Identity: Week 3
It’s the last week of our chapter on #identity and as I’ve thought and prayed about this section, this phrase just kept coming to mind.
Jesus said it, recorded at least 5x in the Bible, when discussing provision, anxiety, and compassion. His ultimate response to our fear of rejection and abandonment and poverty was this: you are worth so much to God – He will take care of you. Trust Him.
As someone whose struggled with shame and trying to earn or achieve in order to be loved, this was a sweet song to my ears. Yes, I am flawed and I fall and I fail, but He still sees me as valuable. Because I am #fullyknown and #wonderfullymade in His image, I am #fullyloved by my Maker. I am #worthsomuchmore than even the beautiful creatures of the earth, hand-crafted with good things ahead of me. #healing#relationship and #purpose
You are worth much more than you give yourself credit for. You are not your failures. You are not your faults. You are not your successes. You are simply #loved and that makes all The Difference.
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I almost didn’t record today, but this message is one that needs shared, and if I really believe it, then I have to behave like I – and what I have to say – have value, even in the rough and scruff of sickness. It’s not about building a perfect brand or image or following, its about #growingfierceandfree — #keepitreal #allergiesgotmelike #maybeacold #inherentvalue #spreadtheword #identity #mypastdoesnotdefineme #meetyourmaker #worthdyingfor #growingfierce #jesuslovesme #thedifference
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- What’s your gut response to the idea that you’re inherently valuable? That God Himself sees value in you? Why do you think that is?
- Is there anything in your past or upbringing that might have shaped that response? What is it? Make a list.
- Looking at those things, how have they impacted your view of your own value? What insecurities have they created? Next to the list of experiences above, list some of the things you believe about yourself because of these.
- Consider this: “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:28 NLT) How does this strike you? Why?
- What, if anything, have you felt separated or disqualified you from God’s love? What would change in your life if that wasn’t true? If you let the truth of how God knows, loves, and values you really set in? How might that change things?
- If you’re ready to step out and start again, consider this exercise: write each of those barriers or devaluing experiences on a piece of paper, or several. Somewhere safe, dispose of them. Fire is awesome and rewarding for this. If you have someone safe to discuss it with, do so. You don’t have to go it alone.
“You can buy two sparrows for only a copper coin, yet not even one sparrow falls from its nest without the knowledge of your Father. Aren’t you worth much more to God than many sparrows? So don’t worry. For your Father cares deeply about even the smallest detail of your life.”Matthew 10:29-31 TPT