An identity is the condition or character of who a person is. It is the set of qualities, beliefs, attributes, etc. that distinguishes or shows whom a person is to everything and everyone. Whether to principalities or powers, to challenges or difficulties, in good times and not so good times, during the peaks and troughs of life, your identity determine whether you will remain in difficulties or become an overcomer.
Any situation that you face in life will always ask for your identity. This certifies your victory or otherwise. At a time because of the exploits of Paul, others including exorcists started copying him but the result that they got was not the same as that which Paul got.
“Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you? Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them,[c] so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” (Acts 19:14-16, NKJV)
What happened in the story above is that the evil spirit checked their pronouncement against their identity and it did not match. Your identity is the state or fact of being the same as described. You are who your identity says not another. The voice must not be that of Jacob and the body that of Esau.
”This is what your true identity looks like irrespective of the situation, “This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise.” (Isaiah 43:21, NKJV)
The word of God says, “You shall declare his praise.” This has nothing to do with the situation that you are facing. All that is expected of you is, “you shall declare his praise.” Listen to this, if you cannot declare his praise in challenges, he will not make you a champion. When you declare his praise in difficulties, he will in turn distinguish you.
It is time for you to present your identity to whatever obstacle is staring you in the face. As you sing songs of victory, the star in you emerges.
“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our [gracious and majestic] God; Praise is becoming and appropriate.” (Psalm 147:1, TAB)
“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand, To execute vengeance on the nations, And punishments on the peoples;” (Psalm 149:4-7, NKJV)
When you do not know what you need to do to attain an objective you wander aimlessly. The supernatural lifestyle is expected to be the natural lifestyle of every child of God. What affects others should not have the same effect upon you.
“They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are unstable. I said, “You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High. But you shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes.” (Psalm 82:5-7, NKJV)
You must not allow the natural situations that tend towards disappointment, discouragement and disbelief to move you at this time of the year, you have to learn, teach and train yourself on how to sing, dance and make music even without musical instruments. Show your high regards for the Almighty.
When challenges stare you in the face respond prophetically by singing and dancing from the depth of your heart. This must not be routine because it is only with joy that you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Though the year is nearing the end and it seems you have not received some promises, you cannot afford to neglect nor underutilize the prevailing power of praise to be above irrespective of your situation.
“Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.” (Psalm 33:1, KJV)
Another version substitute becoming and appropriate for comely. Praise enables you to become the original creation of God.
- You were created to praise him. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” (1 Peter 2:9, KJV)
Every invention has a purpose. Where purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable. You need to stop abusing the purpose of your creation by murmuring or complaining.
“So we, your people and sheep of your pasture, will give you thanks forever; we will show forth your praise to all generations.” (Psalm 79:13, KJV)
To praise him is the purpose of your existence
“The people I formed for Myself, that they may set forth My praise [and they shall do it].” (Isaiah 43:21, TAB)
David the shepherd boy realized the purpose of his existence. He never relented in praising God whilst taking care of “the few sheep” of his family. Though he was relegated to the wilderness, it did not deter his resolve.
“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.” (Psalm 57:7, KJV)
“O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.” (Psalm 108:1, KJV)
He was still playing harp, composing music and dancing before God. It was already a lifestyle for him. Even everybody in the neighborhood recognized his ability to praise God so much so that when King Saul had a mental problem he was recognized as being competent to lead worship.
Why do you need to display your identity or Why sing songs of victory?
You need to look unto Jesus in all circumstances. “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2, TAB)