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Cracking the Identity Riddle (4)

YOUR TRUE IDENTITY. – A spiritual perspective.

Since the beginning of this series, I have tried to establish the fact that our identity is not so much of what we have or have accomplished. But much more of where we’re from and the essence of our being. What we have or have accomplished comprise mostly of WHAT we are. But WHO we are is a function of our source, heritage and purpose.
So who are you (or am I) really? Let’s look at it from a spiritual perspective.

Man is not a ‘Physical’ being with a ‘Spiritual’ experience. Man is a Spiritual being with a Physical experience. We are first SPIRITS before we are humans. Hence our true identity is a spiritual one.
If you are in Christ Jesus – Born Again; then your identity is in Christ. (If not, I hope this post leads you to Christ.)

There are five (5) key aspects of your identity in Christ which you must know and always remember.
1. We are sons (and daughters) of the Living God. (John. 1:12)(1 Pet. 2:9)
You have your source in God, so your origin is Divine and hence your very essence.
2. Created in His Image and after His Likeness. (Gen.1:26)
You were designed with a form and functionality of divinity and that is why you too are a god. So your potentials are limitless. You are divine.
3. Made kings and a Priests unto God (Rev. 5:10)
You are royalty by heritage and priestly by imputed authority. So you can Decree as a king and Declare as a priest and Heaven will back it up. You are royalty.
4. With a mandate to reign and rule on earth. (Rev. 5:10)
The earth is your domain and all the elements of it are under your command. You are not subject to it but rather, it is subjected to you. The earth is your sphere of influence.
5. As ambassadors of the Heavenly Kingdom. (2 Cori. 5:20)
And we do all we do to ‘Re-Present’ God’s Kingdom. We are first and foremost Citizens of Heaven (God’s Kingdom), so we demonstrate our allegiance to that Kingdom.

However, to activate this identity in our everyday lives and see the manifestations of it, first you must get to know who you are in Christ. – knowledge is the key.
And if you are not yet born again, I invite you to make Jesus the Lord of your life. – Jesus is the Way. Then very importantly, you must THINK, SPEAK and ACT in the light of who you are.

What you think and say is what determines your reality. And how you act communicates that reality. Activate and Manifest your Identity.

God bless you.

Peter Akhere

WiVirt.

Cracking the Identity Riddle (1)

WHO ARE YOU?
Now this is a question that many have struggled to answer for many years. It has even been a constant reoccurring dilemma for humanity. – many are existing without a clear sense of who they really are (Identity) and why exactly they are here (Purpose).

While this series is not predominantly about purpose, we will see as we go along that a good understanding of identity almost always reveals your Purpose and vice versa.

So who are you?

Before you attempt to answer that question, let us quickly note here that there is a significant difference between ‘WHO’ and ‘WHAT’. So there is such a concept as ‘who you are’ as well as ‘what you are’.

Let us distinguish… (going beyond the surface meanings of the words)

‘WHO’ is a question of Inherent Nature, Origin, Heritage, Purpose and Function (Your assignment)

“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” – (Mat. 16:13-17)

For emphasis: “Thou art the Christ (The Anointed One – talking about his inherent nature), the Son (positional heritage) of the living God (origin and source).” And Jesus later went on to establish his purpose and assignment on that premise.

‘WHAT’ on the other hand is a question of things and attributes that we acquire here on earth by virtue of the life we have lived thus far. Examples are achievements and possessions, titles and status, etc…

So when a man says “I am the managing director of XYZ Ltd”, he is simply referring to ‘what’ he is. – not who he is.
“I am the richest man in my country” is only telling you ‘what’ I am (in terms of financial attainment) – not who I am.
Even your name is (sometimes) not who you are. It’s merely a tag for addressing you.

To answer the question of ‘who you are’, you must first acknowledge your Inherent Nature and origin in God, your (spiritual) heritage and your purpose.

SOME KEY POINTS TO NOTE

‘WHAT’ is temporal and subject to change.
‘WHO’ is eternal and permanent.

‘WHAT’ is subjective. (It varies)
‘WHO’ is objective. (It’s constant)

Until you know who you are in God, it doesn’t really matter what you are; your life will be nothing more than a series of misguided adventures.

Do not be overly concerned about what you are (even though it is also important and has its place) that you forget WHO you are.

So again I ask, WHO ARE YOU?

…To be continued.

Peter Akhere
#WiVirt.

When We Were Brave.

I was born in relatively unknown African village, in the south southern part of Nigeria. Back in those days, we didn’t have so much toys to play with. There weren’t high fences to ‘cage’ us in. In fact, there were no fences at all. As infants, we crawled on bare earth and sometimes ate of the the ‘sweet scenting’ sand. And as we grew, the sand – reddish brown earth – was our companion. We played in the sand, fought in the sand and were remarkably creative with the use of the sand. As far as the sand was concerned, there was nothing to fear – Because we were brave.
Childhood was a time of great adventure. There was nothing we couldn’t do or be and whatever our minds imagined, we gave expression to it in ways that amazed and (sometimes) terrified the adults.

Yes, the sand was our Kingdom and everything connected with it was our resources.

We were hunters, hunting grasshoppers in grown and lush grass fields.

We were actors, playing roles of ‘Father’, ‘Mother’ and children.

We were warriors, wrestling to the ‘death’ of anyone who dared challenge us to a contest.

We were chefs who could ‘cook’ the most delicious cuisines in our empty milk tins on top of our improvised ‘fireplace’.

We were movie stars too, for we could recreate and reanimate out favourite ‘Rambo’ and ‘Van Dam’ movies in the bush and uncompleted buildings.

We made pistols out of wood and made machine guns out of cocoyam stems well fitted together with broomsticks.

We scaled walls and jumped off treetops. We climbed thorny orange trees and ant-infested mango trees many times without clothes except dirty muddy pants, just to get to the fruits that our stones and sticks could not reach. We weren’t afraid of the thorns or the ants, because we were brave.
And to my personal favourite, we were ‘Olympic Medalists’ who reigned supreme in local sports and games. We would organise our teams and train ourselves in different kinds of sports ranging from high jumps to long jumps and even acrobatics (our own form of gymnastics).

I remember being a grand champion once, having become the ‘last man standing’ in our village regional contest of the one who could do any stunt that anyone else could do and yet still perform a stunt that no one else could perform.

We would mark out our competition ‘arena’ and use a spade to soften the ground by breaking them into clods and sometimes wetting it with water. We had a ‘liftoff’ constructed out of coconut branches, firmly fixed at one end of the ‘arena’ and then the games begin. We would run with maximum speed towards the ‘liftoff’ and upon takeoff, we would perform different twists and turns in the air before touching back down. If you land on your feet without falling, you scored a point, otherwise, you lost a point. And you can bet that as far those stunts went, we were fierce, we were daring and we were brave. Some would fold their hands to perform a stunt and some would even clap their hands through their styles just to be unique.

My mother would often scream at the top of her voice in fear for the safety of her dear son. She feared I might fall and break a bone and maybe lose my life. But I had no such fear and had no such care. Those were days when we were brave.

Many years have past since then and as I reminisce, I realise how much we have changed. – how much I have changed.
With the much acquired knowledge of gems and bacteria, we’re now afraid to get our hands ‘dirty’.

Now we think less of what we could do and become, and think more of what we COULDN’T do or become.
Our fear of failure restrains us more than our passion for success propels us.
And because we are afraid that if we ‘venture out’, we might lose, we focus on SAFETY. We think ‘safety’, we talk ‘safety’ and so we live (and die) in the SAFE ZONE. – Forgetting that there was a time when we were brave. Let’s be BRAVE again!

 

(C) Peter Akhere

Believe in Yourself

Perhaps one of the worst injustice you can ever do to yourself is to continously doubt your capacity and your potentials. Many of us have heard it times without number that “Whatever your mind can CONCEIVE and BELIEVE, It can ACHIEVE.” And to most people, this is just a Motivational Jargon. But whether you like it or not, it holds true nonetheless.
There are TWO personalities whose opinion about you matter most in life and once these two are in your favour, NOTHING (or No One) will be able to stop you.
The first Personality is God. That means His opinion about you is CRITICALLY FUNDAMENTAL. But we need not worry about this one because God’s opinion about you (and me) is one of absolute positivity. He says you’re ‘More than a Conqueror’, a king and a priest, and one who has ALL of His ability at your disposal.
The second personality whose opinion matters just as much (which you should be more concerned about) is YOU. What you believe about yourself sets the tone for how your life will unfold. Whether you will succeed or fail, prosper or not… will boil down to what you truly believe about yourself. So start developing some confidence in your innate abilities and see how your life begins to change.
It is commonly said that ‘One with God is a majority’. But I dare say that ‘One with God is a complete #Totality.’
Remember that God made you in His image and after His Likeness. And He is no Failure – Neither did He make (you) a failure. So Believe in God and believe in Yourself.

#You_will_succeed.
God bless you Abundantly.

Let’s talk about WISDOM.

Where it all Begins.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

The foundation for gaining and growing in wisdom is actually an acknowledgement of the fact that you either lack it or that you do not have enough of it. You cannot gain access to (God’s) wisdom with a mentality that is self sufficient. You must first ACKNOWLEDGE and ADMIT that you do not have (enough of) it.
We live in a generation where it has become very easy to pretend to be knowledgeable. Yes, almost anyone with a smart phone and access to the Internet considers himself smart. But common sense still let us understand that there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom.
Some people cannot admit that they do not know. Some cannot accept open correction. And some do not accept correction at all, whether open or secret. With these kinds of people, true wisdom will always be far.
There are some others who although have learned quite a lot in their fields are always open to corrections and advice. They constantly admit that they do not know it all and some would even ask for open advice and suggestions from as many that can give it (including from subordinates). These are the kinds of people with whom wisdom resides.
Notice in the scriptural verse above, that it is only those who first acknowledge that they lack wisdom that will ask.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask…”

If you do not acknowledge it, you will not ask. And this principle is not only applicable to receiving from God, but also to receiving through men (as channels).
It is only a person who acknowledges his deficiency and ignorance in an area that can position him/herself to learn and grow in that area.
Many people today are in marriages and relationships that can best be described as ‘Disasters’ yet, they will never go for counselling or even buy (and actually read) a book on relationships or marriage. They just believe that they know how to handle it.
Some people are occupying positions of authority and they bear titles that suggests that they are ‘leaders’. Yet, in the very practical sense of it, their leadership ‘sucks’. They just cannot accept suggestions or corrections or advice from their ‘followers’ (afterall, they’re the boss). But Moses demonstrated to us that even a Prophet that hears directly from God can still learn from man. (Remember Moses and Jethro)
Never be too Big, too Advanced, too Schooled or too High in Position to acknowledge that you still do not know it all. It is the Foundational Prerequisite for Wisdom.
Remember Solomon. First he acknowledged that he lacked it and so he asked for it, then he got it.
Apply the same principle in everything you do.

God bless you Abundantly.

In Life’s Race…

In life’s race, you don’t stay ”in front” to win.
You stay ”on course” – On ”your” lane to obtain the prize.

In life’s race you don’t get disqualified for falling down.
You get disqualified for STAYING DOWN.

Life’s race requires more of STAMINA than SPEED – more of tenacity, persistence and staying power. Because Life’s race is more of a MARATHON than a SPRINT.

Life’s Race respects FOCUS over ABILITY, CLARITY over SKILL and DETERMINATION over STRENGTH.

In Life’s Race, you’re not competing against the other runners.
You’re competing against yourself AND Time.

So quit looking at the other runners, else you MISS YOUR STEP!

You will #SUCCEED.

Listen to Yourself

A dying old man said to his doctor while on the sick bed ” Doctor, don’t worry. I know I am going to die. I didn’t want to come here but they brought me here.

Please don’t worry about me, look at my hair, they are gone. I am so old but you are so young. I have learnt a lot from life, if you don’t mind I will tell you some of them before I die.

When I was 4 years, I use to think the world is about me. When I turned 14, I wanted to rule the world. I thought I would be the greatest man that ever lived. When I was 21, I wanted to be the richest man, when I was 25, I wanted to find love, when I was 40, I wanted to be helpful to everyone. Now that I am here, I want to die. You see, I wanted so many things at so many times. Most importantly, I wanted to be happy. I thought the best way to be happy is to listen to others.

When I wanted to enter the University, I wanted to study Zoology but everyone said I should study Engineering that I will be a great Engineer. So I listened to them. I had no one to pay my fees, I had to work and also pay my fees. In my third year, I couldn’t cope with my studies, I had to drop. When I dropped, the same people told me “you should have studied Zoology”!

When I turned 28, everyone said I should marry. That I needed a wife. So I listened to them, I got married. 6 years into the marriage, I caught my wife sleeping with my neighbour. I asked her why and she slapped me. I was angry and didn’t say anything. The next day I returned from work, she had run away with my children, now I am dying a lonely man.

At 40, I got a huge contract. My name was in the news. The next day, all my friends and families were at my house, everyone had a serious problem. Within one week, I spent all the money on them with the promise that they will pay back. I could not complete the contract because they refused to return the money as promised. So I was sent to jail for 6 years. I stayed in jail and I came out. When I came out, they were nowhere.

There was one mistake I made through all this time. Now it is clear to me. Let me tell you about it. I refused to listen to myself. I ignored my own self and listen to others. Now that I am here the only person that is with me is myself.

You see, it is very good to listen to others. It is very wise to seek advice from others. But it is very dangerous to ignore your own self. It is very dangerous to refuse to pay attention to your heart.

When you get home this night, sit down, take a glass of water. Close your eyes if you want or open it if you want, then talk to yourself, reason with yourself. You can walk down the road alone and as you walk, begin to talk to yourself.

The only person that can overrule yourself is God, after God, listen to yourself next. I know it may not make sense to you now but always remember I told you LEARN TO LISTEN TO YOURSELF.