I Identify With… (31 Days)

I attended the Rise Up event in Washington D.C., yesterday. I’m still pretty tired and my body is sore (intercessory prayer is no joke!), but feeling tremendously blessed that I was able to take part in such a powerful time of intercessory prayer for our nation.

The event’s tagline was “Prepare Like Esther, Arise Like Deborah.” Since I have been writing about identity, it got me thinking about who I currently “identify” with in the Bible. I don’t believe I have ever identified with just a single person. The person, or story, I am drawn to has a lot to do with where I am in my journey/relationship with God and what I might be going through at that time.

Day before yesterday I shared about Gideon. I identified with him during a time when God had called me to do something that I knew I could not do in my own strength, and the Lord used Gideon’s story to help me to trust Him more, and to overcome fear.

I have identified with Martha…getting wrapped up in all of the things that needed to be done, yet being called to focus on the one thing that was truly needed. Thankfully, I have also identified with her sister, Mary.

As I give it intentional thought, I realize that I have, at one time or another, identified with many people in the Bible – both male and female.

Currently, I tend to waver between Jeremiah (the Weeping Prophet) and Paul. Oftentimes, I can see the potential in a person or situation. I will catch a glimpse, or an impression, of what can be, in Christ…even when that potential has not been realized, yet. And sometimes I can see potential danger that lies ahead if warnings are not heeded. There is often a heaviness that comes with this that is almost unbearable. This is where intercessory prayer, and waiting on the Lord, comes in. But it is also where I get to see the Holy Spirit move…and that just spurs me on to continue to contend for the faith!

So, how about you? Is there a person, or story, in the Word that you currently identify with? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Have a beautifully blessed day! See you, tomorrow!

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  1. Heather Minch says:

    A couple days ago, I saw a production of Jonah at Sight and Sound Theater. While there was some artistic license taken throughout the drama, it portrayed Jonah being unwilling to forgive the Ninevites from their past. His wanted to show them mercy, but Jonah did not.

    And suddenly I identified with Jonah.

    There has been a lot of damage and hurt in my marriage. But my husband has been working to make changes for the better. However, I’ve found it difficult to let go of the past.

    God is challenging me to have a heart of forgiveness and mercy. I’m just not sure how to completely hit the “reset” button on my marriage and see my husband through new eyes.

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  2. Thank you for sharing, Heather! There have been so many things that I have wanted to write since I first read your comment. But I think, instead, I will direct you to a message from Dan Mohler. I was at this particular Power and Love Conference and it was through this message that God began to shift my understanding of who He is – and who I am supposed to be, in Christ. It changed my perspective of “the Faith.” The more I listen to Dan, and understand how he interacts with the Lord, the more I become secure as I shift the way I interact with the Lord…being set free from ME so that I can be set free from others (and anything they might do or say that would cause me pain). This has helped me to let go of my past hurts…no matter who it came from. I would encourage you to start with this message and then listen to some of his other teachings (he has a lot of videos on Youtube).
    I so wish we could go for walks like we used to. I have learned so much in the six years since I moved. I wish we could discuss those things as we make our way around the lake. Oh, how I miss those mornings! I hope this teaching brings some encouragement. I am praying for you! Love you, Dear Friend!!

    Dan Mohler – Above All…LOVE

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