Proverbs 23:7 NASB For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
I have been a famous archaeologist that discovered rare priceless artifacts of an ancient civilization; a teacher with a large classroom of eager students ready to learn about the wonders of the world; a fisherman who caught enough fish for the day to feed an entire community; a soldier protecting others from the invading enemies watching carefully hiding behind bunkers.
These lives are created as a child’s imagination pictures an alternative reality. Vividly engulfed in a beautiful movie playing out to entertain an idle mind.
How often do we continue to play this game?
I know over the years I have constantly sought to identify with some new idea, group of people, and emotional state. At times the simplicity of life has caused each of the mentioned areas to intensify and become the basis for decisions. I have created new ideas of who I thought I was by listening to others around me, fixating on past events, and just observing others who I envied that walked past my narrow window of the world.
1 John 3: 1-2 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him,for we shall see him as he is.
How often do we seek a group of people to create a gateway to self identify with something larger than ourselves? So seductive and enticing in the way the group functions as an entity, have their own language, exuding cohesiveness and camaraderie. If your out, then you are not in. Doesn’t this group provide what we are meant to seek? Fellowship.
Romans 1:11-12 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
In our day to day worldly walk, don’t we stumble upon moods that trip us to garner our attention?
When a repeating situation or event occurs, an emotional reaction becomes my entry ticket. If someone questions this entry, I shrug accepting it as my ‘norm’. I justify and claim it as a delivered package to my door.
Unexpected twists, disappointing encounters, unacceptable behaviors are rocks in our shoes that tumble around annoying and asking for attention. Mood altering and readjusting who we see in the mirror.
2 Timothy 1: 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
So, how do we become what God has labeled as; ‘beloved’?
Romans 12: 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Our human minds are full of hurts, past regrets, unmet expectations, selfish motives, wanted acceptance, and questions that are under constant speculation. Each one sets a new label that marks our identification in the world.
God wants us to not conform. Rise above. Release the thoughts and feelings. Accept his love and our birthright of a child of God.
Philippians 4: 4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Our instructions are clear. Praise him while showing off a calm nature. Pray with a desperate heart for His sweet answers. Thank Him for his faithfulness, blessings, and unanswered prayers. Stay in His word and seek answers to protect our minds from spinning worldly explanations. Lastly, focus on the beautiful things He reveals so that desperation, confusion, and pining don’t take the place of God’s grace.
When we put this into action night and day, we will have our new identity. Our hearts sealed and peace will blanket us to the day we meet Him again.