Who do you say that you are? Do you know that you carry original magnificence in you?
There is what you call yourself, there is what people call you, and there is the name that God, who knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb, called you by. With your free will, you are in control of whose voice and name you choose to go by. Yours, people’s or God’s? What do you call yourself? How do you define yourself? What and who you choose to define you will determine your life. It will influence the choices that you will make, and those choices will become habit, and your habits will become you.
Who and what you allow allow and permit in your life will determine what you feed your spirit, soul and mind with. If you don’t know who you are, then others will give you a name, and usually it will be a name which they can use to control you and make you their puppet. If you are still unsure of how to define yourself, here is a gentle reminder to ask God, “who am I, truly?”
He knows who you are, who you need and what you need in this journey of life. Like it or not, He created you. God knows your strength, your weak parts, and your inability to activate the divine purpose and ability He put within you. He also knows that He originally created you with His own original magnificence, and will bring it out of you, if you seek Him for help. He wants to be able to do that, but you have to allow Him. It’s your choice. Gentle advise. Stop struggling alone, without Him, stop going round and round in insane circles that bring you negative and empty results. It’s not worth it, life is too short and time is not waiting for you. Forget about the moments you missed, don’t live in regret. God can, and will, bring you up to speed! Discover His purpose in you, answer the call and determine to press in and bury yourself into God and His magnificence and you will deliver not only your own destiny, but that of others. Like it or not, believe it or not, the truth is, many, God, people, Heaven and Earth, await your magnificence in Him. Shine!
Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me. If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” ~Exodus 33:12-13
People want us to bend this way, turn this way, do this, do that, be this, be that, talk this way, don’t talk this way, think this way, don’t think this way. It’s never enough for them. A lot of who they want you to become, is more about them than about you. For the most part, while they are asking you to change, adjust and adapt, and repeat, they are not doing anything about self-improvement or looking in the mirror, neither are they looking out for you, but only for themselves. Very, very few, are unselfish enough to discover who you truly are, what your real name is, and what that names means for you, and for the world.
God is saying, you are more than good enough for Me and I am ready to dust off the other names that pull you down. I want to bring out of you the name that will magnify the magnificence I originally created you with. There is a reason why God gave you the name He gave you. It was not a mistake. You are not a mistake. He deliberately formed you with brilliant magnificence, in accordance to His extremely unique purpose and plan for your life. That purpose is also connected to others. Their lives are at stake, waiting for you to discover, recognize and function in your original state. Wake up and get yourself ready!
At what point do you say enough is enough? At what point do you stop, think and say, “wait a minute. I have a name, and it is mine, I own it, and I get to choose who I become!” When do you stop and define yourself? How long will it take for you to realize that it is crucial for you to discover what you are made of and walk in the revelation of that knowledge? Hopefully, you choose to become someone wonderful, full of what I call the scarce commodities of love, patience, kindness, empathy and generosity. Hopefully, you become who God says that you are, FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE. ~(Psalm 139:14)
6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c] food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”
11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
~Daniel 1:6-15 (NIV)
A gentle advise. Go with, and by, what and who God calls you. It is the only reliable and steady way. He is unchanging, unyielding and unbending in protecting, guiding and leading you. He is relentless in bringing out His purpose within you. God has more hope for you than you do for yourself. He has more faith in you than you do in yourself.
Who do you say that you are? What are you feeding your body, mind, soul and spirit with? Go with God. Choose His magnificence in you. Choose His purpose within you. Your true name is hidden in His purpose for you. Don’t allow yourself to be called by any other name. I speak to you from the heart, and I tell you, it is not worth being called and named by any other voice, not even your own, but by His and only His. People, circumstances, conditions, situations, traditions, cultures, trauma, tragedy, material things, jobs and titles, will give us another name. But only the name He calls us, will withstand every challenge, every other voice, and bring us into purpose-filled, victorious magnificence.
Choose wisely, dear friend. Choose wisely.