Day 2: Who are we, in light of who God is? [Laying out some new building plans]

It's important to do the days in order so be sure to start with Day 1. 

Welcome to Day 2! Yesterday, we took a look at who God is, but today we want to dive deeper into our own identities. Once we start to believe that God is who he says he is, then we can start to believe that we are who God says we are! God is the foundation of our house, and our own identities as sons and daughters of God are the building plans for that house. So today, let's dream and allow God to show us who we are. We are no longer orphans and for that we say thank you, Jesus!

Verse:

Luke 15:17-24 [the story of the prodigal son, click here to read it all] 

If you've heard this story before I pray God reveals something new to you. Something that opens your eyes wider to his love for you.

“But when he [the son] came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

John 15:15 

"No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you."

Quote:

Click here to read I am a Child of the King  (don't skip this, it might be one of the most powerful things you will ever read)

“Oh God help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is!” ― (Marina Wiederkehr from Seasons of the Heart)

“When we are younger and are wrestling with choices about the future, we are very often asked, and ask ourselves: “What are you going to do when you grow up?” It is the wrong question. What are we going to do is not who we are. When it was time for me to make choices, I should have been wrestling with another question. I should have been asking, “Who am I going to be when I grow up?” (Between the Dreaming and the Coming True by Robert Benson).

“Dear Jesus, Who am I really? What do you see in me that you would move heaven and earth to capture my heart? My life feels like a collection of other people’s expectations and disappointments. I do not even know anymore who I truly am. Reveal to me my true identity, my true place in Your store. Give me grace to hear your voice; shut out all other voices, and let me hear alone. I ask this in your name. Amen." (The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge). 

Song:

Fingerprints of God - Steven Curtis Chapman

(Other songs you might be moved by Beautiful Things by Gungor,  Who Am I by Casting Crowns)

Question:

What is holding me back from believing that I am a son or daughter of the King? That I am worthy, valuable and capable, and that my dreams are important to God? How different would life look if I really and truly believed that I am a friend of God?

Action:

God Loves you. God asks you to love him back, and to love others like we love ourselves. If you can't love yourself, you'll have such a struggle trying to do either. Today, love yourself. Believe you are worth the time and love and attention and affection of God. You were born to be loved, and that's the truth. Make a list of the characteristics you see in yourself as "unlovable." Take that list in your hand and ask God to release you from the lies of the list, and then rip it up! Maybe you can even burn it! Then, find a mirror  (ok, we're going to make you a little uncomfortable with this) look deeply at your reflection and love what you see. Don't look at the physical imperfections and don't think about your flaws, see yourself as God sees you. You are His masterpiece! 

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