Day 2 of 6
Who Are You?
I trust that after spending time with the Creator yesterday you are intrigued to go deeper into the answer to your identity. Every day as you read this plan I want you to remember the statement, “exact likeness in nature and qualities”, from the definition of identity we looked at yesterday. We established that our identity is not wrapped up in what we do but rather it is found in the person of Jesus Christ; therefore in order to know who we are, we must now begin to know who He is. In the book of Genesis, we see how God the Father created everything by the spoken word but when it came to the first man God got personally involved. He did not speak us into existence, but used his hands and dust from the ground to mold and give shape to the form of man. After God formed man that was all, it was a form, a shape but it was not alive and God did not speak the man to life. I get so excited when I think about the awesomeness of humans. Imagine with me for a moment how God took a deep breath in and then blew into the nostrils of man and all of a sudden the dead form became alive. The Bible says, “The man came alive – a living soul” (Genesis 2:7 MSG). God released a part of Himself into man and man became alive.
We are not what we do but the answer to who we are is – I am a living soul. I was not spoken into existence but I was formed and shaped by the very hand of God and then the very breath of God makes me alive and continues to sustain me. I get overwhelmed every time I ponder the thought of who I really am. It should then come as no surprise that the enemy of our soul, better known as Satan, is after our identity. Being a living soul sets us apart from the rest of creation and from this point of understanding, we are then enabled to function in our God-given purpose. I often used the excuse of, “I’m only human” to cover my mistakes and live outside my purpose. The enemy loves it when we downplay what being human really means. Being a living soul allows me to commune and have fellowship with God. It allows me to make intelligent and godly decisions and choices. It allows me to have emotions and be moved with compassion. Most of all, it allows me the opportunity to be like Jesus. We are made in the image and likeness of God with a soul consisting of the mind, will, and emotions. We have the ability to think, we have senses to access this natural realm and we have the ability to choose. As you sit at your Heavenly Father’s feet today may you ponder on the truth that God’s very breath is sustaining you right now and celebrate the fact that you are a living soul!
“If we take our meaning in life from our family, our work, a cause, or some achievement other than God they enslave us” Tim Keller
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:26-28 KJV
And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Genesis 2:5-7 KJV