Saturday, March 18, 2017

Who I Am

When I Forget Who I Am

There's a lie I hear whispered in my ear every single day.

Bible verses and words of encouragement to drown out the lies we are told every day.

You're.  Not.  Good.  Enough.

Is it just me?  Am I the only one?  I'm thinking no.  This voice tells many lies.

          You can't.
                      You'll fail.
                              You aren't strong enough.
                                                   Nobody likes you.
                                                                           Give up.

Do you see this rumpled and worn paper?  This is a list of verses my mom typed out and gave me to read every single day.  That voice I hear is not the voice of truth.  That voice is the enemy, and he wants me to believe his lies.

The true identity of the believer - who we are in Christ

These words on this paper, these are truth.  This is who I am in Christ.  This is my identity.  This is who I was created to be.

In her series 21 Days of Prayer for Your Business my friend Monique McClean says, "Freedom is a process."  Yep.  It's a daily process and a daily choice to drown out the voice of the enemy, the voice of fear, the voice of insecurity, the voice of defeat.  I choose to trust in the One who created me and promised to be with me always.  He has equipped me to fight this fight.

I want to walk boldly and confidently on the path God has chosen for me.  I can't be bold or confident based on myself or my own strengths.  No, those come from Christ alone based on what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 - For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

They have "divine power to demolish strongholds".  We're not talking about moving strongholds out of the way for a short while.  The verse doesn't suggest sneaking around or crawling under strongholds.  The weapons we fight with, the full armor of God, have the "divine power to demolish strongholds".  DEMOLISH!

Believing my true identity in Christ - I am loved by Him.

Remembering where my identity comes from.

I am good enough.  Not because I'm good or strong, my righteousnesses are as filthy rags, but because I am in the One who has overcome the world.

John 16:33 - I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

He's a good, good Father, and I'm loved by Him.  That's who I am.

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