Who Are You?

Posted on 10/04/2015 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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HIS BANNER OVER ME

He is the Vine and we are the branches,
His banner over me is love.
He is the Vine and we are the branches,
His banner over me is love.
He is the Vine and we are the branches,
His banner over me is love.
His banner over me is love!

He is the Shepherd and we are his beloved,
His banner over me is love.
He is the Shepherd and we are his beloved,
His banner over me is love.
He is the Shepherd and we are his beloved,
His banner over me is love.
His banner over me is love!

He calls us to His Banqueting Table,
His banner over me is love.
He calls us to His Banqueting Table,
His banner over me is love.
He calls us to His Banqueting Table,
His banner over me is love.
His banner over me is love!


I LOVE TO BE IN YOUR PRESENCE

I love to be in Your presence
With Your people singing praises
I love to stand and rejoice
Lift my hands and raise my voice

You set my feet to dancing
You fill my heart with song
You give me reason to rejoice!


YOUR WORD IS A LAMP

Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path
Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path

No longer do we walk in darkness
No longer do we walk in darkness
No longer do we walk in darkness

For you have called us out of darkness
into your marvelous light
We turn our backs on what is wrong
and choose to do what's right

Your blood is flowing through my veins
to cleanse until all that remains
is clay that's molded through the pains of life

Your Spirit blows into these bones
to claim this temple as its home
and starts a fire that soon becomes a blaze


YOU ARE MY ALL IN ALL

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all

Seeking you as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I'd be a fool
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
worthy is your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
worthy is your name

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless your name
You are my all in all

When I fall down you pick me up
When I am dry you fill my cup
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
worthy is your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
worthy is your name


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Today, I'd like us
to start out by answering
this question:

Who Are You?

Usually,
when someone
asks us this,
we reply
with our name.

Followed by
an occupation
or some other
earthly role.

"I'm John Doe;
electrition,
husband,
father,
and a card player
you don't want
to bet against."

If we are
super spiritual,
we might reply
with something like,

"I'm a child of the King,
more than an overcomer,
the head and not the tail;
I am His!"

But whichever response
YOU might have,
is that really who
YOU
are?

EVERYONE
walking with God
fits the latter description.

And the first description
is just roles
that are temporary,
while YOU
are eternal.

And even the last one,
describes things
that involve,
to one degree or another,
your temporary form.

Above and not beneath.

The head and not the tail.

Victorious over my enemies.


Wonderful things.


But when there
are no enemies,
no things to overcome,
no hinderances
to being Face to Face
with the Great I Am,

THEN.....

Who Are You?


You are His.
Right?

This is very true.

But so are the cattle
on a thousand hills.

Are you a cow?

Are you a bull?

(Some of us guys
might agree
with the last one,
yep, I'm a strong,
manly bull.
Don't mess with me.)

But seriously...

Who Are You?


In Revelation 2:17 (NKJV),
in the vision to John,
Jesus says this:

17 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it."


If you've been
in the Church scene
for very long,
you're probably
familiar with this verse.

A white stone,
with a new name,
which only YOU know.

So when someone
asks you,
"Who are you,"

your answer would be,

"Wouldn't YOU like to know."

Right?


To shed some light
on this,
let's consider
the historical significance
of a white stone.

First,
it was a token of Innocence.

A Greek judge
would place a white stone
in the ballot box
to prounce aquittal.

The white stone said,
"You are not guilty."

Nice symbolism.


Here's another one:

The High Priest's headdress.

It contained
a white stone
which was ingraved
with a phrase
that signified
the name of God,
which only the High Priest
knew how to utter.


Very interesting stuff.


But again,
when someone asks,

"Who Are You,"

will you reply with,

"Sorry, can't tell you?"


I personally suspect
this symbolism
is meant to point to
a truth that is
beyond the mind's
ability to comprehend.


Just like your new name.


And by name,
it is quite possible
this is not referring
to vowels and consonants,
to a sound uttered
by the human tongue.

When we refer to
the names of God,
we are referring to
descriptions of His Nature.

And God's Nature
cannot be reduced
to human words.

They fall vastly short,
and can only be used
to point to something
our minds can never
understand.

The mind, after all,
dwells in the realm
of form.

It cannot grasp
the formless,
for the formless
is not a "thing"
that can be analyzed
or broken down
into pieces.

It cannot be reached,
for it is not in
the realm of space.

It can neither
begin nor end,
for it is not in
the realm of time.

And yet,
we seek to
understand it
with a tool we have
been given
which can never
comprehend it.

Kind of like
trying to read a book
with a screwdriver.

The screwdriver
cannot see
or read
or understand.

And the mind
cannot know
the formless.


You might have seen
the animated movie,
"Home On The Range."

It's about a cattle rustler
who steals cattle
to put ranchers
out of business
so they have to
sell their farms,
which he buys.

In one scene,
he's talking with
his not-so-intelligent
helpers,
and he puts on
his disguize
to show them
how he
pulls off
his land grab.

And as soon
as his physical form
looks different,
they no longer know
who he is.

Here's a small clip:


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Since all WE know
is the form,
when the form changes,
or when it disolves,
we don't recognize
who are what
is underneath.

We know personalities.

Persons.

Histories.

Choices.

Desires.

Tendencies.

All things
created by the mind,

none of which
are who you are.


It's not uncommon
for the topic of
sexual identity
to come up.

My personal opinion
doesn't really matter.

All I can do
is point to what
Jesus said.

But when I do,
people get offended.

Why?

Because we
feel as though
the temporary form
is who we are.

If even Jesus
questions the perfection
of our imperfect form,
we take offense.

We have desires,
and we make
an identity
out of those desires.

So to suggest
that those desires
are not good,
is to suggest
that WE are BAD.

It feels almost like
being told to sit
in the back of the bus
because our skin
is too dark.

But none of these forms
are who you are.

You can disagree,
and you can remain
trapped in and
enslaved by
that which is
passing away --

the earth and
all its desires
and pleasures
and pains;

the mind and
its vastly limited
understanding
and opinions
and reactions...

Or you can
let go of those things,
and finally wake up,
and finally be free.


My temporary person
feels various desires
that,
if I identified with them,
would change my choices,
and would lock me
in a dreadful prison
of shame,
self-defense,
and separation
from the
Pure Nature
of God.

But I recognize
all those things
as creations
of the mind.

They aren't real.

They aren't eternal.

The are not
who I am.

And so,
I am not lost in them.

And I do not
have to act upon them.

I can see them come,
and I can see them go.

I can witness the mind
yell out to fulfil them,
and make excuses
why I should, or
why it's okay,
or not so bad.

And I label that
as neither good nor bad.

It simply is.

That's what this form,
this temporary form,
I used to think is ME,
does.

It's being changed,
true;
but ultimately,

It is passing away.

Here for a moment,
and then it is gone.

And instead,
I can be
fully present
in the Heavenly Places,
resting in Perfect Peace
with the Prince of Peace.

HE changes the person.

And I can watch it happen;

not identifying with it,
for it is not who I Am;

not obeying it,
for it is just a
temporary thing;

not defending it,
for in this place,
I feel no need
and no desire
to do so;

after all,
why defend something
that is just a fantasy
inside the head?

If I identify with it,
then real actions
come out of its thoughts;

but I am not it,
it is not me.

I have a New Name,

an Always Fresh Name,

a Name which cannot
be uttered by the tongue;

a Name which cannot
be written on paper,

but is my true Nature,
who I REALLY am,

beneath the form
I always thought was Me.



Who Are You?


That question
cannot truly
be answered.

It's like a koan,
which is a question
that cannot
be answered,
and is asked
so that the student
can transcend
the limited mind,
and know experientially
the limitless answer.


And that,
my friends,
is just
like
God.