“He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” -Ephesians 1:7
The beauty of GRACE, voluntary and loving favor.
“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours, through Christ, who loved us.” -Romans 8:37
It’s impossible to be separated from Christ and the hardships we face do not separate us from His presence. You are more than a conquerer!
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” -Ephesians 2:10
Masterpiece is defined as one’s greatest work and that’s what God calls you.
“You are the light of the world- like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” -Matthew 5:14
Your life will shine the light of Christ so that others can see.
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you…” -Romans 8:11
“And since we are his children, we are his heirs.” -Romans 8:17
Joint heirs with Christ.
“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us…” 2 Corinthians 5:20
God wants to use you to send his message to the world.
“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offered for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” -2 Corinthians 5:21
God offers to trade his righteousness for our sin- something of immeasurable worth for something completely worthless.
“…who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people…” -Romans 1:7
You are greatly loved by God.
It’s almost June which means it’s summer!! I can’t believe it! Where has time gone?? Well, as crazy as it is that summer is here, I am ready to embrace a new season, to start fresh and new, and to breathe in the summertime air and walk fully in the identity of Christ. This next month I want to be so intentional about claiming and believing these beautiful truths of scripture over my life. It’s not until we hide these words in our heart and really believe in them that we can step out of ourselves and into the power of Christ. It’s so easy to become distracted by what the world says you are or what you think you “deserve.” BUT stop for a minute and re-read back over these truths listed above. These are your promises and God cannot lie. Through the words He speaks over you, you are a beautiful creation that has so much value. He wants to take your life, you mess-ups, your heart and impact the world. You may be thinking, “there is no way I am ready to step into what God has for me because I don’t deserve it.” BUT why?? Do you know anything about the God you serve? He died on a cross for you. Gave his life for you. Bore your sins so that you might live in freedom from sin. He has the power to change anything and everything in a moment. He is in YOU, all around YOU, and all about YOU. Through Christ, YOU are best equipped to impact eternity at this very time. Right now!! But it all starts with believing in your heart that you serve a God that is bigger than life and can take your mess and turn it into an incredible purposed destiny in a moments time. There are things in your life, valleys that you have walked through, that will be used for God’s glory. It’s hard to see when we are going through a trial the purpose in it because all we see is the pain it’s causing us or the confusion it’s leaving us in. BUT we have to remember that “God causes everything to work for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28).
I believe that we can miss God’s best for us at different points in our lives simply because we live in a constant mindset (unhealthy, debilitating thoughts) of evaluating ourselves by the world’s standards. We forfeit God’s greatest blessings because we are limited by the thoughts that control our mind. Maybe it’s people pleasing that you daily battle. When you leave your house each morning and start your day, are you living for the approval of people or God? Have you made the people in your life bigger than the God that you claim to serve? I’ll be the first to admit that people pleasing was a huge battle (and I still have days where I battle it) of mine. I would long for the approval of others. I wanted to be seen. I wanted to be known. I wanted to hear the words of approval from those around me because it gave me the assurance that I was “accepted” and “fit in” which in turn gave me the confidence to walk in what the world had to offer. It felt good for the moment but it lead to a life of emptiness. Slowly, I began to realize how much I was limiting my life in comparison to what God wanted to give me. There was so much more for me BEYOND the approval of people but I could not see it because the approval of people was my security. Craig Groeschel said it once that, “Becoming obsessed with what people think about you is the quickest way to forget what God thinks about you.” Or maybe it’s an identity issue you struggle with. You struggle with your worth and think that you don’t deserve what God so freely wants to give you. You believe God loves you, but you believe He loves you conditionally. This is such a tactic of the enemy and has the potential to keep us from walking in the greatest blessings of God. The enemy knows that if he can “control our thoughts, he can control our lives” (Battlefield of the mind). We have to change our thinking and start walking in and believing in the Father who loves us so very much. The things in our lives that have destroyed our identity and worth, we have to confidently and boldly face. We have to have SO much confidence in our God that we build a confidence within ourselves to walk in. We have to speak against the fear and decide to at least TRY, to be willing to change, and willing to grow. And of course, none of this comes easy. It’s a painful process that requires exposure and vulnerability with others. I remember back in college when I struggled with an eating disorder. I found my identity in what I could control rather than in what Christ said about me. It consumed me. But my greatest healing and freedom was found when I became vulnerable and exposed the deepest parts of who I was. And in the midst of such pain, the Father used (and still uses) for His greatest glory. It’s a testimony, I believe, that will be used to impact the lives of others all over the world.
Dear one, if you are reading this and you’re struggling with who you are or what you have done or what you “think” you deserve… Stop. Rest. Breathe. And be still. The Father at this very moment is “dancing and rejoicing over you.” He is so proud of you. He loves you and He cares so much about every detail of your life. You are NOT alone. If you think you have blown it, that’s ok. We have all been there and thank God for His amazing Grace. I wish I could sit with each of you and pour my heart out telling you God has something so great for you. Believe it and receive it. Don’t let the enemy steal it from you. Maybe there is something right in front of you Jesus wants to give you but you’re too afraid to believe it’s even real. You convince yourself you’re not worth it and so you pass it by continuing to live in the limitations of the world. But if there is anything I pray you hide in your heart and know is that God created you with a destiny of greatness in mind. He wants nothing less than something for you that is beyond your greatest desires and wildest dreams. Don’t give up. Keep fighting. Keep pushing and keep believing. Soon, you will rise from those ashes and walk confidently and securely in the identity of Christ. YOU ARE ENOUGH. I’m praying for you.
“We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.” -2 Corinthians 6:3-10