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I’m In!

The Devil in human flesh stood before him. Looking into Jesus’ eyes, he grew a sly and charming smile. “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Jesus had looked off the pinnacle. He knew what was below. But without hesitation, he replied, “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” The Devil’s charismatic smile turned grim. Taking Him up a high mountain, he offered Jesus his final poison apple, as Jesus saw the sparkling cities below. The breeze blew by the Devil’s lips softly. “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me,” his trademark smile returning. “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” And with that, the Devil vanished. Jesus’ resisted the Devil and maintained His heavenly identity.
Scrolling through social media, one can’t go far without seeing the glee of one finding their identity via a personality test. They’re fun. My friends and I, for better or worse, relate to our personality according to the Briggs-Meyer test. I’m an ENFJ. But the death of these tests is not what they reveal, but the identity their bearers hold to. In the age of this new medium, people are constantly having to make themselves relevant amidst friends’ fabulous vacation photos and life celebrations. And in so much, they’re dividing themselves. You are this. I am that. We’re different. This on a deeper level explains the riots taking place in our streets. We can’t just be equal as humanity.
When God sent the angel to call out Gideon, He called him “Mighty Man of Valor,” of which he wasn’t at that moment. Gideon was depressed. But God called out his heavenly identity. After drafting the notes for this blog during the minutes before John Donnelly took the stage, the Scotsman took my point and did an awesome job. We sometimes have to grow into our identity. God has an identity for each of us: His. But we also have a vision for who He sees us to be.
God says “My sheep hear My voice.” We know when it is God. Our souls connect with it. He’s called me out. An Innovator with a pioneer spirit. An entrepreneur and a world changer. He called me a filmmaker in 2008, and I hadn’t made a film yet! But that’s why I pursued film. He called me what He created me to be. To fit into my destined place in this life. The Word says that “these things follow them that believe.”
Staring into Peter’s eyes, The Lord asked, “But who do you say that I am?” “You’re the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.” The Lord smiled. It was God that revealed that to Peter. No man on earth did. Take personality tests for fun, not an identity. Find your identity in Christ. If you don’t take your identity from Him, the Devil will tempt you, too, in the desert. And he will call you an identity that isn’t who you are. He will give you an identity as a failure. If you fall to a devilish identity, you’ll walk away from God, straight towards the fiery halls of Hell, cursing God along the way. And the Devil will smile. But a Heavenly identity can unlock your daily relationship with God, and all of the authority rightfully given to you. I’m an ENFJ, but that’s not my primary identity. I’m His. That is my primary identity, and no other identity will supersede that.

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    Charlotte Stephens

    Do you have any idea if Jubilee will be live online this year. I will only be able to go 2 night and I want to be able to see the other 2 nights live.

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    Charlotte Stephens

    Do you have any idea if Jubilee will be live online this year. I will only be able to go 2 night and I want to be able to see the other 2 nights live.

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