These times like many other challenging times have sparked questions in our hearts. Our inquisitiveness makes us glued to news outlets whether true or false, verified or not we just want to know. We wish to decipher for ourselves what is true, what is acceptable and what the future will hold. Many persons daily search or create short courses and webinars to proffer strategic solutions from business growth to finance management, then to relationship; the list right now is endless.
The day-to-day of social distancing and the difficulty in adjusting to the new norm of nose mask wearing and sanitizing as well as the distortion of income inflow keeps many awake all night and most frustrated during the day. Like Abraham, when Sarah offered her maid; when the dice is cast, it is very easy to ignore or forget the promises of God in trying times.
How to live through your identity in this time
- The knowledge of who you are and whose you are is most crucial in these times: Imbedded in this knowledge is the key to weather this storm and any of life’s angry darts. You need to check constantly the lens with which you see yourself in relation to this pandemic. As a matter of fact, your first response to the news of a global pandemic shows how truly you understand your identity in Christ.
Take some time to recall your reaction to the news!
Not to judge you, your reaction was as normal and similar to those of the other 8 Billion people in the world so don’t feel bad. My point is this; trying times will always come with its uncertainty; one so great that it creates an unending mirage; but then while in the midst you must remember again who you are and whose you belong. Isa 43:1-3
- Remember His name and nature: The starting point in identity transformation is to first say that God is good. The goodness of God must always remain at the center of your heart else you dial down everything and accuse God. In the Old Testament times, names were not only a means of identification, but an identity as well. Many times a special meaning was attached to the name. Names had, among other purposes, an explanatory purpose (e.g., Nabal, whose name means “fool,” is the target of Abigail’s explanation to David: “For as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him:” – 1Sa 25:25. Throughout Scripture God reveals Himself to us through His names. When we study these names that He reveals to us in the Bible, we will better understand who God really is. The meanings behind God’s names reveal the central personality and nature of the One who bears them. According to Exodus 6:2–3, Shaddai was the name by which God was known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Also, God was often named by man’s experience of him for example Jehovah-Nissi occurs only once in Exd 17:15; Moses, recognizing that the Lord was Israel’s banner under which they defeated the Amalekites, builds an altar named Jehovah-Nissi (the Lord our Banner). Who is God to you? What is the name of God for this season?
- Utilize your spiritual weapons on a daily basis: ‘‘…the weapons of our warfare are not carnal…’’ what is your weapon?
- God’s word: A king without a scepter has no authority. ‘’And the scepter shall not depart from Judea…’’ (Gen 49:10). Your scepter is God’s word
- Laughter; For it is a surprise attack
- The weapon of love
- The weapon of worship
- Fellowship: This season brings to the church a test of our true commitment to fellowship. Now when the building is taken away, what has become of your commitment to the culture of fellowship? Do not lose touch with the church family this season, join the digital community and still fellowship. Fellowship thrives when hearts are knitted in one accord like in the early church irrespective of location. (Colossians 2:2)
As God’s child, you cannot live life everyday as it comes like others do; remembering you identity and living through it is essential to thrive in a time like this.
1Peter 2:9 says “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
The real question you should be asking is ‘what is Heaven saying about me right now? And what is Heaven saying over this season’. The value of a thing is dependent on the price you will pay for that thing. Heaven needed to be bankrupt for you to be redeemed; today, in this season, you need to live in that redeeming power in order to thrive.