Time to dig deep. Dust off the shovel, get our hands dirty. To plant some seeds deep down, the kind of seeds that bear fruit, we gotta dig a little deeper.
The best part, the part that makes me get excited and grab my gardening gloves ... I don't have to do this alone. The master gardener is right beside me, guiding my shovel. He gave us the best gardening guide for my life, filled with seeds of abundant promises. The Word of God.
"May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless as the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it." - Thessalonians 5:23-24
Great news. Shout it loud. Fill up deep. God is with us. He is for us. He desires to help us get rid of all the icky things that are stinking up the garden of our lives. It's a process. A process worth every shovel of dirt. My life, a breathing example that God is faithful and He will do it.
WIth the first thump of the shovel hitting dirt, we need to ask "Who am I?" Deep, this question impacts your identity, setting you apart from everyone else. We can no longer put our value, our identity in people or things. They all will rot. Believing what God says about you, deep down in your heart, protects your true identity.
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Ephesians 2:10
God desires to purify us, to change us more into His likeness. He wants us to understand, really know, who we are and our value. God wants to give us an identity and for us to walk, heads high as children of the King.
Circumstances out of our control, words spoken over our lives that stung deep, sins against us, sins we chose, all the junk ... no longer should they define us. God can never lie. His word, TRUTH. What He says about me, that I can believe.
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32
Think about it for a moment. A moment with a shovel in your hand. People, things, sins, circumstances, do they always shout the truth? God does. It is our choice. We choose what we believe.
Maybe, like me, you've made the mistake of listening to the shouts of others in your lives, believing what they say about you. God always is the voice of truth. Make a choice today, to listen to what He says about you. Trust in God. Step out of your boat. Take His hand. Walk on the waves.
Wanna be brave with me, take a moment. Let go of all the false stuff in your life, the pebbles thrown at your identity. Hold onto the rock. Ask God to show you, who you are to Him.
If you would like a list of verses proclaiming "Who I Am" (really, the truth), please leave me a comment asking for them with your email and I will gladly get them to you.
I'm speaking this week, so slip on your comfy shoes and join me, as each day I will be posting little snipits as we walk together.