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I Know Who I AM


[The Lord said,] ” My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 New Living Translation

No one likes to admit when they are weak. At least I don’t think I know of anyone who does. Who wants to admit they’re flawed??? I mean to expose things about yourself puts you in such a vulnerable position. Exposure leads to all kinds of mental attacks. After all YOU talk to YOU more than anyone else. You know what I mean. Those conversations you have in your head about yourself. The things you tell yourself about yourself. I shared some things in my previous blogs and in doing so I found myself in that place of vulnerability. The mental attack I came under ALMOST got me, I said, ALMOST. It was like the enemy, who knows, I have a purpose tried to distract me. God would then take me back to the first blog I posted, PRESERVING IN THE FACE OF DISCOURAGEMENT, and say, keep going, I AM WITH YOU! SO with shaky hands and a trembling heart I press on.

I received an email from Tyler Perry the other day that really struck a cord with me. This email came right on time as I was being overcome with these negative thoughts and emotions. The email was entitled, “DON’T LET PEOPLE DEFINE YOU.” As I sat in my car and thought about those words that had come at the exact moment I needed to hear them, I realized it was not people, who I have allowed to define me as much as it was me allowing what people THOUGHT about me to define me.

I titled this post I KNOW WHO I AM, because there was a time in my life where I didn’t know who I was. I just felt like I was just here, I existed, for no real apparent reason. When I became a born again Christian I did so because I didn’t want to go to hell. I had read a book by Pastor John Hagee, that scared the living day lights out of me. It scared me to the point of salvation.
It wasn’t until I started attending church and reading my bible that I found out that my salvation brought me more than just a ticket to heaven. I found out that I do have purpose, I am here for a reason and that God would use everything in my life that had already happened for HIS good. I came to realize that the things I had gone through in life God would use to propel me into what He had for me and at the same point in time the enemy would try to use it to paralyze me.

My past and the events that led me to Christ is MY TESTIMONY. If God had removed all the hurdles I had to overcome in my life then I would not be properly prepared for where He is taking me. Everyone who comes to Christ has a story of how they overcame. The bible even states in Revelation 12:11, that they overcame by Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.

I refuse to be defined by what the enemy thinks of me. I Am who God says I am. It took me a long time to get to this place and I will fight tooth and nail to stay here. I heard some one once say, “GOD CAN HEAL YOU EVERYWHERE YOU HURT,” and He has begun that process in my life and I will not be controlled by or defined by anything other than THE WORD OF GOD. God wants all us to experience His love and freedom, the joy and peace that can only come from walking with Him. SO if you don’t know Jesus Christ as YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR, you can. All you have to do is pray this simple prayer and you to can proclaim to the world YOU NOW KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

Heavenly Father I come to You now acknowledging that I need a Savior. I have tried to live this life in my own strength. I believe that You sent Your only son to die on the cross for my sins so I can be free and have eternal life. (JOHN 3:16) I am asking You to come into my heart, wipe the slate clean, and give me a fresh start as well as new perspective on the life You know give me, this I ask in JESUS NAME AMEN!

Posted Below is the link to the Tyler Perry post

http://www.facebook.com/#!/thetylerperry

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Face Value


Face Value

James 4:5-7

“Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?  But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” NIV

Face the facts. Sometimes it’s hard to face the truth about ourselves. We invest so much time in rationalizing our actions and portraying an image that we would like to be rather than what we truly are.  We live so much in deceit that even when we are faced with our reality we are unable to accept it at face value.

Day in and day out we live in the lies we have created to keep us from facing the truth about ourselves. Even when people confront us about how we act or the things we say or how we say things, the truth is not received.

We have such an embedded level of deception, it becomes our reality. We are not perfect, but we think we are. We think more highly of ourselves than we should. When all is said and done, none of us should have any stones to throw but we do it every day.

There is hope for us to breakdown the stronghold of these lies and live the life God intended for us to have.

After the death of Jesus, the book of Acts chapter 2 explains how Peter and the other disciples spoke to the crowd regarding the death of Jesus. Peter said, “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

The response from the people wasn’t; no we didn’t do that. The people didn’t “flip the script” and accuse the disciples and run down their list of wrong doings. The people didn’t just dismiss what was saidand walk away.

The people were open to dissolving the cloud of deceit they were under from the accusations made against Jesus prior to his death. The people truly took Peter’s words to heart. They asked Peter; what should we do?

Peter told them,

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off —for all whom the Lord our God will call.”40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

Three thousand people swallowed their pride, humbled themselves before God, and were baptized the same day because they knew it was time to take the death of Jesus at face value. The people were made right with God by accepting the truth at face value even though it hurt. To this day, we need to take the death of Jesus at face value. Jesus died for us. He laid down his life without even defending himself so that we could know him, know God, receive forgiveness of our sins, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. What a deal we get for being the sinners we are!!

Let this blog be a confirmation to you that it is time to take some things at face value. If you have heard someone tell you that what you are doing is not right or you need to change, that should be a sign to you. God is using these people to tell you about yourself as Peter did with the crowd of people.

There is hope for you to receive all that God has for you. In the sight of God, repentance signifies “surrender” toward Him. The fruit of surrender looks like this:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47

Claim your fruit today. Take Peter’s message to heart for yourself.

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What message has God spoken through other people around you that you have not yet received?

Are you afraid to believe what has been said to you or face what you need to change?

What is the root that is actually keeping you from having your surrendered moment with God?

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