You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
The girl looked in the mirror. She noticed her slumped shoulders, her lack of motivation and her tired eyes. Life was always letting her down. People were too.
Still, she got up and went to her closet. Before her, stood the garbs of gold, laced with jewels and vibrant colors, but as always, she was drawn to the clothes of old. She knew them well. They were comfortable.
I can never be more. I can never do more. For I see my past. I remember what I did, how I lived, and how I so horribly failed.
The girl was trapped in a way, but in another way she was free. The door was open to her, she could go wherever she pleased, and she could step into purpose, if only she’d choose. In fact, the King had invited her to the fullness of his kingdom. He wanted that for her.
Most days, she remembered her old home – the little hut, far off. She focused on the mean people there and her retaliatory behavior on those bad days. She usually lived there.
With this, she knew, she didn’t deserve to be adopted – nonetheless by someone so amazing, so powerful and so loving as him.
Could he really be that way, loving? Not mad at me?
Could I really be princess, not pauper?
…Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24, NIV)
What are you wearing? The robes of old mistakes, problems and relational issues or Christ’s robes that wrap you in holiness, purity and purpose?
Perhaps, today is the day, you let go of the clothes of old – the anger, the bitterness and the hurt – to grab hold of the attitude of bold. Perhaps, today is the day you receive and believe in God’s fullness. Perhaps, today is the day, you look in the mirror, confident and sure, with the knowledge you are: accepted, valued, rejoiced over, covered, equipped, protected, instructed, called, empowered with the mind of Christ, counseled, known, loved, seen, established, anointed, sealed, blessed, holy, seated with Christ, victorious, set free, safe and redeemed.
Perhaps, today is the day you say, “I am walking out of my torture chamber, for I am His and He is mine. I am His daughter.”
Dear Lord, you see me as your daughter. Help me to see myself the way You see me. May I know Your love, a love that would go to any lengths to save me. In fact, Your love already did that, with Christ. May I accept the fullness of all He did for me when He died on the cross. May I welcome You, and all that You are into my life, without fear. Teach me to have joy in who You declare me to be.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
You are: accepted, valued, rejoiced over, covered, equipped, protected, instructed, called, empowered with the mind of Christ, counseled, known, loved, seen, established, anointed, sealed, blessed, holy, seated with Christ, victorious, set free, safe and redeemed.
What word above most encourages you? How do you think you have been holding God back? How might you apply this truth to your life?
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