When I first woke up this morning I was eager to get into HIS word to SEE what HE had for me, to learn, to know, and to grow from. So eager that I typed almost an entire blog post, about commitment, however now that it's been nine hours since I wrote that, I know that although what I typed was important, there was a reason as to WHY I wasn't able to finish today, and that is because HE had so much more for me to know about WHO HE IS, and WHAT that means for me.
HIS Daily Teachings today is having me boldly declare WHO I am, because I know WHOSE I am. I know this because HE has gifted this New Year, with a New Perspective in my life. This New Perspective is one that makes me thrilled to get out of bed in the morning, and surely makes Satan cringe that my feet have once again hit the floor! Each day I wake up with a new level of commitment to BE WHO HE has called me to BE.
When my Pastor spoke this morning about our identity, it was the first time where I wasn't hesitant of WHO I am, and WHY am I here. With this New Perspective I know that I have been made NEW in CHRIST, and that has taken me from the broken hott mess, who was so insecure, with no backbone, no two feet to stand on, afraid of herself, and the world, doormat, manipulated, abused, abandoned, forgotten, broken, lost, and apart of the least in this world, to knowing that I have been created on purpose! NOT just on purpose, rather for HIS purpose as HIS CHOSEN Daughter! To know that HE was delighted to create me, and that HE smiled when I was born, is just amazing to me! NOT only that HE delighted to SEE me born, but HE delights in me when I choose to speak HIS words, against everything that the world is telling me not to. I am finally able to say without hesitation that I, Heather, HIS Daughter, am courageous, bold, fierce, brave, and strong. NOT by my own accord, but because HE loves me.
"For the takes delight in his people;
The your God is with you,He will take great delight in you;
Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
Through HIS HOLY SPIRIT, HE so lovingly captured my heart and attention two years ago and began to teach me just how magnificent I am in HIS eyes. I will be forever singing HIS praises that HE rescued me, loved me, pursued me, to teach, lead, and guide me to prepare me for when the worst day of my life happened. So that I would be able to stare death in the face, and say, "where is your sting, OUR RESURRECTED KING HAS RENDERED YOU DEFEATED!"
"but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." 2 Timothy 1:10
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—" Hebrews 2:14
"I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!And I hold the keys of death and Hades." Revelations 1:18
"Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death." Revelations 20:14
To know my purpose to PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME for ALL to hear, well that is more than enough for me to keep on fighting the good fight with my LORD and SAVIOR. To know that my purpose is to share my story as I do here on this blog, to reach the masses. To know that this portion of my journey has already been walked by my CREATOR and HE knows how well everything will turn out for me. I will be eternally grateful for HIM taking me through all of my stages of identity crisis in showing me WHO I am, because HE would take me through each level of understanding WHOSE I am.
"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" Philippians 1:6
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28
"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." 1 Timothy 6:12
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" 2 Timothy 4:7
Today HE is taking me straight to HIS word to remind me once again WHOSE I am. HE is letting me know that HE will forever remind me of WHOSE I am, because HE loves me too much to even go a moments time without fully knowing and understanding just how much HE loves me. I am in complete awe of WHO HE is in my life, and WHAT HE has done for me, because of HIS amazing, relentless, unfailing, unconditional, unending love, and grace. Just reading HIS word again of WHO I am, because of WHOSE I am brings so much comfort and strength to my weary heart. Just reading HIS words gives me the courage to keep on living this life the way that HE has always intended for me to live it.
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
love, and prayers, with much grace, compassion, and understanding,
Your Sister in CHRIST JESUS,