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Knowing who we are!
Psychologists are beginning to recognize an increase in the
mental disorder they identify as an ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis‚ÄĚ! Many of
our governmental leaders suffer from an ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis;‚ÄĚ they
actually believe that they are supposed to be served by the
This confusion regarding identity all began in the distant past when a
highly placed angel first exhibited this disorder, ‚Äú For thou hast said in
thine heart . . . I will be like the most High . Yet thou shalt be brought
down to hell, to the sides of the pit !‚ÄĚ The wrong thinking in the mind of
this influential being caused him to subject himself and others to the
worst outbreak of ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis‚ÄĚ ever recorded!
My question to you is, ‚ÄúDo you know who you are?‚ÄĚ Truly, I mean that! ‚ÄúDo
you really know who you are?‚ÄĚ You might claim that you are a servant of God.
Many of us might feel that way; yet, I can authoritatively prove to you that even
that concept is not complete! Who then are you? If you cannot articulate the
essence of who you are in one sentence composed few words; trust me, you are
having difficulty knowing your own identity! This end-time is no time for
Christians to be experiencing an ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis!‚ÄĚ
Why is it important that we know who we are? Because if we do not know who we are,
then we will certainly act like what we are not! We need to act like what we are otherwise
we will suffer from spiritual ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis.‚ÄĚ
Jesus Christ is the one who has allowed for us to receive our true identity, let‚Äôs pray in His
Our Father, we come to you in the name of Jesus Christ! We thank you that
you have given us the opportunity to hear from you. We ask that your
revelation knowledge be given to us through this study. Please flow freely
and unhindered by any demonic and satanic forces. Please allow the Holy
Spirit to flow though my pen and my voice as You impart Your thoughts into
my mind! Holy Spirit your presence is welcome in this place. Touch, heal,
and give revelation to everyone who partakes of this study. Father, we give
you the praise in the Name of Jesus for sharing this message with us!
Who does satan the devil say that you are? You remember satan; he is the killer; the liar;
the thief; and the destroyer, ‚ÄúThe thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to
destroy‚ÄĚ (John 10:10). Also, ‚ÄúHe was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the
truth, because there is no truth in him‚ÄĚ (John 8:44).
GET READY! T ONIGHT , we are going to strike a major blow against the devil! He
will hate our study with a passion because it exposes his biggest lie concerning mankind!
However, we are unafraid. We do not serve that tyrant any longer! He will try to attack us;
indeed, he already has made an attempt to kill, steal, and destroy my character; more on that
later. But, ‚ÄúGreater is he that is in us than he that is in the world!‚ÄĚ And, through Christ
whom we serve, we will openly unveil our identity! Remember, satan is not after us, we are
Let‚Äôs return to the concept of an ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis.‚ÄĚ A couple weeks ago in an attempt to serve
grieving people in a fashion that would be pleasing to Jesus, I respectfully and with heartfelt
sympathy agreed to serve a family during their hour of need. They asked me to deliver a
eulogy and an interment service for their beloved mother who had just died. Their mother
had been a long-time friend and coworker of mine; we had shared church functions and our
children had grown-up together. So, it was natural that I would agree to serve the family
during their time of need!
Without invitation, satan the devil got involved in this innocent event. You see, from a
seminary perspective I am not an ordained minister. In the sense of an ecclesiastical office,
all I have ever laid claim to being is a speaker, an author and a Bible teacher. I have never
sought after any other office. In the Biblical sense, my writing and teaching does minister to
people, ‚ÄúLet no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good
to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers ‚ÄĚ (Eph 4:29). However,
the term ‚Äúminister‚ÄĚ as used in this modern society is indicative as they say of ‚Äúa man of the
cloth.‚ÄĚ Even though the Bible term, ‚Äúminister‚ÄĚ simply means to serve others.
In any case, the children of the deceased prepared their mother‚Äôs newspaper obituary; it
ended with the comment that the ‚Äúminister‚ÄĚ would be Larry Perrino! Giving the title of
‚Äúminister‚ÄĚ to me was merely an innocent mistake on the part of the bereaved. It certainly
did not bother me. However, satan the devil made every attempt to magnify that simple
misstatement into a much larger problem. The devil stirred-up the situation as he inspired
disapproving talk regarding Larry‚Äôs claiming to be a ‚Äúminister.‚ÄĚ By the time I became
aware of the circumstances, it was as if Larry Perrino had claimed to be something more
than he should. Detractors were assured that Larry Perrino was some kind of a charlatan.
A charlatan is an impostor, a fake, a fraud, and a swindler! Some people may actually think
that I am experiencing an ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis.‚ÄĚ You know how it goes, ‚ÄúJust who does he think
that he is anyway?‚ÄĚ Thankfully, I have been ordained by Jesus , ‚ÄúYe have not chosen me,
but I have chosen you, and ordained you , that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that
your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may
give it you‚ÄĚ (John 15:16). I claim that ordination!
Do not get me wrong; in no way do I hold anything against anyone who may have spoken
evil of me, ‚Äúwhen affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake ‚ÄĚ (Mark 4:17). On
the contrary, I am rather amused that the devil is bothered enough by my service that he
would actually stir controversy! From our Biblical understanding, who is the charlatan, the
impostor, the fake, the fraud, and a swindler? We all know!
So who is Larry Perrino? Is he experiencing an ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis?‚ÄĚ The Bible teaches that
the real Larry Perrino is a spirit being, made in the image of God, who resides within a tent
made of human flesh. Indeed that very tent itself has been made in the image of God, ‚Äúfor
we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building
of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens . For in this we groan,
earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven‚ÄĚ (2 Cor 5:1-2).
We should view our bodies as if they were merely clothes. Notice that my shirt seems to
have life. You can see it move with my breath. However, when I remove the shirt it
becomes limp and lifeless! So too is my body without my spirit in residence.
Indeed, the Bible teaches that all of us are spirit beings living in physical bodies! You and I
both were made in the image of God, ‚ÄúAnd God said, Let us make man in our image , after
our likeness : and let them have dominion . . . So God created man in his own image , in
the image of God created he him ‚ÄĚ (Gen 1:26-27).
Just who and what is this ‚Äúman‚ÄĚ that was made in the image of God?
There was a righteous man named Job who practically asked that exact question, ‚Äú What is
man, that thou shouldest magnify him ? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon
him ? 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?‚ÄĚ
(Job 7:17-18). According to Job‚Äôs analysis, God is very interested in mankind and His
attention is continually on the man. Even the Angels diligently inquired regarding the status
and outcome of man, ‚Äú What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man,
that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels (elohim) ,
and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over
the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet ‚ÄĚ (Ps 8:4-6). Some have
suggested that that verse in the eighth chapter of Psalms should more actually be rendered,
‚ÄúWhat is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5
For thou hast made him a little lower than God.‚ÄĚ Their concept is that man was made a little
lower than God! Some might say, ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt you realize that that statement is heresy? If you
beliveve that, you must be suffering from an ‚ÄėIdentity Crisis!‚Äô‚ÄĚ Obviously, this verse can
generate a great deal of controversy.
I have personally experienced this very argument. In 1977, while working for a Christian
held a normal staff Bible study on certain Wednesdays during the lunch hour. One day my
coworkers prevailed upon me to join the Bible study. The study was entitled ‚Äú Lucifer‚Äôs
Sin .‚ÄĚ The whole message was that Lucifer wanted to become God; it followed therefore that
it would be a great sin, (Lucifer‚Äôs Sin) for humans to think that we can become God.
Lucifer‚Äôs Sin therefore, is one sin that we must tenaciously guard against! I remained quiet,
but in total disagreement with the study. Twenty-five years ago, my belief that we are the
actual sons of God, was considered to be quite heretical. Back then, I was part of a body of
believers who realized that Christians are now the very sons of God; thankfully, that
becoming more popular among
We can no longer remain ambivalent with regard to this issue. It is time for you to test the
spirits! Are we the sons of God or not? Let us search out and discover the actual Biblical
truth that we may see just where there is an ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis!‚ÄĚ
In the previous passage we observed that man was made a little lower than ‚Äú elohim .‚ÄĚ So
what exactly does ‚Äú elohim ‚ÄĚ mean? We have all heard the word ‚Äú elohim ‚ÄĚ associated with
God. Guess how many times is it translated into the word ‚Äúangels?‚ÄĚ The answer is merely
one time out of 13 total usages in the Old Testament (see below)! Why is the word
translated differently just one time? Apparently, translator(s) simply could not bring
themselves to believe the message that the passage would have otherwise resulted in.
Therefore he/they took the easy, non-controversial, doctrine-supporting way out.
Man was made a little lower than the angels ( Elohim )! What exactly does that mean that
man was made a little lower than the angels? We will investigate. We will start by
observing how the Bible uses ‚Äú Elohim ‚ÄĚ over twenty-five hundred times in the Old
Testament. Next let‚Äôs observe how many times ‚Äú Elohim ‚ÄĚ is translated into the word
No, man was not lower than the angels; rather, he was made a little lower than God. In fact,
man is the very child of God! How can I hold to the view that I am a child of God? How
can we know that we are the very children of God? We will search out that answer from
Let‚Äôs start in earnest. The bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ, indeed all of humanity
were made in the Image of God, ‚ÄúIn whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of
them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of
God‚ÄĚ ( 2 Cor 4:4). In actual fact, the Bible teaches that both Jesus and humanity in general
exist in the image of God. Let‚Äôs observe this idea concerning man from the New Testament,
‚ÄúFor a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of
God ‚ÄĚ (1 Cor 11:7). On another occasion James expressed that man enjoys his being as one
who exists in the likeness of God; he was referencing man‚Äôs misuse of his tongue,
‚ÄúTherewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made
after the similitude of God ‚ÄĚ (James 3:9). ‚ÄúSimilitude‚ÄĚ comes from the Greek word
‚Äú homoioo‚ÄĚ (hom-oy-o'-o) from the same root we get Homo sapiens. In describing the
process by which cream and milk are combined together into one single substance we use
the word homo genized. The Greek word‚Äúhomoioo‚ÄĚ means to become similar: be (make)
like , (in the) liken (-ess), resemble.‚ÄĚ) Clearly, both Jesus Christ and Mankind were made
after God‚Äôs likeness!
We should loudly, proudly, and boldly proclaim in concert with the Bible that we have been
made in the image and likeness of God! Are there other New Testament examples of God‚Äôs
children existing in his image? Let‚Äôs notice what Paul writes, ‚ÄúLet this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery
to be equal with God! ‚ÄĚ (Phil 2:5-6). Now let‚Äôs proceed more carefully at this juncture,
‚ÄúLet this mind be in you‚ÄĚ ( ‚Äď or it could be rendered ‚Äúlet this attitude‚ÄĚ ‚Äď or ‚Äúthink like
this;‚ÄĚ this was Jesus‚Äô very attitude! ) Jesus had this kind of attitude! He was not proud or
lifted up even though he existed in the form of God. He thought it not robbery to be equal
with God! The Bible clearly teaches that we too ought to have this same attitude! Reread
that two-verse passage from that new perspective! Think about it.
Jesus did not flaunt His likeness with God; rather, just the opposite is true, ‚ÄúBut made
himself of no reputation , and took upon him the form of a servant , and was made in the
likeness of men :8 And being found in fashion as a man , he humbled himself, and
became obedient unto death , even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath
highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name
of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under
the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of
God the Father‚ÄĚ (Phil 2:7-11).
As noted before, you might in some way believe that you are a servant of God? Most of us
think like that; yet, even that concept is incomplete! The Bible teaches that more than a
servant of God, you are a son of the living God!!!! We observe this plainly in Gal 4:4-8,
‚Äú But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son , made of a woman,
made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the
adoption of sons . 6 And because ye are sons , God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into
your hearts (Jesus‚Äô actual spirit dwells in us) , crying, Abba, Father (my personal Daddy) . 7
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God
through Christ. 8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which
by nature are no gods. ‚ÄĚ Notice from the last verse; who did we serve by nature before we
knew God? The Bible answer is that in the past we served satan the devil! The bible calls
him the ‚Äúgod of this world;‚ÄĚ yet, this verse tells us that satan was among ‚Äúthem which by
nature are no gods!‚ÄĚ The Word clearly places satan in the ‚Äúno gods‚ÄĚ category! We know
that satan is an angel therefore we are not a little lower than the angels; we are a little lower
than God ( Elohim ), and we are higher (by family rank and authority) yet, lower in physical
power than the angels! The specific verse that teaches that angels comprise a lower family
rank than humans is, ‚ÄúBut to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand,
until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent
forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation‚ÄĚ (Heb 1:13-14). This verse
teaches that the angels are actually here on the earth to be the servants of humanity, ‚ÄúFor
unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten
thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?‚ÄĚ (Heb 1:5). Angels
were never begotten by God to be His children.
Isn‚Äôt it true that the owner of a business works more diligently than a hired employee?
Absolutely, ‚ÄúBut he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not,
seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth‚ÄĚ (John 10:12)! It is more honorable
to present to God those things that we own than those things of which we are merely
stewards! You‚Äôve got to stop thinking like a servant; you must begin to think of yourself as
a son! Obviously, you must continue your stewardship but as a son of God!
Jesus was a man born of a woman and He operated on this earth as a man. However, Jesus
took full authority over all physical circumstances and He also operated on this earth like a
God! He inspired the Apostles to do the same thing. With merely one word, Peter walked
on the water, ‚ÄúAnd Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee
on the water. 29 And he said, Come . And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he
walked on the water, to go to Jesus .‚ÄĚ (Matt 14:28-29). What we observe happening in
that verse is a son of God stepping out on faith with only a word from the Lord. When he
did this the very laws of nature took note and he eclipsed the physical laws governing water.
Think about that. Peter‚Äôs faith is what kept him above water.
We are told in Gal 4:6 exactly how we are to address God, ‚ÄúAnd because ye are sons, God
hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts crying, Abba, Father.‚ÄĚ So we are to call
God our, ‚ÄúFather.‚ÄĚ Notice how Jesus addressed God. Notice further how he was treated as
a result, ‚ÄúBut Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore
the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said
also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God .‚ÄĚ According that very
scripture whenever someone calls God ‚ÄúFather,‚ÄĚ they are ‚Äú making himself (themselves)
equal with God ‚ÄĚ (John 5:17-18). You better realize that Paul taught the very same style of
addressing the Father that got Jesus crucified!
Now let‚Äôs analyze with the help of Jesus, a very interesting and informative passage from
the book of Psalms, Ps 82:1 ‚ÄúGod standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth
among the gods .‚ÄĚ Who is the psalmist making reference to when he uses the term gods ?
You‚Äôre probably ahead of me, the writer uses the term ‚Äú elohim .‚ÄĚ Who are these little ‚Äúg‚ÄĚ
gods? Let us allow the context to supply the answer, ‚ÄúI have said, Ye are gods; and all of
you are children of the most High . 7 But ye shall die like men , and fall like one of the
princes.‚ÄĚ (Ps 82:6-7). Are you starting to get the concept? We are children of the Most
High God! Now understand, we can never be the Most High God ; He is the Most High
God, but we are the children and heirs of the Most High God; we are the little ‚Äúg‚ÄĚ gods!
On several occasions, the Pharisees were vigorously motivated to stone Jesus! What was
their excuse, ‚ÄúThen the Jews took up stones again to stone him. (this was obviously not the
first time they tried to stone him. Jesus was not afraid of the truth! He embraced the
scripture and stood His ground that he was the Son of God!) 32 Jesus answered them, Many
good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for
blasphemy ; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God .‚ÄĚ They accused
Jesus of blasphemy! Jesus used the word of God as His final authority so too should we. I
can predict that in the future, people will hate us for claiming to be sons of God! Yet we
must stand on the word of God as Jesus did, ‚ÄúJesus answered them, Is it not written in
your law, I said, Ye are gods? (how much more plain can Jesus make it) 35 If he called
them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say
ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest;
because I said, I am the Son of God? 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me
not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works : (notice that here we see
the Son of God performing supernatural works in order that the people might believe) that
ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. 39 Therefore they sought
again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand‚ÄĚ (John 10:31-39). Jesus claimed without
any equivocation that he was a son of God and that the Father was in Him! Doesn‚Äôt the
Father live in you, ‚ÄúThat they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee,
that they also may be one in us : that the world may believe that thou hast sent me‚ÄĚ (John
The ‚Äúspirit of religion‚ÄĚ has taught us that we are something less than sons of the Living
God! However, that spirit does not square with the Bible:
‚ÄĘ ‚Äď We are not unworthy of being sons of God as ‚Äúreligion‚ÄĚ would teach us;
‚ÄĘ ‚Äď We are not just sinners saved by grace as we have been taught;
‚ÄĘ ‚Äď We are not mere men; rather, we are the very sons of God.
We cannot allow these and other false statements about us to take root. We have been
cleansed, purchased and adopted by Jesus‚Äô blood! When we agree with those stupid
teachings, we are actually getting closer to ‚Äúblasphemy!‚ÄĚ The reason is that when we agree
with such trash we are in defiance of scripture! It is practically the same as testifying that
the blood of Jesus was unable to do what the scripture tells us it has already done for us!
Paul clearly expresses power of Jesus‚Äô blood, ‚ÄúGiving thanks unto the Father, which hath
made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In
whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the
image of the
invisible God , the firstborn of every creature‚ÄĚ (
It is time that we start operating like the sons of God! I am a son of God! I represent my
Father! I serve in the capacity of a son and I steward this earth for my Daddy! If we are
believers then we must realize that we are a little ‚Äúg‚ÄĚ gods!‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúThou hast made him a little
lower!‚ÄĚ We will remember the peculiar verse in Psalms, ‚ÄúGod standeth in the congregation
of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods ‚ÄĚ (Ps 82:1). The New Testament follows right in
line, ‚ÄúFor the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God‚ÄĚ (1 Peter 4:17).
The church is ‚Äúthe congregation of the mighty;‚ÄĚ the little ‚Äúg‚ÄĚ gods!
We engage in spiritual warfare while on this earth, ‚ÄúFor we wrestle not against flesh and
blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
world, against spiritual wickedness in high places ‚ÄĚ (Eph 6:12). The normal every day
Christian is to get involved in spiritual duties such as: healing the sick; casting out demons
etc., ‚ÄúAnd these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils;
they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly
thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover‚ÄĚ (Mark
16:17-18). The Father sends spiritual warriors into spiritual battles.
After we master those duties, God will give us even greater responsibilities, ‚ÄúAnd I have
put my words in thy mouth , and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I
may plant the
heavens , and lay the foundations of the earth,
and say unto
my people‚ÄĚ (Isa 51:16). God plans to seed (populate) the very heavens with us!
We have had in the past the tendency to operate in a post-kingdom mentality. You know
what I mean, ‚ÄúAfter the kingdom is set up we will fill the earth with the knowledge of God;‚ÄĚ
and ‚ÄúAfter the kingdom is set-up we will ________ ‚ÄĚ you fill in the blanks. In God‚Äôs
economy, we must believe first and then we shall see. In order for you to have those powers
‚Äúin the kingdom,‚ÄĚ you need to believe and operate in them now!
Once you realize who you are in Christ then you will not put up with the old false religious
teachings and you will start acting like a son of the Living God:
‚ÄĘ ‚Äď we will speak to your spiritual mountains and they will obey;
‚ÄĘ ‚Äď we will lay hands on the sick and they will be made well;
‚ÄĘ ‚Äď we cast out demons and they will obey;
‚ÄĘ ‚Äď if need be, we will eclipse nature and walk on the very water.
Should we act like these concepts do not even exist? No, we need to start acting like what
our Father wants us to be! We have been so intimidated by satan who has influenced the
Christian ‚Äúreligion‚ÄĚ that we have allowed it to hinder us regarding an understanding of our
true identity! We have been operating within an ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis!‚ÄĚ We are not just mere
men. When you and I start acting like who we really are the Devil will definitely show-up;
however, just like our Lord commanded, we will use our spiritual amour and issue the
simple command, ‚ÄúGet the behind me satan‚ÄĚ and he will obey ! For, ‚Äúgreater is he that is
in you , than he that is in the world‚ÄĚ (1 John 4:4).
Are you going to walk out of here tonight with the same expectations you had when you
came in? Have you given consideration to how you will begin to respond; knowing that you
are a very son of the Living God? Gird up your loins!
What are you going to act like in the future? Will you express fear? Will you experience
desperate need in your life? Will you remain sick believing that God wants you that way?
How will you act differently knowing that you are an actual son of the Living God? You
need to get a grip on the following:
‚ÄĘ ‚Äď you are not supposed to be impoverished and under a burden of debt;
‚ÄĘ ‚Äď you are not supposed to be depressed or confused;
‚ÄĘ ‚Äď you are not supposed to be the tail, rather the head, above and not beneath;
‚ÄĘ ‚Äď you are not supposed to borrow; rather you will lend to nations;
‚ÄĘ ‚Äď you are not supposed to be sick; rather abounding in health!
Once you really understand just who you are and what authority you wield in the name of
Jesus, your sick days are forever gone! Your days without prosperity will begin to vanish!
When we begin to speak and proclaim all of these things which belong to the sons of God,
then we will marshal the very power of the angels who will begin to serve and minister to
their new masters in a new and powerful way, ‚Äú Are they not all ministering spirits, sent
forth to minister (Greek word ‚Äúdiakonia‚ÄĚ (dee-ak-on-ee'-ah); attendance (as a servant,
etc.); figuratively (eleemosynary) aid, (official) service) for them who shall be heirs of
salvation ‚ÄĚ (Heb 1:14). The angels are your servants!
You must get the concept! You are in the process of taking up the authority that you have
as a Son of God, ‚ÄúFor verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain,
Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall
believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he
saith .‚ÄĚ Jesus gave this instruction with the full knowledge that His disciples would in fact
perform as He commanded. The point is that Jesus expects us to act like little ‚Äúg‚ÄĚ gods as
we go out and command the spiritual world in His name!
You are a child who can ask God to command the angels to serve your very needs,
‚ÄúThinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more
than twelve legions of angels?‚ÄĚ (Matt 26:53). If we will simply quote the word of God
during our time of need and ask of the Father believing , then the spiritual world must obey
and you shall receive, ‚ÄúBless the LORD, ye his angels , that excel in strength, that do his
commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word . (Our angels are to hearken to
our voice when we speak God‚Äôs word in Jesus‚Äô name) . Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts;
ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure ‚ÄĚ (Ps 103:20-21). It is the pleasure of God that we
glorify Him when we receive our answers to prayer, ‚ÄúAnd whatsoever ye shall ask in my
name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son ‚ÄĚ (John 14:13).
You are the righteousness of God! But, to receive this glorious knowledge you must release
the spirit of faith, ‚ÄúIf ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to
the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast
into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye
shall receive. ‚ÄĚ (Matt 21:21-22)!
Please repeat after me, ‚ÄúI am a son of the Living God!‚ÄĚ You should not find it difficult to
speak that out! Proclaim it and receive it. Do you know who you are? Do you know your
pedigree? Jesus Christ has made you the righteousness of God, ‚ÄúFor he hath made him to be
sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him‚ÄĚ (2
Cor 5:21). God has revealed this precious understanding to us!
Why did God make mankind, ‚Äú And God said (notice who said this) , Let us make man in
our image , after our likeness: (we were made to resemble God and to function like God on
this planet. Earth is our place of testing our training ground!) and let them have dominion
(We were made to have rulership!) over the fish of the sea . . . So God created man in his
own image , in the image of God created he him ; male and female created he them.‚ÄĚ (Gen
1:26-28). God wanted to have a family and children; you and I are the outcome of His
I am a spirit being come from God who lives in this physical body. I am made out of the
same substance as He who made me. This body is just like a suit of clothes. It is not
permanent; rather, it is temporary! My physical suit resembles the image of my Father,
‚ÄúLet us make man in our image, after our likeness (What is our likeness? The angels
asked this exact question one time and it is recorded in Ps 8:4 ‚ÄúWhat is man, that thou art
mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little
lower than the angels (Elohim), and hast crowned him with glory and honour.‚ÄĚ The angels
wondered who we humans were!) ‚ÄĚ
God poured Himself out and into us! We are a different vessel than He; nevertheless, we
are sons of the living God! The same sap that is in the vine sustains the branches, ‚ÄúI am the
vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much
fruit: for without me ye can do nothing‚ÄĚ (John 15:5). Our inheritance allows us to serve
God through Jesus Christ!
Our first step in the faith process was to make a confession of faith, ‚ÄúThat if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved‚ÄĚ (Rom 10:9). Okay, we have been saved, now
it is time for us to take up arms and fight the battle, ‚ÄúI have fought a good fight , I have
finished my course, I have kept the faith : Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me
only, but unto all them also that love his appearing‚ÄĚ (2 Tim 4:7-8). We need to confess
with our mouths, ‚ÄúI am a son of the Living God!‚ÄĚ Then, we need to believe it in our hearts.
Before recognizing my authority in Jesus, when I was ‚Äúout of my mind‚ÄĚ and experiencing a
true ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis,‚ÄĚ I thought I was supposed to be broke. I thought that I was supposed
to battle with the sinful drives in my flesh! I thought that I was merely a sinner! But I have
drawn close to my Savior. He told me that the ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis‚ÄĚ is part of satan‚Äôs great lie!
He reminded me of just who I am! I know from whom I come. My Father owns ‚Äúthe cattle
upon a thousand hills‚ÄĚ (Ps 50:10)! And, I have good news; you are my brother in Christ!
Your Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills! Are you receiving the faith seeds that I
am speaking to you? You and I are in the process of taking up the authority of the very
sons of God! Do not let the devil get a hold of that powerful image in your mind and
steal away your seed! You are a son of the Living God! All you need to do is realize who
you are. The Most High God created you! Repeat after me, ‚ÄúI am a son of the Living God!
That is my present condition and my destiny!‚ÄĚ
Claiming to be like God is not heresy! We read, ‚ÄúBut we see Jesus, who was made a little
lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by
the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10 For it became him, for whom are all
things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory , to make the captain
of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who
are sanctified are all of one : for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren , 12
Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing
praise unto thee . 13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the
children which God hath given me . 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of
flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might
destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who
through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on
him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17 Wherefore in all
things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren , that he might be a merciful and
faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the
people‚ÄĚ (Heb 2:9-18).
Let‚Äôs believe with the Apostle John, ‚ÄúBehold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed
upon us, that we should be called the sons of God : therefore the world knoweth us not ,
because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God , and it doth not yet
appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for
we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even
as he is pure‚ÄĚ (1 John 3:1-3).
I know you have observed the proud parents of a child who just started walking? Next time
that you see parents in that wonderful setting, think of God who carefully watches us
operating/functioning on this earth in the authority of His son Jesus. In moments like that
He tells our Lord, ‚ÄúThat is my son; isn‚Äôt he so cute? He just started believing in My miracle
power through Your Name!‚ÄĚ John shows us this concept ‚ÄúAnd whatsoever ye shall ask in
my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son ‚ÄĚ (John 14:13).
Once you recognize and claim just who you are, you will never again
suffer from an ‚ÄúIdentity Crisis!‚ÄĚ
Written by M. Larry Perrino 12 2/4/2008
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