A Thirty Day Devotional adapted from the NEW book: Identity: The Distinctiveness of You – Day 5
I am forgiven all my sins. Ephesians 1:7
I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. Jerimiah 33:6
To die to ourselves as C.S. Lewis penned does not come easy. We fight it, wrestle with it, deny it, defend ourselves, project onto others our shame and guilt, and feverishly attempt to coverup our inadequacies. To die means to face them head on, acknowledge them, confess them to God in order to eventually lay them at the cross.
Why do we hold onto something that inwardly is hurting us? We find it enormously difficult to be honest about ourselves. We can barely entertain the thought of looking into a mirror and saying, “You have deep insecurities and you have to stop covering them up.” For some of us, letting go is more difficult because it demands living another way. It requires change and sometimes change, even for the good, is more problematic than staying the same, even when it is unhealthy to do so.
Catch these verses found in Proverbs, “He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise, He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.” (Proverbs 15:31, 32)
Are you aware the Bible tells us that God, like a loving parent, initiates discipline and correction? Do you know why? He loves us enough to encourage life changes. “…God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.” (Hebrews 12:10) God wants us to change through correction in order to grow and gain something good—to be like Him, holy.
It is imperative that we renounce the idol of worshipping oneself. To renounce means to give up a claim or to disown voluntarily. Even if we seem unable to pinpoint any of our self-protecting insecurities, we can still take a step of faith and renounce anything in our life that looks like, smells like or acts like insecurity. There is only one God to worship and it is Him alone.
But if we can label our insecurities, now is the time to confess them. Perhaps along the way many of those insecurities have come to mind. It is now time to confess them to God, renounce them and break off any unhealthy dependency or unhealthy attachment with them. It is time to confess any fear of man that exceeds your fear of God. It is time to break off inordinate relationships that have become a source of security for you. It is time to lay down your excuses and justifications for negative behavior which actually stem from your insecurities.
“What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will live with them and walk among then, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.’ Therefore, ‘Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.’ And, ‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.’” (II Corinthians 6:16-18)
All of us have sinned. (See Romans 3:23.) We all fall short of God’s plan, and the wages of “missing the mark” (which is the definition of sin) is death, but Romans 6:23 states: “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God has given us a free gift, without any effort on our part.
When the Bible speaks of being justified or having received justification (See Romans 5:1.), there is a threefold definition to this word. To be justified means that I am forgiven of my sin, I am free from my guilt, and I am in right standing with God. To be forgiven, free of the guilt I feel for sinning, and then to actually be in right standing with God in my human state is simply astonishing and yet true, based on what Jesus, the Just One, did for me.
Through Him I am forgiven of all my sin, in right standing with God and can enjoy peace and security in my life.
Question for reflection:
Can you take a minute to once again identify your insecurities, confess them and break off their power over your life?
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