Each day we are faced with making choices, and those choices can stem from our economic and social status as well as our physical and physiological characteristics that we are born with. Choices always impact us, other people and our future and are often based on how we see ourselves, others and God. Our past circumstances shape our character and how we may react and respond to life situations presently, thus affecting our identity as God has originally created us to be.

In fact, we can literally abort the dream or the vision that God has ordained for our lives because of a mistaken identity. Psalm 139 says that the eyes of the Lord saw our unformed substance and that each day of our life has been predestined even before we were formed in our mother’s womb. In His book were written all the days of our lives and His thoughts are so precious towards us that they would even outweigh the number the granules of sand.

As a pastor I will often meet people who have had a case of a stolen identity because of past trauma that has shaped their thoughts into a false sense of authenticity. At times I can even go as far to say that they make a monument of their past errors, which only causes a recurrence of bad choices, which in turn causes woundedness to stay in their souls. It is only when we make the conscious decision to face these fears and allow the Holy Spirit to go back into the area of woundedness that true healing can occur.

In 1 John 4:18-20 the Amplified version states that there is no fear in love (dread does not exist), but full grown (complete perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and (so) he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love (is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection!). What this is saying is that it is not until we get a real true grasp on the love of our Heavenly Father and only when that love truly begins to take shape in our lives that we will begin to take on our true God-given Identity. When we begin to call on Him, He will answer and show us great and mighty things which empower us to walk out our God-given assignments while we are on this earth.

He literally then begins to recalibrate our lives, making small changes in the way that we think about things so that bigger changes can be made to the overall picture. The perfect love of God empowers us to perceive things in a whole different way which enables us to forgive not only ourselves but others as well, giving us a freedom that we may have never experienced. God loves us so much that He will leave the 99 to go get that ones that are lost, especially those who have had a mistaken identity. There is no wall he won’t kick down and no lie that He won’t tear down if we are only willing to let Him in.

-Pastor Dawn White, Lite-Shine Ministries Incorporated, Williamsport