It is always said by People that have been around the block for awhile that you won't know who you are until at least your forties. And sometimes then you still don't know who you are. I always wanted to know that by who's standards and what standards determine that we have reached the point that we know who we are? So many struggle at wondering who they are, how they fit in, where they fit in, are they good enough? All these question that leave a big ? I always knew that for my age I was mature and I pretty much knew what I wanted in life because of what I had been through as a child, and I knew I wanted to be better than what I saw. I often kept the words of those older than me that I will not know who I am until I am at least forty. I kind of second guessed if the things I so desired or had in my heart were the same things I would want when I was forty. I heard Oprah says this many times on her show that even after 40 you are still trying to figure out who you are. I knew for a fact that I did not want that to be me. Once I started getting deeper into God's words and knowing that since I know Jesus I have an identity in him. That I am marked and sealed and have been set apart. Everything that I was prior to him has passed away and all things have become new. What I am saying is that maybe before I was born again I may not have known who I was until I was forty, but now that I have the Christ living on the inside of me I know who I am right now! If you are 18, 19, 20, even 30 you can know who you are right now! There is no age limit with God, you don't have to wait until you have children, have a husband, or a great job title, a great car, or a certain amount of money. You can know who you are at this very moment!
This is awesome news! Right now you may be at your computer wondering when things will change for you, when will things get better in your marriage. You may have devoted you all into your husband children or even Job. You may say apart from all those things you are no one. But beloved I am here to tell you that the devil is a liar! The God that created heaven and earth, the God that sits up high and looks down low, the God who never slumber nor sleep, the God who does not have a beginning or ending has given you an identity through his precious son Jesus Christ! He has called you to be a friend of his. He has called YOU into fellowship with him! 1Cor 1:9 says God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. He has called you! Your identity is Christ! You are a child of the Most High!
Let's look at Joseph for a moment. Joseph at the age of 17 was sold into slavery by his brothers. Joseph has dreams! God gave Joseph dreams that as far as his brothers and father were concerned were dreams to rule over them! They did not like that but Joseph believed every dream and he held onto them. Before those dreams he did not know who he was but when God started working with him he began to have an identity. So he was sold and when he was bought by an officer of the Pharaoh of Egypt named Potiphar, God was with him (Gen 39:2) God made him successful! Now Joseph was only 17 years old when God gave him an identity. It was not at thirty or forty but at age 17! Had he not have the favor of God with him he may have been an elder man when he truly became to know who he was.
As Joseph's story continues he became the right hand man of Potiphar and he left Joseph in charge of all he had. The only one thing he withheld from Joseph was his wife. His wife wanted Joseph but Joseph was smart, had respect, has wisdom, had a goodness about him, that he did resisted temptation. When you have an identity in God you can do things that you can't do outside of him. God being with Joseph helped him to resist her, the empowering presence of God helped him. Potiphar's wife lied to him and said Joseph tried to lay with her. Joseph tried to state his case but he was not believed and was thrown into prison.
Joseph was in prison found favor by interpreting the dreams of some guards of Pharaoh that he was angry with and then interpreted the dreams of the Pharaoh then he was released from prison and and was in charge of all the land in Egypt! He knew that God was with Joseph and placed him in charge. I am going to skim through this but you can read his story in Genesis!
There was a famine and Joseph was prepared for it and people from all over came to buy food from Joseph. His brothers that has sold him 20 years before came there to buy food not knowing that Joseph their brother they sold into slavery was the man in charge. Joseph recognized them and remembered his dreams from when he was 17 years old. He has some feelings toward them for doing what they had done and called them spies, he did not reveal who he was at that time. After making them go and come go and come he could not hold off his identity any longer he made himself known. He knew who he was years ago but it was not time to show his family who he was. He said I am Joseph! (Genesis 45:2)
It is time that you say who you are! I know for a long time I wanted to know who I was other than a mother, other than a wife, other than a sister. But I can say like Joseph said...I am Toccara a child of God! I am:
The redeemed (Colossians 1:13-14)
The chosen one (1 peter 2:9)
The justified ( Romans 3:24)
Set Free Romans (6:17-18)
I am the one who can do all things through Christ (Phillippians 4:13)
I am the one who has recieved the spirit that is from God (1 Cor 2:2)
I am Loved by God ( John 3:16)
I am a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 corinthians 5:17)
I am the one that does not have to worry(Matthew 5:31-34
Iam the one that does not have to afraid( Psalm 56:11)
I am God's handiwork (Eph 2:10)
I am 28 years old and I know who I am! I know who I am in Christ! If I had listened to the worlds ideas on when we reach an age of knowing who we are I would not be the woman I am today. Joseph knew fully who he was at a young age and even if he had not know who he was until he made himself known it would have been at age 37 years old when he revealed himself to his brothers. God standards are not like the world standards, if you are struggling today with wanting to know who you are my question for you today is if you are A christian and whatever age you are you are a child of God and there are somethings like the ones stated above that you are. I gave you the scriptures behind them and I recommend that you read them, meditate upon them and get to know today who you are. The Ancient of Days knows who you are right now, he has know since the foundation of the world but he want you to know what he already knows. I pray that this bless you! If you need prayer please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to pray with you and believe God with you concerning the issues of life and your desires of knowing who you are in Christ! You will no longer have to ask your self Who Am I?
Written by Toccara Feliciano BeautifulAwakeningMinistry Feb 16th2011