A dear friend of mine invited me to a Women’s Breakfast the Saturday before last. It was nice to catch up with my friend, meet some new women, worship, and hear an inspiring message. The speaker that morning was Ruth Brudnicki from Urban MissionChurch. It was an incredible message that tied into everything I have been learning and sharing about GRACE this past month. Here are some of the notes I wrote down. As I reflect on these truths I am adding a bit of my own reflection.
Until we know who we are we will never know what we can do.
GRACE is a free gift that has been given to us. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s favor or His GRACE in our lives aside from accepting Jesus as our personal Savior. Not one thing. In Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of theTry-Hard Life, Emily P. Freeman says “In the try-hard life, your behavior determines your identity.” As long as you allow your behavior to determine your identity you will feel like you are running on a treadmill, always trying to keep up or outdo your last performance. I speak from experience when I tell you that this is exhausting. GRACE allows us to stop trying to be who we think people or even Jesus wants us to be. God created in you with an amazing combination of talents and desires. If you couple that with what the Bible says about you, that you are loved by God with no strings attached, covered in righteousness and GRACE, you will better understand your identity.
Don't go through years of struggling with your identity.
New life was breathed into a classic Bible story David and Goliath. Most know this story…The Israelites and the Philistines were at war but instead of a full battle between the two armies taking place, the Philistines sent out a champion fighter named Goliath to challenge the Israelites to a one-on-one combat to determine the outcome of the battle. For forty days the challenge went unmet until young David comes into the scene. He is there visiting his brothers at the battle site per the request of his father. David observes the stalemate and does not understand why has stepped up to the challenge, to him victory is a no-brainer. Armed with only a sling shot and a rock while confident that the battle does not depend on who has the best weapons or the best soldiers, he volunteers to end the situation once and for all.
“you come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the army of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45
David fought the enemy with his identity and won.
How exciting! I knew that David trusted that God was with him and that’s why he was able to defeat Goliath but I now realize it was more than just that. It also had to do with him understanding who he was and the authority if his identity. So the statement above is worth repeating… Until we know who we are we will never know what we can do.
Do you know you the daughter of the King?
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