Updated: Feb 23
Hello everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your New Year so far and that you are ready for all the big things that God has in store for you this year. As I mentioned in the last blog, the theme for this year is “Changing Her Story.” So, after 7 days of praying and sacrificing a few things, God started ministering to me about “Identity Shift.” I, myself have experienced an identity shift over the past year and even now, God is still working on a new thing in me.
Well, what is “identity shift.” Identity shift means to move closer to your ideal self and become the person you were meant and called to be. When you experience this shift, you will recognize it because it will come to you effortlessly and it will become the only thing you will start to focus more on.
The scripture I want to focus on is 2 Corinthians 5:17 which reads,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
One person in the Bible, that God brought to my attention this past week was Peter. The first thing that comes to mind when I hear Peter’s name is Him walking on water. Now, Peter was an Apostle who was the leader of the 12 disciples, and He was also one of Jesus’ chosen people. Some people wondered why Jesus chose Peter after Peter betrayed Him. Peter denied Jesus three times in front of man and Jesus still forgave Peter for what he did. On the day of Pentecost, Peter was filled with the holy spirit and began preaching to a crowd of people.
As I think about this, I wonder why Jesus reconciled with Peter after what he did. Why didn’t Jesus choose one of the other disciples to lead? And the scripture Jeremiah 1:5 came to mind where it says,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Jesus knew the calling that Peter had on His life even before he denied Him. So, let’s tie this back to the message "identity shift." I have not always been a Christian. Yes, I grew up in the church, yes, my mom was an evangelist, but none of that mattered to me when I was younger. I wanted to know Jesus for myself and when I was ready. In 2020, is when I truly gave my life to Jesus and asked Him to save me. Ever since I asked Jesus to come into my life, I have experienced a true shift in my identity. I had to learn who I was in Christ and what exactly God wanted me to do. I want you to know that it does not matter what you did or what happened to you in the past. Those things happened to make you stronger not to tear you apart. Mistakes in the past do not determine your future nor are they a part of your identity. The woman or man that God wants to work in you is capable, powerful, and irreplaceable. When you seek God, He begins to reveal things about you, that you never would have imagined for yourself. If God gave you the vision for your future, then best believe that He is ready to shift you into position. But are you ready? Or has your past become so familiar that you think there’s no way for God to use someone like me? Whatever it is that is holding you back from what God wants to do in you, I pray that wall down, in the name of Jesus. That God will not only show you what you are capable of but that He will begin to shift your identity in a meaningful and purposeful way.
My challenge for you all this week is to sit and think about your purpose in life. Even if you are not aware of what it is, that is okay, you can still do this. I want you to think about your purpose or even your gift(s). Write it down, then think of three things that you can do better as a person that will help you grow in your purpose. For example, I have an Instagram account where I share daily reminders or a word of encouragement to my followers. Well, sometimes I slack on creating meaningful content for my audience. So, this week I plan to wake up at 6 am. Starting my morning off with worship, reading the Word, and having a Word of prayer to get back into a routine of posting content that will better encourage my followers. Not only does this help me with growing my page but it helps me as an encourager to be intentional about what I am called to do and every day I am able to start my day off by giving that time to God.
I hope that this helps someone and that you will consider the challenge for this week. Comment below one thing you will challenge yourself to do. I would love to know what it is and be able to pray for you and with you as God speaks to you about identity shift. God has ordained each of us for something greater in life and do not think just because you are not a Christian or you have a past you aren’t proud of, that God cannot use you. God can use anyone for His glory, and I believe that this year, God is going to use more of us for His purpose. And when He comes my way, I want to be ready! So, for myself, I am working daily to connect with Jesus more than I have ever before.
I pray that this blog blesses someone as we journey into our last full week of this month and that God will continue working on you and through you.