A Thirty Day Devotional adapted from the NEW book: Identity: The Distinctiveness of You – Day 11
I am loved; God’s Son sacrificed Himself for me. I John 4:10
I am born of the imperishable seed of God’s word. I Peter 1:23
You exist because God called you into existence. You are loved and accepted by Him because He loves and accepts you. All you have to do is breathe and He is pleased with you. He says to you today, as He did to His Son over 2,000 years ago, “You are my son/daughter, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Receive these words into your spirit right now, this very moment, because they are truth. Even if everyone else rejects you, God does not. He is pleased with you. You cannot earn His pleasure; you already have it. You cannot earn His love; you already have it. This is why you exist. This is how God sees you.
You are not who you think you are. You are who He says you are! If you are trying to be who you think others desire you to be, you will never be who He desires you to be. It is said, “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” The truth is that what you do not know from God’s truth and what you don’t apply to your life, what you haven’t heard and what you don’t understand will hurt you severely.
Psychologist and author, Robert McGee said it this way, “Who you think you should be is less than who you already are.” That statement is worth reading several more times.
To believe anything less than this is to be lied to. To receive those lies as truth will harm you forever. Stop living in anything less like hurt, offense, disappointment, rejection. Start living through a revelation of His love, acceptance and approval of you. Romans 15:7 reveals ever so clearly that Christ accepts you, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
To be accepted for who we are is a human longing. To be accepted by God Himself is supernatural acceptance. We will never find freedom attaching ourselves to rejections of the past, wounds found within our history or present disappointments. They are not who we are or are becoming. Never give in to the hurt from others, allowing them to be more powerful than God’s truth. Never allow others to decide who you are. Jesus created you for His pleasure and only He knows who you really are. Only He can fulfill you, complete you and heal you.
Hear Jesus’ prayer for you:
Father, I want those you have given to me with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. (John 17: 24-26
Question for reflection:
Who does God say that you are?
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