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Who We Are #12

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Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more



In article eleven, I talked about why Asaph puts the people in remembrance of who they are. In this article I shall continue on the exegesis.

Outcome of Forgetting or Not Knowing Who They Are

In this section I want us to see some of the outcomes of not knowing who we are in the Lord.

1. Suffering

When people do not know who they are they will be in suffering because what they have access to, what is their right, they will not know that it is their right and sometimes would go a begging for what they ought not to be begging for.

Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; (Gal. 4:1)

Consider what apostle Paul says here, the heir though owns everything but since he is yet an heir, a child and has not come to the full knowledge of all things that he has access to, his possessions he would be largely dependent on the slaves or servants attached to him.

2. Poverty or Lack

When we do not know who we are, we shall be in lack. Consider a person who has been made a citizen of the country he or she is living in and who has access to some things, like those who have been born citizens ahead of him but since he does not know that he has been confirmed a citizen of the land, he will continue to be in lack.

The disciples when they forgot who they were after the ascension of Christ Jesus returned to their former position because of what they lack, but they were unable to possess anything. (John 21)

3. Covetousness

When we do not know who we are in faith, we would be covetous of others properties and things, but when we know who we are we shall not be covetous, because we shall know that our God will always supply our needs according to his riches in glory.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Php 4:19)

It was because Gehazi the servant of prophet Elisha did not know whom he was that was why he coveted those things that Naaman brought to his master when his master refused the offering. For assuming he knows who he was he wouldn’t covet those things because he will always remember that Yahweh can supply more than those things.

4. Retrogression

A person who does not know who he is would not be able to make appreciable progress in his or her endeavors.

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5. Stagnation

There is stagnation for those who do not know who they are in the Lord, because the authority they ought to use to bring things to themselves they will not be able to use the authority.

6. Sicknesses/Curses

Those who do not know who they are in the Lord would be prone to sicknesses and curses among other terrible things. Consider the case of King David and the death of Uriah the Hittite as written in second Samuel chapter eleven. The King has forgotten his position in the Lord and because he has forgotten his position he did what he ought not to do thence bringing curses upon his generation forever. Let us read the judgment of the Lord as declared to the King by his Seer, Nathan in second Samuel 12.

And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.

Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. (2 Sam. 12:7-12)

The king has forgotten that he has right to ask of divers of things from the Lord, he has forgotten that Yahweh has listening ears, he has forgotten that God always wants to hear us speak to him about what we desire most, about what we desire to have. (2 Sam. 12:8)

His vessel pushed him to forget all the promises that God has made with him, he thence took the laws into his hand because he cannot control his vessel, he has forgotten that God who sees in the open also sees in the secret and he asks that Uriah be placed at dangerous position and he was killed.

God sees this and was very sad, he thence passes the judgment not only on him but on all his generation forever because he has cut off the lineage of the man who feared him in Israel and he being no respecter of persons judge accordingly. (Act_10:34)

7. Death

Forgetting who we are or being in oblivion of who we are will lead us to untimely death. let us bring to our minds the case of Rachel the wife of Jacob, she wants to help God of Abraham by taking along the graven images of his father and this would eventually lead to a negative pronouncement from his husband (Gen 31:32) which also affected her as she could not enter the promise land with her husband because she died before they got to Canaan land. (Gen. 35:16-19)

In the next article I shall continue with my exegesis of this topic.


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