In Matthew 21:6-17, the children knew who Jesus was (Psalm 8:2). In Luke 19:28-47, even the rocks knew who Jesus was. A sound of praise rang out during Lord’s Triumphal entry into Jerusalem that forever changed a nation. The children released praises, the masses released praises, and even the rocks were able to release the sound of praise unto Jesus – Messiah and King – who had come to release and establish His Kingdom on Earth, as it is in Heaven…to set the captives free. The only ones who didn’t know were the religious people/leaders.

Jesus knew His identity as the Son of God, and He knew that through His obedience to His Father’s call on His life He was about to receive the keys to His eternal Kingdom, as King of Kings, in order to make restoration with His Father available to all mankind. Jesus knew His identity as: 1) a Son (Prophet giving testimony of His Father), 2) a Priest making intercession on behalf of all, and 3) a King ruling and reigning for eternity. He knew He was about to possess the Keys to the house of David – His eternal Kingdom (Isaiah 22:22), and to the Key of David/to the heart of man after God’s own heart (Revelation 3:7).

Through His obedience to His Father, that is exactly who He has made us to be when we say yes, believe, receive, and confess our position in Him: our identity. In Matthew 16:19, Jesus gives us these very keys to His Kingdom to bind and loose here on earth according to the will of Heaven. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing (Rom. 10:17), therefore, just like Jesus, we release our faith in Jesus and His Kingdom  through the words we speak. This is a spiritual law works for or against us every day. It begs the question during this significant time of year, when the entire world is aware of who we celebrate and who we live for: ‘Who’s words/identity are we establishing here on earth?’

This truth has been available to all mankind since Jesus poured out His blood at Calvary for the restoration of abundant life: be fruitful, multiply and have dominion on the earth. (This mandate (Gen. 1:28) may be Old Testament, but Jesus, fully New Testament, fulfilled the Law (Matt. 5:17) and made restoration available to everything God fully intended in His relationship and purpose for mankind on earth.)

The nation we live in, however, has been/is going through an identity crisis, and prayerfully an awakening to an identity theft that has gone on for far too many years. If Satan, who is truly real, roaring and seeking to devour, lie, kill, steal & destroy (Job 1:7, 1 Peter 5:8, John 10:10), can keep people focused on speaking/thinking about all of the negative/lack/critical/perverse/all that’s wrong, he can hold our identities in captivity/bondage, especially when we profess Christ. If he can get us to live in a place of speaking negative confessions, rather than the Word of Truth, he knows he has us in a place of doubting/fearing, and that he’s controlling our identity through our very own tongues. The power of life/death is truly in our own tongues (Prov. 18:21). If the enemy of our souls can keep those who profess Christ divided by buildings, doctrine, denomination, theology, political agendas, rights, entitlements, offense, rejection, depression, hopelessness and the entire spectrum of self, he again, knows we are rendered powerless. Satan has been stealing the identity of those who walk with God since the Garden of Eden, and he’s very good at it.

Satan is also fully aware of the power contained in the revelation of our identity being restored through Jesus, when professed and decreed through our mouths. For such a time as this,“Get out of bed, Jerusalem! Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight. God’s bright glory has risen for you.  The whole earth is wrapped in darkness, all people sunk in deep darkness, But God rises on you, his sunrise glory breaks over you.’
-Isaiah 60:1-2 (MSG)

When the people of God really possess His Kingdom, (Dan. 7:22), who we are in Christ and the true freedom/liberty He brings, then what someone else thinks or speaks to/over/about us doesn’t matter. The world does not define us when we are positioned in Christ: the media, schools, denominations, co-workers/peers, even our families/extended families, etc. don’t define us. The Father alone defines us, and we become alive in the revelation that we are integral members of His Body – His pure/spotless Bride He is making ready – the Church He is building on Earth that the gates of hell cannot prevail against. We take hold of the revelation that we are one Body in Him and in that foundation/position we are free…truly liberated, as ‘He who the Son sets free is free indeed’ (John 8:36). This is the praise He has perfected in the mouths of His children!

The true identity of the Body of Christ is in His perfect timing of being restored, no longer stolen by the enemy to keep us oppressed or divided. This generation of  adults, along with our children – our legacies – are not to be defined by what anyone speaks to/about us except the Word of God. No longer are any of us to receive lies or identity theft. The children of God, from the youngest (the unborn) to the oldest, are solely defined by our Heavenly Father in our true identity in Christ by the Word of God. We are priceless treasures and containers of amazing Kingdom purpose. We are sons, daughters, kings and priests (Romans 8:1, Rev. 1:6, 5:10), as this is how we are known and perceived in Heaven because of Jesus. In that position, we have nothing to be prideful about, because there’s nothing we did to earn this incredible identity except to receive it and walk in it as a gift of grace because we are abundantly loved.

When we possess the revelation of our true identity in Christ:

  • we are free to love God and others without fear of not being loved back, simply because we know the truth: WE ARE LOVED!
  • we are free to be joyful in all things, especially when we don’t feel like it!
  • we are free to experience peace, even in the midst of turbulent circumstances!
  • we are free to be patient with others regardless of impatient responses toward us!
  • we are free to be kind when treated unkindly!
  • we are free to demonstrate goodness in the midst of evil!
  • we are free to be faithful in the midst of unfaithfulness!
  • we are free to be gentle when being treated rough!
  • we are free to demonstrate self-control as lights in the midst of a culture walking in self-indulgence and self-gratification!

As Believers, we need to awaken to an entire new way of living life: the life Jesus knew He was riding into Jerusalem that day to establish. Our focus must be Him – on who He is, who He has made us to be, who He says we are, and what He speaks over and into our lives.

In 2010, I had a three- part dream that entailed a huge bell with a major crack in it. I knew when I woke up the Lord was speaking to me about the Liberty Bell (Lev. 25:10). Everywhere I went the following week the word ‘liberty’ was there: Liberty Mutual, Liberty Ave., Liberty Bank, etc.. Through seeking, research, and much confirmation, I have come to understand my dream as pertaining to the freedoms in our nation, and even more so, the freedom our identity in Christ releases when possessed in His Truth (the crack in the bell represented the identity theft in the preceeding paragraphs). Jesus came to set the captives free (Isaiah 61, Luke 4:18). It is only when we embrace, walk in, and speak the true identity He purchased on our behalf, which is always on behalf of His Kingdom and the love He has for ALL mankind, that we will change the sound of our nation, currently manifesting the major crack in the bell that is in desperate need of restoration, as depicted by the Liberty Bell in my dream.

I also have a bell that was given to me as a gift that says, ‘A Teacher’s Work Lasts A Lifetime.’ Holy Spirit is our Teacher, and He promises to guide us into ALL truth throughout eternity. We need to intimately know His Word and His Spirit to walk in true liberty – our true identities. When we walk and speak through our true identity, with Jesus Christ as King of our hearts – Hosanna in the Highest – we change the sound of the very nation we dwell in. When we speak His Word from our hearts, as led by Holy Spirit, we reflect and release the liberty eternally ours in Heaven now on earth! We release His liberty everywhere He sends us on behalf of others. The Word is Truth. Jesus is the Word. When we walk in the Word, ‘we shall know the truth, & the truth shall make us free’ (John 8:31, 32). When we walk by the leading of the Holy Spirit there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17)

Let’s purpose to not let any rock cry out in our place…ever! We have every reason to shout His praises continually, rejoicing in His freedom in us! We are free and nothing’s going to hold us back, especially from worshiping Him in Spirit and in Truth: the One who first loved us…the One who gave everything for us.

HOLDING NOTHING BACK
copyright 2009 Jesus Culture/Kim Walker

I AM CHOSEN, I AM FREE
I AM LIVING FOR ETERNITY
FREE NOW FOREVER

NOTHING’S GONNA HOLD ME BACK

MY CHAINS FELL OFF, MY HEART WAS FREE
I’M ALIVE TO LIVE FOR YOU
AMAZING LOVE, HOW CAN IT BE?
YOU GAVE EVERYTHING FOR ME

YOU WASHED MY SIN AND SHAME AWAY
THE SLATE IS CLEAN: A BRAND NEW DAY,
FREE NOW FOREVER
NOW BOLDLY I APPROACH YOUR THRONE
TO CLAIM THIS CROWN THROUGH CHRIST MY OWN
YOURS NOW FOREVER

I’M FREE TO LIVE
FREE TO GIVE
FREE TO BE
I’M FREE TO LOVE YOU