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Today I’m sharing with you another treasured friend. Marva is my island girl. She makes me smile all the time with her words of encouragement and joy. You see, I think I’m really meant to live ocean side rather than in the middle of the desert, and God has given me this sweet friend to touch my life with bits of a tropical life ♥ With this post, she speaks of two truths near and dear to my heart. They are the found in the Word of God and they overpower any label the world attempts to place upon you. I pray you soak in this truth and claim this truth over your life today!
A Christian Identity
If you listen to the world, you are probably very confused about who you are. Too often we’re defined by the colour of our skin, our religious affiliation, our gender, and so many other traits. But where should we turn to find our true identity?
I believe the Word of God is the ultimate source for defining who we are.[bctt tweet=”The Word of God is the ultimate source for defining who we are #identity #hope #summersizzlebloghop @spreadtheshine” username=”lori_schumaker”]
You may know this popular Christian song ‘I Know Who I Am’ by Sinach. It’s an upbeat, worship song that leaves you with a sense of empowerment. When I play it, I like to turn it up loud and sometimes even dance along in worship to our God.
But another thing I love about this song is that it reminds me who I am in Christ.
The question is, who you are? Do you know who you are in Christ?
Of course, there’s more to this question than can be answered in a short blog post, but let us start with two truths. This is the foundation for who I am as a follower of Christ.
- I am chosen
- I am complete
1. I am Chosen for a Purpose
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
It makes me feel special to be likened to royalty. A chosen people. Holy. Set apart. It might be very tempting to stop here. I can walk away feeling honoured and on top of the world.
Carefully, I must not just take the ‘feel-good’ parts of scripture and walk away. It’s important I take the entire scripture in context. And of course, when I look closer I see that there’s more to it.
I have been set apart for a reason. And it’s not just to feel good about myself. No, God has chosen me, made me a part of this chosen generation, in order to declare God’s praises.
What about you, how are you declaring His praises today?
I also have to ask myself these questions. Am I taking God’s word to the next generation? Am I sharing my joy with my neighbour? Is being a part of a chosen generation obvious in the way that I live? Or am I walking around with my face downcast?
If the answer is no, I can change that.
2. I am Complete
Whether I’m trying to find my true identity, or figuring out the next thing on my day’s agenda, God has given me everything I need. I don’t have to look any further. I am complete.
This is a very comforting truth. No longer do I need to look here, there and everywhere for direction. If I want to live a godly life, God’s word will guide me. In fact, His Word will prepare me for whatever purpose he sets before me. (2 Timothy 3:16)
What about you?
Do you feel your life has purpose? Are you struggling to find your true identity? Are you searching in self-help books for direction? Give God’s word a try. Look to the Bible for the direction you need in your life.[bctt tweet=”Do you feel your life has purpose? #summersizzlebloghop #hope #identity #chosenandworthy @spreadtheshine” username=”lori_schumaker”]
Or maybe you’re already deep in the word. You enjoy soaking up God’s truth but then keep it to yourself. Then allow me to challenge you.
In the true spirit of 1 Peter 2:9, I urge you to take this good news to someone today.
Point her to the Word of God as the ultimate source for her identity and purpose.
Share with him the hope that you have in Christ.
Invite her to become one of God’s chosen people.
Don’t keep the good news to yourself. And if you need a little motivation, listen to ‘I know Who I Am’ and be blessed.
Wishing you blessings,
Marva is an island-living, sun-loving Christian wife, mother and wearer of many hats. Inspired by John 10:10 she encourages women to slow down and enjoy life to the full, brilliantly. You can find all the latest sparkle on her blog SunSparkleShine as well as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. Get a free copy of her e-book You Were Made to Sparkle when you sign up for her Sparklelights newsletter here.
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Hope is at the heartbeat of living victorious lives. Without hope, what do we have? But to hold onto that hope, there are some things we have to embrace like our identity in Christ, the power of gratitude, a positive thought life, prayer, and the Word of God. Would you like extra encouragement to keep you focused on the right things? The things that will keep your hope alive?
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Last, but definitely not least, thank you for joining me here each week to share the hope given to us through Christ. Whether your words come from a story that points to the full healing you have experienced in Christ, or its a story of the journey along the road to the healing you know He is working in you, it is giving hope to others. Your words matter and it honors me to have you share them here in this space!
What I ask of you:
- Share up to 2 blogpost URLs resonating with the topic of HOPE. That which gives us hope for tomorrow and hope for victory. The little things and the big that inspire us to lean into Jesus and let Him carry us through.
2.#MomentsofHope is a place to give and get hope, so let’s encourage others in their efforts to share the hope of Jesus. If you have time, stop by more than one sweet writer’s little corner of the blog world!
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