Friday, 20 May 2022
“It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak,” – 2 Corinthians 4:13 NLT
One of my all-time favorite movies is The Matrix and the more I watch it, the more it reminds me of my walk with the LORD. On one hand, you have Neo a software engineer who doesn’t think much of himself. On the other, you also have Morpheus who’s received a prophecy that he will find “the one”, the one to liberate the world from its oppressors. The funny thing about Neo is that he knew people believed that he was the chosen one, yet he didn’t believe it himself. When Morpheus was teaching him to fight he was told that when he is ready, he’ll be more powerful than anyone on earth. He was walking around secretly defeated, yet everyone around him saw him as their savior. It was when he found himself in a do-or-die situation, that he tapped into his hidden powers and then realized who he was. It’s at this precise moment that Morpheus said to him, “there is a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path”. You can believe that you are an overcomer yet when the chance to overcome comes, you then cower. The theory alone doesn’t liberate, but the practical application transforms.
Many of us in our walk have been told who we are in GOD and the power that we possess. Most of us “know who we are” yet when trials and challenges come we soon forget and focus on the waves that are heading our way, and as a result, we start to drown like Peter. We forget all the Scriptures we’ve been quoting for all these years. This is when we run around looking for other believers to pray with us, and quoting Scriptures like Matthew 8:19 to justify why we need others to pray with us. We also make sure that our spiritual leaders know our predicament (because we secretly believe their prayers are more powerful) so that we can get as many people as possible praying and interceding on our behalf.
In the above Scripture, 2 Corinthians 4:13, we can see that there is a difference between knowing, and speaking what we know. When I’m up against insurmountable odds my confession will determine my outcome. It first starts with really knowing who I am, and whose I am. A son of a king doesn’t walk around his father’s kingdom unsure of who he is. He commands respect because he knows the surname that he carries. He does not take no for an answer.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” John 16:33 NIV. Since we have Christ in us (Galatians 2:20), the same Christ who has already overcome the world, then who or what can really stop us? Who or what can intimidate us? The trick is to REALLY know who you are, not who your pastor says you are. This identity comes from a personal relationship that you have with the One that defines you, the One that created you for a purpose. This can’t be claimed without a relationship, there is no mind over matter here. I think those who cower when challenges come have not had a revelation of who they are and who they claim to serve [my two cents (don’t quote me on this one)].
This identity comes from a personal relationship that you have with the One that defines you, the One that created you for a purpose