From the desk of Curt Landry…
For more than 20 years, I've contemplated, studied, and prayed over the scripture Matthew 7:22-23. How does this scripture reveal our true identity? Is this a Word for the Church today to understand how the Jewish roots of the faith point to her true identity?
“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'”—Matthew 7:22-23
This is a Word for the Church. When Yeshua says, “I will declare…,” it is a court order. Once He declares, it shall be done.
Yeshua declares for those who practice lawlessness to depart from Him.
This is a tremendous warning to the Church to understand what ‘not being under the law’ truly means.
In Hebrew, the law means Torah, which also means instruction.
Does God give us no instruction? Or if He does, does it mean we don't need to follow it? Of course not. God gives us instruction that is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training us in righteousness (see 2 Timothy 3:16).
What Did Jesus Mean by “You Who Practice Lawlessness”? How Does Lawlessness Influence True Identity?
Practicing man-made principles, as opposed to biblical principles, is practicing lawlessness. When we willfully act according to anything other than God's instruction, it is going against the law and our true identity.
When you walk in grace by the blood of Yeshua in the law—the Word—you have an automatic reward because that Word shall not come back void. It shall prosper in what it was sent to do. (see Isaiah 55:11)
Your words and my words do not prosper. When we follow man-made principles, we do not prosper.
Only God's Word prospers. Only God's Word gives life. Only God's Word reveals our true identity.
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”—John 6:63
Finding Faith on Earth to Believe Our True Identity
What causes you to lose faith? Do any of these situations resonate with you?
- I pray, and nothing happens.
- I decree, and nothing happens.
- I prophesy, and nothing happens.
- I ask the Lord, and nothing happens.
Simply put, faith wanes when there is a lack of deliverables.
So then, we make statements such as…
- I'm not going to believe that anymore because it doesn't work.
When we decree this, it becomes a snare in Heaven’s courtroom, and it certainly won't work!
So then, I ask you, could it be that we are approaching our faith in God incorrectly? If biblical principles work for us, as God says, then either we lack knowledge—and therefore perish—or God is a liar.
A Release to Experience the Deliverables and Miracles You Need | Experiencing Your True Identity
We've all contemplated these big questions in life…
How we perceive and answer these two questions determines who we become and what we will do and get out of life.
The problem arises when we believe a false narrative about our true identity.
I recently heard this statement: “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
At some point, you must take responsibility for your actions because your actions create your reality.
If your choices are being filtered through a counterfeit identity and false self-image, you are going to have undesirable outcomes in life.
A shift must occur to experience the release you need. Your life is not a problem to solve. The reality is that you must experience more of the Lord—this is what your life is about.
What's at Risk When We Don't Experience Our True Identity in the Lord?
When we don't experience the Lord, we turn to other experiences to fill the gap…
- Toxic relationships
The man-made ways we try to fill these gaps will not prevail. They will not prosper and only waste time and money. You and others are hurt through these false narratives and experiences.
It is the truth that prevails. It is the truth that heals.
So, stand in your true identity. And when people attack you for it, let the Lord reveal what is true in His timing.
“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,' says the Lord.”—Romans 12:19
God says, “…The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).
Once your mind wraps around this truth, there will be a release of the faith as you wait upon the needed miracle and breakthrough.
That means from the time you speak it, pray it, claim it, and decree it—from the time you start believing to the moment it's delivered—faith is activated.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”—Hebrews 11:1
Knowing the Truth of Your True Identity
Yeshua, who is the Word, said this: “…If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).
By abiding in the Word, you will know the truth.
The Greek word for ‘know’ in this passage means…
- To have trust in the truth
- To have a relationship with the truth
It is more than just head knowledge about the truth. It's believing and practicing the truth and putting on your true identity that sets you free.
Because it is God's principles—His laws and instruction—that prevail and prosper on this Earth.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”—Joshua 1:8
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