Imagine a beautiful baby princess who is stolen from birth and forced into slavery.
She grows up as a slave with no knowledge of her royal background and who she actually is. The king searches for years for his baby girl tirelessly but cannot find her and bring her home.
After thirty years, he finally locates and rescues his daughter. He is elated that he has found the one he loves most and is excited to be with her and restore her to the royal lineage.
Returned back to royal surroundings, she has a crown on her head, her clothes are beautiful with people now attending to her every need but, she still wakes up unconsciously preparing for a day of hard labor. Although she has all the benefits and surroundings of a queen, her mindset is still that of a slave. Often, this is the predicament of many Christian women even after we have accepted the Lord into our lives.
Although, we have been saved, our mindset is unchanged because we do not fully understand who we are and what has been given just for us.
When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, it erected a massive and untenable chasm between God and man. Even at that point of separation, God made a promise that he would reunite us to Him and He did that though Jesus.
When Jesus died on the cross, there was a Great Exchange, where He bore all of our sin, shame and wretchedness and in exchange, we received all of the beauty that is God, all the light, perfection, goodness, kindness and love.
Therefore all of our sin died with Him so we do not have to experience the shame and egret of the past or fear of the future.
However, many Christians have not truly received the full blessing of the Lord. We have not truly taken advantage of the grace that God has given us through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I do believe this pains our Heavenly Father.
How do you feel when you sacrifice all that you have for another and they treat your sacrifice carelessly or worse do not even acknowledge or use it?
As women who love the Lord, we should see it as our obligation and duty to live the abundant life God gave us.
I am not speaking of prosperity, although that can certainly be a blessing from God, I am speaking of freedom from spiritual bondage and of living in the fruit of the Spirit with love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, self-control.
I remember there was a time when I felt guilty for being too happy and surely something bad would happen next.
No! Not God’s will
So because of Jesus, who are we?
I am clean in God’s sight. I am honored and loved by Him. Isaiah 43:4
The blood of Christ saved you. This blood is of great worth and no amount of money can buy it. Christ was given as a lamb without sin and without spot. 1 Peter 1:19
God thinks I am beautiful. He sees no flaw in me Song of Songs 4:7
I am blessed by God and He surrounds me with favor as with a shield. Psalm 139:13-14
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them. Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand..Psalm 139:17-18
For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before Him. Ephesians 1:4
No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39
These are just a few characteristics of your identity through Jesus and there are countless others articulated in the Bible.
Sometimes, it can be hard to believe these things when everything indicates differently.
How do you overcome negativity with God’ss truths? With the Word of God.
I can honestly say when I first began reading the Bible, my thoughts did not change overnight. It happened gradually and it was those day by day tests of casting down negative thoughts, choosing to operate in faith, believing God’s words over my own negative thoughts.
I would prop certain Bible verses on the dash of my car and say them over and over to myself, my favorite was, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God, for those who come to Him must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
I still have to renew my mind consistently to fully live the abundant life. Consistency has been so important for me to maintain close relationship with God and actualize who He created me to be.
Determine a routine for renewing your mind about who you are in the sight of God.
When you hear something negative cast it down by saying, “Nope! God said I am chosen, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, I belong to God that I may declare the praises of Him who called me out of darkness into His wonderful light!”