A few years ago, the Lord took me on a desert journey to reveal the hidden wounds in my heart and soul that were hindering my personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and to know with a healed heart and soul my true identity in Jesus Christ. It is God’s desire for us to live out our true identity in Christ in our thoughts, our emotions and our will (choices). He said that the world will know that we are His by the love we have for each other. We cannot love God or others the way He wants us to until we are truly free from the lies of the enemy about our identity, God’s identity and about other people’s identity. Only the pure love of God the Father can reveal to us who we really are through Jesus – the Way, the Truth, and the Life by the power of Holy Spirit.
In the beginning of my journey to freedom in Christ I wondered why no church leaders had ever taught me about the inner healing, deliverance and restoration that I needed regarding my identity. I had been a Christian for many years and a leader in the church, but the Lord showed me that the identity I had in my soul for all my life was “Rejected.” Deep in my heart I thought of myself as a victim. I believed that I was defective, rejected, unlovable, not good enough, not secure, couldn’t measure up, and definitely not favored. I even called myself “The black sheep of the family.” I believed that God favored others more than me and that He was distant and unwilling to help me. Others were mean, angry, unsafe, untrustworthy, unwilling, and distant. I did not know that my thoughts were based on a core set of beliefs in my mind that were lies all those years. Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” I learned how true that is!
At that time, I was very well discipled and had a diploma in Biblical Studies, but I needed much more. No one had ever equipped me for spiritual warfare. Instead, I had been judged harshly by my authority when I reacted wrong in conflict situations. I knew the scriptures well, for example, Romans 12:2 and Ephesians 6:12, but I never learned “how” to apply them. There was this unspoken belief that when we became Christians we are automatically delivered from evil spirits. That is a lie from the father of lies.
Looking back on my life, I can see that many of my leaders were wounded in their souls and in bondage to lies about their identity also, but did not know it. I had to forgive them for raising me up to be religious and still wounded in my inner being. The truth is that God loves each one of us and wants to heal us and set us completely free from the enemy’s lies. As I come out of agreement with the enemy’s lies and into agreement with the Word of God, I can walk out my transformation as God planned. I am blessed to share the awesome news of His great love and the salvation, deliverance, healing, and restoration that He has already provided for us so we can live in our true identities as sons and daughters of God (2 Corinthians 6:18; 2 Samuel 7:14).
My transformation really accelerated when I learned how to renew my mind. I had many thoughts that needed to be changed. A mental stronghold is a train of thought. God showed me the demonic strongholds in my mind (lies from the enemy) and taught me how to exchange them for godly strongholds based on the Word of God.
Just before that journey in the desert began, I laid on my living room floor and cried out to God to fix whatever was broken in me. What an incredible answer to that prayer I received! Not only did He fix what was broken, He gave me back my identity as “His beloved daughter!”
If you know you are broken and wounded in your heart and soul, I want to give you hope. Your Creator who is the lover of your soul desires to save, deliver, heal and restore you. If you are ready to go down that path with Him, tell Him and trust Him. Jesus is “Love Came Down.” He is our everything ― “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)
If you do not know Jesus, but you want to know more about a relationship with God, read the following.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SAVED?
- Confess that you are a sinner in need of a Savior
- Repent (Metanoeo, meaning to change one’s mind and purpose, as the result of knowledge) from that sin
- Acknowledge and believe that Jesus is the One Savior who can take away your sin (because of His deity, and His death and resurrection)
- Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, the promised Messiah
- Receive the Holy Spirit to guide you in daily life
- Your name will be written in the Lamb’s book of life, where upon death you will not be destined to a life separated from God – instead, you will be ‘saved’ from eternity in hell, and receive access to heaven and eternal fellowship with God
- Seek intimacy with God. As you listen to His voice and come into agreement with His word your soul (thoughts, emotions and choices) will be healed, delivered from the lies of evil spirits and restored to your true identity according to God
The term ‘saved’ simply refers to the standing a believer has in Jesus Christ. With the guarantee of heaven, believers are ‘saved’ from eternal damnation in hell. All who are believers are sealed with the blood of Jesus Christ, and seen as righteous in the eyes of the Lord…’saved’ to be with God in heaven.
THE NEED AND MEANING OF SALVATION EXPLAINED:
The Bible teaches that every person needs salvation from sin. Because of the sin of Adam the first man and because of our own sins we all fall short of the perfect righteousness required for us to be able to live with God. There is no amount of good works, religious activity or moral uprightness that can cancel out the debt of our sin. God has provided for us the only means by which we can be saved. He accomplished this for us through the death of His Son Jesus Christ who suffered and died in our place on the cross of Calvary. There on the cross Jesus made it possible for us to be forgiven our sins by suffering the penalty of death on our behalf. This salvation from God is a gift which He gives to us according to His grace, kindness, mercy and love. We cannot earn it, buy it or merit it ourselves in any way.
In order for us to receive this gift we must exercise personal faith believing the truth of this gospel message and accepting the forgiveness God offers to us. God calls us to repent of our sins, and receive His Son Jesus as our Savior from sin and Lord of our lives. To become a Christian is to join yourself by faith, not to a religious organization but to a person, Jesus Christ, the risen and living Son of God, Savior of the world and Lord of all.
While we are invited to come to God and freely receive this gift by faith we are also warned that those who reject Gods love and authority, and who fail to respond in repentance and faith will be punished by God by being separated from Him in a place called hell forever.
Knowing the love which God has for us and in light of these warnings we urge all to consider the following biblical truths regarding personal salvation and we encourage you to respond to God and the Gospel in faith and obedience.
BIBLICAL TRUTH REGARDING SALVATION: ALL STAND GUILTY BEFORE GOD IN NEED OF SALVATION FROM SIN.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are choosing to make Him Lord over every part of our life. As our relationship with Him grows and we learn to come out of agreement with the lies of the kingdom of darkness and come into agreement with the truth of the kingdom of light, the Holy Spirit of God enables us to recognize the truth and receive the freedom Jesus provides for our deliverance from evil, the healing of our soul (thoughts, emotions, choices), and restoration of our true identity in Him.