Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an unsavory situation — your behavior is less than ideal and you are wondering “What am I doing here? Who am I? This isn’t even me!” Or maybe you have reacted with an incredibly intense response to a situation that doesn’t normally elicit such emotion. Or maybe you are feeling stuck in a circle of circumstances.
When I am caught in a place that feels to me as if satan is walking around and poking me about my past or my present or my future I have to work hard to remember that I am not who he says I am. Why do I even give him the time of day? Why on earth would I let the father of lies tell me anything about me?
The better question is “Whose are you?”
I am God’s…a dearly loved child of God!
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. [Ephesians 2:4-10 NIV]
Every day (and sometimes every hour) it is important to revisit who God is and whose we truly are. So many other labels are thrown at us and we often even create our own. Of course, we sin but with His forgiveness those things do not need to define who we are. When we look to God for His protection, grace, mercy, provision, love, and forgiveness it defines whose we are.
I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen. [Luther’s Morning Prayer]
On the way,