How do you discover who you really are?
How do you prevent the world from giving you your identity?
How can you live in this world—and not be of it?
Here are three points to keep in mind.
1. Know God loves you. And believe it.
Many times I have believed I was worthless. Mind you, I never thought I believed that. But I did. My actions betrayed me.
When I didn’t measure up, I would kick myself. When something wouldn’t go right, I’d kick myself again.
But God’s love is not conditional (John 3:16). He doesn’t wait to love us until we have our act together (Romans 5:8).
That’s a good thing. Because if we’re honest, we’ll admit that we never get it together.
The enemy of our souls will try to convince us we’re not worthy of God’s love. At any time.
Therefore, we should bask in God’s love. All the time.
Remind yourself that God loves you. Daily. Hourly. Especially when you feel like you don’t deserve it.
2. Stay close to God. Nothing else satisfies.
I love going to concerts. I will calendar the date and time that tickets go on sale. I like to buy them the moment they are available. I’ll even get the VIP package so I can get the closest seats.
After every concert, there’s the letdown. And the temptation to look for the next big thing.
But we can be content with today. Every day.
Not in a hyped up excitement that fades. But in a deep abiding joy that persists.
In God’s presence, there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). It comes from spending time with Him. Regularly.
But the key is staying close to Him. Even when circumstances tell us otherwise.
Psalm 30:5 says that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. If we let it.
Stick close to Him when times are good. Then you’ll be ready when the times are tough.
3. Let God define you. You are not your stuff.
Have you seen this bumper sticker? “The one who dies with the most toys wins.”
We don’t believe that’s true. Or do we?
As I write this, we are in the process of moving to a new house. A beautiful log home. With 12 acres of land.
I was recently with someone who was showing pictures of his new house. And I found myself wanting to show everyone the pictures of my new house.
I can get all caught up with what kind of house I live in. Or the cars I drive. Or the stuff I have.
What if I lost it all? That would change how I live. But I thank God it wouldn’t change who I am. Or Whose I am.
God is all we need. But I tend to forget that fact. And I need to be reminded of it. Every single day.
God purchased you (Acts 20:28). Don’t let the enemy of your soul tell you you’re up for sale.
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