Thank you for joining me for the continuation of 7 Truths to Remember About Betrayal! If you missed the first installments you can find them here:
Week 1 – An overview. What are the 7 truths?
Week 2 – Betrayal and Guilt: The Truth You Need to Know
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It’s a word or a topic we hear frequently these days. It’s also at the heart of much of what I write about. Like here and here. I believe it is important because our identity is who we are. And who we are is revealed in how we live our lives. It’s about our dreams, our passions, and the fulfilling of our purpose.Our #identity is revealed in how we live our life. Click To Tweet
My personal story of identity is less than stellar. I was clueless. A young and impressionable girl grabbing her identity from the world around her, rather than the God within her.
I didn’t know who I was, or Whose I was. I walked into brokenness by wearing the labels of the world on my soul.
Betrayal oozes with lies. Every. Single. Time. The enemy rejoices in it and works heartily at ensuring we clothe ourselves in the titles insinuated by the offender so that we ultimately identify as a victim.
Because as a victim we will not fulfill our purpose. And as a victim we will not see victory.
But, my sweet friends, betrayal is not our identity.
I get it. I get the hurt. I get the lies the enemy whispers. I hear them, too.
“You are not worthy of respect”,
“You were a fool”,
“You’ll never accomplish your dream.”
But listen to this truth – People do not betray based upon the worth of those they betray. They choose to betray because of a brokenness deep inside themselves. An unredeemed sin in their hearts is acting out the betrayal.
We need only look at the example of Judas. His betrayal obviously wasn’t based upon the worth of Jesus. It birthed out of his own sin.
Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him. John 13:26-27
Sin may fling daggers of ugliness our way, but as a child of God, being a victim is not our story.As a child of God,being a victim is not our story. #identity Click To Tweet
You see, believing in Jesus isn’t just about a ticket to Heaven. It’s also about the victory we have right here on earth right now. Being a follower of Jesus gives us an identity that no power of darkness can ever steal from us.
Cal Jernigan, my Pastor, spoke today these words, “You were not just saved. You were saved for a reason. You were not just rescued from the world. You were rescued for the world.”
It was truth that gave me goosebumps, you guys! Because if we were rescued for the world, there is no way Jesus rescued us to live life encumbered by the title of victim.
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:37 (NLT)
So, who am I?
The injured? The betrayed? The broken?
Stuck in the muddy pit of the betrayer’s sin? Wearing their sin on my back as my label?
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” Romans 1:16-17
I am a victor because my identity is in King Jesus.
He trumps all other sin.
All other darkness.
All other labels.
He washes the label of victim off me and replaces it with one that no one can take away.
He labels me as VICTORIOUS.
That is why we can take each whisper and cancel it out with truth. When the enemy tells us we will never fulfill our purpose? We laugh in his face and say, “I am following my King and He will lead me to and through my purpose.”
When he whispers lies about our worth? We tell him to move on back because, “My Jesus, the King of the Universe, says I’m precious in His sight.”
The other night I had the opportunity to listen to Jamie Winship speak. He spoke about abiding in Jesus in a way that had never before registered in my soul.
Abiding is what we need to do in the face of betrayal. We rest in the warm and loving, but safe and fierce protection of the One True King.
There we find a supernatural peace that rises above all else in the world.
There the betrayal has no sting.
There you rise from victim to victor.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (NIV)
Friends, rewrite the lies when you hear them. Filter them through the title of Victor and the truth of Jesus. Live them and give testimony to them. God will use your story to usher victory in for another.
Dearest Jesus, You are the King of Kings and the only One worthy of our praise. You created us unique and wonderful in your image. You saved us for a reason and You rescued us for a reason. Lord, fill us with an understanding of this that we cannot deny. Let our identity as Yours seep into every corner and crevice of our hearts, souls, and minds. May this armor deflect every angry dagger thrown by the enemy and may betrayal lose its sting. Lord, I pray that we run to You and abide in You, resting peacefully in the encompassing knowledge that in You our identity is holy, pure, righteous, and wonderful. May each of us be convicted of our victory and live our lives fulfilling the purpose You have set before us. In Your precious and holy Name I pray. Amen
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