Have you ever felt stuck and doubted your ability to complete a task or an assignment?
The posts in this next series we will look at our Identity because who we are in Christ is at the core of living a victorious life.
Two weeks ago, a friend sent me an audio message. At first, I thought, I would listen to it later, but then I had a strong sense that I should listen to it now. So I did. The forwarded message was from a man in Accra, Ghana, who had read an e-copy of my devotional book Weathering Storms. In his message, he said he enjoyed reading all the devotions but loved chapter 2 the most.
I got a copy of Weathering Storms and opened it to Chapter 2. The devotion was about identity, “Remember who you are.” As I read the devotion, the message was timely. I have been dealing with some stuff, so I needed this reminder.
How awesome of God! He prompted a man in Accra Ghana, to record a message, and send it to a friend in Nigeria who forward it to me, just when I needed it.
If God wants something done, it will be done, nothing can block his purpose for your life or mine.
So, friend, no matter what facing today, whether it is uncertainty about your children returning to school, your job, or your health and well-being, I pray this devotion from chapter 2 of Weathering Storms: Finding Treasures in the Ruins, encourages you.
Identity: Remember who you are
I had an assignment I kept putting off. Every time I thought about it, I felt a sense of dread. I could not understand why I was feeling so much resistance toward completing this assignment. I had done similar work before and did fine.
Somehow, I bought into the Enemy’s lies and let him convince me I could not complete this assignment. The deadline was near, and I was at my wits’ end. Finally, I went to the Lord in prayer. As I sat there contemplating the work, the Lord whispered to my heart,
You are the righteousness of God in Christ.
Those words put a fire in my belly. Suddenly, I had clarity on how to proceed with the assignment, and I completed it by the deadline. That day, 2 Corinthians 5:21 took on a completely new meaning. The Enemy is crafty, and his goal is to put obstacles in our way.
To push through the resistance requires us to remember who we are in Christ. The Enemy is determined to sabotage us, but we don’t have to fall for his tactics. When we remember our identity in Christ and confront the Enemy with God’s truth, his tactics lose their grip.
When Jesus was in the wilderness, fasting for forty days and forty nights, Satan knew he was hungry, so he asked Jesus to command the stones to turn into bread. Jesus confronted him with God’s truth: “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
Memorizing and meditating on Scripture is a useful tool that has helped me in several sticky situations. When we face temptation or feel overwhelmed, we need not fear, because God is with us. He will bring those Scriptures we have hidden in our heart to mind so we can confront the Enemy with the truth. Most importantly, God can use the Scripture to remind us of who we are.
Remember who you are: a child of God and the righteousness of God in Christ. Press through the resistance, persevere, and trust the Lord to help you.
Lord, thank you for your amazing love. Write your truth upon my heart and help me meditate on it so that when I face opposition, I can stand strong and remember who I am in you. I bless you, Lord. I pray with thanksgiving in the Precious, Powerful, and Majestic name of Jesus. Amen.
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