Identity Crisis: Becoming who God called you to be

My two year old was lovingly nicknamed Faithy by her four year old brother.  When asked her name, her response used to be FAITHY because that is what we called her. We had to teach her that her real name is Faith.  This may sound silly but I think it drives home a bigger point.  How many of us are going around answering to a name and taking on an identity and a purpose that is not ours?

Many in the body of Christ are experiencing an identity crisis.  We don’t know who we really are for many reasons.

Some of us have allowed our past mistakes to define us

We are not living in the reality that because we are in Christ we are new creatures

The old has passed away

EMBRACE THE NEW BLOOD BOUGHT YOU

And sometimes we are not as connected as we would like to think to the one who created us; the one who gave us our identity and our purpose.

We refuse to turn off the noise so we are unable to hear when He tells us who we really are.

We struggle with being comfortable in our own skin and we allow everyone and everything EXCEPT the creator to define us and dictate the plans for our lives.

Some of us have been called a different name for so long that we forget our real names which are

LOVED (Jeremiah 31:3)
ACCEPTED (Acts 10:34-35)

ROYALTY (1 Peter 2:9)
CHOSEN (1 Peter 2:9)

REDEEMED (Psalm 103:4, Titus 2:14)

Just to name a few.

But now is the time

THE TIME TO RISE UP AND AGGRESSIVELY CLAIM OUR GOD GIVEN IDENDITY!

 

 

Anika Jones

About the Author

Anika Jones

Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!

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Elder Ron

As always Lady Anika God uses you to speak profound truth into those who read your Blog. When I read this it made me go back to my teen years and I remember there was a young man I knew who was nicknamed “Hardtime.” I don’t believe I ever knew his birth name. Without going into detail, he lived up to the name every where he went. I am not quite sure what happened to Hardtime, but not many of my teen friends are still alive because their lives were snuffed out. If only every person could see himself/herself the way God sees them they would find that God doesn’t just see them the way they are now but what they could become. God does make us new and at that point we can drop the names that our family, our friends have given us, and can take on our new identity in Christ Jesus.

    Anika Jones

    Thank you for providing such great insights and example of how we can live up to a name. I am so grateful that God does make us new if we choose to come to Him!

Glenda

I often felt ashamed of who I am in my mind which affected how I acted, because of past issues. Through pursuing God I went to a women’s refresher fellowship and recieved a breakthrough…God delivered me from the ball and chain of a lie the enemy had me carrying around. Today I know who I am. My name Glenda even means Clean and Pure. I am a Victorious and Wonderfully made woman in God!

    Anika Jones

    Thank you so much for your comment and this awesome testimony! Glad you now know who you are! Continue to walk in the revelation you have received!

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