“BE YOURSELF!” you hear from every side.
Really? Selfish, Mad, Drunk, Scared, Lonely, Addicted, Angry, Lazy, Self-Centered?
Many of us would rather NOT “be ourselves.”
You gotta dig kinda deep under the broken sinful confusing BEHAVIOR you’ve acquired in order to SURVIVE and be the REAL you God MADE you to be.
Confusing, isn’t it?
Be ourselves? like we would know who THAT is. We’ve tap danced to win approval or rebelled to escape. We made it past the adolescent angst and the teenage performance anxiety. Now we mostly think we ARE what we DO. And if THAT ain’t goin’ good, our self-esteem shrivels up.
Here’s a guy who will give you hope. His name was Saul. God had to knock him off his high horse to quit being a Pharisee, stoning Christians. Then he GOT it… and became the Apostle Paul and went on to write ¾ of the New Testament.
He was just like us. Not perfect. He put it pretty plain:
For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can WILL what is right, but I cannot DO it. For I do not do the GOOD I want, but the EVIL I do not want is what I do. [Romans chapter 7 if you want to read his whole struggle]
So we have to decide…am I the loser I think I am? Or am I who God SAYS I am. “Holy, blameless, chosen in love, His child, beloved forever…..” (See verses below)
I didn’t make it up. It’s right there in the Book. Promise. GOD! Not the people we were tap dancing for, or the ones we ran away from, or the ones we loved who didn’t love us back. GOD! –“HOLY! BELOVED! BLAMELESS!” The instant we say “yes” to Him, He says that to us. The thing we wanted all along.
If you never SAID “yes” to Him, you are stuck with your “performance” and what “they” say, aren’t you? Don’t fall for it. Say YES to the One who MADE you. He MADE us and had a PLAN for us, quirky little faults and all.
I found that out the hard way myself. My BIRTH parents said I was trash and threw me out, others SAID love and didn’t SHOW love. Worst of all, the world AND the devil AND my wounded little inner Psycho all talked trash to me all the time.
I really was lost, but now I really am found. I have had my life saved. Maybe you have too. It’s not easy, it’s not quick. But o baby it is true. If you look up long enough, God will answer you. You study Truth, it soaks in eventually. You share your secrets, you find out He is the safe one who will love you anyway.
Don’t let anybody ELSE tell you who you are!!!!
Believe who GOD made you to be instead of what others expect you to be. God wants people to be FREE, and find their own “call” in Him. He calls some to feed the hungry, some to marriage and family, some to pastoring other sheep. And some susrprises too—martyrdom, music, madness. Once we know Him and love Him long enough, His unique path for us is all we care.
God really IS the ONLY thing that can raise you above this fallen world: depression, addiction, sadness, foolishness, sinfulness and loss. The. Only. Thing. If there was another way I woulda found it. You too.
Now, on a bad day, when I talk trash to myself, I can still hear the holy whisper:
You are My child. I love you. You are holy and blameless. You have your cross, but I had Mine and we will carry them together.
And I get up.
John 1:12 – I am a child of God (Romans 8:16).
John 15:15 – I am Christ’s friend.
Romans 8:1 – I am forever free from condemnation.
Romans 8:14, 15 – I am a son of God (God is literally my “Daddy”)
Romans 11:16 – I am holy.
Romans 15:7 – Christ has accepted me.
Galatians 3:26, 28 – I am a child of God and one in Christ.
Ephesians 1:1 – I am a saint (1 Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2).
Ephesians 1:4 – I am holy and blameless
Ephesians 4:24 – I am righteous and holy.
Philippians 3:20 – I am a citizen of heaven.
Colossians 3:4 – Christ is now my life.
Colossians 3:12 – I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved
1 Thessalonians 5:5 – I am a child of light and not of darkness.
2 Timothy 1:7 – I have been given a spirit of power, love, and discipline.
Hebrews 4:16 – I may come boldly before the throne of God to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need
1 Peter 2:5 – I am one of God’s living stones and am being built up as a spiritual house
1 Peter 2:9, 10 – I am a part of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of God’s own possession.
1 Peter 2:11 – I am an alien and stranger to this world that I temporarily live in.
1 Peter 5:8 – I am an enemy of the devil. He is my adversary.
1 John 3:1 – God has bestowed a great love on me and called me His child.
1 John 4:15 – God is in me and I am in God.