In the early mornings when I am between waking and sleeping I think of you in song. This morning like yesterday I was singing “tell me once again, who I am in you, who I am in you.”
Days ago, I was reading the book “Harbinger” by Jonathan Kahn. The book is written in fiction but it is repeatedly said that it is true. The story surrounds the idea that America is in judgment by God. The judgment started because we were once a nation that followed after God but has fallen away. The nation of Israel was destroyed for the same reasons and the verse Isaiah 9:10 “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone: the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.” These words were spoken in Washington and in New York as a hope message but they were actually a curse for America.
The book is in fictional form and done very well but the message is overwhelming. The evidence is thought provoking and I remember the President saying “We will rebuild”. It is a must read.
My question to God was what about the believers who live in America who are called by His name. I was reminded of what happen in Israel. Ezekiel 9:3b-6 Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had a writing kit at his side and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark…”
We who believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for us and have asked the Holy Spirit to live in us. We have the mark or seal of God’s ownership in us in the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:11-14)
In Proverbs 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck and write them on the tablet of your heart.
We can memorize and say we know this but our conscious has a different take on it. “Tell me once again, who I am in you, who I am in you.” We want to be reassured we will be taken care of.
“Who do you say I am, Lord?”
I heard a quiet response that said, “Daughter of a King.” We are the sons and daughters of the King.”(2Corinthians 6:18) I am a daughter of a King with privileges of meeting with my Father anytime of any day; and to supersede any other request. How awesome is that!
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. (Matthew 16:15, 16)
Jesus is the Son of the living God and I am the daughter of the Son of the living God. I am accepted, adopted, blessed, cherished, comforted, loved, healed, protected, royal priesthood, and saved. The list goes on and on in Christ Jesus.
If, we are the daughters’ and sons’ of the King; then, we need reflect who He is.
Do you see yourself as that daughter or son? Are we living a life in union with our Father or are we still set apart?
I know what it’s like to live with a wall of safety around your heart. To shut out the one who could heal and tear down that wall. I thought I would die if I open just a little up to the Lord. I was wrong I lived through it and growing stronger every day. The Holy Spirit is working in my heart and He is healing the parts of my heart on a day by day continual. I did not die physically but my flesh died a wonderful death and the only one present at that funeral was mortician and I. Kidding aside.
Sometimes, we need to choose our battles because life stinks. Life is hard enough out there on your own to walk away from open arms of a Father who truly loves you. He is running after you and nothing you say or do will ever turn Him away from you.
My Daddy Father is LOVE.
The best scripture that describes who I am in Christ is who my Father is:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1Corinthians 13:4-8a)
We are to grow into the likeness of the son of God. (Romans 8:29) We are to be embassador’s for the King. We are to be a light to a starving world.
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill that cannot be hidden. (Matthew 5:14)
Thank you, God for your son that died on the cross for me. Thank you for adopting me as your daughter so that I can call you Daddy. Thank you for your continual pouring out of your life in me. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who is alive in me and training me in the art of love.
I pray that we will grow continually into the likeness of Jesus Christ; so that, we will stand firm in all your will God mature and fully assured. In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen