Monday, June 4, 2012

Identity Embrace: Fed Up

It's another manic Monday, ladies! 

Thus, we begin a brand new week, full of God's mercies, which are new every morning.  Actually, I pray that this morning is not manic for you, but peaceful and joyous as you anticipate all that God wants to do in you and through you this week.  You are His hands and feet, set apart for a great calling.

On Mondays from now onward, I want us to dive deeply into our identities as children of the Most High.  We will call this "Identity Embrace"--because there are so many Scriptural truths that LONG to be embraced by us, founded within us, and revealed through us each day!

Courtesy of Solid Rock Ministries

I am fed up.  Yes, FED UP.  Last week's "Outpourings" discussed putting on the armor of God to stand against the devil's schemes.  And yesterday, even after praying away so much fear, I still felt swayed by it.  Long story short: I took a month away from NYC to rehab some knee pain I was dealing with and, in the process, God revealed SO much to my heart--He healed much more than merely my struggling IT band.  He healed hurts from my past, insecurities, and also piqued hidden desires that longed to be drawn out and acted upon in faith!

But yesterday, oh yesterday, the whole "return-to-NYC" thing was not meshing well with my spirit.  If anything, fear took hold and made a momentary mess of me.  Now, this fear really had nothing at all to do with re-integrating into life, nor did it have to do with missing my family--it was purely fear about having to WALK around the city again.  Fear of experiencing the pain again.  

The enemy of my soul spoke, "Are you sure you're healed enough to go back and be okay?  Are you certain God will take care of you?  Because I'm pretty darn sure you're NOT."  And I broke, and I cried, and I prayed (with my mom, might I add) for release and freedom.  My lovely ladies, why do we fear?  Why do we worry?  When we know God's promises--that He goes before us--why do we fret?  I am fed up, plain and simple, with the devil telling me lies.

Today's identity embrace will bask in letting go of fear simply by knowing the call that God placed on the church through Christ.  Jesus says," And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18 ESV)  Although Jesus proclaimed this specifically to Peter, this was a calling to the Church as a whole.  Jesus promises spiritual security and protection for those who follow Him.

Before this, He asks his disciples, "But who do you say that I am?" (v. 15), after hearing various responses about who the people claimed him to be.  Your Savior, Your Protector, and Your Healer asks you right now, "Who do you say that I am?".  Who we believe God to be is a direct reflection of how we view ourselves.  Whose are you?

I prefer to take this day by storm, in the power of God, proclaiming what Peter states in verse 16: "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God."  Ladies, you are spiritually secure and protected by the Living God!  You are the rock upon which God has built His church, and no powers of hell, no enemy scheming will overcome you.  

We need not walk in fear or worry, nor do we need to fret.  Our identity is founded in God's identity.  We know who we are--we know that we stand for Truth--because we know the power of our mighty God.  No one and nothing will overcome!  Walk freely in your identity today.

2 comments:

  1. Joyce Meyers just tweeted, "If Satan can defeat you in your thoughts then he can defeat you anywhere else." We desperately need to put on the helmet of salvation and stand firmly in our thoughts. I think the way for me, personally, to stay focused is to recite Scripture out loud.

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  2. Thanks Kristen! It always seems that the more I strive to defeat worry, the more Satan presses me into worrying about smaller and smaller things, until I simply have an overwhelming sense of worry with no cause. Days like today when my thoughts just seem dulled, are the days that words like this need to sink into my heart. The verse that can always push me to keep going is John 16:33 "Here on Earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but take heart, because I have overcome the world." How fantastic. :-)

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