I went to go aWhen tnd see the remake of Lion King the other day, and it’s one thing to watch it as a child it is another to understand the power of the story when it comes to depicting identity.
What do you do when the world shakes and you lose the one thing that you held on to as definition of who you are. When the very core of your belief system gets shaken? Simba has built the whole fibre of his being around the admiration he has for his father, the symbol of good his father, Mufasa, represents, and who his father says he is, who he will one day be, the king.
Then, Scar, like the devil himself comes and attacks the very core of his belief system, takes away his rock, his father and more than that, takes away his belief that he is who his father said he was, a good lion, with a good heart that was meant to be a king.
Simba no longer believes he is who the thought he was, he faces a crisis of identity and because he no longer believes in who he is, he no longer believes he is worthy of the call on his life.
So what do we do when the devil challenges our identity?
it is important to know that our identity is not defined by our past, by the mistakes we have made, or by what others say about us, nor is it defined by our circumstances.
“But as many as receiver Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
- John 1:12
We have been adopted in to Sonship and we must never forget it. That we can stand bold in who God says we are when the devil comes to tell us we are not. To know that this sonship was not by accident, it is not something that can be taken away from you because you made a mistake, God has sealed it with the blood of His Son.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.”
- 1 Peter 2:9
The only way we can stay firm in who we are is through relationship with the Creator. Knowing who we are in Him, comes from knowing Him. Time in the Word and time in prayer.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.”
When the word is hidden in your heart and you pray according to that Word you can trust in the revelation of God for who you are and what you are called to,
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us”
1 John 5:14