I would like to report a crime !!
There has been a case of ID Theft !
That’s right, someone has stolen the ID of a host of people and tries to steal mine too, from time to time.
This is and age old problem and has many walking around with a case of “Mistaken Identity”.
It all started back in the Garden, you know, when satan tried to confuse Eve and succeeded, by planting a seed of “doubt and unbelief”, which brought a “harvest” of mistaken ID. In doing so, satan was able to steal our authority from us and has kept our minds in a state of confusion ever since.
The text for this message today comes from Luke 7 : 9;
9When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
As Jesus was making His way into Capernaum, he was greeted by elders, who had been sent on behalf of a Roman Centurion. They told Jesus what all this Gentile Centurion had done on behalf of the Jewish church and was asking that Jesus would come and heal the servant of this Centurion. As they approached closer, according to Matthew’s account, the Centurion approached Jesus.
Matthew 8:7-9 (King James Version)
7And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it
This Roman Centurion recognized the Authority that Christ Jesus walked in.
This is similar in the case when Jesus asked the disciples;
From Matthew 16;
13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not
revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and
whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Notice what is said here. Peter, by revelation from the Father, recognized the authority of Jesus by calling Him Christ and confirmed that by saying that Jesus was the Son of the living God.
In both cases, the Centurion and Peter, there comes a moment of blessing as they recognize Jesus’ authority. The Centurion’s servant is healed and Peter is bestowed with the “keys of the kingdom of heaven”.
Those of us who have called on the name of Jesus and have recognized Him as Christ, The Son of the living God, also inherit the “keys to the kingdom of heaven”, along with the power, the authority, that comes with being a “Born Again” child of God.
BUT, the devil comes for but one thing, to steal, kill and destroy. Satan wants to confuse us by stealing our identity, by telling us “You ain’t a child of God”, “You’re just an old sinner”, “you won’t never amount to anything”, “why you ain’t nothing but poor old white trash”. Even Jesus was confronted in such a way when He was in Nazareth, as many said, “why he’s just Jesus, the son of that old carpenter Joseph”.
The devil tries to kill you by stealing your dreams. By stealing your children. By destroying your very identity !
OH!!!!!!! BUT, the devil is a liar and the father of lies.
The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 2;
3If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by
9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of
him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained
Listen to the Words of Jesus in the Book of Revelations;
2: 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the
hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that
Beloved, do you hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying here?
You aren’t anything what the devil says, BUT, you are “Living Stones”, “an holy priesthood”, “a chosen generation”, “a royal priesthood”, “an holy nation”, “a peculiar people”, says the Spirit of the Lord !
You are an “Overcomer” and The Lord will give you a “new name” and the only one who will know it is you.
CAN I TELL YOU A SECRET ? That new name is JESUS !!! When Abba Father looks down from Heaven, He no longer sees what satan say’s about you. God, The Father, sees the “new creature” formed in the very image of Christ, covered by the very Blood of Christ.
When you get to know “Who you are and Whose you are”, then you can walk in the very authority that ALL, Born Again, Children of the Most High have been given to us all, who are in Christ Jesus, and HE in us.
Now, I know that some of you may have some problems with this teaching, and that’s OK. You just need to recognize that satan will try his best to keep you from receiving the truth. He will try to shut you down and keep you bound up.
I know what the doctrines of man teach you in most mainline churches. That’s religion and will keep you bound up in legalistic junk that has no place in The Kingdom of God. The relationship that you grow into as a Child of God, will set you free from that stuff.
When the devil tries to tell you of your past, you need to remind him of his future.
When religion tries to tell you that “you are just an old sinner saved by grace” , say WHOA, I am saved by Grace and washed in The Blood of The Lamb. My Father has forgotten my sins, “As far as the east is from the west”.
When the doctors tell you that you have only a few weeks to live, tell them you don’t receive that word, BUT by the Word of my testimony, I have already Overcome death and BY the Stripes of Jesus, I AM HEALED !!!
It’s time The Body get it’s identity back. That the enemy will flee from you, as you remind them of “Who you are and WHOSE you are !!”