As for me, I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness (rightness, justice, and right standing with You); I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake [to find myself] beholding Your form [and having sweet communion with You].
Psalm 17:15 AMP
2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV
There is a tragic epidemic in the churches across North America that is spiritually killing millions of women. This epidemic can be likened to an auto-immune disease--where the body literally kills itself over time.
This epidemic is called IDentity Sickness. God created women in the likeness of His Son--Jesus. Eating away at that very image is IDentity Sickness. It erodes the ability of women to embrace their new identity IN Christ and is causing this epidemic of IDentity Sickness to spread like wild fire.
IDentity Sickness is the damaging effects that occurs when a born-again woman continues to build her self-worth with culturally acceptable behaviors, appearances, fashion, or material possessions. Otherwise known as IDentity Sickness begins with IDentity Management, where one strives to manage externally how other people, social groups or church goers view them.
IDentity Management takes a tremendous amount of effort and is the basis for surface relationships within the body of Christ. To the degree that one hides who they really are, they will need to expend energy to persuade others to see them in a culturally acceptable way. This leads to isolation, which in turn, leads to IDentity Sickness.
The only way to cure IDentity Sickness is to begin to accept who you are in Christ when you are tempted to manage your identity in public. You must also trust God to give you the courage to live in truth -- the truth that sets you free. Put another way, you must live IN CHRIST, who is Truth, and has set you free to embrace your identity in Him.
Imagine living a life free IN Christ. Free from the daily bondage of having to appear to be the best mother, wife, Christian, worker or "nicest person." What freedom! We are not to measure ourselves with our own standards but by who we are IN Christ.
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
2 Corinthians 10:11-13 NIV
God's Word Says...
Meditate on these verses below to help you gain freedom from the bondage of IDentity Management which leads to IDentity Sickness.
Women are made in the likeness or image of God:
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” NLT
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. NLT
This is the written account of Adam's line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. NIV
"Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man. NIV
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. NIV
Christians are Regenerated:
As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake. NASB
As for me, I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness (rightness, justice, and right standing with You); I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake [to find myself] beholding Your form [and having sweet communion with You]. AMP
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. ESV
2 Corinthians 3:18
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. ESV
and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. ESV
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. ESV
1 John 3:1-3
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure. NLT
The next generation of women are counting on us to stop the crazy IDentity Sickness epidemic. My daughter and other young women are counting on us to pass on this Christlike example!
Bethany Dawn (8 yo) Anastasia Pouliot
We can disciple generations of women who do not give in to the temptation to be "AIR BRUSHED" Christians