Identify Your Source - Ted Winsley

You can’t be the answer when you’re still part of the problem. How do you expect to influence someone out of something that still has influence over you?


“‘Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached Me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.’ But Moses protested to God, ‘Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?’” —Exodus 3:9-11


We know that Moses was adopted. Actually, as a baby, he was put in a basket to float down the river and then picked up by Pharaoh’s daughter who decided to keep him. He always knew he was different from the people who raised him. The Bible talks about how confused and frustrated he was about his identity, which eventually led him to kill someone. But the cool thing about Moses is that when he realized he was lost, he asked for help.


At first, when God told Moses what he was sending him to do, Moses protested. He said no because he was unsure about who he was and what he was capable of. So he asked the question, “Who am I?”


There is a part in every one of us which is lost. We need to continually surrender our lives to Christ and ask Him this same question. When we find the truth about God and who He says He is, we begin to identify with who He made us to be.


When you’re able to identify your Source, you’re able to find your identity. You need to be constantly drawing strength and wisdom from this Source because the voices of doubt, criticism, fear, defeat, shame, or past circumstances speak loudly. Moses protested against God because he didn’t think he was in a good enough condition to be used by Him. But God knew Moses even before He was born and knew He had a purpose for him.


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” —Jeremiah 1:5


There’s a difference between motivation and inspiration. Motivation requires an outside force that compels you to act. Inspiration is an empowerment from the inside out, not dependent on outside circumstances. When we are inspired by the Spirit of God instead of motivated, nothing can stop us.


Through Jesus’ death on the cross we are free from penalty—no longer condemned for what we have done—, released from the power of sin—no longer under its dominion—, and unshackled from the personality of sin—set free from who we once were.


“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” —John 8:36


Why does everyone love Superman? If you think about it, the story of Superman is the Biblical analogy of Christ’s reality and ours! God the Father sent His Son down to earth to save us. Christ was in the world but not of it, and He never once forgot where He came from. In the same way, when we remember where we’ve come from and to Whom we belong, we can fight the tendency to associate our identity with what might have happened to us in the past, what others say, or what circumstances we find ourselves in.


In the Garden, Adam and Eve lost their connection to their home, culture, and Father. Only by Christ’s salvation are we able to regain that connection. That is why we need to renew our minds to the fact that we’ve come from the King of Kings. He’s your Daddy. Heaven’s culture is your culture. Go back to the high place God calls you to because no matter what you think you are today, you represent the King.


—Pastor Ted Winsley, chaplain of the Philadelphia Eagles


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