Heavenly Father strengthen us as we pour out so that You can pour in and lead us as we pour forth in Your name. Amen
September 28, 2020
Good Morning Princesses,
1. Yes, We Are Still Talking About Time!
I know we are still talking about time this week, but there's a really good reason. Keep reading!
Time and Inward
“Who I am in Christ is amazing. Who Christ is in me is the real story. It is beyond amazing.”
“Our true identity is found when we stop being “who we are” and start being who we were created to be.”
“I am a daughter of the King, who is not moved by the world. For my God is with me and goes before me. I do not fear because I am His.”
This week the word time is so critical because we will be focusing on our inward analysis and understanding of our true identities in Christ. I am reminded from time to time a statement from a classic sermon from Dr. Charles Stanley, founder of In Touch Ministries, New York Times best-selling author and Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Many years ago Dr. Stanley preached a sermon about the storms of life. One particular statement stuck with me and I find myself from time to time repeating it. Dr. Stanley explained that in this life we are either going into a storm, in a storm, or coming out of a storm. Powerful words. In each phase, we must continue to hold a steadfast faith and trust in our Lord that He is guiding our path. This of course can be hard because in our human nature we "get in our feelings" as my girls say and our sea legs may get a little wobbly. Remember Peter? (Matthew 14:22-30)
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:30
Moreover, in a recent sermon from Dr. Stanley's sermon, "When Facing Storms In This Life" he discusses Paul's second letter to Timothy "explaining what it means to face struggles with love, power, and a sound mind". When we go through storms, our minds can be vulnerable. Similar to Paul, when he saw the wind, he became afraid and began to sink. When we are in the midst of our own storms we too can look around and become afraid. Our sound mind is not so "sound". It is during these times that we must hold firm to who we are in Christ.
In The Bible, God Tells Us Clearly Who We Are.
Take a look at a few reminders (excerpt from Chery, Fritz. “50 Important Bible Verses About Who I Am In Christ (Powerful).” Bible Reasons, 26 July 2020, biblereasons.com/who-i-am-in-christ/.
You are a child of God
Galatians 3:26 “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
In Christ, you will know true joy
John 15:11 “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
You are blessed
Psalm 118:26 “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.
You are precious
Isaiah 43:4 “Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.”
You are an ambassador for Christ
2 Corinthians 5:20 “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
You are strong because your strength comes from Christ
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
You are seated in heavenly places
Ephesians 2:6 “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”
Christ lives in you
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
God is continually working in you to conform you into the image of Christ.
Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
2. An Inward Look at Ezekiel & Southern Kingdom
With the division of the United Kingdom (Israel and Judah), the Southern Kingdom of Judah (2 tribes) were exiled to Babylon. Their beloved Jerusalem was captured and the Temple and city walls were destroyed around 586 BC. For them, I wonder what was the state of their "sound mind".
But God who is sovereign and who last week, we coined as THE AUTHOR of time, already knew what was to come and had already created provisions for their future. Thank you Lord.
Like The Southern Kingdom, God already knows and has created provisions for us, His children. In fact, even in the midst of our storms we are strong because Christ lives in us and strengthens us. No matter where we go, we are His ambassadors and are covered completely.
Can you do me a small favor?
Please take some time this week to step back into your inward time. Remember the stages of your life (going into a storm, in the midst of the storm or coming out of the storm) and give God a mighty praise. You may want to dance! No, I'm serious, dance!
Recognizing that like Peter and like the children of the Southern Kingdom, God is our ultimate hero. He is an ever-present help and He is always is fighting for us, His Princesses.
As children of the Almighty, let us not forget who we are, whose we are, and who keeps us. A timeless and inward truth.
Thank you Lord for we know that...
Amen. Yes, Lord.
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Oh, princesses of faith...remember
Prayer “empowers and ‘charges up’ every other piece so they can be used effectively against the enemy. Without prayer… your armor, cannot, will not, be infused with the power that only God’s-Spirit can give."
Know that through the Holy Spirit you can:
do things you couldn't;
feel things you didn't; and
know things you wouldn't.