Last month I poured out my heart to you all. I was vulnerable about my past and how I found my identity in ungodly men and idolized Godly relationships. I reminded myself that to receive God’s grace there is no checklist that we have to go through. I showed you how I, by the strength Christ, went back to my first Love.
But, what do you do after that? What do you do every day to keep on track with Him? To stay on the noble path? To not lose your grip again? I don’t have all the answers and I never will, but recently I have learned three different declarations to speak over myself because it is so important to replace negative thoughts and recurring memories about the past with things that are from above.
“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. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9).”
There are three little sayings you can declare when you are going through different situations that will help you set your mind on things that are above. I find these to be more helpful than I could ever explain.
1.“I am His!”
Say this to yourself, “I am His.” Say it to yourself as many times as you need to. Say this to yourself every morning. So often we get caught up in our past mistakes, our past relationships, and just simply our past and we forget who’s we are. You are the daughter of the King of Kings and you are so loved. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – What a beautiful truth in which to dwell.
You are His and you are made new in Him because your old self passed away when you accepted Christ into your heart, when you handed your life over to Him, when you decided that you couldn’t do it on your own. I am speaking to myself here to. It’s not an easy journey, but it’s beyond worth it. It’s not easy to just wake up and say “I am His,” every single day – but it is necessary because it replaces those negative thoughts of the past, and finding your identity in something or someone else – it helps remind you who you are and you are His – you are the daughter of the King!
2. “I am Loved!”
No matter how low you may feel right now, how empty your soul may feel, how alone you might be, or how lost you are – you are loved beyond explanation. You are loved despite your faults, despite what you accomplish, without limitation, and without question. This goes back to a verse many of us know, but don’t comprehend – that verse is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – I don’t know any parent on earth that we give their only son, their only child and have them crucified on the cross in full perfection so that they would save this world from brownness, from sin, from the devil.
I’m not a parent myself but by going off how much my parents love me and how hard it was for my best friends’ mother to lose her I can’t imagine any earthly parent giving up their child to save this world. God did that. He sent His only Son to save you and me. If that doesn’t spell out love, I don’t know what does. Something I find so hard to remember is that God loves me beyond measure and without hesitation. He already knows we are going to mess up because we are not perfect and we are humans who are sinful by nature – but that doesn’t stop Him from loving us beyond our human comprehension.
3. “By His wounds I am healed!”
Oh gosh, what a beautiful, beautiful truth! When I heard this the other day for the first time since I gave my life back to Christ I wanted to burst into tears of joy. Knowing that my brokenness, my wounds, my scars are healed by His wounds isn’t only a comfort but it’s a reason to rejoice. To rejoice in our Father because He sent his only Son to die on that cross for me, for you, for this world. He suffered on that cross so that we may be healed in Him. At this point my brain doesn’t fully comprehend that and it probably never will. However, at this moment in my life I am going to rejoice in the Lord and sing praises of thanksgiving to Him because I am healed by His wounds, I am healed by the nails on the cross, I am made new in Christ!
Sisters, returning back to your first Love isn’t an easy task to do but these declarations and incredibly helpful. Whether you found your identity in something or someone other than Christ, or you don’t feel loved because you don’t feel good enough, or you have emotional or physical wounds – these are things you can say to yourself to have authority over what the devil is trying to remind you of. Don’t let the guy who lives under your feet win the battle.
I can’t promise you an easy road ahead that is full of rainbows and butterflies, but I can assure you that when you know with your heart that you are His, when you learn to accept that you are so loved beyond explanation, and when you know that you are healed by His wounds a life of fulfillment and joy is ahead of you because you are living in truth. I pray that this message blesses you and hope that you always remember you are worth more than you’ll ever realize!
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