August 19, 2015

The kingdom you believe you have within you will be the kingdom you reproduce around you. Therefore, what you believe about yourself will determine how you behave.

Condemnation or Conviction

Condemnation is from the devil, and it says, “You lied, therefore you must be a liar.” Or “You got drunk, so you must be an alcoholic.” Once the devil convinces you that your behavior IS your identity, then he can leave you alone because you will always DO your BE.

Conviction is from the Holy Spirit. When you behave badly, conviction says, “You are way too awesome to be acting like that. Stop it! You are acting below your identity.” If you receive an alias name, you will spend your life trying not to act out your identity. Calling someone a loser, an alcoholic, a whore, a dummy, etc. relegates them to either act out their “name” or build an accountability system that can try to police them into purity.

For example, I love the Alcoholics Anonymous program, except for the standard introduction: “Hi, I’m John and I’m an alcoholic.” I understand what the program is trying to accomplish: confess your sins so you can be forgiven, and admit you have a problem so you can be helped. (You can’t help someone who doesn’t have a problem). BUT I am not my behavior unless I believe I am. Consequently, AA, by it’s own admission, never cures anyone. At best, they simply modify their behavior.

You simply can’t cure a person by convincing them that they are one thing, and then building a system to help them behave differently! Therefore, you relegate people to a lifetime of meetings that are designed to keep them from drinking.

The Truth Will Set You Free

This is much better then getting drunk and wrecking your family, so thank you AA! However, it never restores you to your true identity; it only shackles your bad actions. But the Bible says that we are nobility, royalty, and children of God Himself. That’s the truth and it will set you free, and not simply modify your behavior!

What are false names that people have spoken over you, and what is God saying over you instead? Let me know in the comments below.

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