Mathew. 16-18: Ã¢â‚¬Å“when Jesus came into the coasts of Caes-a-reÃ¢â‚¬â„¢a Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, whom do men say that I the son of man am? And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist: some Elias: and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He said unto them, but whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, blessed are thou, Simon Bar-joÃ¢â‚¬â„¢na; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou are peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and gates of hell shall not prevail against itÃ¢â‚¬Â.
John 1:19-23: Ã¢â‚¬Å“And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, who are thou? And he confessed, and denied not: but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, what then? Art thou E-li-as? And he said, I am not. Art thou prophet? And he answered, No. then said they unto him, who art thou? That we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the LORD, as said the prophet E-sai-asÃ¢â‚¬Â.
We need to identify the deepest root of failure. The difference between the poor and the rich sometimes is information; somebody has information, which the other does not have.
Sometimes, the difference between the great and the small is knowledge. Somebody has also said nobody has a mountain, the mountain we all have is ignorance. Many have made many outstanding discoveries, the telephone Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a very important discovery. When the fellow who discovered it first started playing around with it; they said he was playing with kiddies toys that he should become a serious person and leave it; but now we have a telephone. When the boys who built the first airplane started doing it at the back of their garden, people were laughing them to scorn. When the first fellow to build a motor car was working on it; people insulted him and asked him to buy a horse which everyone used at that time but he kept to it.
If I ask some simple questions like Ã¢â‚¬Å“who discovered America?Ã¢â‚¬Â For somebody who knows a bit of history, your answer will be Christopher Columbus, he made a very great discovery. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Who discovered River Niger?Ã¢â‚¬Â According to our history book, there was a fellow called mongo Park, and there was a song we sang in those days Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬â€Ã¢â‚¬â€ at the bank of Niger RiverÃ¢â‚¬â€Ã¢â‚¬â€œÃ¢â‚¬Å“. Ã‚Â But all these discoveries no matter how important they are, there is no greater discovery than to yourself.
It is possible to be born again, sanctified, spirit filled, a pastor, much more and still you do not know you are.
That is why this question comes to you today. WHO ARE YOU? A very important question; it is like asking for your identity card. Ignorance about your identity can sometimes put you in hardship. The lesson on identity is very important; Jacob learnt this secret a long time ago.
Jacob saw that by his identity he was not in the place of blessing. After wasting his time, he got the blessing meant for his brother; he got his brotherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s identity and dropped his own. When he found he was no longer there he ran back to God to rediscover his true identity. After he discovered his identity, he knew his name had to be changed; for him to enjoy true blessings. One of SatanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most effective devices is for Christian to be completely ignorant of their true identities and the devil is an expert at confusing people in this area. He tried it with Jesus, so he will try it on us as well. He told Jesus Ã¢â‚¬Å“if thou be the son of GodÃ¢â‚¬Â, if thou be Ã¢â‚¬Å“command this stones to become breadÃ¢â‚¬Â. What was he trying to do? He was trying to make Jesus doubt His identity.
So if Jesus did not know who He was, the devil would have confused Him and got away with it. You would have thought that will be the end of it because Jesus gave him the correct answers. Again when Jesus got to the cross, the devil was there, speaking through the men saying, Ã¢â‚¬Å“If you are the Son of God come down from that cross.Ã¢â‚¬Â The devil will speak to Christians, saying if you are a child of God why are you suffering, is your God asleep and he fills your mind with all types of evil thoughts. I am asking this important question again. Who are you?
Some people when they pray, they call themselves all kinds of names Ã¢â‚¬â€- Father Lord, thank you because I am your unworthy servant, miserable sinner, unfit, bad believing that if he keeps saying that before God, God will think he is humble. No. all you are doing is showing your satanic identity card to the Almighty God. Anyone praying like that shows that he or she does not know who he or she is. The devil will whisper dirty words into the ear of a believer and he starts thinking and meditating on it, the same devil will come behind you and blame you for thinking on it. If you are a Christian, why are you thinking like this, you then start to cry because you do not know who you are?
The prodigal son was rotten and he had done a lot of terrible thing but the bible tells us that he came to a stage in his life, he came to himself, using our local English it means his Ã¢â‚¬Å“head became correctÃ¢â‚¬Â, when his Ã¢â‚¬Å“head became correctÃ¢â‚¬Â, he knew the son of who he was and that he was not a slave. Then he said to himself I will arise and go to my father; I have had enough of thisÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
The devil whips people forward and backward if they do not know who they are. You must know who you are. Note the life of Jesus in your Bible from the beginning of His life to the cross. He was always talking about who He is, what He is, what His mission in life is. He kept telling them, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am the light of world, I am the bread of life, I am the living water, I am the son of God, I am the way, the truth and the lifeÃ¢â‚¬Â, he repeated these over and over.
WHO ARE YOU?
I am not asking you what your name is because at this level your name is no longer important at all. You could put a donkey down and call the donkey a horse and you say donkey do you hear you are a horse and you dress the donkey like a horse. When the time comes to run everybody will know it was a donkey and not a horse, so the name is not important now.
Who are you, what is your spiritual identity? If you do not know this then the person is like Peter, who was free from jail but he knew he was free.
The day you know who you are, that day you have won the greatest battle. A time when we are asked to go and pray for somebody, you say Ã¢â‚¬Å“who born me well?Ã¢â‚¬Â Preach in the bus, you say Ã¢â‚¬Å“my heart is dirtyÃ¢â‚¬Â. Command the enemies to lose their hold and you say Ã¢â‚¬Å“if I do so now and they fire back, how do I respond?Ã¢â‚¬Â
This feeling of unworthiness has made many Christians targets for the devil. When you know who you are and you keep confessing it, things then begin to happen. They said unto Elijah Ã¢â‚¬Å“man of God come down from the mountainÃ¢â‚¬Â and he said Ã¢â‚¬Å“if I be that name your called me, let fire come downÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â and it was so. If you ask many to say Ã¢â‚¬Å“all the witches and wizards in the whole of this environment cannot overcome meÃ¢â‚¬Â, many will be afraid to repeat this statement because they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know who they are and they wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say a word. Many do not know who they are so when the devil comes to them, they do not have the right answers to give him. They asked John Who are you? Are you Elijah, he said Ã¢â‚¬Å“No Ã¢â‚¬Å“. Are you that prophet he said Ã¢â‚¬Å“NoÃ¢â‚¬Â. Then who are you? Thank God he knew who he was. He said Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am the voice of that crieth in the wildernessÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â