Kimberly N. Alleyne
The Harvest Magazine, Publisher and Editor
Do you know who you are? How do you identify yourself? What makes up your DNA? Have you traced your ancestry?
What about your self-worth? Your net worth? What do you base those things on? Are they attached to your education, letters behind your name? Are they attached to your income? Your zip code? The car you drive? Your job title? The number of dollars in your bank/savings account? Your total assets? The brands of clothing you wear? Your marital status? Whether you have the approval of others?
Do those things make up your identity? Do they make you feel important?
If you answered “yes” to either of those questions then you are being robbed by identity thieves in plain sight. And you have no idea who you are or worse, whose you are.
Our nation, our world is suffering from a violent attack of the enemy, and its name is not ISIS. The enemy of this world is raping Believers of their confidence, boldness, courage, spiritual esteem and IDENTITY. We are being robbed and burgled by his antique, played out wiles and tactics. Some people have no idea who they are or what they have been purposed to do. They are not playing their positions, and in some cases, they are not even on the field.
Ah, yes. Stagnation, lethargy, lukewarm hearts, and apathy—just what the enemy wants from us. This is the root of the identity crisis in pervading the Kingdom.
When someone is confused about their identity, it breeds self-hatred, low self-worth, double-mindedness, depression and other mental and emotional challenges, self-condemnation, hatred, anger, bitterness, suicidal thoughts, ongoing relationship conflict. The list is long. When someone does not understand who she is in God, she leaves the door unlocked for the enemy to come in and steal, kill and destroy as he sees fit. That’s why lasting peace and joy evade her, and are temporal, based on whatever situation she is dealing with at any given time.
Travel provides awesome learning opportunities. It is a privilege to visit new and foreign places, and explore new sights, peoples and ways of life. Travel opens our eyes and minds to other cultures, beliefs, and history. A passport, one small blue book, is our gateway to new territories. I know people who start to itch if they can’t take 5-7 trips a year; they thrive on globetrotting. Isn’t it interesting that in the spiritual realm, our IDENTITY IN GOD is our passport to happiness, peace and joy? Children of God can go anywhere they please because of their DNA!
WHEN WE KNOW
When we understand our spiritual ancestry, the royalty that pulses through our veins, then peace and joy are not fleeting. Our happiness and countenance are not influenced by our circumstances. We enjoy a lasting peace that surpasses the frailty of our human thinking. When we know who we are, we don’t get confused about what marriage looks like, gender roles or sexuality.
When we know who we are, we refuse to allow identity thieves to rob us of our royal benefits. When we know who we are, we don’t regard ourselves, or allow ourselves to be, fornicators, adulterers, liars, gossipers, addicts, whoremongers, prostitutes, abusers, or conflict stirrers. When we know, we are not attention starved or addicts of approval addiction. We don’t carry unforgiveness, bitterness or hatred, because the weight of that spiritual gunk is too heavy to carry when you’re wearing royal clothes–and the glory of the Lord can’t come upon us if we are saddled with such things. Unforgiveness, bitterness and anger are repellants to God’s presence–and they’re identity thieves.
We don’t starve ourselves, or overeat, cut ourselves, or take our health for granted when we understand our identity. That’s the power of the Believer’s spiritual–royal–DNA; we live at the Kingdom level! We think at the Kingdom level. We behave at the Kingdom level. We treat others at the Kingdom level. We treat OURSELVES at the Kingdom level. We carry ourselves like we are members of a royal priesthood. Royal and peculiar all at once. We represent the Kingdom.
We show up on the scene like kings and queens with crowns of God’s love dazzling, eyes of compassion and kindness sparkling like jewels, hearts glowing with the light of the Lord, and love and mercy on tap.
When we know our identity, we walk in Godly confidence and humility, passion and purpose.
When we know our identity–really know, down deep–no one can tell us otherwise. Identity theft is impossible.
Here are several Scripture references to our spiritual identity:
- Genesis 1:27
- Jeremiah 1:5
- John 1:12
- Ephesians 1:5
- Romans 15:7
- Colossians 2: 9-10
- I John 3: 1-2
- I Peter 2:9
- I Corinthians 12:27