“Today you have become the people of the Lord your God. So you must obey the Lord your God by keeping all these commands and decrees that I am giving you today.” – Deuteronomy 27:9-10 NLT
In the passage above, the nation of Israel are about to enter the Promised Land. Moses says, “today you have become the people of God.” He does not say they will become God’s people when they obey. He asserts that they have already become the people of God, and because of that, they are to obey. Relationship precedes rules. Obedience flows from identity.
Our struggle with obedience is normally framed in terms of right and wrong. In temptation, we question the morality or wisdom of the rule. That is exactly where the enemy wants our thoughts to stay. As long as we are in that mental arena, we elevate ourselves as our own people.
When we have a hard time obeying God, it is not an obedience problem, it is an identity problem. Those who truly see themselves as God’s people do God’s will. When we do not do God’s will, it is because we do not count ourselves as one of God’s people.
We must change the question from, “Can I?” to “Who am I?” In doing so, we remind ourselves of our identity as God’s people. When our decisions flow from our identity, not morality, we get victory.
Let me encourage you today. Be in touch with your identity. Get victory.