Brandi Marsh: Affirmed by God
by: Brandi Marsh
So much of our identity today is packaged and defined by what we do or the roles we possess; (i.e.; our profession, relationship status, or even now one’s sexual orientation. It is my Christian belief that what you do in life is totally separate from who you are. I strongly believe my identity is affirmed by God. The scripture Psalm 139:14 says, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (It definitely took me a long time to get to this resolve). But I have learned to break away from titles and stand on the knowledge of truth (GOD’s WORD) that emphatically defines and shapes the character of who I am. NOT the roles and positions I may accomplish in life.
I was born on February 14th, yes! Valentine’s Day, the day I consider the best day ever! But who wouldn’t think their birth is special; but I believe my day is extra extraordinary because on the day of my birth two babies born; yep you guess it, I am a twin. I feel truly blessed to have my twin sister, it’s like having a built in best friend. In the same breadth, there were times growing up that being a twin was difficult. Why? Because it felt like people did not want us to be a separate entity. So, instead of calling us by our names (Candi or Brandi); yes, we have those classic twin names that rhyme, we were identified as TWIN! (we absolutely hated that). So, for a long time, I allowed other people affirm my Identity. Going along with just being the twin and got lost in the shadow of it. I love my sister and being a twin dearly but I wanted to have my own persona. And for people just to know ME! Brandi only. (can any other twin relate?) So, I slowly begin to learn, that from birth my title given as TWIN. And being a twin is kind of a big deal, some may consider a phenomenon, and that was why people just wanted to admire us in that form. but what God showed me outside of being a twin sister, I was created by GOD do great works (Ephesians 2:10). And that work was specifically for Brandi alone, to advance the kingdom of GOD! And in 2015, I began the birthing process of Ebony and Pink Pearls (EAPP); a ministry that God gave me. The core values of EAPP are to empower women in purpose, purity and prayer! (check out my Instagram page @ebonyandpinkpearls) to learn more about the ministry.
Okay, okay! enough about me, what about YOU? WHO or WHAT is AFFIRMING YOUR IDENTITY! Is it your job, relationship status, financial status, the business or home you own, the joy of being a parent, ministry leader position you hold or is it the that you are a vice president of a major corporation? Do, I think there is anything wrong with holding these positions or titles, absolutely NOT. However, when these position and titles take ownership of who you are; I wholeheartedly believe; what you Do does not define who you ARE in God. It is God that gave you the job, the house, the husband, business etc., and the same God that can give it He can take it away. So, you should not place your identity in roles and positions; but allow GOD to affirm and define your identity! How? by memorizing scriptures in God’s word that affirms who you are no matter if you are married, single, a high-profile business owner or a home owner.
IDENTITY AFFIRMED BY GOD
Matthew 5:13 KJV
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Colossians 3:1-4 KJV
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.