Maybe you’re the one that wants so desperately to love and be loved that you would do anything to stay with someone.
Maybe you’re the one that tries so hard to get people to like you, that you’ve lost sight of who you are.
Maybe you’re the one that is always there for your friends but when you need THEM they don’t care.
Maybe you’re the one who feels as though you’re nothing but a mess. Everything is out of control…you want to fix it in a few simple steps, but its never that easy.
Maybe you only look back on your life with sorrow, because you feel as though they were the best years of your life and there’s no turning back from mistakes you’ve made.
Maybe you’re the one that has preached about God’s love countless times, but if you’re honest it seems as if deep inside you’ve never actually felt it for yourself.
You try so hard. On the outside other may perceive you as perfect. But on the inside you are hanging on by a thread.
You call out to God, but what once seemed so easy to grasp, is now just a fog.
You don’t feel important. Nobody really cares about you. All the smiles shot your way are filled with shallow “How are you’s” and dim-lit eyes.
You’re surrounded by “perfect people” and it bothers you. You know these people have problems too…you’re not stupid. But for some reason you still feel inadequate standing next to them, or scrolling through their instagram or facebook.
Oh. if only you knew the way you ravish God’s heart. In Song of Solomon 4:9, it literally says God’s heart beat is accelerated with one glance of your eyes. He is captivated with YOU.
YOU are God’s temple.
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s SPIRIT DWELLS IN YOU? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:16
YOU are God’s possession. He RESCUED you.
“For you were BOUGHT WITH A PRICE.” 1 Corinthians 6:20
YOU are Beloved.
“But we ought always give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the spirit and belief in truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13
YOU have been set free from sin/condemnation.
“There is therefore now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
YOU have been set free from Satan’s Control.
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved son, in whom we have redemption.” Colossians 1:13
YOU were chosen before the foundation of the world.
“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
YOU have been given the Holy Spirit.
“And who has also put his seal on us and given us his spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 1:22
YOU are complete in him.
“And you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.” Colossians 2:10
YOU cannot be separated from God’s love.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword…..for I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
YOU are a conqueror.
“No, In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37
YOU are not helpless.
“God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
YOU have a living hope.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..”1peter1:3
YOU have access to the father
“Through him we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2
You have an anchor to your soul
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf..”Hebrews 6:19
YOU ARE BEING SANCTIFED. What does this mean? This means that you are being made perfect. Made holy. Sanctified literally means “set apart as or declare holy.”
Jesus didn’t die for you so you could be “a little less messy” or “a little more happy”. Jesus died for you so you could be completely free, completely whole, completely full of joy, completely content, completely full of his spirit.
“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone. The New has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3
“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14
“You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11
So to the boyfriend/girlfriend who treats you like you’re a play toy, or a second option, or like you have to constantly impress them…LEAVE THEM. Call them and tell them you don’t like them.
So to the voice in your head that gives you a list of ways you need to improve for God to love you more or be more proud of you…REBUKE IT.
So when SOCIETY tell you you’re not pretty enough, smart enough, or GOOD ENOUGH, YOU tell SOCIETY that YOU are a CHILD of the KING of the UNIVERSE.
So when SOCIETY points to your WEAKNESSES, you say “YES! I’M WEAK! But God’s power is made PERFECT in my WEAKNESS”
So when you feel lonely and left out when people don’t invite you places, YOU are NEVER ALONE because GOD LITERALLY NEVER LEAVES YOU!
So when that cranky lady gives you some attitude for no reason, LOVE her ANYWAYS.
So when you feel like there’s no hope, YOU say, MY GOD is my hope. My strength. My joy. My ever-present help in time of need.
Oh. If only you could see the way God sees you. The way he cherishes your every glance. The way he specifically and beautifully molds the paths of your life to lavish you in his love. The way you are redeemed, given a hope, given everlasting joy, and given a life that doesn’t worry about tomorrow.
He’s made you new.
If only you knew.