One of the most important questions one can ask one’s self is;
“Who Am I?”
I recently made a decision to start every coaching session with this very question. I tell delegates to ask themselves this question, and to ponder their answer for several minutes.
Unfortunately the tendency is to build our identity on the wrong foundation.
Who you are is not your position /title at work, the nature of your job, how much you have in your bank account, the house you live in, or the car you drive.
None of the above lasts forever.
Permit me to clarify Who You Are this morning.
1. “And because we are his children, God has sent the spirit of his son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “ABBA, Father.” ”
Galations 4 vs 6 – New Living Translation
You are God’s child, so this means you have direct access to Him. To have such access to the maker of the whole universe is a very special blessing. In other words you are not only God’s child, but extremely Precious.
And just in-case you think this is something you must earn, please ponder on this next verse.
2. “Even before He made the world, God loved us, and chose us in Christ to be holy and blameless in his eyes….this is what he wanted, it gave him great pleasure.”
Ephesians 1 vs 4 – 5
What a powerful verse!
Think about it this way – God is omniscient; He sees the past, present, and future. So before he ‘chose’ you he would have seen all your future mistakes and failings. He was well aware of the mistakes you would make. And if you’re in a horrible situation right now, guess what? – he saw this as well. Yet he still chose you; and the bible says you’re ‘blameless’ in his eyes. This means there’s no need for you to feel guilty and condemned. He doesn’t condemn you. In his eyes you’re ‘blameless’.
He loves you Unconditionally, so embrace his love.
The fact is there’s nobody that’s perfect. Even the apostle Paul said;
“The things I want to do I do not do. The things I don’t want to do, that I keep doing.”
Note – he wasn’t speaking about the past. He was speaking in the Present. In other words even during his ministry he was struggling with some failings.
As I often point out, I have a rather sordid past. And although life is much better now I’ve fallen a few times in one way or another during the past couple of years. But the major difference to that of many years ago is that when I did fall I went running to God – not out of fear of being punished, but because I know he loves me. And by so doing I didn’t wallow in guilt, self-condemnation, and shame. Whereas many years ago I would wallow in guilt, self-condemnation, and shame for several weeks; and inevitably end up falling into the same things over and over again – to the extent that I couldn’t even imagine myself getting better.
The more we wallow in guilt and shame the more likely we remain in the vicious cycle of defeat.
But when we embrace God’s love and forgiveness – especially after we fail, the guilt, self-condemnation, and shame disappear, and as a result the power of sin is broken.
The greatest healer of all is God’s Love.
What you’re struggling with right now does not, and can never prevent God from loving you.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8 vs 38 -39
He loves you very much; and nothing – even failings that are entirely as a result of your own bad choices /decisions, can ever get in the way of his Unconditional Love for You.
Please say this prayer with me today.
Father, thank you for loving me. Your word says your Love Is Unfailing. I come to you because I want to experience your Unconditional and Unfailing Love. I receive your Love, Forgiveness, and Healing.