Motivation Monday!

Trying to figure out the age old question of “who am I?” can be downright exhausting. We tend to look to our left and to our right to answer that question. But sister, it is time to look up. The Lord of Lords and the King of Kings has already answered that question for us! Firstly, let’s look to the Word:

And lastly, check out our newest episode on our podcast “From Worn to Well”: Who Am I?

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Peace and Blessings

Identity Crisis…

Adolescents spend their teen years learning about who they are and how to define themselves. Without the proper foundation and a solid support system, an crisis may occur. The crisis may resolve itself with some tender, love, and care from the right support. The crisis may resolve itself as the adolescent, or young adult, enters into a new environment. However, without a firm foundation and accountability, that crisis may extend into adulthood.

Some people spend their whole lives trying to figure out who they are. Some find their identity in their career. Others may find their identity in their spouse. For some, it’s their bank accounts and for others, it may be their children. At times, the people of God may find their identities in their title or position in the church. Friends, all these things will fade away.

The title, the children, and the spouse-all are temporary. We must find our identities in Christ or we too will experience a crisis! Friends, this is not the time for a crisis. People are perishing-we simply do not have time to wrap ourselves in careers and money. The lost and dying world need to know that we belong to Christ! They need to know that we are children of the Lord God Almighty! They need us to be the planter or the waterer that the Good Lord made us to be.

Why? Let’s look to the Word:

Someone you know needs a new life. Someone you know needs to know about a Man named Jesus! Someone you know is lonely and needs to know that there is One who longs to be their friend. Someone you know needs to know about that their past does not have to define who they are today. They need to know that their story can be re-written and with Christ, it includes a Savior who saves us!

Our identity tends to establish our priorities. Let’s not live for the title or the position, let’s live for God through Jesus Christ! He is our solid rock and our firm foundation-He is the Chief Cornerstone! In Him, we have solid support and He blesses us with incredible community. We belong to the Lord our God!

As we know WHO we are and WHOSE we are, we can freely share about who He is!

Peace and Blessings

How The War Is Won…

There is a quote, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” Henry Ford

Mr. Ford was on to something.

One may say there is a war waging now, whether you consider the war from the nature perspective, with regards to the protests and the pursuit of racial justice and equality. Or whether you consider the ongoing spiritual battle from the supernatural perspective. The war is waging but with a focused mind and renewed perspective, it can be won.

If you hear of those protesting in streets or in the spirit, they realize that the battle is bigger than them but it doesn’t overwhelm them. They realize that the victory will change the generations to come. Those fighting, in the natural or in the spirit, understand that their enemy will not overpower them. The warriors on the battlefield, naturally or supernaturally recognize that peace and communication are keys to the victory.

This is how the war is won.

Your victory or defeat will always begin in your mind. It is no wonder that the Lord exhorts believers to transform and renew out mind with the Word of God:

With a mind set on victory, you can operate from a place of victory. You are not ruled by your emotions. With a victorious mindset, you are not governed by your feelings. You will be able to develop strategies of victory. You will be able to see the hand of God in your battle and in the war.

Your adversary also knows that with a transformed and renewed mind, you are unstoppable. This is why the attacks frequently begin there. If you think you are nothing, the war is lost. If you believe you are inferior, your enemy becomes bigger. If you are unaware of your identity, the enemy will begin to tell you who you are. Without a renewed and focused mind, anger and fury rule and win.

Soldier, continue to fight with a transformed and renewed mind. Continue to remain focused on the mission. Know that as you wage war against your adversary, it can be won.

Transform and renew your mind-the battle is first won there.

Peace and Blessings

Go to Grow…

In order to get to your next destination, you must go. The destination represents progression and growth. The destination is one step closer to your goal and the completion of your mission. You will never know if you don’t go and you must go to grow.

Yes, we know there are some obstacles you would rather not conquer. There are some doors you would rather simply go around rather than enter, but you must go to grow. The loss of a loved one teaches us how to endure. The rejection prepares us for the next achievement. The closed door helps us appreciate the open doors.

We must go to grow.

Our moments of weakness and life’s difficulties teaches us to depend on Christ more than ourselves. The insults position us to find our identity in Christ. The persecution guides us to His safety. Going through helps us to grow through!

The Word encourages us with the truth:

The knowledge gained trumps the trial. The wisdom gained supersedes the tribulation. The problem is not bigger than your Lord. Your hurdle isn’t bigger than the One who holds the world in His hands. Going through positions you from victim to victor!

So go to grow! Grow closer to Christ. Grow closer to dependence on Him. Grow in your confidence that He can do exceedingly and abundantly all that you ask. Grow to know that His way is perfection. Grow to know His voice, His comfort, and His strength.

My friend, you must go to grow.

Peace and Blessings

What’s Your Function?

Everything has a function. A pencil, seed, or a car—everything is designed to do something. It’s title is really irrelevant if it is not functioning in its appropriate capacity.

It doesn’t matter what kind of car you have if it does not move. A computer isn’t really owning up to its name if it does not do what it is created to do. The same applies to your phone and television.

So, what’s your function? What have you been designed to do? We all have a function. We all are created to do something, to be productive. What is your purpose?

We all have a corporate function as the body of Christ and that’s to spread the Good News. We are all designed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But how? Are you created to stand behind a pulpit? Host a monthly Bible study? Write devotionals? Sing prophetically?

A title is irrelevant if it is not operating in the appropriate capacity. A Pastor himself does not bring salvation to the lost. However, the function of a Pastor helps draw others to Christ. The Prophet is insignificant if she does not do what she is designed to do. It is not the title that will change lives, it is the function of that title that will serve as a conduit for the Good News.

You have been called, in that calling, there is a function. And that is where you have to connect your mission and purpose. Your function is where God gets the glory. Your function is where you find your identity. Your function impacts generations. Your function breaks generational curses. Your function will change your world.

So we ask again, what is your function?

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/pərˈfekt/ beings…

Perfect, adjective, /ˈpərfikt/: having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.
Perfect, verb, /pərˈfekt/: make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible.

Many believers attach themselves to the adjective form of perfect. Some, unfortunately, think that perfect is shouting right, singing on key, and having the flyest church hat. Those things are nice but they will not get one into heaven. Perfection can only be ascribed to One being and that is definitely not us while in this world and in this flesh.

We, dear friends, are /pərˈfekt/ beings. By the blood of Jesus Christ, we are made completely free from faults or defects. No matter how fly your hair is, no matter how great your job is, perfection is not the goal, being perfected should be! Christ perfecting you is all about His sacrifice, His ministry, and His love. There is no amount of perfection that can be obtained outside of the Master’s hands. There is nothing in this flawed world that can create you into a perfected being.

Being the /ˈpərfikt/ Christian is not the same as being perfected. Being a perfected Christian is all about laying yourself at the feet of Jesus, crying out to Him to be made whole and complete. It is all about humbling yourself before the Father, leaning on Him for all of your needs. Being perfected, is all about Him increasing, and you decreasing.

Subscribe to the verb form of perfection. Allow Christ to do His perfect work in you and through you. It’s not about having the right clothing on, it’s about what you are clothed with. Being a perfect being is not about outward beauty, it’s about inward beauty.

Don’t get caught up trying to be perfect, be willing to be perfected. What He starts, He completes.

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Redeemed.

Redeem: to buy back; to get or win back; to free from captivity by payment of ransom; to help to overcome something; to release from blame or debt; to free from the consequences of sin; to change for the better; to repair and restore; to atone for; to make worthwhile

Free. Overcome. Repair. Restore. Atone. Worthwhile. Make it personal, sis! You are free. You are an overcomer. You are repaired. You are restored. You have been atoned for. You are worthwhile.

Those above statements defined who you are. Those above statements give a small glimpse into the amazing work of Christ. Those above statements must be reflected in our walk and talk.

My sister, you are redeemed. Perhaps you’ve been called many things, some good and some not so good. Your identity must be rooted in that ALONE. Let this characteristic shape your life, define your actions, and form your purpose.

Let the REDEEMED of the Lord say so!Let your life say so. Let your light say so. Let your work ethic say so. Let your treatment of loved ones say so. Let your treatment of strangers say so.

Don’t search too hard for “who you are”, scripture lays it out for us perfectly:

You are redeemed.

Peace and Blessings

And if not…

It goes without saying, God answers prayers. Those who are followers of Christ can probably give an account of the numerous times God has heard their cry, whether it was verbal or not. He has healed, He has saved, He has delivered! Hallelujah! We absolutely serve a great God! Rest assured, if He hasn’t given you a reason to shout, He most definitely will!

But let’s consider this:

Daniel 3 has us looking at the dilemma of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were being forced to bow down to an idol. They were not having it. Here is their powerful message to King Nebuchadnezzar in verses 17 and 18:

“If you throw us into the hot furnace, the God we serve can save us. And if he wants to, he can save us from your power. But even if God does not save us, we want you to know, King, that we refuse to serve your gods. We will not worship the gold idol you have set up.”
Daniel 3:17‭-‬18

What if God didn’t save them? What if He didnt restore your finances in the way you desired? What if He doesn’t heal that family member in the way you want? What if you don’t get married? Or have the baby? Is He still good?

Yes, He is still good!

We must have the level of boldness, trust and faith in our God as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Although we may declare it with fear and trembling, hoping, praying, and believing that God that will answer our prayer, we must be willing to shout that if God doesnt do it, whatever “it” may be for you, He is still good.

Our Father isnt a genie that only works when we are satisfied. A full belly and a full bank account does not shape God’s character and identity. He is more than the blessings He freely extends. He is bigger than the victory.

We cannot wait until He moves. We must rejoice, praise and shout right now. We pray our BIG prayers and operate with even BIGGER faith.

Because if not–if He doesnt move, if He doesnt answer, if He doesnt say “yes”–He is still good.

Peace and Blessings

Who Am I?

An article from the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence argues that the age old question of “Who Am I?” appears for most in adolescence. What a powerful question to consider at a time when hormones are in flux! And when does that important question get answered? At 18? 21? 23? Or does it take a lifetime to figure out who you are?

If we let the world answer that question for us, it will be based off of our socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or income. And while those aforementioned characteristics may have shaped our experiences, they have not formed our identity. We must look to Christ to find out who we are.

Your gender, skin color, and upbringing are indicators of how He has etched you in His likeness and image. Your favorite color, food, and hobbies are indicators of your uniqueness. The origin of your family’s background speaks to versatility of God.

If we proclaim God is our Father, He, alone, has to define who we are. Let’s consider His Word:

You are made in God’s image: Genesis 1:27.

You are a new creation: 2 Corinthians 5:17

You are chosen: 1 Peter 2:9.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made: Psalm 139:14.

You are more than a conqueror: Romans 8:37.

This list is by no means exhaustive, as it is just a small picture of the wonderful, forgiven, being you are! Sisters, plant those seeds into your heart. God did not make a mistake as He was forming you in your mother’s womb. He was well aware of your path as that was already formed in eternity. What better Person to define who we are than the One who created us?

Perhaps the most important answer to the question of who we are can be found here:

You are His child. That is His declared answer to that pressing question. Place your identity in this amazing truth.

Peace and Blessings