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Who Are You? Who, Who, Who, Who?

 
I know I sound like Pete Townsend of The Who, but it’s that one question that has me so excited about our our upcoming community bible study by Angela Thomas, Do You Think I’m Beautiful? Perhaps my fervency for teaching this study originates from the fact that I once banked my happiness and fulfillment on the love and attention of the opposite sex. For some, their identity, thus their happiness, lies in their ability to climb the corporate ladder, raise “perfect” children or be accepted by anyone and everyone. 
I believe we are all tempted to place our identity in someone or something other than God for to know and believe the truth of how God views us obliterates the enemy’s best efforts. Of course he would have us believe lies instead! I know of fewer things more dangerous than a Christ-follower confident in their identity. 
How we view our heavenly Father’s feelings towards us is a game changer. 
 
Heavenly Father,
When we doubt our worth in Your eyes,
for Yours are truly the only ones that matter,
may we see Jesus.
Through Him, we are forgiven, covered in fresh fallen mercy.
We are precious in Your sight. 
When the enemy flings his arrows of doubt,
may we raise Your shield of faith high
keeping our feet firmly planted in truth, 
for we are loved perfectly and unconditionally by You.
Amen.
 
 
Father, will you steep Your Word deeply into our soul?
  
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people
for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him
who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9
 
 
Is there one particular word or phrase from the above scripture you feel 

led to “sip” on, meditate on, throughout this week?


   

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The words “that you may” stood out to me as I read the above verse. Knowing our identity, and standing firm in it, could hold eternal significance.
 
 
 
 
As we bring our time to a close, is there one tangible way to “pour”
out His truth in response to the word(s) chosen above?

Thanks for stopping by today at Sharing Life Together…One Sip At A Time. Would
you consider joining in the conversation by leaving your “word” from the above verse in the comment box? Blessings!
He
does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take
pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those
who wait for His lovingkindness. – See more at:
http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Delight,-God-Expressing#sthash.MnlQbRF6.dpuf

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  

Colossians 3:3

When Love is Nailed to A Wall

by Cathy Baker

Growing up, one of my favorite things to do at MaMa’s (my dad’s mother) house was to sneak into her walk-in pantry, reach up as far as my tippy toes would take me and snatch a cherry lollipop from the Lollipops For Good Little Boys and Girls box nailed on the wall. Lime pops were always tossed back, of course.

MaMa, to hear my dad and uncles tell it, was a strict disciplinarian when they were growing up. No wonder! Four boys and a husband who worked 12 hour days could make for a bit of tension. As a grandmother, however, while feisty and a bit headstrong, her love was evident up until her dying day in 2010. MaMa often mentioned how she could see “Bob” (her son, my dad) in me. I believe it’s one of the reasons her face lit up every time I visited, especially in her latter years.

Now, as a grandmother, I understand her delight. When I look at my grandchildren, I see their fathers, my sons. 

Colossians 3:3 says, “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

As Christ followers, we are called His children (John 1:12) Because Jesus chose to be nailed to a cross on our behalf, God no longer sees our imperfections; He sees the righteousness of Jesus, His Son, instead. (2 Cor. 5:21) When God sees you and me, he sees his Son. 

You and I can’t do anything to make God love us more, nor can we do anything to make God love us less. Thank You Jesus!

Thankfully, my ability to emerge from MaMa’s pantry with cherry laced lips was never dependent on whether I deserved it or not. Her For Good Little Boys and Girls lollipop box was nailed to the wall simply because she loved her grandchildren.

And it’s for this very reason it hangs on my kitchen wall today.  

You are significant and utterly cherished. Not because you are ‘good,’ but because you are Mine. ~Jennifer Dukes Lee, Love Idol

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