The following is an excerpt from our daily devotional Fellowship With the Father, written by IFA contributing writer Remco Brommet.
I have been thinking a lot lately about the importance of knowing our true identity as Christ-followers in our day.
We have been caught up in a whirlwind of confusion, misinformation, and outright deception like never before. It seems that, while God was working on us during the pandemic, Satan was working on galvanizing his forces to sow fear, hate, division and anarchy. God’s aim? To strengthen our sense identity of who we are in Christ, and Who Christ is in us. Satan’s aim? To attack the true identity of our nation and everyone in it by tearing open the wounds and divisions that have existed beneath the surface since the US was formed.
Were we ever “one nation under God?” Will we ever be? Will there be liberty and justice for all? Or are the United States going to become the Divided States – headed for an eventual breakup into individual progressive and conservative countries?
Only God knows and He’s not telling. Just yet.
So what are we to do?
We are to pray in remembrance that the dividing walls of hostility can only be destroyed by Christ – in that all have sinned, Christ died for all, all are forgiven and redeemed by faith in His atonement, and all are filled and gifted by the same Holy Spirit and made citizens of heaven. It doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside, where we’ve been, what we’ve done, or how much or little we own. Those are the external things Satan uses to divide us. God unites us by transforming our hearts and bringing us into One Body, with One Spirit, under One Father, through one faith and one baptism (Ephesians 4:4,5).
That is our only hope, and should be our only message to the world. Our love-filled, heart-transforming, reconciling, unifying true identity on display in word and in deed.
I think that is what is meant in Ephesians 3: 9,10: “…and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold (literal meaning: multi-colored) wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”
In other words: our true identity, the fact that people from every color, language, tribe and nation share the same salvation and citizenship in heaven, is God’s glorious “in your face” display of unity to Satan and his forces who use a false identity made up of outward things to divide us.
That’s why we must pray that the true identity message spreads and becomes a mighty movement, here in the US, and abroad. A “true identity revival!”
Today’s Prayer Assignment
Let us stand on the promise of Ephesians 3:11, 12 together today: “This was according to the eternal purpose that He has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him.”
Affirm your faith in God’s invitation to access His throne 24/7 and pray that our nation will see a move of the Holy Spirit awakening the need to embrace our true identity in Christ and a thirst for Him to pour out the love that breaks down the dividing walls of hostility in our hearts. If we are ever to come into what we proclaim our nation to be, we need this to happen on a grand scale.
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Author Remco Brommet is a pastor, spiritual growth teacher, and prayer leader with over 40 years’ experience in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the US. Born and raised in the Netherlands and pastoring his first church in Amsterdam, he moved to the US in 1986. He and his wife Jennifer currently live north of Atlanta, GA When not writing books, he blogs and assists his wife as content developer and prayer coordinator for True Identity Ministries. Jennifer and Remco are passionate about bringing people into a deeper relationship with Christ. Photo Credit: zbindere/Getty Images Signature via Canva Pro.