. It's time for your metamorphosis – to shed that old skin, that old man; to allow the transformation to take place; to emerge into the fullness of all I created you to be.
"Walking as a new creation
in Christ means an ongoing dedication to truth and to facing reality at all costs. It's allowing Me to show you the false identities you've created and lived from, allowing Me to free you from the spirit of deception you've lived under – to tear down
the mindset strongholds that deceptive spirit created in your life and replace them with strongholds of truth and true identity. In doing so, I will bring healing and wholeness to your woundedness so that you can live from your God-given true identity, as
one who is created in My image and likeness – not the world's image and likeness.
"My plans and purposes for your life are for good, not for evil, to give you a future that is full of hope – not unrealized, un-manifested,
wishful-thinking hope, but hope and wholeness that are fully realized and fully manifested in Me! It's time for My sons and daughters to be healed, to be whole, to know Me; and in knowing and trusting Me, allow Me to do great and mighty things through them.
"Will you allow Me to do the work in you that I desire to do so that I can work through you? Because, it's only in allowing Me to do that internal work in you that I can confidently trust you to carry My power and love without distorting
or abusing it. The world has seen too many abuses of power over the centuries; My desire is that they would see people who are loving, kind, trustworthy people...ones who will not abuse them or use the power I give them to harm or entrap others, but set people
gloriously free – no strings attached, no ulterior motives.
"It was for freedom's sake alone that Christ set you free (Galatians 5:1); and the work I'm doing in you, as you allow Me to do it, will make you one who, like
Christ, sets people free, because that's where they were created to live – in freedom!
How to Walk in True Identity
We can cry out for revelation of our true identity, but it is only
through facing ourselves and recognizing the false identities we have lived under that we are able to walk in our true identity.
We cannot function in revelation without wisdom; they go together in Scripture (Ephesians 1:17).
Walking in wisdom is costly; it takes ongoing dedication to reality and truth at all costs. One of those costs is found in looking ourselves square in the face, seeing who we are and allowing God to change us.
Walking in wisdom
requires character and behavioral changes. For those changes to happen, we must each take responsibility for our behavior, process our hurts and wounds, and seek wisdom, understanding and healing from God. We must face the truth and recognize how they've hurt
us, how we've responded as a result of that hurt, and how we are currently living in response to the situations we've been through.
When we choose to face stuff, we keep ourselves from being taken prisoner by deceptions and
from taking on false identities and living from them. False identities form when we believe and see ourselves through things like words spoken over us that form a false sense of who we are; ongoing circumstances and abuses that shape our personality; decisions
we make that form our character, etc.
Though others may have done wrong things and hurt us along the way, we carry the ability to choose whether or not we will live from our responses and beliefs about those situations
– beliefs and behaviors that bind us up and imprison us.
(The wisdom, understanding and healing that Christ wants to bring may come directly from Him, or He may bring it through a combination of Himself and other people
– through a pastor, counselor, friend, book, etc. God is not limited in the ways He works.)
Prayer and Reflection Points:
- Ask the Lord to show you any areas of false identity that
you've been living from. Talk to Him about them; ask Him to reveal truth and set you free from the lies you've believed and lived from.
- Ask the Lord to bring to remembrance the things you need to face so that
He can bring healing to them. Ask the Lord for encounters with Him, for revelation of the truth that brings healing, and for the removal of pain and trauma from your mind and from the cells in your body where it's been stored. (Be aware that He may also direct
you to seek others who can help you move through this process, such as pastors, counselors or inner-healing ministers.)
- Ask the Lord to reveal Scriptures that will become foundational identity-truths to you, and
the framework upon which you build from now on. (As these truths become established, righteous strongholds of belief in our lives, they become like the framing of a house that everything else is attached to. They become non-negotiable things that we will not
let life steal from us.)
- Ask the Lord for the spirit of wisdom and revelation to be released in the Body of Christ globally, in your families and in your churches. Pray that the orphan mindsets which people have
lived from will be broken, and that they will know the truth of who they are in Christ and be set free.
- Thank God for the work He is doing in you and the work He will do through you! There is a saying: "Hurt people
hurt people," and while it is true, there is also a greater truth: Healed, free people carry in them healing and freedom and release it wherever they go.
By Lyn Packer
Rob and Lyn Packer
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