Monday, April 14, 2008

Remember Who You Are

From Weekly Devotional by Sylvia Gunter

A lot of days don't you feel like Simba in The Lion King? Simba's evil uncle (the enemy) has led him to believe that he's alone in the world, he has failed in such a way that he can never be forgiven, and he no longer has a purpose or identity. Simba believes that he has to live out his days in the jungle as a failure. One night as he sits next to a lake, he hears his father's voice say, 'Remember who you are.'

Suddenly Simba sees a reflection in the water of who he truly is, a strong, courageous lion who is the rightful heir to the kingdom. He receives his true identity and takes off to fulfill his destiny of restoring life to the kingdom.

Our loving Father gave us hundreds of Scriptures of who we are in Christ. Over and over he is saying through the Word, 'Remember who you are. You are a reflection of me.' Take some time to gaze into the Living Water and see the reflection of who you are.

You are Abba's child.
Gal. 4:6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, 'Abba, Father.'
He is Abba, Father.
Rom. 8:15 You received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.'

You are on the winning side.
Col. 2:15 Having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
He is the victorious warrior.
Exo. 15:3 The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.

You are crowned with love and compassion.
Psalm 103:4 ... who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion...
He is a glorious crown.
Isa. 28:5 The Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown.

You are rich in his grace.
2 Cor. 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor...
He is God of all grace.
1 Peter 5:10 The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ... will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

You are free from condemnation.

Rom. 8:1 There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus...
Jesus is the friend of sinners.
Mat. 11:19 The Son of Man [is] a friend of tax collectors and 'sinners.'

You are heard.
Is. 65:24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
He is God who hears.
Ex. 22:27 When he cries out to me, I will hear...

You are seen by God.
Ps. 33:13-14 The LORD looks... he sees all the sons of men. He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth.
He is God who sees (Elroi).
Gen. 16:13 You are the God who sees me...

You are prayed for.
John 17:20 My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,
He is your intercessor.
Heb. 7:25 He always lives to intercede for them

You are filled with joy.
John 17:13 ... that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
He heals the brokenhearted.
Ps. 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Your hope is fixed.
Rom. 15:4,13 ... so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Jesus is your hope.
1 Tim. 1:1 ... of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope...

You are satisfied.
Isa. 58:11 The Lord ... will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land.
He is satisfaction.
Ps. 107:9 He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

You are not afraid.

Ps. 27:1 The LORD is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?
The LORD is your light and your salvation.
Ps. 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?

You have authority to overcome.

Luke 10:19 I have given you authority to ... overcome all the power of the enemy.
He has all authority.
Matt. 28:18 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

You are a tree planted by streams of water.
Jer. 17:8 He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
He is the Living Water.
John 7:37-39 Whoever believes in me... streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit...

Remember who you are ...

because of who your Father is!

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