Are you unknowingly adopting words that have been spoken wrongly over your life—words filled with pain and hurt? Are you adopting these words as truth, though they are giving you counterfeit identity?
Through those false identities, our lives take a path that is not in alignment with our respective God-given destinies.
The words that steer us off God’s course can cause brokenness in our lives. But now is the time to allow the Lord to rebuild His identity in us by the power of His Word that cancels the lies and words of the past that the enemy has used against us.
We know words have power. There is life and death in the power of the tongue. Which words do you allow to shape your identity?
The Tongue Has the Power of Life and Death
Words that are spoken over us can seep into our minds, will, and emotions, and rule our thoughts. We start to believe these words, allowing the enemy to gain access into our lives, feeding us lie after lie.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”—Proverbs 18:21
What does this verse mean?
It means, whichever words we come into agreement with will reproduce fruit of its kind.
When we come into agreement with hurtful words, then doubt, fear, and unbelief start to multiply in our lives.
But the goodness and sweetness of truth will multiply when we decide to agree with it. Then something will start to happen: The Lord will rebuild your identity by the power of God’s Word.
“How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”—Psalm 119:103
Hurtful Words Make Us Question God’s Goodness
We each start to question our identity, our worth, and God’s righteousness when we come into agreement with hurtful words of our past. All of this can take place in the spiritual realm and be manifested in the physical without our eyes even seeing it. We can be blinded by words spoken over us that have given us a false identity!
Before we know it, we can be lost in destructive thoughts that tear us down from the inside out. These destructive thoughts break our hearts and spirits, and we are left feeling confused and lonely.
Rebuild Your Identity by the Power of God’s Word
As a child of the King, the One who will rebuild your identity by the power of God’s Word, you no longer have to agree with the lies. They can be exposed, and you can receive a verdict of not guilty and walk in victory!
This Is Not Easy, but It Is Life-Changing
The problem is learning how to cut off the lies of false identity in such a way that they do not attach themselves to you again. This is a practice of renewing your mind and allowing the Lord to rebuild your identity by the power of God’s Word.
As the scripture says, the tongue has the power of life and death. In other words, the Lord’s truth brings life, and the enemy’s words bring death. Therefore, we must starve the doubt and fear and use biblical discernment and the words of Yeshua to feed our souls with the bread of life.
“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’”—John 6:35
Lessons from Jacob and Joseph
From the Bible we learn that Jacob (Joseph’s father), was born holding on to the heel of his twin brother, Esau. Thus, the name given to Jacob, or Ya’akov, was “heel grabber” or “supplanter”—which can also mean “deceiver.” As the boys grew, so did their differences, and the division between them… Esau accused Jacob of “supplanting” his birthright and stealing his blessing. Jacob knew the murderous hate of his brother. But as he ran to escape Esau’s rage, to live in the home of his uncle Laban, his life and character was changed and remolded with the word God had given to him on the journey… the Abrahamic Covenant promise of the land and God’s blessing through his seed. Even though Jacob was “supplanted” by Laban many times, he held on and surrendered to God’s promised Word. Finally, on the return home, Jacob “wrestled with God” and was given a new name—a new identity—Israel. As a result, a great nation was birthed from this new identity. His God-given identity had a significant impact on the next generation and indeed on all the generations to follow.
And in the next generation, Joseph — Jacob’s favored son—had a different trial, even though he too, struggled with the hate and hurtful words of his brothers before they sold him into slavery. The troubles of Joseph didn’t end there… for he wrestled against false accusation that led to years of hardship in Egypt. Yet he held to and was sustained by his faith in the God of his fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—the identity God gave through his father blessed him. His new identity brought him to a place of honor, ultimately enabling him to save the surrounding lands including Israel’s family, and reconcile with his brothers during a season of great famine.
We too can enter into a time of “wrestling with God.” We can struggle with false identities. It is difficult to come out of agreement with false words and counterfeit identities. But when we trust in the Lord our God and His Word spoken into our lives, just as Jacob and Joseph did, we are each given a new name—a new identity—and we can walk in victory.
When you allow the Lord to rebuild your identity by the power of God’s Word, you will be more likely to hold on to it when lies press in. And, the generations that follow will see it manifested in your life.
Jealousy Releases Lies. Be Aware and Don’t Agree.
“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.”—Genesis 37:3-4
Even though Joseph stood innocent in front of his brothers, their jealousy ruled their tongues and hurtful words were spoken.
How did Joseph respond?
He continued to share a dream that God had given him. His brothers’ envy intensified, and they eventually sold him as a slave.
But Joseph never came into agreement with those lies. He never allowed the false identity to take up residence in his soul. Through betrayal, slavery, imprisonment, drought, and harvest, Joseph held on to the Word of God that came to him in a dream.
He never let go of his purpose or dream, and in God’s time, the dream came to fruition! And others were saved as a result.
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”—Genesis 50:20
Take a deeper look at Joseph’s story. Even through seasons of drought and harvest, he held on to his purpose and allowed God to continuously shape and rebuild his identity. In God’s time, the dream came to fruition and saved the lives of many.
If you are struggling with pain, lost identity, and dead faith, then you don’t want to miss the One New Man Live discussion on Facebook between Aliene Thompson and Curt Landry.
They will discuss…
- Coming out of agreement with false identities and painful words of the past.
- Finding forgiveness (for yourself and others) when it doesn’t seem possible.
- Growing closer to God as you step into your identity in Christ.
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- Follow Curt Landry Ministries on Facebook HERE.
- Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 PM CT.
- Listen and watch (don’t forget to “Like” and “Share” too!) as Aliene Thompson and Curt Landry discuss how we can rebuild our identity by the power of God’s Word.
You will not want to miss this encouraging discussion… God’s Word rebuilds our identities and heals our brokenness. Plan to Join Curt Landry Ministries as we learn more from Aliene Thompson and Curt Landry.
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