Spiritual Identity Crisis - Heather Portillo

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

I was recently thinking about the “prosperity gospel” and how, if communicated or understood incorrectly, it could cause a serious spiritual identity crisis.  In my opinion, a spiritual identity crisis is dangerous because it causes us to question who we are in Christ, who God is and wonder if everything we believe is a lie.  Why did that prayer seem to go unanswered? Why was the illness not cured? Why was that relationship lost?  It is critical, when facing a spiritual identity crisis, to cling even more tightly to God.  Cry out to Him. Ask Him what He’s doing. Tell Him how sad, angry or scared you are.  Ask Him WHY?  The reality is that God can handle our negative emotions, and he wants us to draw near to Him when we don’t understand the difficult situations we find ourselves in.

I personally believe that while spiritual identity crises have the potential to destroy a person. They can also bring us to a place of deep wisdom, strength and unwavering faith – if we allow them to.  Questioning everything we believe is not the same as doubting everything we believe.  On the other side of a spiritual identity crisis, we may find that we had put God in a box and we only saw Him in the context of that form of who we thought He is.  We may also discover that we had been limiting Him by beliefs that we hadn’t fully fleshed out by testing them against scripture.  In our darkest places, it is imperative that we cling tightly to our faith, the Word of God and not allow troubles to rob us of the one thing that is true, we are created by God and he loves us.

God, thank you for remaining close to us in our most difficult times.  Help us to trust your will above our own and lean on your understanding rather than our own.  May we follow Jesus’ example by clinging more tightly to you and through spiritual resolve, say “not my will but yours be done.”  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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