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Who Are You?
by Michael Daniel

Who are you? Are you what you are thinking or what you are going through?
When you worry does that make you, worry itself? When you're angry have you actually become that anger?

We must remember that worry, just as doubt, frustration, anger, guilt, sorrow, depression, anxiety, fear and all the other negatives, are Gods tools to bring about His miraculous positives. We must not "use our heads" to define or try to understand God. Could it be that He is the reverse, the opposite of much of what we've been taught about Him?

There is this word, "allow", for example. Did God allow all the plagues to happen to Job, or did He cause them? Well for those who are about to have a heart attack at the thought of God causing something bad to happen, here are a few examples straight from the book.

"Then all his brothers, and all his sisters, and all that had known him before, came to him, and they ate bread with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought on him." Job 42:11 nasb

Now why would God make Job; "perfect and upright"(Job1:1 KJV) if He intended to unleash all hell on him? Because He's God, and God works in VERY mysterious ways.

"Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul and an evil spirit from the Lord terrorized him." 1 Samuel 16:14 nasb

An evil spirit from WHO, terrorized Saul?

"I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside Me; I girded thee, though thou hast not known Me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me. I am the Lord and, there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do ALL these things." Isaiah 45: 5,6,7 KJV

I'm not saying that Satan isn't evil. Of course he is, but God created him so He must have had a definate purpose for doing so. The All Knowing God couldn't have NOT known what Satan was, or is going to do, could He?

Could it be that we worry so much about what Satan is doing, or might do, that we completely ignore what Jesus has ALREADY DONE? Satan has been defeated, PAST TENSE! The only way he can have any power over us at all, is if we believe that he can. Believing a lie doesn't make it the truth, it's still a lie.

The bible doesn't read that Satan put these evils on Job and Saul. There are hundreds of examples in the bible, old and new testaments, that quote God as putting evil on people and causing calamity and suffering. God destroyed the entire population of this planet, at least once that we know of, and He did not merely allow it to happen. God Himself killed every man, woman and child on the face of the earth, except for one family. Why does He do the things He does the way He does them? Because He's GOD and He can do what He wants and WILL do what He wants and nothing can change that, nor stop His will from being done.

God wills and does as He pleases, NOT as we please. We have been brainwashed into using our heads instead of our hearts. Maybe we should be more closed minded and more open hearted. Maybe, instead of relying on the teaching of men and women, we should embrace the Holy Spirit of Truth within us and totally depend on God.

"But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in Heaven. And do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is Christ." Matthew 23:8,9,10 nasb

"These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. And as for you, the annointing (Holy Spirit) which you received from Him abides IN YOU, and you have no need for ANYONE to teach you; but as His annointing (Holy Spirit) teaches you about ALL THINGS, and is true and is not a lie, and just as It has taught you, you abide IN HIM." 1 John 2:26,27 nasb

God is not punishing us. He's growing us up to know we are His children and that our true identity is IN HIM. He is bringing His chosen, (see Jeremiah 31:31-34), to the place He purposed us. Through all the negatives He is rending every putrid stench of false self from us and awakening us to who we truly are.

We were crucified on that cross with Him. We were buried in that tomb with Him, and three days later how many lives came out of that grave? ONE! We were resurrected IN HIM!

We are the Righteousness of God in Christ! Holy, blameless and made perfect IN His Glorious Son. When we stop believing the lie that we are seperate from God and know the truth that we are ONE with God IN CHRIST, we can rest.

Christ was made One with The Father through the most torturous agony imaginable. Father is bringing about in us the awareness of our Oneness with Him through, just a touch, of the suffering our dear Lord Jesus went through. He loves us so much He has purposed us to share in His suffering and through that suffering He brings the rest of His flock into His Bosom. (see Jeremiah 23:1-4 and 2 Corinthians 4:7-15)

"For God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7

Who are you? Who is in your heart?