In this week’s post we’ll dispel the myths and lies we often believe about ourselves and reveal God’s truth for our lives.
The Bible has a lot to say about you. Here are just a few things. You’re created in God’s image and after His likeness (Genesis 1:26). Therefore, you’re empowered to overcome every obstacle and become something greater than your past and circumstances dictate. You’re fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). You are a YOU-nique Designer’s original. God knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). This means God was aware of every fault, all of your inadequacies and failures before you were born. Yet, He still chose you (John 15:16). No weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). God didn’t promise the weapons wouldn’t be formed. His promise was the weapons wouldn’t prosper. It does not yet appear what you shall be (I John 3:2). The best is yet to come!
Do you know God created you to be an answer to somebody’s problem? You were not created to live a mediocre life, be anybody’s doormat, dwell in the shadows of life, or remain wounded. There’s more to you than you realize. In God’s eyes, you’re already the person He created you to be. It’s a process to discover your true identity. Jeremiah 29:11 indicates God has specific thoughts and plans for your life. God’s plans for you are greater than you could ever imagine!
The Bible says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). To keep your heart demands that you ward off the enemy’s lies with God’s truth. One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 138:8 which says, “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” I often say this Scripture to combat the enemy’s lies about me, especially when I’ve messed up to remind myself that God hasn’t and won’t give up on me.
Contrary to popular belief, time doesn’t heal all wounds. If that were true, many of our wounds would be healed by now. Unfortunately, instead of addressing our pain, we tend to bury it with things like work, food, television, sleep or shopping to numb us and/or distract us from the pain. The problem is that buried pain is still alive. When pain is alive, it tends to surface at the least opportune times. It seeps into our speech, drives behavior and sabotages our progress. When ignored, pain sustains your wounds and renders you ineffective. It’s especially difficult to believe you can be healed of emotional pain; but knowledge is power. The enemy doesn’t attack what you know. He attacks what you don’t know. He wants to keep you ignorant of God’s truth and promises. Satan knows the power of God’s Word. Ever notice how you’re wide awake until you begin to read your Bible? Then, here comes what I call the sleep monster. Before you know it, you’re fast asleep.
As 2017 draws to a close, I challenge you to step out of the boat of your comfort zone and allow God to do a new thing in you. My prayer for you for 2018 is that you’ll gain a greater understanding of who you are in Christ and who He is in you. I pray you’ll use the power God has placed in your mouth to speak His Word into every situation and circumstance you face. I pray for strength and perseverance through every test, trial and tribulation. That your faith will grow to such dimensions that it will consistently consume all traces of doubt. I pray that 2018 will be a monumental year in which you overcome the debilitating effects of pain. God doesn’t waste pain but uses it to birth the greatness He’s sown into you. Like it or not, growth is generally synonymous with discomfort. I pray that you will allow God to use your pain as the catalyst for your healing and transformation. That 2018 will be the year in which you reclaim your true identity in Christ and walk in all the blessedness and fruitfulness God has ordained for your life! Happy New Year!!!
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson