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Identity Crisis

Knowing who we are!

 

Psychologists are beginning to recognize an increase in the

mental disorder they identify as an “Identity Crisis”! Many of

our governmental leaders suffer from an “Identity Crisis;” they

actually believe that they are supposed to be served by the

populace!

This confusion regarding identity all began in the distant past when a

highly placed angel first exhibited this disorder, “ 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 !” The wrong thinking in the mind of

this influential being caused him to subject himself and others to the

worst outbreak of “Identity Crisis” ever recorded!

My question to you is, “Do you know who you are?” Truly, I mean that! “Do

you really know who you are?” 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 “Identity Crisis!”

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 “Identity Crisis.”

Jesus Christ is the one who has allowed for us to receive our true identity, let’s pray in His

Holy Name:

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, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to

destroy” (John 10:10). Also, “He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the

truth, because there is no truth in him” (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, “Greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world!” And, through Christ

whom we serve, we will openly unveil our identity! Remember, satan is not after us, we are

after him!

Let’s return to the concept of an “Identity Crisis.” 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, “Let 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 ” (Eph 4:29). However,

the term “minister” as used in this modern society is indicative as they say of “a man of the

cloth.” Even though the Bible term, “minister” simply means to serve others.

In any case, the children of the deceased prepared their mother’s newspaper obituary; it

ended with the comment that the “minister” would be Larry Perrino! Giving the title of

“minister” 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’s claiming to be a “minister.” 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 “Identity Crisis.” You know how it goes, “Just who does he think

that he is anyway?” Thankfully, I have been ordained by Jesus , “Ye 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” (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, “when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake (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 “Identity Crisis?” 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, “for

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” (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, “And 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 ” (Gen 1:26-27).

Just who and what is this “man” that was made in the image of God?

There was a righteous man named Job who practically asked that exact question, “ 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?”

(Job 7:17-18). According to Job’s 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, “ 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 ” (Ps 8:4-6). Some have

suggested that that verse in the eighth chapter of Psalms should more actually be rendered,

“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 God.” Their concept is that man was made a little

lower than God! Some might say, “Don’t you realize that that statement is heresy? If you

beliveve that, you must be suffering from an ‘Identity Crisis!’” Obviously, this verse can

generate a great deal of controversy.

I have personally experienced this very argument. In 1977, while working for a Christian

Organization in Colorado Springs, I attended a bible study that rocked me. The organization

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 “ Lucifer’s

Sin .” The whole message was that Lucifer wanted to become God; it followed therefore that

it would be a great sin, (Lucifer’s Sin) for humans to think that we can become God.

Lucifer’s 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

teaching is becoming more popular among Christian Churches.

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 “Identity Crisis!”

In the previous passage we observed that man was made a little lower than “ elohim .” So

what exactly does “ elohim ” mean? We have all heard the word “ elohim ” associated with

God. Guess how many times is it translated into the word “angels?” 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 “ Elohim ” over twenty-five hundred times in the Old

Testament. Next let’s observe how many times “ Elohim ” is translated into the word

“Angels.”

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

scripture.

Let’s start in earnest. The bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ, indeed all of humanity

were made in the Image of God, “In 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” ( 2 Cor 4:4). In actual fact, the Bible teaches that both Jesus and humanity in general

exist in the image of God. Let’s observe this idea concerning man from the New Testament,

“For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of

God (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’s misuse of his tongue,

“Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made

after the similitude of God ” (James 3:9). “Similitude” comes from the Greek word

homoioo (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“homoioo” means to become similar: be (make)

like , (in the) liken (-ess), resemble.”) Clearly, both Jesus Christ and Mankind were made

after God’s 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’s

children existing in his image? Let’s notice what Paul writes, “Let 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! (Phil 2:5-6). Now let’s proceed more carefully at this juncture,

 

“Let this mind be in you” ( – or it could be rendered “let this attitude” or “think like

this;” this was Jesus’ 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, “But 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” (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,

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’ 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. ” 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 “god of this world;” yet, this verse tells us that satan was among “them which by

nature are no gods!” The Word clearly places satan in the “no gods” 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, “But 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” (Heb 1:13-14). This verse

teaches that the angels are actually here on the earth to be the servants of humanity, “For

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?” (Heb 1:5). Angels

were never begotten by God to be His children.

Isn’t it true that the owner of a business works more diligently than a hired employee?

Absolutely, “But 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” (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’ve 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, “And 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 .” (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’s faith is what kept him above water.

We are told in Gal 4:6 exactly how we are to address God, “And because ye are sons, God

hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts crying, Abba, Father.” So we are to call

God our, “Father.” Notice how Jesus addressed God. Notice further how he was treated as

a result, “But 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 .” According that very

scripture whenever someone calls God “Father,” they are “ making himself (themselves)

equal with God ” (John 5:17-18). You better realize that Paul taught the very same style of

addressing the Father that got Jesus crucified!

Now let’s analyze with the help of Jesus, a very interesting and informative passage from

the book of Psalms, Ps 82:1 “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth

among the gods .” Who is the psalmist making reference to when he uses the term gods ?

You’re probably ahead of me, the writer uses the term “ elohim .” Who are these little “g”

gods? Let us allow the context to supply the answer, “I 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.” (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 “g” gods!

On several occasions, the Pharisees were vigorously motivated to stone Jesus! What was

their excuse, “Then 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 .” 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, “Jesus 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” (John 10:31-39). Jesus claimed without

any equivocation that he was a son of God and that the Father was in Him! Doesn’t the

Father live in you, “That 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” (John

17:21)?

The “spirit of religion” has taught us that we are something less than sons of the Living

God! However, that spirit does not square with the Bible:

• – We are not unworthy of being sons of God as “religion” would teach us;

• – We are not just sinners saved by grace as we have been taught;

• – 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’ blood! When we agree with those stupid

teachings, we are actually getting closer to “blasphemy!” 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’ blood, “Giving 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” (Col 1:12-15).

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 “g” gods!” “Thou hast made him a little

lower!” We will remember the peculiar verse in Psalms, “God standeth in the congregation

of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods ” (Ps 82:1). The New Testament follows right in

line, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God” (1 Peter 4:17).

The church is “the congregation of the mighty;” the little “g” gods!

We engage in spiritual warfare while on this earth, “For 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 ” (Eph 6:12). The normal every day

Christian is to get involved in spiritual duties such as: healing the sick; casting out demons

etc., “And 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” (Mark

16:17-18). The Father sends spiritual warriors into spiritual battles.

After we master those duties, God will give us even greater responsibilities, “And 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 Zion, Thou art

my people” (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, “After the kingdom is set up we will fill the earth with the knowledge of God;”

and “After the kingdom is set-up we will ________ ” you fill in the blanks. In God’s

economy, we must believe first and then we shall see. In order for you to have those powers

“in the kingdom,” 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:

• – we will speak to your spiritual mountains and they will obey;

• – we will lay hands on the sick and they will be made well;

• – we cast out demons and they will obey;

• – 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 “religion” that we have allowed it to hinder us regarding an understanding of our

true identity! We have been operating within an “Identity Crisis!” 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, “Get the behind me satanand he will obey ! For, “greater is he that is

in you , than he that is in the world” (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:

• – you are not supposed to be impoverished and under a burden of debt;

• – you are not supposed to be depressed or confused;

• – you are not supposed to be the tail, rather the head, above and not beneath;

• – you are not supposed to borrow; rather you will lend to nations;

• – 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, “ Are they not all ministering spirits, sent

forth to minister (Greek word “diakonia” (dee-ak-on-ee'-ah); attendance (as a servant,

etc.); figuratively (eleemosynary) aid, (official) service) for them who shall be heirs of

salvation ” (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, “For 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 .” 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 “g” 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,

Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more

than twelve legions of angels?” (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, “Bless 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’s word in Jesus’ name) . Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts;

ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure ” (Ps 103:20-21). It is the pleasure of God that we

glorify Him when we receive our answers to prayer, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my

name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son ” (John 14:13).

You are the righteousness of God! But, to receive this glorious knowledge you must release

the spirit of faith, “If 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. ” (Matt 21:21-22)!

Please repeat after me, “I am a son of the Living God!” 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, “For he hath made him to be

sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2

Cor 5:21). God has revealed this precious understanding to us!

Why did God make mankind, “ 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.” (Gen

1:26-28). God wanted to have a family and children; you and I are the outcome of His

awesome desires!

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,

“Let 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 “What 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.” The angels

wondered who we humans were!)

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, “I 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” (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, “That 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” (Rom 10:9). Okay, we have been saved, now

it is time for us to take up arms and fight the battle, “I 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” (2 Tim 4:7-8). We need to confess

with our mouths, “I am a son of the Living God!” Then, we need to believe it in our hearts.

Before recognizing my authority in Jesus, when I was “out of my mind” and experiencing a

true “Identity Crisis,” 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 “Identity Crisis” is part of satan’s great lie!

He reminded me of just who I am! I know from whom I come. My Father owns “the cattle

upon a thousand hills” (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, “I am a son of the Living God!

That is my present condition and my destiny!”

Claiming to be like God is not heresy! We read, “But 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” (Heb 2:9-18).

Let’s believe with the Apostle John, “Behold, 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” (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, “That is my son; isn’t he so cute? He just started believing in My miracle

power through Your Name!” John shows us this concept “And whatsoever ye shall ask in

my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son (John 14:13).

Once you recognize and claim just who you are, you will never again

suffer from an “Identity Crisis!”

Written by M. Larry Perrino 12 2/4/2008

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