By no accident. It was by no accident that God created man and woman uniquely and distinctly to bear His image and reflect His wonderful glory. It is also by no accident that God has created you and given you life, breath, passions, and has placed you exactly where you are today. You are not an accident. You have been created by God, on purpose, and with one mission: to reflect His image and declare His glory, this was God’s original design.
What God given roles are you responsible for in your own life? Think practical here. Are you a wife? A mom? A caregiver? A student? A boss? What roles do you have at your job? The roles God has given you, me in our lives are opportunities to reflect Him to others and to be faithful to His mandate to be fruitful and multiply for His glory.
In the beginning God created it all, God sealed His creation of man when He described what He had made with two words, very good.
Genesis 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good indeed. Evening came and then the morning: the sixth day.
We have worth, block out the enemy and his words of broken, worthless, unwanted, unqualified whispers he feeds us. Jesus redefined our identities. Let’s listen to our true worth what Jesus calls us and made us into. DELIVERED, CHOSEN, LOVED, REDEEMED, FORGIVEN. PURPOSEFUL.
No not shackles no more shame, no more wearing a scarlet letter. We are going to walk in Jesus’ footsteps that have gone before us in victory. We will trade our past for His Present beauty and live the redefined life that Jesus came to offer us for His holy glory and for our good.
If we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.
One of the most important realities in the Christian life is that we have a union with Christ. Note the words “we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.” There is a union between Christ and Christians so that what happened to Christ is counted by God as happening to us. His death is our death. God establishes this union, as 1 Corinthians 1:30 says, “Because of [God] you are in Christ Jesus.” God establishes a union between believers and Christ, in a way that makes it fitting for Him to count Christ’s death to be our death.
This death is something that happened in history, once for all. It is applied to us now through our faith, but since Christ died in history only once, and Romans 6:5 says we were united to that, our death happened, in God’s way of seeing things, on the day Christ died.
Here the apostle Paul teaches that in Christ — that is, in our union with Christ that God established — we are dead to sin, meaning this: In our truest position and our truest identity, we are completely and finally dead to sin — both its guilt and its power. This is decisive, unrepeatable, and unchangeable. This is the foundation for all our warfare against sin, and all our progress in holiness.
The Christian life is an already and a not-yet experience of this identity in union with Christ. What happened to Christ Jesus historically and finally and unchangeably — and to us in Him — is applied to us not all at once in its fullness, but some now completely, and some now progressively, and all fully in the age to come.
For example, we are already fully forgiven and acquitted and declared righteous and justified in our union with Christ by faith alone. And we are already delivered from slavery to sin, that is, from the power of sin as the defining direction of our lives. And we are already able, by faith, to grow more and more triumphant over sin in our daily life.
But we are not-yet perfected in our daily, earthly experience. We must fight the fight of faith and become in experience, by faith, what we are perfectly in our union with Christ. So, you are not left to live in your own strength today, but you are free to live in the power of believing God’s promises for what He will do for you because of your union with Christ.
Romans 6:5 1 Cor 1:30
Faith is a happy resting in the all-sufficiency of what Christ did on the cross, what He is doing now in our heart, and what He promises to do for us forever. Romans 12:1-2
In the school of grace, your new clothes are created (Ephesians 4:24). God creates the new person that we must put on. The new person is the bundle of attitudes and emotions and practices that make up the new you. That is what verse 24 says God creates. He creates the new you. The bundle of attitudes and emotions and practices are created after His own likeness in righteousness and holiness, the course catalogue says.
Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
His beloved, Our identity in Him
When I was young, I was desperate to be loved. Like a begging dog, I went, “Please give me attention! Does anyone see me?”
Because of this, I grabbed on to any guy who took interest in me. I held onto him no matter the cost because I couldn’t handle the pain of not being good enough. I dieted. I changed my hair. I dressed to be more appealing. I changed my personality. I did things I shouldn’t have. Nothing worked. I could not hold onto a man’s love.
In Ecclesiastes, God says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
God Himself planted my insatiable desire to be deeply loved. Man could not satisfy it because it wasn’t his assignment to complete. I mistakenly craved the love of men, but people were not created for my selfish gain! God was! I desperately needed to know God’s Fatherly love!
I am God’s daughter and He loves me! So are you!
You are His Beloved.
He gave His life for you!
His love is perfect!
It casts out all fear!
It’s slow to anger.
He never leaves you!
He delights in you!
Receive His love today.
The fullness of the Father’s love began to make me become loved. Becoming loved allows you to not need anyone to love you back. As you are more rooted in God’s love, you will stop allowing man to fill your love bank because God is LOVE defined. You will begin to live with a fully protected, unbreakable heart because God’s love is your refuge – your perfectly safe hiding place!
Look at yourself in the mirror today saying, “I am loved.“