Victory in Jesus
(Pearl, Ms, USA)
Who defines you???
From whom do you draw your identity?
Are you flying high when the boss says "great job!", only to crash and burn when your spouse tells you that you have disappointed him/her? Do you fill with confidence when your parents are pleased with you and then feel totally inadequate in the company of more beautiful or successful friends?
From whom do you draw your identity?
Some draw their identity from their parents; some from their spouse; some from friends; still others draw their identity from employers, church leaders, society, or media.
Any of these sources can be validated as "good" judges of who you are.....or can they?
Scripture says this about you
You are God's workmanship (Ephesians 2:10)
You are dead to sin (Romans 1:12)
You are not alone (Hebrews 13:5)
You are growing (Colossians 2:7)
You are His disciple (John 13:15)
You are victorious (I John 5:4)
You are chosen and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12)
You are set free (Romans 8:2; John 8:32)
You are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
You are safe (I John 5:18)
You are part of God's kingdom (Revelation 1:6)
You are healed from sin (I Peter 2:24)
You are no longer condemned (Romans 8:1, 2)
You are not helpless (Philippians 4:13)
You are protected (John 10:28)
You are born again (I Peter 1:23)
You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
You are delivered (Colossians 1:13)
You are victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Scripture also says this about anyone who attempts to define you:
"The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
While those around you can attest to what you DO (or don't do), only GOD ALMIGHTY can attest to who you ARE. After all, He created you.
I have been guilty more than once of allowing someone to tell me who I am based on their feelings about me. I believe we can all identify with this.
You cannot be all things to all people. Someone will
always be disappointed in you. While some may think you are absolutely amazing, you will always fail to meet someone else's expectations.
How can it be that you are "perfect" according to one person and "horrid" according to another? It can't be. All people (even the nicest, most well intended ones) judge you based on how you meet their expectations.
Only God himself can define WHO you are. There is definite victory in THAT! Rather than focusing on trying to
"be good enough" or trying to please someone in your life, focus instead on being all GOD intended you to be. Likewise, rather than relaxing and basking in the glow of public approval, remember that God looks on your heart and that “All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Bottom line is, when we all get to heaven, NONE of us will have crowns waiting on us that someone else put there. NONE of us will approach the throne of grace and say "Hi Jesus, my boss told me to tell you that I am the best employee he ever had."
The most beautiful part of seeking God first and striving to be all HE created you to be is that you will also grow into the person that those closest to you need you to be.
You are truly victorious in Jesus, everything else is circumstantial.
Help me to seek YOUR face as I go through life. Help me and guide me to become the person YOU created me to be. Remind me to not draw comfort from others' approval and, at the same time, to not be discouraged when people others' disapprove of my actions. Help me to always remember that you place people in my life to help me grow into the person you designed, that I am not perfect, and that something can always be learned from criticism. Help me Lord, to focus on You and what Your Word says about who I am. I am Yours.
Until next month,