And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written (Luke 4:16–17, KJV)
Understanding your identity in Christ and discerning God’s purposes for your life is pivotal. Yet, many Christians continue to grapple with these concepts. In this devotional, I aim to illuminate a surprising method through which God brings clarity about our identity and purpose: the Scriptures.
God speaks to us in various ways about our identity. Consider Jesus: during His baptism, God spoke from heaven in a voice so distinct that some thought it thundered or an angel had spoken. While such an experience might be rare, God also uses the prophetic gift through ministers. For example, the Holy Spirit spoke through a minister to separate Paul and Barnabas for their ministry calling (Acts 13:2). Similarly, God has used prophetic messages to guide me in my calling.
However, the most powerful way God roots us personally in our identity and purpose is through His Word in the Bible. Though the Bible is universal, you can discover your identity and purpose as the Spirit reveals insights tailored to you. When Jesus began His ministry, Luke records that He went to the synagogue, opened the Book, and found the place where it was written about Him!
Invite the Holy Spirit to guide you as you engage in Bible study. He can reveal your identity and life’s purpose as His Word sheds light on your path. So open the Book and let Him show you where it is written about you.
Reflect on your experiences with the Bible. Have you ever felt that a particular verse was written just for you as if the Spirit highlighted it specifically to address your situation or question?
Apply the Word
Remember, God can use others to affirm what He has already revealed to you. However, it’s essential first to understand God’s purpose for you through His Word. Believe the Holy Spirit is there and know He will clarify things as you meditate on the Word.
Pray for insight to discern the wonderful things God has written about you in His Word.
- Take hold of your identity
- You were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord
- Ministry and Ministers in the New Testament
- Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee
- We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood
- View All Deshen Daily Devotionals
Subscribe for Uplifting Spirit-filled Insights once a week
And download 2 powerful free e-books: “Keys to Open Your Spiritual Eyes” and “How to Receive Rhema”.