I am what HE says I am!

Yesterday, I talked about how God has clothed us with strength and dignity, and what that looks like to me.  I closed by talking about how our feelings are sure to lead us astray if that’s how we measure our self-worth.  I’ve been thinking about strength and dignity as being actual weapons because without them, how difficult would it be to EVER have the confidence to whoop the enemy—and rise above our circumstances?! So how do you act when you’re feeling happy… sad… lonely… successful… or like a failure?  Do you act on what you know the unchanging Word of God says about you, or do you let your emotions take over? Think about the guy or gal who has lost a job, for example.  They’ve sent out tons of resumes, followed-up with phone calls, and been diligent to do whatever needs doing.  They’re feeling good, feeling confident… but then rejection letters come flooding in day after day, week after week.  Something like that could make any one of us feel like a big, fat loser. But because you feel that way, does that mean you are?  NO… absolutely not! Let it be like a red flag, warning you that you’re losing sight of God’s ability (and His anointing) within you when your head starts hanging low.  When that happens, make a decision to not be ruled by your feelings.  They aren’t an accurate measure of who you are, and will have you shrinking down and surrendering when you feel like you don’t measure up.  The security we have comes from what has been done for us and given to us by God’s great love.  It’s part of the strength and dignity package that always helps us act accordingly.  Heaven knows, we don’t always “feel” victorious, noble, strong, or worthy.  Fill your head and heart with God’s thoughts.  Do not give up! If you’ve been hurt or you’re in a hard place right now, remember that no matter how you (or others) see you, God always sees you how He created you.  He sees you as righteous, no residue of sin, and worthy of everything He has to offer.  Even if you’ve hit rock bottom in some area of your life, God still sees you as fully equipped, fully qualified, and fully capable.  You are what HE says you are.  You just need to believe it. God knew the world would treat us mercilessly at times.  He knew that we’d get hurt, be betrayed and rejected, and that our circumstances would cause us to feel as though our world is tumbling down around us at times.  He’s given us what we need to navigate this world and come through to the other side of our circumstance victorious, strong, and secure in His love for us—with our heads held high.  May you receive His love—and all He offers you today… because there are no strings attached. Psalms 3:3 ~ But You, O Lord, are a shield around me; You are my glory, the One who holds my head...

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Strength & dignity are yours—for keeps!

One chapter in a book I read recently talked about how God has clothed us in strength and dignity.  Yes, the author got that straight from the Bible in Proverbs 31, where God spends a lot of time telling us about the “virtuous wife”.  I never really liked reading about all her lofty attributes, but somewhere along the way I realized that the real-life examples God gives us throughout the Bible are never there to make us feel bad about how we don’t measure up.  Far from it!  They’re there to show us His nature and the heart of who He is, how we’re to live our lives, to fill us with hope, and to encourage us to stay focused and keep fighting when things get tough. The thing about strength and dignity is that—man or woman alike—the Creator of the universe clothed us with it before we were even born!  Because we were created in His image, I’m convinced we left the womb wearing it.  God is not a respecter of persons, so what He gives to one, He gives to all.  Think about that… strength and dignity are not things we have to earn or strive to gain, but are God-given qualities within all of us.  No person or situation can take it from you.  The only way we lose it is if we surrender it.  Otherwise, it’s ours for keeps! When I picture strength, I see someone who has mental and physical stamina, and the capacity to resist a force.  When someone possesses dignity, there is an aura of self-respect, knowing they are capable, beautiful, gifted, and worthy. Don’t confuse dignity with pride.  Pride is a steamroller and will forever claw for status and visibility.  It heaps glory on yourself and elevates your own efforts.  Dignity is humble at its root.  Dignity stems from a knowing that apart from Christ I am nothing, but with Him, I am the best thing since sliced bread. 🙂  I can do all things.  I am victorious, and everything I do is blessed.  It boasts only of His gifts, His character, and His power in you. Feelings.  They are very real, but they also deceive us.  Now, I know that God gave us every emotion, but we all know they can change with every circumstance.  Minute by minute at times.  Too often, we’re ruled by our feelings, and in the blink of an eye, who we are in Christ gets chucked straight out the window!  It amazes me how we can actually lose sight of that so quickly! Your feelings are never a reliable indicator of your worth.  When you feel weak, worn down, insignificant, lacking confidence, or memories from your past cause us to feel anything but noble, you always need to remember what the unchanging Word of God says about you.  Strength and dignity ARE your nature. More on this next time… Prov. 31:25 ~ She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Eph. 2:10 ~ For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long...

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Something to write on your forehead with a Sharpie…

Based on Galatians 6:9 that says, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up,” this is probably my pastor’s most frequently used quote.  Every single time I want to quit in life, I can hear Pastor Mac Hammond whispering in my ear, encouraging me to keep on keepin’ on. God bless him…

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The Pity Party was a Bust–part 2… God’s Amazing Love is the Answer to EVERYTHING!

2 Cor. 5:5 (msg) ~ The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of Heaven in our hearts so that we’ll NEVER settle for less. In the first part of this writing, I shared some of my struggle the last 3 ½ years since my dad died. While the tragic nature of it all has seemingly compounded the effects of the loss for me (and been the most painful experience of my life), God has been able to use it for His good. In many ways, I feel like a “new and improved” me. 🙂 I have grown so much in my relationship with Him and He has never been more real to me as I rely and wait on Him for everything, especially knowing how quickly life can change. He has been faithful to reach down DAILY and grip my heart. He truly takes my breath away EVERY day as I’m reminded of His love for me. He knows my struggles, my joys, my pains, how to reach me, and He knows how to keep me on track. I look forward to reading my Bible every day, but I can’t truthfully say that out of any given thirty days in a month that I’ve read it all of those days. (Gasp!) Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the Word of God. It’s the very thing that has changed my life! What I never want to do though, is read my Bible and leave God there… IN the Book on the nightstand, and have that be the extent of my relationship with Him. I know people who are legalistic in their Bible reading, but proceed to do mean things or act ugly to people on a regular basis (things that make you go… hmmm), so I just do my best and examine my heart daily. Anyway… I read my Bible, I pray, and I’ve learned to go about my day conversing with Him and thanking Him – like He’s standing right next to me. The best way I know to pursue Him is to make Him part of everything I do and everything I say… to learn about Him… to talk to Him… and also quiet myself so I can hear when He speaks to me. He’s involved in my life and my decisions. It’s how I make room and time for Him every day. When we pursue God, not only is He is able to lead and guide us in the tailor-made plan He has for each of us, but He is ALSO able to heal our past and present hurts. Face it! Some of us are broken. Some of us are crushed and losing hope. Some of us have raw, open wounds that have affected us for 20, 30, 40 years, and in one way or another, those things have kept us from living a joyful, fulfilled life today. God has a plan for you and I to accomplish on this earth, and we should never approach that casually or take that plan lightly. We will never even scratch the surface of that plan if all our energy is soaked up and focused on ourselves, which is what happens we feel sorry for ourselves. I don’t deny it’s sad to see how harsh life can be sometimes, but what do you think God wants us to do in those instances? He wants us to rise up and rule over our circumstances, instead of our circumstances being the very thing that launches our demise because we’ve given in to the enemy’s lies. Rub some dirt on it, spit on it, whatever you have to do… and move on. I don’t mean to minimize any of the hard situations we encounter, but we just have to MAKE A DECISION that we aren’t going to settle for less than what God has for us. God isn’t pleased (or impressed) when we pet our wounds like they’re cuddly animals! We have authority over the enemy of our souls and it’s time we walk in that authority. Have any circumstances in your own life stolen your peace, your joy, or got you feeling bad? Are your eyes focusing on the bills that aren’t paid… the weight that isn’t coming off… the dream job you haven’t landed… the estranged relationships that consume your thoughts… your bad temper (that you’ve apologized for five times this week)… how you’ve been wronged, judged, or mistreated in your childhood… and on and on? If so, you need to change what you’re allowing to captivate your thoughts. When I feel like I’m...

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