Friday, April 4, 2014

Hello, My Name Is ...

The bell had rung to alert the class that recess was finished. 
Martin and Arlene were walking back toward the school building when another boy threw a rock.  He was aiming it at Martin, but when he ducked it hit Arlene cutting her on the head. 

Entering the classroom Arlene asked her teacher if she could go to the nurse because her head was bleeding.  The teacher refused to let her leave the class even though he saw her wound.  Mr. Ward made it plain that he didn’t like this girl and blurted out, “Why can’t you be more like your sister?”  Hello my name is inferiority.

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Keep our friends in Russia and the Ukraine in prayer this week as you pray for all the followers of Daily Favor.

Don’t miss out on this week’s challenge (below).  Q & A 
What do you believe?  Is this really you?
It was a normal function in class for the teacher to call on the students to read passages from the lesson.  Around the room they would proceed with each child reading a few paragraphs. 
When it was Tina’s turn she would make the excuse she left her glasses at home, so the teacher would skip over her.
Not long into the school year the students began noticing Tina had difficulty reading aloud.  A few weeks later the teacher put her in a lower reading group.  Hello my name is stupid.

Evelyn lived across the street from Helen.  She was in her late 80’s but Helen enjoyed spending time on the porch with Evelyn talking about gardening. 

Over the course of years Helen stopped spending as much time with her neighbor, but always felt she would get back to visiting. 
One day a knock came on the door.  It was Evelyn’s daughter giving the news that her mother had passed away.  Hello my name is regret.

Shortly after Charlie’s family had immigrated from Germany he became an orphan.  His memories of childhood haunted him throughout his entire life.

While talking with his granddaughter he broke down and confessed the reason for his bitterness.  “I was never adopted and grew up in that awful orphanage.”  Hello my name is anger.

Charity was a high spirited child that loved to be around people.  Her interests were quite different than the rest of her family's and so was her attitude.
As she matured, Charity became more outspoken about her beliefs.  It was things like this that caused her to argue with her mother. 

In the midst of an argument Charity’s mother retaliated shouting out, “You’ve been a problem since my womb.”  Hello my name is worthless.

By now you have gotten the message that all of humanity has experienced some kind of emotional pain along the journey. We have listened to these little whispers and voices of the devil that spread lies.  Even worse, we believed them.
Right now I’d like for you to take an inventory check and see how many of these you have felt in your life:

Broken, afraid, unbelief, no purpose in life, rejected, depressed, insecure, misled, alone, lonely, ugly, unfaithful, helpless, hopeless, defeated, weak, failure, chained, forgotten, unimportant, invisible, deserted, outsider, a mistake, loser, liar, thief, shame, lost, addict, desperate, confused, envy, malice, rebellious, ashamed, jealous, bitter, anger, hatred…
The list can go on for eons, but this is where it stops.  Today you’re going to hear the truth and get it in your heart so that you believe what God says about who you are as His Favored Child.

The Royal in You
It’s hard to move forward sometimes when you have suffered such pain in the past.  There’s a reason for that.  The devil doesn’t want you to know that you can be healed emotionally, and he definitely doesn’t want you to feel forgiven.

Anyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior did it understanding that salvation means forgiveness of sin – past, present or future.  The problem is that we don’t truly comprehend what becoming part of God’s family actually means. 
Princess Grace Kelly Rainier of Monaco
In last week's post we learned that we belong to a KING and that our focus needs to be off ourselves and more on Him.  Have you ever thought about what it’s like to live like a Royal?  I know this will sound like I’m reversing what I said in that post, but I’m not. 

Taking the focus off ourselves allows us to dig deeper into our heritage as Children of the One True God. 
When Grace Kelly married into royalty she had to learn how to become a princess.  She didn’t know all the benefits that came with her new title.  That’s sort of what it’s like to be born into the Kingdom of God, we have to learn what accompanies our salvation.
God’s children are not subject to the lies of the devil, in fact, he is subject to God who gave us authority over him.  Although the sinner flesh man may have committed a multitude of sins, God says He will forgive ALL of them, if we confess them to Him and ask for His forgiveness.  Basically, we are asking for mercy, grace and favor.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)
As joint heirs of the Heavenly Kingdom we have been given gifts from our Father above, which the unsaved do not have.  We are rescued, saved, have hope, forgiven, victorious, brand new beings, complete, at peace with God, alive, redeemed, delivered, healed, transformed.

Everything satan tries to declare over our lives is a lie and we need not follow the devil in our minds believing what he is marketing.

Understanding Your Savior
What happens when a believer grasps the concept of their position in Christ Jesus?  Let me share with you how these stories ended.

·      Arlene grew into adulthood feeling unloved, second rate and inferior.   Due to that incident she had in school as a child, she became a teacher so that no child would be made to feel inferior, training them how to overcome those feelings of defeat.  Hello her name is victorious.
·       In college while testing a child for one of her classes, Tina discovered that she was dyslexic and turned her disability into ability.   Hello her name is wisdom.
·      Helen read tons of books on how to get over regret and guilt, but none of them helped.  One day in prayer the Lord revealed to her that He died to free her from those things, and that she does not have to carry what He already unloaded.  Hello my name is freedom.

·      For over thirty years Charlie’s daughter prayed for her father to receive Christ, but he never did.  She didn’t give up on her dad.  In his senior years, Charlie came to know the Lord when he learned that there are no orphans in God’s family.  Hello my name is peace.

·      Charity never felt that her mother ever accepted her, and always tried to please her mother.  She is still searching and longs to feel loved, but it’s no longer from her mother.  These days Charity finds self-worth in being a princess of the KING. Hello my name is Child of the One True God.

 Know Who You Are

Being a child of God’s is not about what you have done or what you do for a living, but it’s about who you are to Him and in Him.

When someone asks me who I am, most of the time I tell them what I do for a living.  That’s the wrong thing to do and say.

What I do doesn’t define who I am.  Don’t let your past or your occupation define who you are.  God made you brand new when you became part of His family.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)

It’s not how we see ourselves, but how God sees us. He sees a person that He absolutely adores and wants to spent time with daily.  God sees a beautiful, clean spirit full of life and loved.  That’s what we need to see, not what the devil wants us to believe.

Understanding that our position in Christ comes with privileges will help us overcome obstacles, move beyond mistakes of the past and onward to victory.
It’s time that we agree with God, that is … agree that we are what He says – Saved, set free, forgiven, valued and extremely loved!

Become What We Already Are
Doesn’t that sound strange? 

"Become what we already are?"

For the most part, it has taken me years to believe what God says about me. If I am to be honest, I still struggle with some of them. 

The thing is though, just because I may not feel loved or forgiven doesn’t mean that I’m not.  My thoughts have to come into agreement with what God said and I have to stop taking sides with my inner doubts.

Whether or not a person accepts what Jesus said in His Word about how God feels about His children is entirely up to the individual.  It won’t change God or His love for us.  He loves us whether we feel it or not.

This Week’s Challenge: Change Your Name

As our inner journey to Jesus continues, the assignment this week is to cast down every thought and imagination that changes what God says about who we are in Him and to Him. 
That means we have to change the name of the lie of what we're believing about ourselves.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2 NKJV)
I like how the New Living Translation states this bringing it to light on our part of the journey.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NLT)

We confess, our minds are changed about ourselves.  We are transformed!
Change the way you think, by changing what you say.  I believe I am what God says I am.

When feelings of guilt, insecurity, jealousy, anger …etc. creep into your spirit, call out the opposite.

Say something like this ...
Good-bye guilt, hello my name is forgiven.

Good-bye sadness, hello my name is gladness. 

Good-bye sinner,
hello my name is righteousness.
Good-bye mistake,
hello my name is redeemed.
Good-bye doubt and old self …

Fill in each tag that replaces something from the old you to what you are in Christ Jesus.  This is who God says I am ...


Now rejoice as you sing about it!
Until next time, “Hello my name is Favored!”.

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