I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know This About Yourself…
I’m about to tell you something you may not already know… If you have made Jesus Christ Lord of your life, if you have given your life to Him, you have a new identity.
(At the moment that you are reading those words, I trust the Holy Spirit is playing the Superman theme music into your head). Now I want you to do three things… Ready?
If you are not already standing up, get up onto your feet. Come on! You can do it! Rise up!
Now that you have risen up, stand with your legs apart and place your hands on your hips!
Raise your chin up and try to look majestic because YOU are a warrior for the Lord. Oh yes you are! I kid you not! When you received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you also received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and that was your seal of superhero dome. YOU are a super hero for the Lord.
Oh yes…. YOU have been accepted into the Kingdom of Heaven and you are now officially a superhero for the Kingdom of God. Yep! YOU are part of God’s Called Remnant! Mightier than a Marvel Superhero! And if you allow yourself – you will surround yourself with other Superheroes that God will align you with because YOU are part of the body of Christ! And you have a significant contribution to make in His name! And the only one that you stand accountable to – is the LORD! Your instructions come from Him!
Visualize this – on the outside people just see the person that you are. Your character, the things that the world defines as who they think you are. Just as Superman and Supergirl and all the superheroes you were taught of as a child have disguises. YOU are disguised in your every- day persona life. What they don’t know (unless you choose to reveal it) is that a change has ensued and now you have a calling on your life. YOU are called to live a victorious life. You are called to intercede for those who are walking in darkness. YOU are a SUPERHERO for the Lord. Your weapons? They are so much more powerful than any that you have read about as a child. YOU have the Word of God! You have the power of prayer! You have ministering angels and warring angels encompassed all around you. As long as you remember WHO YOU ARE IN HIM you can wield your weapons with great strength!
And as you do, it is important for you to remember that “It is not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit.” Says the Lord.
Oh we can do nothing in and of ourselves. It was never us. It has always been Him! And ol’ slewfoot and his dominions know that with God’s power behind you, YOU are a force to be reckoned with! And that is why it is important for you to remember a few things:
- Pray without ceasing! Even as you go through the mundane task that seems to take precedence over us doing the every day tasks in our daily life. It can be annoying when all you want to do is bask in the word of God and in the presence of His Holy Spirit – but Superhero! But there is work for you to do! Rise up! God has a calling on your life. YOU have become part of the Called Remnant! God is calling you by name. (Isaiah 43:1) He has plans in store for you! Plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) and more importantly – plans to glorify His name! (Are you surprised? Did you feel as though you had no worth? – THAT is one of the biggest lies of the devil. When God formed you in your mother’s womb I can picture Him excited over you! Speaking promises over you! Delighting you! You are a work of art! YOU are created in HIS image! (Genesis 1:27) He has called YOU by name! (Isaiah 43:1)
- Read His Word! The Bible tells us to “study to show ourselves approved” (2 Timothy 2:15) – That really is not for God’s benefit – it is for ours! The Bible also tells us “that man cannot live by bread alone.” (Matthew 4:4) In order to grow in Christ and to know the fullness of our promises and also to learn from what others have gone through (Oh yes – those are REAL people just like you and me that you are reading about in the Bible!) You need to immerse yourself in God’s Word. The beauty of that is it is really God’s love story for His love for YOU. As you read God’s Word you will grow and the Holy Spirit which resides inside of you will bring those words and promises to your remembrance as you read it. You will hide God’s Word in your heart. I cannot tell you how often I hear the whispering of the Holy Spirit bringing forth what I have read to the remembrance of my mind when I have needed it most! Also the Bible tells us that God’s Word is a double edge sword! (Hebrews 4:12) You will NEED this as you go forth on “divine” appointments that God will set your life. It is your greatest weapon!
- Sweet Fellowship – Link arms with those who God puts into your life – He has not called you to be an island. You are a Warrior for the Lord. Those that He places into your life He may just place for a season or for the rest of your life. You never know! But you can bet that the people He places into your life will help you grow! And will help them as well! There is a saying that I saw a few months back that has made me laugh! “You are either a blessin’ or a lesson’” And that is true of the people that you will encounter in your life! Pray that God will give you the wisdom to be able to recognize which one they are! Some of the most valuable lessons I have learned in my walk over the last 30 years has come from spiritual growth. Be open to all that God has for you!
The realization that God has called us to be his earthly “superheroes” is one that came into my mind while I was in the middle of a work meeting. There was the person who was conducting the meeting speaking, and all of a sudden as I listened, he started to sound like the teacher in the Charlie Brown cartoons. “Wahhhh wahhhh wahhhhhh!” And all of a sudden everything in that meeting faded in the background as I came into the realization that one day all earthly things WILL fade into the background and all that will remain is the spiritual realm – which really IS our reality. The Bible tells us that “only what you do in Christ will last.” The devil has blinded the eyes of humanity to thinking that reality is what they see before them – in the world. The news, events – but the truth of the matter is what is going on BEHIND those events. Not what you see with your earthly eyes. Ask God to open up your spiritual eyes to see clearly so that you can function affectively in the spiritual realm. Jesus is our example.
As I sat there I had the realization that I was annoyed… I was annoyed because ALL I wanted to do was to bask at my Father’s feet and enjoy Him and I felt as though having to go through all the daily life things that I had to do was an annoyance from what I really wanted to do. Then God revealed it to me that underneath my wordly persona – a wife, a mother, a worker and all the titles that go along with our life – was a superhero for him. And I almost wanted to giggle as He made me think of Clark Kent hiding his true identity behind a pair of glasses and a business suit – only it was me as the world knows me. But any of those people who REALLY know me know that behind the every day grind and daily duties that make up my life is a superhero (and at this point He showed me ME ripping off my daily clothes of which behind I am clothed in my spiritual armor as described in Ephesians 6:10-18). My head covered with “the helmut of salvation. My breast covered with the breast plate of righteousness. Around my waist the belt of truth. My feet shod with the preparation of the gospel.” (Again as in Ephesians 6:10-18) Heck! I am a Wonder Woman replica for the Lord! (Okaaaaaaay, maybe that is a bit of exaggeration but you get my point!)
What does the world see when it sees you? What is it that you see within yourself? Because truth be told – YOU are God’s earthly superhero! So now it is time for you to jump up, back straight, legs a shoulder’s with apart, arms on hips, head held up, chin high. YOU are a child of the MOST HIGH GOD – royalty! You represent the Lord if you call yourself a Christian. Get in tune with God. What is it He wants you to do this day? Listen… Do you hear the cries??? Those are souls that need saving! Hear that? It is the Holy Spirit prompting you WHO to pray for! Where to go! What to do! Open up your spiritual eyes to see and your ears to hear! God’s got work for you to do! Go in Him! Go glorify His name! The world needs God and He’s sending you!