God knows us totally and completely and yet fully loves us anyway. He created us to be in fellowship with Him, and even while we were sinners, Christ died for us to reconcile us back to our Heavenly Father (Genesis 1-3; John 3:16; 4:9; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)! God created us for oneness with Him. He desires us to have the same love, oneness, and glory experienced by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 17:20-23).
Those who receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord can experience His love, glory, and oneness through sonship. We are now children and friends of God (John 1:12-13; 15:14-15; Galatians 3:26; 4:5-7; 2 Corinthians 6:18). We have a royal identity (1 Peter 2:9). He has given us His Divine life.
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NKJV)
The Greek word for life in this verse is Zoe or Divine life. We are not to walk in darkness and with a love deficit (1 John 1:5-7; 4:9-10).
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. Colossian 1:13
Last week we looked at how God celebrates us. He created us, and Psalm 139:13-18 declares we are fearfully and wonderfully made. He saw us even before we were formed and wrote about our days in His book before they came to pass. His thoughts are great towards us and more in number than the sand! Today let’s look at Psalm 139:1-6 to see how God knows us.
You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, and lay Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Psalm 139:1 – 6
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book, they all were written, the days fashioned for me when as yet there were none of them. Psalm 139:16
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore, the world does not know us because it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1
God did a perfect job when He made us because He created us in His image. As believers, He sees Jesus in us (2 Corinthians 5:21). God treats identity differently than our behavior. Religion and other people look at our behavior, but God looks at our identity from the perspective of whose we are and who we are in Christ.
Every time we fail or someone speaks something negative over us, that isn’t our identity. But very often, we accept it and think we are never good enough. We need to separate identity from behavior. God set up our identity before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 8:29). Our negative actions lose their strength when we agree with God (John 8:32). We must not agree with what the devil and others say who are not speaking God’s truth into or over our lives. The truth of God’s Word that we know will set us free (John 8:32; Romans 12:2).
We must fully grasp how much God loves us (Ephesians 3:17-19). We can only do this by having a revelation of how much God loves us through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). When He looks at us, He doesn’t see all of our mistakes and failures. He sees Christ’s image in us and His blood that redeems us (2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Peter 1:18-20; Hebrews 9:11-15; Romans 3:23-26). His blood is prophetic and continues to speak for us in heaven (Hebrews 12:22-24; 1 John 1:9). We are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Humility is agreeing with what God says about you. He says you are perfect, loved, one with Him, His son or daughter, and He is pleased with you! Our identity comes from Him by grace (Ephesians 1:5-7).
Let us pray as David did in Psalm 139:23-24; Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me; lead me in the way everlasting. As a son and daughter, we can come before our loving, gracious, and merciful Heavenly Father and bring Him anything we are struggling with or concerned about. He already knows what’s in our hearts and minds, so we might as well come to Him. He can help us deal with them and be victorious overcomers of anything that would keep us from intimacy with Him, walking in the Spirit, and the abundant life Jesus Christ came to give us.
Identity comes before destiny. How wonderful when we receive the revelation that we are fully known and fully loved by God! That is when we can start to dream big with God to fulfill our God-given destiny and calling for our lives. We’re going to discover more about walking in our God-given destiny next week.
That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:17 – 21
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