When you know your identity your life can be more of a challenge. The enemy is upset with me. I’m not falling for his tricks and manipulations. I know who I am and Whose I am. Are you feeling insecure? Are you constantly trying to prove yourself? Are you not quite sure what you bring to the table? It’s time to tell the enemy where he needs to go!
What keeps your true identity in focus?
I can answer this question simply because I have been living it up close and personal. I know some of you have been in the trenches too. The very thing keeping your true identity in focus is this–fervent prayer paired with your nose in God’s Word. I recently finished a one year Bible reading plan, 30 days of prayer for my husband and marriage and now, this book study. The more I lean into God, the harder the enemy tries to derail, distract, and blur the lines between Truth and his lies.
Think about it. Where have you been tried and tested the hardest lately? As long as we exist in a place of trying to get through the day on our own, not calling on God, the enemy is pleased. He’s happy when you can’t even take two minutes to be with God. He’s even more tickled when you beat yourself up for not keeping up in this book study or better yet, when you miss a worship service or cancel on a fellowship activity with other members of the body. As long as he can keep you distracted and disengaged from doing the things God wants you to do, he’s happy. And guess what? He doesn’t have to work as hard once he gets you off track. You become his big quest when you acknowledge him and say, “Nice try, devil. But your tricks are no good here,” (Fervent, 49).
You have what you need and then some
When are you going to stop playing small? It’s time you accept what God has already equipped you with to be a light in this dark world. Learn to accept compliments. Be gracious without dismissing or denying the gifts God has placed in you. Be the one who encourages others as well as one who openly accepts encouragement. Love the skin you’re in; know you are dressed in strength and dignity and can laugh at the days to come (Proverbs 31:25).
Insecurity is no joke. The enemy knows this is how to get into a woman’s head. Why do you think there are so many books written about it? As you dig in to read this chapter about your identity, take time to read or listen to the book of Ephesians. Make note of the promises that speak to you and list the weapons He equips you with. Put on your belt of Truth, no outfit is complete without it.
Remember who you are and Whose you are.
For Monday, read Strategy 4: Your Family (pages 71-92)
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