The office of my old high school was a wall of windows and gave those that passed by a glimpse to what was happening inside. And no day was more full of activity than Valentine’s Day. Flowers lined the desk and balloons swayed back and forth, the colors and fragrances beckoned all who walked by.
If you were one of the lucky recipients, the office staff would announce your name over the loud speaker so you would know there was something for you to pick up. As a teenager I wanted nothing more than to have my name called. Because those flowers and such were an indication that you meant something to someone else.
When the call didn’t come for me I translated it to mean that I didn’t have any value at all. Period.
Big leap I know, but it was one that I made time and time again.
Not invited to the party, can’t make the cheerleading squad, don’t have a boyfriend…all signs to me that I was a failure and I didn’t fit in.
I have shared here before that I have carried those lies and misperceptions about myself around with me for years. It is hard to walk in the dreams that God has for me when I can’t see myself for anything more than a continual failure.
I hadn’t realized just how much those lies I had believed had followed me into adulthood. How they had blanketed me with shame and kept me bound in fear. I had played the role of victim for so many years, believing I wasn’t good enough for God.
But friends, I need you to hear me on this…it isn’t true. And this is not the way that God wants us to live!
In John 10:10 Jesus says this “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
I wonder today what the enemy has stolen from you?
What dreams have been locked away, God-given gifts gone unused, because the lies of the enemy have become truth for you?
I came to the realization recently that I was holding tightly to what I believed were truths about myself and how God saw me, and the reality was that they were lies. It is an interesting place to come to, an undoing of sorts. A relearning or rebirth of my identity.
Slowly I have been discovering who I am in God. Who I am to God, who I can be for God.
It hasn’t been easy because the lies had infiltrated deep into my spirit, the only way I could counteract them was with His Word. My prayer today as you read the following verses would be that you would begin to let them sink in deep, and you would discover the beautiful creation you are in Christ. Sisters this is who we are in Christ, may we not be deceived by the enemies lies again.
We are Chosen
2 Peter 9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
We are His Children
John 1: 12 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
There is no condemnation
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.“
God choose us and appointed us!
John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
God sacrificed His Son so we could be with Him in eternity!
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
I believe that the enemy wants to keep us dreamers bound in chains. When walking in the truth of who we are in Christ we are a force to be reckoned with! So use these few verses as a starting point in your own journey of discovering who you are in Christ.
And when we start walking in those truths and shining for His glory?? Oh girls, let me just say, watch out world because here we come!
Shared By; Kristin Smith
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