Sunday, January 28, 2024

Beyond Titles and Tags | Who God Truly Says You Are

 By: Paula Short

Have you ever felt like the world is telling you one story about you, but your heart is whispering a different, deeper truth? We live in a world saturated with external voices that define us through accomplishments, labels and fleeting social validation. But today, let's silence those outside voices and turn inward, because who we really are is not in the eyes of the world, but in the loving gaze of our Creator. Let’s take a look. 

Beloved Child of God: 

The very first thing God says about you is that you are loved. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). You don't have to earn this immeasurable, unconditional love, it is simply given to you, the masterpiece of his creation. Repeat after me: "I am a beloved child of God, loved by him and held in his loving embrace." 

Forgiven and Redeemed: 

No matter the mistakes we've made, the stumbles we've taken, or the darkness we've walked through, God offers forgiveness and redemption. Through Christ's sacrifice, our sins are washed away, leaving us clean and whole. We are no longer prisoners of our past, but free to embrace a new beginning. Speak it loud: "I am forgiven, redeemed, and made righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ. The past cannot hold me captive, for I am set free and filled with hope." 

Unique and Purposeful: 

God doesn't mass-produce people. He crafted you with intention, weaving into your unique talents, passions, and a calling designed just for you. You are not a copy, but an original masterpiece with a specific purpose in His grand story. Declare with confidence: "I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My gifts and talents are not random, but tools entrusted to me to fulfill the unique purpose God has designed for my life." 

Forever His: 

In a world of shifting loyalties and broken promises, God's love for you stays constant. He promises, "For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior: ‘I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine’" (Isaiah 43:1). No matter what storms may rage, you are held secure in His everlasting arms. Whisper with assurance: "I belong to God. He is my anchor, my shelter, and my home. In Him, I find true and lasting security." 

Heir with Christ: 

Romans 8:17 reminds us, "And if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ—if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." As a child of God, you are not just blessed, you are an heir to the eternal kingdom. You have a place at the table of abundance and a share in the incredible inheritance that awaits those who love Him. Speak up: “I am an heir of God, called to share in His glory and abundance.” 

Let’s Reflect 

Remember, dear friend, you are not an accident. You are loved, chosen, and destined for something extraordinary. Let God's love be your compass, His truth your shield, and His purpose your guiding light. 

Go forth, beloved, and shine.  

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