I Am Everything God Says I Am

The problem with stuffing your feelings and putting on a mask in front of others is that when you finally come clean about being a stuffer nobody believes you. This could essentially be detrimental to your relationships.

When you stuff your feelings, especially over long periods of time, it can cause you to become a perfectionist at trying to keep everything perfect that way you won’t have to worry about failing or being rejected. It causes you to desire to control every aspect of not only your life but the lives of those around you.

Growing up in an environment where you have not experienced a normal parent-child relationship can also cause people to stuff their emotions because of feeling unloved and rejected. These types of environments can also cause low self esteem, self-doubt, second guessing yourself, it can also cause you to second guess yourself and avoid making decisions or setting goals for yourself.

They believe the lies that the world is telling them. These lies are a stronghold. They are chains that are keeping you locked up in a prison. And to avoid further hurt, rejection
and emotional distress they do whatever is needed to take the attention off of themselves and become masters at making cynical comments or sarcastic criticism at others.

Once you become a child of God you should know that He loves you and wants you to break-free from the chains and lies that have kept you in bondage. In order to be set free you have to replace each lie you have believed with the truth. Below is a list of what God’s Word says is the truth about who we are once we are a child of God. My encouragement to you is that you would read these statements of who you are every single day. Read them out loud to yourself in front of a mirror, several times a day when you first start. Journal your about your feelings when you read these out loud. Ask God to help you believe the truth about who HE says you are.

You are accepted. . .
John 1:12 I am God’s child.
John 15:15 I am Jesus Christ’s friend.
Romans 5:1 I have been justified.
1 Cor. 6:17 I am united with the Lord, and I am one spirit with Him.
1 Cor. 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price. I belong to God
1 Cor. 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body.
Ephesians 1:1 I am a saint.
Ephesians 1:5 I have been adopted as God’s child.
Ephesians 2:18 I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.
Colossians 1:14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
Colossians 2:10 I am complete in Christ.

You are secure. . .
Romans 8:1-2 I am free forever from condemnation.
Romans 8:28 I am assured that all things work together for good.
Romans 8:31-23 I am free from any condemning charges against me.
Romans 8:35-39 I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Cor. 1:21-22 I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God.
Colossians 3:3 I am hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 I am confident that the good work God has begun in me will be perfected.
Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
Hebrews 4:16 I can find grace and mercy in time of need.
1 John 5:18 I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me.

You are significant. . .
Matthew 5:13-14 I am the salt and light of the earth.
John 15:1-5 I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life.
John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
Acts 1:8 I am a personal witness of Jesus Christ.
1 Cor. 3:16 I am God’s temple.
2 Cor. 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
2 Cor. 6:1 I am God’s co-worker. (1 Cor. 3:9)
Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

I would recommend saying the following quote out loud as well over and over:
“I am nothing my enemy says I am and I am EVERYthing my God says I am”

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It’s A Matter Of The Heart

Have you ever thought about why you trust someone? I know that I base my trust and confidence in people based on the evidence of their actions. If someone is reliable and they are willing and are able to provide what is needed, we can make a reasoned decision to trust that person and have confidence in them. Another way of saying this is; “We have Faith in them.” This is a faith we know and can understand. What we need to realize is this is not the same faith we should have in Christ, there is a big difference.

The difference is that we cannot only trust Christ to fulfill our needs, we must trust Him in a way that brings Him honor for the one gift that is needed above all others, which is the need for Christ Himself. Our belief, our faith and our trust must be loving and treasuring of Christ first, above all things. One of the best ways we have of showing this love and adoration is through worship.

When we elevate Christ’s worthiness through worship, we discover one of our greatest joys. Conversely when we ascribe worth elsewhere, we are practicing idolatry and this negates the joy which we were meant to experience.

“You shall have no other Gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matthew 6:21

What do we hold as most precious or important in our lives? What do we live for? What would we say we can’t live without? If our answer or thoughts are anything aside from God then we are dealing with issues of idolatry.

My pride is a daily struggle as most of us would admit to, pride is certainly the struggle of self. But what we need to understand is that pride fuels idolatry. Pride puts us on the throne of our lives and that seat only belongs to God. Its hard to see these things about ourselves when we don’t admit how depraved we are. You may think depraved is a bit much but when we compare ourselves to Christ, it is very much a kin word. The simple truth is on our own we are not able to overcome our flesh, without Christ we would remain slaves to sin.

As we walk with God more and more of the world should fall away so we can fall more and more in love with Him. This doesn’t mean temptations and struggles will lesson but if we are committed followers it does mean we will turn more readily to Him in those times because He will occupy the places in our heart that the world once occupied.

John the Baptist understood this and even said as much “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

Worship or adoration is the most powerful expression that we are capable of and God is the only one worthy of this expression. For us to accomplish this we must put the full measure of our belief, our faith and our trust in God. But that doesn’t just happen we must pick up our cross daily and deny ourselves in order to keep God on the throne of our lives.

And their are times when we will all say; I can do it! The struggle seems too much and we will fail and sometimes we don’t even want to try. How do we lessen ourselves in order to be filled by God? How can my desire to do what is right be enough, if I keep messing up?

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
John 3:18-21

Do we seek the truth? Do we follow after the truth not because its right but because we love God? Do we bring our sin out into the light? Are we constantly examining our heart through the word? Do we desire to do what is right in the eyes of God and ask Him for help?

It’s not about being right or doing right but simply where your heart is and if it’s with God, then you will desire to do good.

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.
1 John 3:20-21

Worship

Worship is the act of ascribing worth to God.

Why is this important, well how often have you heard or been told that everything we do is an act of worship? I believe obedience is of paramount importance but the acts themselves are not worship. I concede that acts done out of the love we have for God, those can be called worshipful but they are not the highest expression of vertical adoration we are called to have, which is worship.

This is not a new idea; frankly I don’t think there are many original ideas left. C. S. Lewis one of my favorite authors spoke about Chronological snobbery, the thought that our ideas are better than the ideas of the past because they are newer. I am not a Simpson’s fan but I feel a smattering of Homer coming on “Duh” the truth is the same now as it was 2 or 3 thousand years ago. I just wish our government and our society would understand this as well as our founding fathers did but that is a blog for another time.

Worship can have different forms but it does need to be intentional and direct and it must ascribe worth to God. But please don’t take my word for it let’s look at scripture. Psalm 29, Psalm 96 and 1 Chronicles 16 speak to these non-original ideas the best.

Psalm 29:2 “Ascribe to the Lord Glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name”

To me these Scriptures are telling us that worship is all our emotion and thoughts focused on the ascription of worth.

I am going to pick on the church for a moment. How often have you heard; “The worship team is going to play a song for us to prepare us for the teaching.” or at least something along those lines. Worship should elevate God by ascribing worth to Him and I believe it helps lower us to our place. I don’t believe we worship in order to be more receptive to preaching, the preaching should make the worship more impactful for God. This is not to say that I believe we can add to God, because we can’t but it does mean that we can bless God with our worship and knowing that we can bless Him should really get our motors running.

Psalm 103:1-2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits

For me a part of having an intimate relationship with God involves me learning who God is and who God says I am. And my gratitude for who He is and what He has done for me and for what He continues to do in me. These are important and extremely precious to me but I can’t focus on what, because worship is not about what I have received but the ascription of worth to God. Giving Him all the glory! So when it comes to worship in your church if it is done with the right priorities when the world visits they will be impacted. That is why church shouldn’t be a compromise; church should be a place where you get to see God move, worship that ascribes worth to God starts with adoration.

Adoration of God first and not the things of the world.