You aren’t the labels someone told you. You aren’t the sum of the mistakes you’ve made. You aren’t the lies you’v’e heard. And you aren’t being penalized because of the mistakes and your sins everyday. You are sons and daughters – who God says you are.
You are sought after. You are a new creation in Christ. You are the righteousness of Christ.
Our identity is not a scorecard or a list of do’s and don’t’s. Guilt, pride, control, anger, envy, trust issues are all fundamental misunderstandings of who God is, His grace, mercy, greatness and goodness. He’s saying, ‘Hey, if you’re struggling with any of these issues, it’s time to let me be a louder voice in your life!’ God doesn’t love us because of who we are. God loves us because of who He is.
Whether we succeed, fail, doubt, have wobbly faith, God says, ‘I love you.’
He wants our hearts, to get our hearts right with him. Love is His answer to everything. He doesn’t need anything. He wants communion with us and for us to come together as one body in Christ, because He is love. There is nothing you can do to make Him love you any more or any less. God loves you perfectly, eternally.
God wants us to listen and follow his voice and guidance, but it’s far more than a list of things. He wants you closer still. He whispers softly to get us closer. When we’re closer, we feel His love. We’ve been beaten down by life, by the voices of criticism, condemnation and conformity and its side effects – shame, depression, lonely, guilt, anxiety to name a few. Frankly, you need a cheerleader; we all do! Someone who will lift you up without trying to ‘correct’ you, someone to simply sit there and listen without judgment, someone to simply BE there while we’re here on this rock.
You know, He’s always there. He’ll never leave you. Just be still, come closer and listen. What have you heard? What have you heard recently? What is He saying just for you? What do you do if you’re not hearing anything? Don’t fret. Spend 5 minutes in His word now and then be still for 15 minutes. He may or may not whisper something to you right then. But, watch the hours of the day unfold and witness the small miracles from what you hear. If you’d like a cheerleader or just bounce a thought or idea, just reach out here.