Confidence in who you are in Christ

Your past is not your future and condemnation is not from God

What if you could reshape your thinking and settle for once and for all, that God sees you, in fact has done since before you were even born?

What if you took God at His word and told yourself and changed the way you talk about yourself? That you are valuable, worthy and loved?

The opposite of love is fear and hate. This journey towards maturing in our faith is one of taking consistent steps to trust God and take Him at His word.

1. Accept Forgiveness from the Lord and Forgive Yourself

John 3:14

The believer struggling hard against shame needs to watch you exult, “My sin, not in part, but the whole, has been nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more!” The saint overburdened by work, striving, and performance needs to listen as you affirm, “We rest on Thee, our shield.

2. Acknowledge and Accept God Knows You and Has Done for a Very Long Time

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. Transforming our thinking occurs through the time spent getting to know the character of God, inviting the Holy Spirit to teach us and empower our good intentions, and reading His Word.

Jeremiah 1:4-10  The Call of Jeremiah

The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

The believer struggling hard against shame needs to watch you exult, “My sin, not in part, but the whole, has been nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more!” The saint overburdened by work, striving, and performance needs to listen as you affirm, “We rest on Thee, our shield.”

3. Let us not sacrifice Christ again because of our doubt

Number 5:16 “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.

We’re making decisions every day. to do something or to do, nothing. Decide to take authority over your thoughts today, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and be transferred by the renewing of the mind. Your authority in Christ and confidence in your identity in Him, will grow.

4. Be gentle – and firm with yourself – and each other

We’re all trying to make sense of the world

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

 

 

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