Identity determines destiny


Identity determines destiny. 


Have you ever had a name or specific characteristic – whether or not it was true – spoken over you? Have you ever had anyone point out an insecurity and claim it as your identity? Maybe growing up people commented on your academic proficiency, or your skill on the sport’s field, or your creativity, or your weight, or your family circumstance. 


When someone with authority over our lives speaks identity over us, it usually ends up sticking with us in some way. I grew up hearing that “I was a pleasure to have in class” and now as an adult I find myself seeking intellectual validation at any and every level. As I entered middle school, I heard important people in my life make comments about my body, creating in me a special kind of hatred for the way I looked and years of an unhealthy relationship with food and fitness. 


Identity determines destiny. 


In 2 Peter 1:17-18, Peter alludes to two moments in Jesus’ life when God the Father spoke identity and calling in one sentence. At Jesus’ baptism and at His transfiguration on Mount Horeb before the crucifixion, God claims from heaven, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” The Heavenly Father speaks this over Jesus before He stepped into His ministry of sharing the good news of the Kingdom of God and before He fulfilled His purpose on earth by paying the ultimate sacrifice. 


Identity determines destiny. 


The words that God spoke over His Son weren’t like the words that we hear spoken over us so often. The identity that God gave Jesus was true and perfect because God Himself is true and perfect. When we let the identity that God gives through the blood of Jesus, we are able to step into our ministry and fulfill our purpose. When we choose to believe that, through Jesus, we are worthy, redeemed, victorious, and “partakers of God’s divine power” (2 Peter 1:4), we are able to be the person we were created to be. 


I want to encourage you today to redefine your identity with the truth of God’s word. Know that you are loved, that you are chosen, that you are worthy. Know that there is grace and mercy for you. Know that God has a plan for your life – a plan for your good and His glory. Reflect on the false identities that you have made your own and offer them in surrender to God, and allow His healing to flow through your veins. Because, after all, identity determines destiny. 


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