Hi how was your week? Mine was great – we finally received some rain which we badly needed. This week I want to talk about you – yes you and me. We are going to be selfish for just a bit because it’s our testimony that encourages others to walk through things happening in their lives.
But first I want to deal with identity. Identity in the Oxford dictionary means the fact of being who or what a person is. Our identity is shaped by childhood happenings, who our parents are, their status, the school we went to, our career and how we think others perceive us. My identity was rooted in rejection. So I didn’t let others close for fear they would hurt me, I never spoke in class in case I was wrong and I didn’t take a risk in case I failed. But all that has gradually changed as I let my identity be found in Jesus.
A great quote I keep reading is from Zen Shin which states: A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it; it just blooms. This should be like us. Our identity is found in Jesus and He has created us all uniquely.
Some of the verses in the Bible where He speaks to us specifically are Jeremiah 29:11 – I know the thoughts that I think towards you ….to give you a future and a hope. This is all about you individually. Just think on that God thinks of you individually and He doesn’t compare you with others. His thoughts about you are unique to you only. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. If you are in Christ – given your life to Jesus – you are a new creation. Your sins are forgiven and your past is wiped clean. Your identity is no longer in who you were but is in Jesus.
Psalm 23 – read this Psalm, God is with you wherever you walk, you won’t lack, He restores you, He comforts you and leads you and in John 3:16, He loves you. Now wrap your identity around that for a while and see if that encourages you as much as it encourages me.
This week, hold your head up high, you are the son or daughter of God. Walk through your week knowing God is with you and He will never leave you. Run to Him not from Him, because He loves you. You can do it and so can I.
Bless you heaps and have a great week