CLOSER THAN EVER BEFORE
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.Romans 8:15
#Identity could be the qualities and beliefs one person has that distinguishes them from another. It sounds simple, but our identity is the core of who we are. Everything we do and say stems from who we believe we are. Who we identify ourselves as, affects every area of our life.
When God #created our identity, He fashioned it to be constant and unchanging. He designed it this way so that His children could walk in #freedom and #confidence , knowing that, they are forever #loved , useful, and #powerful because of His #spirit in them. If we choose to reject His truth, for whatever reason, we are left defining our identity by things like life experiences, opinions, people, bank accounts, and even abilities. We become desperate souls, seeking to be somebody but we will always fall short of feeling secure and strong.
Identity always comes with a sense of authority, and what can be better when our identity comes from God Himself. When Jesus #conquered death, we were made citizens of heaven as heirs of Christ. It was through His #crucifixion we were adopted into God’s family and we were then given the spirit of adoption that breaks free from #bondage and #fear as we connect and call out to our #AbbaFather , through #Christ Jesus. Therefore the sooner we realize that our identity is in God, the sooner we can live the lives He has ordained us to fearlessly.
I didn't realize this yesterday. I only found this in the swarm of #onthisday on Facebook at 4am this morning that last night and last night one year ago I #blogged . Must have been an #inspiring night? I didn't know then I was called to blog.
Its just as true, minus the fact I no longer have my dog.
God was working even then mightily on my heart.
Last night I blogged on the #crucifixion . Last year on #theloveofGod . -NOVEMBER 2017-
Just another day of trying to actually understand the Word instead of simply reading... or in my case.. speed reading, or worse, reading because my eternal destiny depends on it. Lord, give me even more of a desire to search the Scriptures- in them is eternal life, it's full of testimonies about You. Well, tonight again I'm battling high strung nerves. I read an article in the news and I dwell on it until my knees are quaking. Needless to say, I remembered the verse... well, part of it, "... perfect love casteth out fear:...". I figured why not make it my "study" tonight as I didn't this afternoon. Whipped open the concordance to locate the verse. I should have known it would be in 1 John the "love book". So there it is, much more then just the small part I remembered, "There is NO fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath TORMENT. He that feareth is not made perfect in love." Oh no Lord!! Is my love for You not perfect enough? Is Your love for me not-... ah, no, how could I doubt that You love? Who else would die for mankind? Well, what could this possibly be?Thank God for Bible Hub on Google where I can find any concordance! "Happy are those who'll have holy boldness in that day knowing Jesus is their Friend and Advocate.... It's a sign of imperfect love when our doubts and fears of God are many. Let heaven and earth stand amazed at His love!" My poor... new... Bible's, I might add, pages are getting wrinkly with tears.
“The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Because the sovereign Lord helps me,” - Isaiah 50:6 NIV *************************************Shame in our lives can establish such deep roots within our souls from experiences stemming all the way back to childhood, where our developing minds are most vulnerable. Whether this is from moments of failure, accusations brought on by loved ones, internal weaknesses, or emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse. Psychologically and spiritually speaking, these mishaps and mistakes fester like dirt building up underneath a pre existing wound, as we venture out of adolescence and into adulthood. Only now, the past shame created morphs into bigger issues of embarrassment, unworthiness; destroying our personalities, damaging self esteem, causing identity confusion, and essentially crippling our lives. Although not easily untangled through human intelligence, the cure can certainly be found at the foot of the cross. Jesus is no stranger to bearing a ridiculous amount of shame. After being nailed to a cross, naked, spat at, criticized for things he did not do, outwardly condemned, and then publicly crucified, there is no one better able to relate to, as well as sympathize with our humiliation, other than the same man who died FOR our transgressions. Now, he longs for us to be set free, and ultimately healed from the scars this world has placed upon us. And THAT my dear friends is the power of God’s given grace. For there was no crueler form of punishment nor more shameful act of death than crucifixion. How incredibly heavy a burden Jesus endured, just to lovingly bestow his glory with all those who “willingly” choose to believe and trust in the Father. None of the shame we carry could ever measure up to the disgrace and torment we put Jesus through. And yet thankfully, it doesn’t have to. Jesus openly shares his glory through his eternal right.
This so very true, and meant to only be understood if you have Christ living in you. It’s truly amazing to see how Jesus fills the void in one’s heart that cannot be filled by anything of the world. Christ truly satisfies the thirsty believer with a water that makes him or her never thirst again. It’s also a blessing that, although, Jesus saves us, heals us, and restores us, if we fail Him He also forgives us. The unconditional love of God is always present through Jesus and it comforts us, teaches us, and empowers us through the Holy Spirit. There is no other man like Jesus, for He is the only man who is God, entered humanity to die for the sins of the world, resurrected on the third day, ascended to the heavens so He could send the Holy Spirit to fill and empower us, to remind us... that He is loves us, this is why He saved us... @gods_salvation @christian__apologetics @dimplebestudio @godsmotivations @thebiblepreaching @jesuschristfollower1 #cross#prophecy#apologetics#bible#religion#god#jesus#jesusfreak#lord#faith#hope#love#peace#savior#grace#mercy#bible#bibleverse#cross#crucifixion#overcome#addiction#drugs#rehab
Do you believe that our pain can act as a catalyst for transformation, freedom, and spiritual evolution? Have you ever heard that is through the cracks that the light gets in?
Eckart Tolle suggests that people with heavy pain bodies usually have a better chance to awaken spiritually than those with a really light one. He observes that the pain usually becomes so great that people simply cannot bear their unhappiness anymore so their motivation to "awaken" becomes strong.
He writes in his book A New Earth, "Why is the suffering body of Christ, his face distorted in agony and his body bleeding from countless wounds such a significant image in the collective consciousness of humanity? Millions of people particularly in medieval times would not have related to it as deeply as they did if something within themselves hadnot resonated with it if they had not unconsciously recognized it as an outer representation of their own inner reality, the pain body. Christ can be seen as the archetypal human, embodying both the pain and the possibility of transcendence." To be human is to feel pain, both physical and emotional. Sometimes that pain is utterly gut-wrenching, time stopping, and seemingly unbearable but somehow we get through. We find strength and grace in our suffering. It is often in our darkest of times, during what is sometimes known as the "dark night of the soul" where we turn to a higher source for hope and comfort and it is there that we find our truest "self"
We tend to want to run from pain, to numb it, hide it, shut it up, bury it and forget about it. But what if rather than turning away from our pain we turned towards it and felt it completely? What could it teach us? How might we grow and transform by simply allowing our pain to be?
This artwork is a #repost from @fifthgrade_frolics and was created by a 5th grader. Even though the cross is a painful image you can't help but look at this art and feel a sense of hope.