Today’s principle focus is on being the you that God created you to be, uniquely you.Scripture of the day: Even every hair on your head has been counted. Don’t be afraid! You are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:7 GWT
Today’s Positive Words of Affirmation and Encouraging Words to Live By: “Today I will no longer live by others labels, today I will be ME!”
FEELING BOXED IN?
The sad little character in this picture is hurting for sure. Walking around boxed in on all sides, no identity other than the box he was put in.
What a sad sad state, to be boxed in for life.
But how many of us are in the same position, boxed in on all sides by labels and identity that someone else has put on us? Rich, poor, black, white, red, yellow, male, female, sick, abandoned, divorced, helpless.
Science for years has tried to justify for us why the human body does what it does, and why we act in certain ways.
EVEN SCIENCE USES THE BIBLE TO DEFINE OUR “PROBLEMS”
Have you ever considered that “modern science” to this day uses the Bible to define what is right and what is wrong? After all, what is a person in a “depressed state” but a person who is found “without joy”. What is a person who is “sick” but a person who is not “healed”. What is a person who is an “addict” but a person who is not “set free” ?
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. Job 8:21
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve… Isaiah 61:1-3
If science can recognize a picture of “wholeness” and judge peoples “issues” against the Word of God … shouldn’t we? Shouldn’t we all take our problems to the cross and say, “All we need is Jesus?” Today is a day to begin to say, “I am no longer identified by what I have, but by Who has me!”
NO MATTER WHAT THE PROBLEM
No matter what the problem, if your problem has been given a “name” and identity of its own, the bible says that Jesus’ name is the name it. His name is the name above all names. Which means that when we have accepted Him, and His love for us, we are now only identified as being “IN Christ” period!
Therefore God exalted Him (Jesus) to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.. Phil 2:9
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Cor 5:17
In Christ, you are free to be you! Limitless, with NO labels or identifications!
NO NEED TO BE SCARED
Unfortunately for some this “uncharted and limitless ground” can be very scary. They have made their entire lives out of living with their labels. Their support groups, their money, their jobs, their everything has come from their label. They end up being afraid that they will lose everything. Take the person identified by being on well fare. Losing this identity is almost worse than earning income! Their is nothing wrong with receiving a temporary benefit if it is what God has given you opportunity to have. But buyer beware- never let your benefits become your identity!
Don’t be deceived, Doctors get paid to find problems*, and will give people attention for being “different” and for each of their labels (even though according to them normalcy is still defined by the Word). When you decide today to make the transition from being labeled, to label-less, ask God for deliverance and ask Him to show you the proper way to live. What does “normal and healed” look like? Chances are you will only be able to find a picture of it in the Bible. If you would like to build your dream for a better life, seek out other Christ-centered individuals who are happily married, and healed, and functioning in society limitless. Ask God to bring them your way.
CHRIST HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Father God Bless your Children today! Give them the peace that comes with freedom to be what You have designed them to be! Encapsulate them with Your Holy Spirit and Your love! I pray Father God that as they read this they would feel deliverance IN THE NAME OF JESUS, that all bonds would break and that they would be set free! Any demonic possessions must be gone and only the love of Christ is to remain. Love God, YOUR love is the only power that there is to heal, and Your scripture says, You have healed them all. (Matt 12:15) Thank You Father for healing and delivering us today. Today we will quit going to our labels as our source. You will break the ties that bind. We will go to church, instead of the bar. Into prayer instead of the hands of those who label us, into the Word instead of magazines and propaganda. We have been delivered of all persecutions and are completely SOLD OUT to You and YOUR way of doing things. Father God show Your children the righteous way of life! In Your Son Jesus’ name AMEN!
God Bless you friends today as you are delivered and set free!
TALK ABOUT “OUT-OF-BOX” !
Did you know??
Did you know that while it has gotten many traditional “Theologians” stirred up The Message Bible was created by Eugene H. Peterson and published in segments from 1993 to 2002. It is a paraphrase of the original languages of the Bible. He in the introduction to this Bible version states:
“While I was teaching a class on Galatians, I began to realize that the adults in my class weren’t feeling the vitality and directness that I sensed as I read and studied the New Testament in its original Greek. Writing straight from the original text, I began to attempt to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original language. I knew that the early readers of the New Testament were captured and engaged by these writings and I wanted my congregation to be impacted in the same way. I hoped to bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: those who hadn’t read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become ‘old hat.'”
Brother Peterson goes on to explain to the readers that Jesus spoke in the modern language of his time, and so having a Bible to be read in today’s language- he felt was necessary. Personally, I love to read in the Hebrew and the Greek myself, so I always cross reference The Message Bible when I question what it is saying. I have never found it to be off, one bit. He is an excerpt that goes with today’s message on uniqueness:
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’sgiving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Matt 6:33-35
*If you feel as if you have been delivered and are seeing a Doctor or Therapist, I would encourage you to continue to go to your sessions and stay on your medication and explain to them your desire to be “weaned”, they ultimately have to do what you request, but this is an opportunity for you to witness to them of the healing power of Christ. Continue to seek God for the right time to leave and allow your Doctor to give you a “clean bill of health”. It may be weeks, it may be overnight, but always remember that Christ now is who you are in and He has a plan for your life!