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January 29, 2014

January 29, 2014

"You are Defined by God; God alone"

“He has identified us as His own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts.”  2 Corinthians 1: 22 NLT

You are not defined by your feelings, opinions, or the opinions of others  You are not defined by your circumstances, nor are you defined by failures or successes, the car you drive, the money you make or the house you say you own (even if the bank really owns most of it).

You are defined by God and God alone.  He says you are His child in the waters of baptism.  If you have gone through those waters you belong to Him.

Here’s where the problem comes up, if you don’t know whose you are, you’re vulnerable to other people telling you who you are.  The Gospel truth, the one you can build your life on, is that you are who God says you are and no one else has a vote in the matter.

Jesus was able to face the incredible demands placed on Him in His mission because He knew exactly who He was.  He never wavered from the truth that He mattered to God.  That gave Him confidence to move purposefully in faith.

You are God’s precious child and He created you.  He did it in a way that pleases Him.  Because you are identified with Christ you have the power of the Holy Spirit within you.

Let that lead you and guide you all the days of your life.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don