Who Do You Say He Is?
"He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:15, 16).
God wants you to know not only who you are in Him but who He is in you. In the midst of pain, trails, memories, circumstances and bondage's He gently and lovingly asks you "who do you say that I am?"
The Father is calling to you in your captivity as deliverer, in your pain as healer, in your weakness as strength. In your sorrow He is joy, in your trouble He is peace, in your fear He is perfect love. As Peter look and see Him as Christ, the anointed one, as the Son of the Living God.
Notice also that Jesus put emphasis on saying who He is. When we confess with our mouth we are saved, "For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trust in and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation" (Romans 10:10, Amplified). It is the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony that causes us to overcome. "And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to life even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing](Revelation 12:11 Amplified). The devil cannot read your mind boldly proclaim who God is.
God knew all along what would happen in your life. He knew each circumstance you would encounter, and lovingly calls in the midst of your brokeness, pain of the past and fears, to see Him for Who He is in you. "...Christ in YOU the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27).