Who Do You Say I Am?

 

Jesus once asked Simon Peter, "Who Do You Say I Am?"

Peter replied, "You are the Christ." Peter became a brand new person as he spent time with Jesus.

"You become who you behold," God once whispered into my heart. My gaze so often was focused on negative circumstances, opposition, and oppression in my life. I felt inadequate and lowly, like a worm. That didn't help.

"What you focus on enlarges and multiplies," God continued to instruct. Even my prayers were mired down in pleas for finances, for help, for ideas, for breakthroughs, for healing, and my list was endless.

"What you speak is what you get," just like the Genesis story. "There are two mercies for every woe" and "there is provision in every problem" were more lessons as I gazed on the God of the Gospel, who walked the earth 2000 years ago… the one who tells me, "You can do what I did and even more!" (John 14)

"Harness the energy," God woke me up one recent morning, saying. "Take a quantum leap" and "create beauty out of chaos". With confidence he dared me to "Rule in the midst of your enemies." "Grin in the face of disaster". 

It seemed to take me forever to string all these words of wisdom, like pearls, into a necklace that would gradually become my new lifestyle. This is still a lifestyle I'm growing into!

What I discovered is that God was describing himself to me. He was showing me who He was by what He Himself was doing. "Be imitators of God…" the Apostle Paul once said.

What if I could do all those things he told me, even to create beauty out of the chaos?

I needed to see the enemy for the deceiver he is and name my adversary. I also needed to be seen by Him and to see myself as I truly am, in His eyes. I can see Him by His names…

In the Bible, God is known by many names, which describe His character, what He does, and who He is. When Moses met him at the burning bush, he announced his name is "I Am". He is the Prince of Peace, for example… the Spirit of Truth… the Way… Provider… Healer… etc. This is how he has chosen us to know him, by the revelation of his nature. 

Names are powerful, because when we invoke the name it causes the nature of the name to manifest in our lives!

I am a seer. I need visuals. I can hear, "Son of God" and "Prince of Peace" and the words are powerful, but there is something personal missing. The personal relationship aspect is what I need to grab hold of truth.

God noticed my myopia and gave me new vision… eyes to see who He really was, instead of who I thought He was. While he was at it, He also gave me ears to hear His laughter!

I had a dream

As I slept one night I dreamed I was walking through a school cafeteria loaded down with an armful of books. I couldn't help but notice two guys sitting at a table laughing together. There was something different about those two – their good-natured humor was so appealing and they seemed completely happy just to be with each other.

Their joy was contagious and I found myself responding to their wave to come and join them. It was a father and son inviting me to sit down with them. The father smiled at my armful of books and told me to set them aside, relax, and just enjoy being with his son.

He wanted his son to marry me! And somehow it felt so right. It seemed like I could sit forever with these two men and never be bored. I watched as they looked at each other and broke into gales of laughter. The jokes they shared between them seemed to be a never-ending source of pleasure! I felt totally accepted and at home with them! That was the end of the dream.

I believe God loves stories and adventures, and when we are IN the story we receive the teaching heart-to-heart. Maybe I'm just right-brained.

When God wants to show me who He is, He gives me dreams and visions – pictures of a King who is my Bridegroom! This dream is not unlike Zephaniah 3:17.

He loves me wildly and with all of His heart and soul. There's nothing good and right He won't do for me, and He promises to never leave me behind.

Because I was "there" in the vision – it wasn't simply my imagination – it was a window to Heaven that opened for me a reality of the Love of my Father.

Anytime I start to get too serious, too intense, or too studious, I remember this dream and it's like the window to Heaven is still open and I can revisit this vision anytime I like. You see, God is known by the printed word in the Bible, but all of the printed pages in all the libraries of the world cannot contain His presence or convey his nature, fully.

Each of us has a personal revelation of who our Father is, just as each child in the world is like its father, but different from all other children, even different from a twin. While I may resemble my brothers and sisters in the family of God, the particular part of God's nature I most carry is His peace and persistence. 

Writing Prompt: Who do YOU say He is? What is your image of Christ Jesus? Experientially, not just doctrine you learned from someone else… but the Jesus of the Gospel, the actual man who walked on the earth 2000 years ago and who told us to pick up our cross and follow him – who do you say He is, today? What part of his nature is most expressed in you?

If you don't yet know the answer, you can ask for whatever it is that you need. Wisdom, joy, faith… it's all a gift. We live in God's favor when we seek Him with all our heart.

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With all my love,

Sue

Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she learned to navigate to freedom and fullness.  
 
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.
 

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Susan Schiller May 28, 2015 at 7:33 am

I'm still adding to the portrait I have of God, and Chris Anderson of First Love Ministry has helped me to refine something important here:

The True Love of God

And this, people, is what the true love of God is really like!

You've got to get this. You've got to get that caricature out of your head, that if you truly love God, then you are going to be an ameliorator par excellence of every situation, you're going to soothe every hurt feeling, and you're going to make everybody feel good about themselves in the world and in the church!

Nothing could be further from the truth. But you're going to have to decide which portrait of love you are going to believe in.

Isaiah said, there is no beauty in Him that we should desire Him.  Why do you think he said that? Do you think Isaiah was talking about Christ's handsomeness? Perhaps in part. But the real lack of beauty Jesus would display in the world was His lack of tact with people!

Jesus was going to say whatever the Father was going to have Him say, without regard to what people thought it should sound like to win their hearts. He was not motivated by the desire to win friends and influence people. In this sense, He did not love the world! And as far as the world would come to see His ministry, He was tactless and tasteless. No beauty there. No politico there to follow.  Someone rather to be shunned, avoided, and ashamed of.

Chris goes on to teach that Christ never said he loved the world. He loved the Father and he loved those who followed his Father. To the rest of the world, he confronted the evil, the unlove, the greed, the lies and hypocrisy. He was shunned and eventually tortured and killed. 

He calls me to come follow Him, to pick up my cross… more than ever, I must question ministries that exist to please the world. Whose foundation has crumbled and flooded and stands in ruin… but until the shaking comes, its like a house built on sand and it appears well and good. I do thank God for the shakings in this world!

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Susan Schiller May 28, 2015 at 8:05 am

Chris Anderson teachers further, from the text of John 17, about the true definition of "for God so loved the world"…

The only way God loved the world has been to convert out of the world anyone that could make the entrance into the Divine Union by faith to where they would hate what they had been called out of and forever after live in self-denial of it. 

God loves the world by telling the world,

I do not affirm you in who you areRather, I invite you to come into Me for Who I AM at the expense of who you are now. I am Love. You are not. You do not even know what love is, because you do not know Me.  

The object of love in divine love is not itself, but the Father-Son Union. The world can't understand that. And the only way the world can know the love of God is to lose its own identity to enter that union. As long as it remains the world, the world remains outside the scope of the love of God. And that is why the world is left in a negative light in Jesus' prayer.

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Susan Schiller March 27, 2015 at 9:26 am

A prayer for anyone who wants to be lifted up, to see Him, and to be able to stand in awe of your deliverance:

http://heartscribes.org/god-restoring-awe/

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Susan Schiller March 27, 2015 at 7:19 am

From my journal:

I hear my Father laughing in Heaven… not at me, but with me! I hear Him saying:
"My Little One, the world only has a voice when my children are silent. You have been waiting for Me to move and to change the world, but I've been waiting on you to walk in what you already know. Once you begin to act in what you know, the power to achieve the change will be given to you. And the world will change with you...
"Singing and rejoicing are the bookends of faith. Just as children 'make believe' so are you to do, until what you hope for is manifested on earth. Cancel your plans for tomorrow – make them TODAY. You have inherited tomorrow TODAY. Own in the present what is not yet. That is faith."

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Susan Schiller January 8, 2015 at 4:16 am

Hi Kathy,

When I saw this, I searched for the source, where I collected the photo, and I could not find it or remember, so unfortunately I do not know!

As a consequence, I withdrew from publishing it. Thanks for visiting and I hope you are able to find the source – it's an incredible picture!

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kathy harriell January 7, 2015 at 7:41 pm

Love, love, love the artwork of the lion's head made with the names of God.  Would you please tell me where I can get a copy or who the artist is?  Thanks so very much.

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