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Know God in a Year #25 Identity

The critical decade for identity is considered to be age 16-26, the latter age being when human brains have finished developing, built on the all-important foundation of birth to 7 years.

Did Jesus identity form his religion? Or did his religion form his identity? Hard to say; he was connected to God from birth, forming both his identity and religion.

Connected from birth? Yes, he was the one man on whom is the Spirit without measure.* The one man who isn’t broken, who doesn’t battle with darkness inside.

He loves people and doesn’t overlook anyone, even those losing a fight with evil. He is cheerful and joyful, and encourages people to see themselves as God does–full of His gifts which they can use now and in eternity.

But his integrity and conscience are often made fun of and ridiculed. No one understands him. He won’t retaliate or defend himself. He respects his parents even when he doesn’t agree with them. And he waits on God to signal the beginning of his ministry until he is 30!

We can do hard things. We are hard-wired for struggle!

Imagine learning at 12 that you are the Messiah and understanding the suffering and death ahead! Or discovering that you existed before and have all power within you, but you can’t use it.  Your Father directs and supplies the power! Your whole ministry is waiting on God’s direction!**

Jesus knows who He is. It gives him tremendous strength and freedom. Plus an incredible requirement for staying in submission to God, and an awful responsibility for waking us up.***But it is joy to him.

*Psalm 22:9-10,  John 1:9,16,  John 3:34,   1 John 1:5,  Colossians 1:15;  **Isaiah 50:4-7,  John 5:19-20;  ***John 4:10, 13:1-10

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