“God is in the midst of his city, secure and never shaken. At daybreak his help will be seen with the appearing of the dawn.” Psalm 46:5 TPT
“And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].” Romans 12:2 AMP
Picture a beautiful sky-scraping tower in downtown New York City. You see it’s ominous majestic beauty as it gracefully touches the cloud line. Large structures like this one are a wonder to view, these large buildings can take our breath away. They may seem quite intimidating as they stand out among the other buildings. What if I told you this amazing craftsmanship of architecture was nothing more than a hollow shell? What if you opened the front door and it was just a huge gaping space with nothing holding it up? Knowing that even the slightest breeze could blow this beautiful towering structure straight down to the ground. This hollow building is an image that the Lord had shown me years ago. This tower that looked mighty and strong on the outside, but was hollow and shallow on the inside, was actually a picture of me. The Lord was showing me who I really was and what I was really building for many years was in fact just a hollow building of false identity.
Unfortunately, many people walk around the world today as beautiful hollow empty structures. “They” look the way magazines and television tell them “they” should look. “They” care way too much about what others think of them, and “they” simply go with the flow of the world. The latest fad or hairstyle, “they’ve” got it, and “they” can probably tell just how “last season” you look. Well I will let you in on a little secret about “they”.….”they” don’t really know who “they” are, because “they” have been too busy following fads trying to be a “they” instead of a “who.”
The problem with “they’s” is that they are too busy trying to fit in and be accepted that “they” never truly figure out who “they” really are. If you don’t know “who” you are than you can’t do what you were created to do. God created individuals, with individual talents, callings, anointing, and destinies. I have heard several girls say, “I just wish I looked like her.” The problem is if you are so busy trying to look like someone else you will never be “who” you are supposed to be in life.
We end up building false identities when we compare ourselves with one another, and are looking at other individuals for what we believe we should be. This creates hollow buildings that might look good on the outside, but when things get difficult in life those false identities like the hollow building will crash to the ground. Along with the destruction of false identity can come anxiety, depression and even self-hatred. When you are not pursuing who God has called you to be, and getting to know who you truly are in Christ it is hard to do what God has called you to do and this will leave you feeling dissatisfied with life.
I want to encourage you today to begin asking God to show you who you are, and what does it mean to know your identity in Christ. You can do this by just simply asking God to first forgive you for building a false identity. Then ask Him to begin renewing your mind from the ways of this world. Allowing God to start from scratch in your thought process of what is truly beautiful and perfect in his eyes. Then ask Him to fill you up with His knowledge of who you are, and what He has created for just you.
Pretty soon, as you continue to pursue Him gaining the Fathers unconditional love for you, you might even realize that you don’t really like or enjoy the things you used to like and enjoy. You will begin to build a beautiful tower with a firm foundation, filled with substance, and the fulfillment of who you are in Christ. A building that cannot be shaken, and not fall, because it is set on the Father’s love, and true identity in Christ.