when you truly learn how to give something to God,
I believe that is when change happens.
that’s when the pain you feel begins to melt away,
and you’re filled with renewal and peace.
When God delivers, never forget what He’s done for you. When He rescues you from danger, remember that day. When He delivers you from a bad work situation, remember that day. When He provides the help you needed, remember that day. And then, share the story.
We tend to have short memories. Even major events are forgotten. Remembering what God has done for you builds your faith. Sharing the story builds faith for others.
Where is your identity found?
We know where it’s supposed to be found. And we know where we say it is. It’s all simple and easy to say that we are found in Christ. We are beautiful because he created and molded us into exactly how we are. We are purposeful and it doesn’t matter what we can or cannot do, our identity is still found in Him.
It’s easy to say that. It’s easy to hear that.
But what happens when you are stripped away of everything you thought you were.
Your passions, hobbies. They are gone and you are standing there, basically naked.
Who you thought you were, how people perceive you, it’s all been changed. The comfort that you thought you had, the reliance in your talents and skills, those are gone too.
How do you deal with that? How do you look at the shadow of the person you were and confront that? And especially if you’re not the only one that notices. You have people breathing down your neck, ghosts in your nightmares, voices in your head. You’re not good enough anymore. You will never be good enough anymore. You’ve lost your identity because you’ve lost your talents. You’re control is slipping. What you thought you were, what you thought you had, it’s no longer there.
You literally feel like a ghost of the person you once were.
How do we go back and truly find our identity in Christ? How do we really leave this world’s pressures and return to the simple truth.
I honestly believe the only way we can move past this is through God’s word and prayer.
The voices won’t cease, the ghosts won’t fade, the inward struggles won’t be resolved, unless you bring in someone much stronger who is use to facing those battles.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Galatians 4:6-7 “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”
1 Samuel 16:7 “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Maybe it’s a good thing when you reach rock bottom. You’re stripped of what you think you need. Let me repeat that.
You are stripped of what you think you need.
In reality, you don’t need it. You already have everything that you were destined to be. You are God’s child. And that statement in itself is simply everything. Talents and skills are a blessed bonus, but when that becomes our sole purpose and identity, we have an issue.
I think we need to be rocked by God sometimes to really accept what he tells us.
When you’re on top of the world, you fail to see that He is the one that helped you get there.
Sweetly broken, wholly surrendered.
This past week was a reminder of God’s absolute beauty through creation.
We are so small, so insignificant, yet he still chooses us, plucks us out, to use us for His glory.
2 Corinthians 5:14
…so much wisdom in this book.