Sunday, January 19, 2014

Your Real Name

~It amazes me how God can continually look past who we currently are and see who He has made us to be and who we are becoming. Yet loves us wholly right where we are.
A man, Gideon, filled with fear called by God a mighty warrior. A man who was without children, Abraham, in his old age, called by God a father. A man who would deny Jesus three times, Peter, being called a Rock on which Jesus would put together his church.
God truly sees who you are not who you feel you are...
Do you struggle with fear and condemnation? He sees an overcomer.
Do you struggle with chains of addiction? He sees you set free, chains broken.
Do you feel continually down about yourself feeling worthless? He sees you as his amazing wonderfully created child with an incredible future.
Do you feel weak and as though you can't go on another day? He sees you strong and victorious.
Our feelings most of the time do not line up with how He sees us!
So how do we transition from what we feel to who we really are, who He called us to be?
The same way Gideon, Abraham and Peter did, they put their complete trust in God to bring about the change in them, change only He could bring. I love how the verse in Romans 4 puts it 'Abraham was first named "father" and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do.' And Matthew 16:18 to Peter 'I'm going to tell you who you are, really are. You Peter a rock.' I believe Jesus knew Abraham and Peter would doubt who they really were and what was promised and they could always remember these words being spoken to them in those times of doubt.
Isn't that awesome?
So whatever you feel about yourself today, you can dare to trust God.
Ask God to give you a new picture of who you really are.
Take time to study the Bible, it can begin to paint a new picture on your heart of who God made you to be. It can help you to overcome those feelings about yourself!
Here are some verses,great places to start;
Psalm 139:1-4 and 13-16
Jeremiah 29:11
Ephesians 2:10, 2:19
1 John 3:1
Matthew 5:14
I hope you feel encouraged today friends and know that you are more than you feel and God knows your name, your real name, and He calls you by it even now!!
Dare to trust Him today to bring about change in any area of your life that you feel defeated!

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