I recently had the privilege of attending the Prayer Conference that is put on by the Apostolics of Fairbanks. The first night, what Bro. Gonzalez, the main speaker, spoke on stirred something in my spirit. He preached that there is a certain power that comes when we walk in our apostolic identity. How true this is!
Romans 12:2 says this: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” As usual, I cannot say it any better than the Word of God can. We are called, not to blend in with our surroundings, fighting an “undercover” war of sorts, but to be unashamed of the redeemed, power-filled, tongue-talking, holy people that we are. Our desire should be that when we walk into a building, the first thing people notice is not attributes of ourselves, but attributes of God shown through us.
A lot of times, Christians can adopt one of two attitudes:
- They become ashamed of who they are in Christ, and try to hide their commitment to Him by conforming to the world, and by doing so, they lose their commitment to God, or:
- They forget who it is that gives them the “something special” that people seem to notice so often, and become prideful in their “identity”, failing to give glory to God.
Unfortunately, both of these attitudes take away from the power we could have in our true apostolic identity.One of the things that Bro. Gonzalez said was that when we go anywhere, the spirit that is within us precedes us, so that when we walk into a restaurant, or a store, or onto our college campus, we own it, and have dominion in the spirit world. This is not because we are something special, but because He is special. And, this power does not come from hiding who we are in Christ from the world. This power comes only from being, not prideful, but unashamed of the light that we are to the dark world.
Matthew 5: 14-16 says it this way:
“14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light into all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”