Who We are and Whose We are

Introduction

Today's writing is lesson having to do with our sense of identity and belonging, both fundamental needs of all human beings. We will look at how God has made much provision in Christ to fulfill and satisfy this hunger and thirst to belong and identified as valuable and loved.

The portion of scripture that the lesson will be based upon will begin with Christ's baptsim in the river Jordan, an act that was not required, but practiced by Him, as an example to for us to follow Him. At this event the Father declares to all that this is His (belonging) Beloved (identified as His valued) Son.

As will be shown, there is no purpose, value nor belonging apart from the living God who made us, and the key to our finding all, is in relationship to His Beloved Son Jesus Christ and following Him.

Let us continue with the Bible text about Baptism and look at how this applies to us personally.

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” ~ Matthew 3:16

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Death and Resurrection

Baptism is all about surrender to God by dying to the Old aimless sinful person we were and immersing ourselves into the waters that symbolize our death and burial and rising from those waters to become a new creature in Christ bringing us into a right relationship with God and belonging to Him.

we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life ~ Romans 6:4

When we surrender our lives to Christ "the heavens are opened" All of God's resources which are in heaven are made available to us to enable us to live a life of godliness by knowing who we are and whose we are.

:...His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. ~ II Peter 1:1-4

It is shown in the baptism experience the Father blessing the Son with His approval and reminding Him of His identity which will be pivotal to His next experience. When we surrender and immerse (baptize) ourselves into Him and His ways we are blessed with the Father's approval and discover that he is pleased with us, and that we are His, not because of what we have done but because of what Jesus did. This revelation will be pivotal to us as well in this life's wilderness journeying.

Right after His baptism in Matthew Chapter 4, Jesus is led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tested. Tested on what? The very first question that the devil asks Jesus has everything to do with what God had just spoken over His life. Satan asks, "If you are the Son of God command the stone to be turned into bread." He attacks His identity (This is my beloved Son) and position (in whom I am well pleased) with God. If He in anyway doubted who He was or that God was pleased with Him or if He in anyway doubted that God alone was enough for Him (meaning more to Him than even food while He was ravenously hungry), He would have succumbed to the temptation. So it is with us. The Word comes and so does the test.

The very first temptation in the garden was directed at the appetite of "self" satisfaction rather than God satisfaction. Appetite can mean so much more than simply food. Adam and Eve had forgotten who they were, children of God who held everything they could ever need or want in the palm of His hand. Their disobedience spoke much more than words could say about what they believed about how God felt about them. They could have just as well called Him a stingy, manipulative, uncaring Father who had no interest in their well being or success.

We can scoff at them all we want for making such a poor choice but it is in us too. I was watching my granddaughters play the other day and set out for them some toys to play with and I observed that no matter what toys were offered they most often wanted the toy that was the furthest from their reach or the one the thing (not a toy) that they couldn't have (electric cord, pencil, cup of liquid). Isn't that how we are sometimes always wanting what we cannot have while many fine things are sitting right in front of us.

The key to overcoming temptation is knowing our identity and position with the only one in the universe who really matters and valuing this relationship above all else.

God created man in His own image. In other words. Man saw himself in God's eyes and the reflection he saw was like God. He could see he was like Him. When the devil averted the attentions of the two and convinced them to surrender to the temptation the image became corrupted and a great distortion took place. Man now saw God in distortion and He began to see Himself as reflected in the eyes of his new evil master.

We tend to become like the things or people we look at most intently.

Those who make them are like them;
So is everyone who trusts in them. ~ Psalm 115:8

this verse in reference to the idol images the people worshiped. We become like what and who we trust.

Jesus' purpose in coming was to show us the father and restore our identity and position with Him.

“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? ~ John 14:7-9

A father lovingly adoring the child that is His.
A father lovingly adoring the child that is His.

His purpose was to clear up the distortion by the forgiveness of our sins through His death on the cross so that our vision could and would be restored first and foremost concerning the goodness and the greatness of God and secondly the ability to see ourselves in His eyes as a child with whom He is well pleased.

I think one of the greatest human battles is to be convinced that we are loved and I think the greatest disappointment for some is that it seems no person or circumstance is able to convince them of that. It is never enough only because we seek it from human earthly resources than can never satisfy. I believe Philip knew this when he told Yeshua that they would be satisfied if He would just show them "The Father"

In order for God to be God, He has to be the only opinion of us that truly matters. Our confidence and good feelings about our lives and ourselves should only be found in Him. When we know that we are loved by the creator of the universe now one can take that away from us no matter how we are treated.

There is only one person who can satisfy the longing of our hearts and only one way to truly know that we are special, someone that is valued, and that our life really matters and that person is Yeshua (Savior) God's only Son who felt us worthwhile enough to leave the comfort of His heavenly home and the presence of His Father, to be beaten and hung on a cross to remove our sin stained perceptions so we could know just how much "The Father" truly does love us.

Until we see this truth we will continue to attempt to manipulate the physical world around us (people and things) by begging and demanding that the world around us convince us we are of value all the while we end up in places that confirm what we fear the most because they are not God and have no means to erase our personal crimes nor the crimes committed against us..."Nothing but the blood of Jesus"...

Put God first. If we do not see Him properly we will not see ourselves properly.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. ~ Matthew 6:33

I believe that God has spoken something over each one of our lives about who we are and whose we are and as Jacob wrestled with God one night and would not let Him go until He blessed him, so it must be with us. We need to wrestle with God and not let Him go until we are convinced of how deeply loved we are in such away that no other opinion or circumstance matters and immerse ourselves in this truth. We then become a mission to serve, love, and convince others of His transforming love with the opened provisions of heaven.

© 2010 Tamarajo

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johnnynaakea 6 years ago

Thank you for finding me because I found your writings too. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts! Great hub!!!


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Johnny. So glad you stopped by.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank You Captain Jimmy. Bless you for stopping by and commenting and thank you for the link.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

OH, there's so much truth in being made in the 'image' of God ~ abiding in His love. Oftentimes, others can tell if a child is loved by his/her parent(s) based on his/her behavior with others. An abused child will tend to cower or dominate. A loved child will love others in the way he/she is loved. This is our confidence in Christ. His love is perfect. We are not spoiled; we are disciplined. We learn to trust Him in everything. We feel safe and protected. We know He will come to our rescue and make a way of escape when we are tempted. He forgives us when we stumble, and we then continue to grow in maturity to be more and more like Him. We truly cannot love others until we experience the love of God upon us and within us. Great message!!!


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Fo most of us faith has up and downs. We have to keep at it.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

TJ,

I like your line, "We tend to become like the things or people we look at most intently." Oh, if we all would only look more intently at Jesus.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Judah's daughter'

Yes, we can only love because He first loved us. Which is why it is so important to know and experience His love. We do tend to exhibit the type of love we experience.

Many of us have had this experience but at times take our eyes off Him and forget who we are in Him and that we belong to Him.

Focused on Him is worship

Blessed by your visit and comment.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi dahoglund,

yes faith can have its ups and downs. Keeping our eyes on Him and the truth help manage and level out some of those ups and downs.

To know we are deeply loved and belong creates confidence and stability.

Thank you for your visit and comment.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Greetings lifegate,

It is strange how we perpetuate what we look at most intently and that includes negative things.

I wholeheartedly agree with you "eyes on Jesus" !! The one who came to show us the love of the father and make possible our adoption into His family.


exjwlaurie 6 years ago

This is a beautiful hub, and so well said! I enjoyed your message here Tamarajo!


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Laurie, blessed by your visit and comment. : )


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

I realize just how beautiful You are and how great Your affections are for me! Loves like a hurricane! Unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory! Tears are starting to flow as I think about what you wrote and listen to this powerful song. I am BLESSED! There is NOTHING that I lack because He LOVES ME! My heart turns violently inside of my chest, I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way HE LOVES ME!!!!! You have made my day! I love you my dear sister!


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

I had to come back here one more time and just say "WOW"!!! That was the most spiritual experience I've had in days! Thank you!


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Michael C Murphy 6 years ago from California

You really packed a lot into this lesson and it touched me in many ways. "Life's wilderness journeying" for me is an ongoing learning process. As dahoglund pointed out this world can pull us away from God and you're right we need to stay focused on His love. But I fear my "wrestling" will continue until Jesus returns.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

We must learn and understand the "Here and Now" as Humans, until we return to our spiritual life that is all we have and all that is important.

Brother Dave.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Fred, for sure no time to maintain the regrets. Me either. Glad you enjoyed the hub and the song.

Bless you Fred : )


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

welcome Michael Murphy, so blessed to have you stop by and comment. I am still learning and experiencing myself. How awesome for us to have Him to journey through it with us. And for His love to keep us on the right path undistracted from the things of this world


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Brother Dave, Yes for sure, With our eyes on Him and His love for us The here and now is full of purpose and meaning.


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Heard this song on the video, so many times. Yet never seen the singer, sing it? She seems nervous, but a humble person. There is power, in being humble before our God:) So glad He knows us better than we know ourselves. Another good study!


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello heart4theword, Yes Kim walker is up and coming I think. I also think David Crowder did a version of it as well.

I agree so grateful He know us and loves us still.

Thank you for your visit and comment.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Tamarajo, for an inspiring and uplifting hub on who we are and whose we are. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Thank you for an insightful hub for it says it all. Many would look at the surface and not penetrate any further.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Yes Einron sometimes we miss so much sometimes when we don,t dig deep. The depths of His Word and the revelations of it are exponential. I would suspect that even the depths we have already dug is only scratching the surface.

His Word is a treasure mine waiting to be discovered

Thank you so much for your encouraging comment and visit.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Bless you Creativeone for your visit and comment. always a blessing


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lcg4jc 6 years ago

Excellent hub sister. I am in full agreement that God is the only One who provides unconditional love forever and ever. Through all my trials and tribulations these past seven years and in particular this last year God is faithful and true to keep His covenant of love regardless of our confusion and doubt. He is there extending His balm of gilead, His sweet and extravagant love.

I just want you to know that the video you placed on the hub is the song I have on my phone as the ringer. When I am called by someone it is a reminder that He loves me. No matter who is calling or for whatever reason, I answer the call knowing and being reminded that He loves us.

Thank you for a wonderful hub. Blessings to you and yours


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

So very confirming Icg4jc in your experience through trial of His deep and abiding covenant love for you.

Your testimony is and will be powerful. It will be a witness to others of How truly loving He is.

cool about having the song on your phone : )

bless you sweet sister


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Wow! This is fabulous and Spirit-breathed. What an edifying missive! God Bless You for it. Well done.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you James for your encouraging comment. so blessed for you to stop by.


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ichoosehim 6 years ago

THIS WAS BEAUTIFUL AND IT BLESSED MY SPIRIT.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

So glad you were blessed by the truth of His Word. I sincerely appreciate your visit. : )


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no body 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

I don't think we will ever truly understand the depth of God's love for us. It makes no real sense to our flawed sinful minds. All around us the world marches to a different beat. As we grow in this bizarre to the world love of God, we watch as the world grows dim around us. If on the other hand we begin again to march in step with the world we see and to again adopt its sinful flawed thought. We are given value by the Lord whose will we do. We need no other validating. Remember the world can't validate us with regard to our spirituality, for all it has is its flesh and the devil as a tutor. We are remade at our rebirth into a new creation. And we are strange to them. Love ya, Bob.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Great wisdom Bob. Agreed our value comes from Him and Him alone a great quote from a friend.

"Our relationship w/God isn't about improving our self esteem but esteeming Him" God wants us to enjoy who we are but that can't happen until we appreciate who He is"- Pam Mithun.

Thanks for your visit and insight.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Great hub which presents great truths to live by. Thank you for sharing these timeless reminders. Blessings to you and best regards.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Bless you too cristina. Thank you for your visit and comment.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Love the title! Thank you for an inspiring and uplifting Hub! YOUR GREAT! Much love....


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you drpastorcarlotta. I appreciate your visit and complimentary comment.

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