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
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.