One of humanity’s greatest problems is an identity crisis. When the created loses sight of the creator, it is propelled into chaos. The enemy knows that when he can confuse your identity in Christ, he can confuse your life in Christ.
We all have stuff in our life that we don’t want people to be aware of. Shame is a powerful weapon against us. The Holy Spirit opens our eyes. The enemy knows when he can confuse your identity in Christ, he can confuse your life in Christ.
For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
and he examines all your paths. – Proverbs 5:21 (NIV)
We are never out of God’s sight. When we are aware that we are in God’s view, our eyes are opened to the fact that He is with us… that is, keeping in mind that we are in His view, keeps Him in our view.
1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain. – Psalm 139 (NIV)
He knows everything about you, your deepest, darkest secrets and He still loves you! His life is not removed from you because you’ve screwed up. He is actually living His life through us…
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. – Psalm 139:7-8 (NIV)
My friends left me to die after an overdose. Fear gripped me… I cried out to God. I could feel His presence manifest and love broke through. This was not my salvation moment… that came later.
That point of desperation is not always the turning point, or salvation moment. It also does not always have to be at a point of desperation at which you seek the Lord. Even when you are just going through the motions, you can ask Him to guide you.
No matter what state you are in, His presence can manifest. Whatever the condition of your heart, you can cry out to God and ask Him to make Himself known to you.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. – Psalm 139:10-12 (NIV)
You are always in his view. There is no hiding from Him. Why do we even attempt to get away from Him?
I tried everything to hide from God, but God always found me. You can never outrun Him. The Lord carried me through hard times when my house burnt down. He carried me through the darkness.
I am always in His view.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. – Psalm 139:13 & 14
God does not make mistakes. He did not screw up when He made you… you are a masterpiece, made by the Master Artist. No works of art can even begin to be comparable to the immense array of natural beauty of that which has been created by God Himself and you are one of His creations. Isn’t that mind-blowing?
Thank you, God, for making me so wonderfully complex!
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you. – Psalm 139: 15-18 (NIV)
God’s perfect love casts out all fear. He sees you eternally!
We typically teach a post-fall salvation in the evangelical church. We get hung up on the fact that sin entered the world because of what Adam & Eve did and we allow this fact to weigh us down. Our battle with sin can become such a focal point, as if we need to achieve a sin-free status before we can approach God.
The fact is, our redemption restores us to pre-fall status. I’m going to say it again. Our redemption restores us to pre-fall status… crazy, huh? Under the blood of Christ, our innocence is restored.
Wash me, and I will be clean… restore me to where I was when I was free, I surrender. Surrendered, I give my all to You… filled with Your Spirit, I’m made new. I’m Yours forever.
Your spirit has rulership over your soul and your flesh falls into line under your soul. This falls apart when the enemy convinces you to bite the carrot and your soul goes back to being a fallen creation.
Our spirit, restored to pre-fall creation has no sin in it. If we allow our spirit, which is in Christ, to be in control, we are walking in the Spirit.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:19-24 (NIV)
God only sees Christ in us, when we are covered by His blood.
Lord, what offends You? Point out anything that would keep me from experiencing that everlasting life.
Nothing can separate you from the love of God, but it can sure blind you from it.
Your purpose is rooted in your identity… your identity is rooted in God’s view of you. Anything that keeps God from our view is sin. Sin is rooted in idolatry. Your flesh is craving things that take you away from God.
In Jesus’ name, flesh, stop craving that!
We think the sin is a veil that covers us so that God cannot see us… but He actually does see us. He always sees us. Think about the foolishness of Adam and Eve thinking they were hiding from God when they sinned… Do you think He really could not see them?
We cannot do this apart from God. We need to seek the Lord first, we need to drop everything and pursue Him first and foremost.
You said I had access to You without anything between us.
Allow your darkness… your worst thoughts to be drowned out by His light. There is no point at which He cannot enter, even when you are in the midst of the most sinful acts, you can stop and lift up His name in worship! This can be your turning point.
He sees you anyways, no matter what you are doing. There is no hypocrisy. He knows.
So when you are feeling that shame weighing you down, cry out to Him.
In the name of Jesus, shame off!
Bring it to Him in the moment He sees it, immediately. Be freed… you do not need to wait, you do not need to wallow in shame, you do not need to have a period where you feel awful and unloved for what you have done. Be freed immediately in the name of Jesus!
Your purpose is rooted in your identity, your identity is rooted in God’s view of You. Under the blood of Christ, God sees you as perfect.
His Spirit has fully redeemed us. He will pick you up where you are and continue His good work. Giving your children time-outs can give your children a false view of God… God does not force us out of the His presence due to our failings. God doesn’t give us time-outs. We run away from Him, out of shame… just as Adam and Eve did.
He sent Christ to the cross so it didn’t have to be that way. He doesn’t punish us, He disciplines us.
According to Focus on the Family, punishment:
- serves the purpose of inflict penalty for an offence,
- focuses on past misdeeds,
- comes from a place of hostility and frustration on behalf of the one giving it out, and
- results in fear and guilt for the one receiving it.
Discipline, on the other hand:
- serves the purpose of training for correction and maturity,
- focuses on future correct acts,
- comes from a place of love and concern on behalf of the one giving it out, and
- results in feelings of security for the one receiving it.
God says, “I want You in my arms, I don’t anything in between us.”
God has never moved, He’s never changed. It is we who run and hide.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows. -Psalm 23:5
He will set a table right in front of our enemies. Even when you are under attack, and the enemy has you on the ropes… When the accuser has accused you of terrible things and you know you are guilty, start worshiping God. This can be your turning point! Tell God, “I cannot fight this stupid thing without You.”
The root of the word “convict” is “convince”. Convicted criminals are meant to be brought back into society. This is discipline, not punishment. God wants to draw us in closer.
You are in God’s view right now. He does not think you are shameful. You are the apple of His eye, your identity is formed in that very place, that revelation will make him the apple of your eye.
Lord, let these words hit our hearts… reshaping the way we see You. Make it so evident to us that you are ever present… even when we think we are hiding from You and as we see you clearer, reshape the way we see ourselves. We are your masterpieces, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We thank you, for all you have done and we offer up our lives to You and You alone in Jesus name, Amen.
Taken with permission from Mark Gordon’s (@rmarkgordon) message, “Peek-A-Boo He Sees You” from Church in the Hills men’s retreat at Camp Evergreen November 20, 2015.