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Separate Your ‘Who’ from Your ‘Do’

I’ve made mistakes in my life, and I’m sure I’ll make mistakes in the future, but I still like myself.

The fact is, I don’t do everything right all the time, but that doesn’t affect who I am. I know I’m loved and I’m still a good person. That’s because I’ve learned to separate my ‘who,’ new creature in Christ, from my ‘do.’

When you realize that what you ‘do’ doesn’t determine ‘who’ you are, you can experience a new level of freedom from shame.

When you know that God likes you, you can start to really like yourself. When you start to like yourself, other people begin to like you too. Liking yourself doesn’t mean you’re full of pride; it simply means you accept yourself as the person God created you to be.

We all need changes in our behavior, but accepting ourselves as God’s creation is vital to our progress in becoming an emotionally healthy person. If we can master this one thing, liking ourselves, it will work wonders in helping us to overcome a shame-based nature.

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, help me to separate my ‘do’ from my ‘who’. I can like myself and experience freedom from shame because You are constantly working in my life.

2 Corinthians 5:17

17 When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world.[a] The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new!

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Throwing Fear Outdoors

I want to talk to you about a four-letter word: FEAR!

Many of us can probably remember when we were kids, if we said a bad word, our mama threatened to wash our mouth out with soap. Well, if “fear” is a dirty, four-letter word, then faith in God’s love is the soap!

I’m not talking about wimpy faith. I’m talking about a powerful faith in God’s unconditional, unlimited, unwavering, perfect love for us.

First John 4:18 teaches that understanding God’s love for us will deliver us from our fears. Now this doesn’t mean we won’t ever feel fear, but faith in God and His love will enable us to ‘do it afraid’ if we have to.

God wants you to know that He is with you. He will lead and guide you, so you can put your confidence and faith in Him!

Remember, His love is perfect, even when we aren’t. He isn’t going to love us any more or less because of our mistakes. Isn’t it good to know that God loves you right where you are? Doesn’t that thought just kind of boost your faith and take your fear down a notch?

You and I are going to feel afraid now and then. When we do, we can get our focus back on God and know that He will lead us through any situation we face.
It’s the perfect love of God, not perfect us, that casts out fear every single time

Prayer Starter

God, only Your love can cast out my fear, so I put my faith in You. I know that Your presence is with me and that You will lead me through any fearful situation I face. I receive Your love.

1 John 4:18

18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.


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The Importance of Finishing

Several years ago I read a verse that caused me to weep before the Lord. In John 17:4, Jesus says, “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.” This is saying that following God means finishing what He’s called us to do.

Ever since reading that verse, it’s become very important to me that I not just do what God has called me to do, but that I finish what He’s called me to do.

There are a lot of people who step out and begin a journey with God, but I don’t think there are nearly as many who finish it.

The apostle Paul said, ‘…If only I may finish my course with joy…’ (Acts 20:24).
I’m determined to finish God’s call for me and enjoy every minute of it! That’s what I want for you, too, to enjoy every single day of your life and finish what God’s called you to do.

But most of this is up to us. It’s not all up to God. He has done His part and given us everything we need in Christ. It’s up to us to keep learning, growing, and letting the Spirit of God work in us. Take time to consider the things that God has called you to do and ask yourself, “What am I doing today to finish strong what God has set before me?”

God has great plans for you. Receive them by faith and go after them with all your heart. Today, I want you to make a commitment to finish strong. It’s a commitment I know God will honor.

Prayer Starter

God, like Jesus, I want to be able to say that I have completed the work You have for me. Thank You for working in me to give me the power and the desire to live for Your pleasure and finish my course with joy!

John 17:4

4I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.


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Free to Be Relentless

Relentlessly pursuing God is not necessarily easy, but it’s definitely worth it. However, you can’t really pursue God until you’ve first experienced real freedom.

God is in the business of setting us free, and it’s glorious to be free from guilt, condemnation, and always wondering what people are thinking of us.

We’re set free from the concern of failing when we know who we are in Christ.

This brings us the courage to be able to step out and pursue God’s promises. One of the greatest freedoms God has given me is the freedom to be me.

For years I tried to be something I wasn’t, feeling like I needed to be like this or like that, all the while knowing I wasn’t like everyone else. Yet, I kept trying to be like others until I learned through my relationship with God who He created me to be.

This also set me free from me, so I can focus on Jesus and reaching out to others the way He wants me to.

Philippians 3 says Paul was determined, or relentless, to have the things that Christ Jesus died for, to know Him and the power of His resurrection. I believe when we are born again, there is a spirit of determination that rises within us.

We can call it Holy Spirit passion or zeal, and it’s what gives us the ‘oomph’ we need during hard times to say, ‘I will not give up on having an intimate, passionate, deep, personal relationship with God. I will not give up on being all that Christ wants me to be.’

Be relentless to stay in faith and receive God’s promises. Remember, you belong to Him and He’s given you a relentless spirit!

Prayer Starter

God, I want to live a new life, relentlessly pursuing You and Your promises. I trust You to help me become all You created me to be and experience true freedom.

Phillippians 3:10

10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death


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When It’s OK To Say “No”

In Numbers 11, Moses gives us an example of what we can do when we’re under stress.

Talk about pressure, he was leading the Israelites through the wilderness on what should have been an eleven-day trip and instead ended up taking forty years.

The people were depressed and weeping over their situation. In verse 14, Moses tells God, “I am not able to carry all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me.”

Like Moses, it’s okay for us to say, “I’ve reached my limit.” Yes, scripture says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13), but that’s really referring to times when we face various trials and situations that God will help us through.

It doesn’t mean we should take on so many responsibilities that we completely burn out, like the woman who is raising five kids, works full-time, serves on the church board, etc.

Sometimes, it’s all just too much…and it’s okay to admit that. It’s also okay to say “no” to some things so you can really enjoy life the way God intended.

Here’s a newsflash: You and I don’t have to be like everyone else or keep up with anyone else. God created some people to handle large amounts of work, but many people aren’t made this way.

Each of us needs to be who God created us to be, and we don’t have to apologize for it. We each need to individually find the balance of responsibility God has established for us to live in so we can enjoy our life, instead of making ourselves sick with an overload of stress and pressure.

When you reach your limit, go to God, just like Moses did. He will help you find a saner, healthier lifestyle.

Prayer Starter

God, sometimes it’s hard for me to slow down and say no to more responsibility. Help me to live with the balance of responsibility You created for me, so I can live with Your peace and enjoy life.

Numbers 11:12

12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors?


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