When you discover your true identity transformation will happen

In order to fully understand our plan, our purpose, our intention, our influence and – our clout – we have to get to know the one who created us. To know yourself you have to know your Creator. – Jenni Catron CLOUT

 In case you’re just joining us, this month we’ve been talking about how we ‘Lose IT”.  We’ve been shedding off the excess sneaky pounds found in the baggage we carry that tends to show up on the scale.
Today, we’re looking at how we use the tools  we’ve learned through the Lose It challenge, to put our faith into action and simply allow the transformation to happen.
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“I can’t see what’s in front of me, still I will trust you. Lead me on!” – Steffany Gretzinger

Romans 12 says we are transformed (lasting change) by the renewing of our minds. And how many of you know that most of what we do, say, enjoy and become started as a tiny thought in our minds? The mind has an amazing power over our lives, it’s pivotal that we feed it, exercise it and detox it daily! The transformation happens, but it actively requires our effort of capturing our thoughts.
Dr. Caroline Leaf says change in your thinking is essential to detox the brain.
“Consciously controlling your thought life means not letting thoughts rampage through your mind. It means learning to engage interactively with every single thought that you have, and to analyze it before you decide either to accept or reject it. Once you know how you are made, you can know your purpose and fulfill your destiny. You are on your way to Becoming the Perfect YouYou are uniquely you and adding to your uniqueness is the expression of your uniqueness through your maleness and your femaleness.  God created you for uniqueness and for perfection. In fact the scriptures instruct us to become perfect as He is perfect (Matthew 5:48). Becoming the Perfect You is a lifelong walk – but – it begins with recognizing what it means to be made perfect: “I made them perfect BUT they choose to go down their own pathway” (Ecclesiastes 7:29). The way in which you think and choose is the road to becoming ThePerfectYou. We are thinking beings made in the image of a thinking God, Who is perfect and Who is Love. But we have to think and choose to follow God and His way of thinking. This is  free will. Einstein so accurately once said: “I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are details.”
God’s thoughts (especially concerning us) are so much higher than our thoughts and satan knows that, which is why he wants to keep us as far away from knowing that Truth. He knows that’s where the transformation begins. Oh THE DETAILS!!! Y’all the details.
Some people say the devil is in the details but honestly he’s not. If you think about it, he’s in the general statements, the “why did she look at me like that” looks, the “I wonder what they meant by that”, the “I wonder if”; he’s all up in those generic statements and suggestions and accusations and he tries to keep us from the details because he knows that if we dig up the details and the Truth, that we will find Jesus and every promise of God.

Philippians 4:8-9The Message (MSG)

8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Yesterday a friend shared a beautiful testimony on the way God answered some of her subtle prayers, not lofty words or eloquently reciting anything profound but by simply fixing her thoughts toward Him and He responded to the things she kept her mind fixed on.

 

He promises peace when our minds are fixed on Him.

 

He gives us instructions as to the things we should fix our minds on or “think on”; things that will benefit our lives, leaning towards His plan for us.

Ephesians 1:11-12The Message (MSG)

11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

 

Let the transformation happen: 

Knowing God and knowing God’s voice aren’t enough if they aren’t accompanied by obedience – Jenni Catron CLOUT

Jenni Catron unpacks a crisis we need to confront;  recognizing our identity & obey the instructions God gives us.

“It’s easy to get distracted by what God is doing through us and miss the unraveling inside us. Out of my passion to perform, measure up, to always succeed, to please everyone, and to achieve every dream, my soul was unraveling inside. I ignored the warning signs. I stuffed the evidence behind excuses. I insulated myself from honest conversation and convinced myself it was all in the name of doing what God had called me to do.”

Jenni warns us to sincerely listen to the instruction God gives us is Galatians 6:4-5; making a careful exploration of who we are and the work we’ve been given and recognize that this will be a process that God will guide you through helping us recognize our unique make-up; as Dr. Leaf suggested; this process will help us to uncover and discover our unique strengths, weaknesses and God-given influence. Things like external pressures, other’s expectations, society’s norms, and experience have a tremendous impact on who we become or feel pressured to become. She encourages us to remember that the experiences aren’t really the issue, but it’s what we choose to do with them.

“Hanging our worth on experiences is avoidable and we must resist doing that in order to obtain a true understanding of who we are. Don’t let what could be great become mediocre because you’re not doing the self-evaluation necessary to continue to grow”.

Leaning into the truth that “long before we heard of him, he had his eye on us“; let’s apply these scriptures and self-evaluation tools to live in our true identity and calling in Christ

  • He knows our names (Psalm 91:14)
  • He knows how many hairs are on your head (Luke 12:7)
  • He knows when we sit down, when we get up, our thoughts and our words before we speak them (Psalm 139)
  • Get rid of the comparison (Galatians 6:4-5)
  • Get rid of the mask and be honest with where you are. It’s simply identifying facts, but it’s not an absolute and it’s certainly not who you are nor is it the end of your story. (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Get rid of the scarcity mentality. The lie that says there’s not enough, your not enough and there’s no more room for your victory. Jesus said my grace is sufficient (all you need) My power works best in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

 

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.

Corrie Ten Boom

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