The “Closer” Challenge (Week One – Tuesday)

CLOSER Challenge

Week One – Tuesday

“Who God Says I Am”

“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” The words of this popular U2 song ring true for most of us at some point or another. We spend so much of our lives trying to find ourselves, and sadly, many will search their entire life never knowing the truth of who they really are. More often than not, it’s in the transitions of life we end up feeling lost. From loosing someone we love to our kids leaving home, these major changes can leave us struggling to make sense of our own lives. Most of the time this happens because we place our identity in people or things.

We look for love and acceptance from everywhere except the one who created us. We begin to model our lives after the opinions of others instead of allowing our heavenly Father to assign our worth. If we are going to hear God’s voice, then we must begin by knowing who we are in Him. We must accept the love, grace, and mercy He has lavished on us and know what it is to walk in freedom instead of condemnation.

We often fear what others think about us rather than what God thinks about us. The Word teaches us that the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We would be wise to focus less on the opinions of others, when it’s God who knows our heart. Isn’t it beautiful that God wants to know us, and more importantly, wants us to know Him. When we find our identity in Him, no matter where you find yourself in life, your identity will remain the same. In a culture that is confused about who we are, God has made it clear. We are sons and daughters. We can call Him Abba Father.

Today, as you read the daily scripture reading, take the time to hear God speaking to you. As we learn to hear His voice, find what it is God is speaking to you through these verses. Write down all of things God says about who you are. I’ll give you one from the first verse… You are not condemned. There are so many more and I encourage you to learn more about who you are in Christ.

Today’s Reading

Romans 8:1-39

Today’s Prayer

Father, forgive me for allowing my identity to be defined by anything other than you. Help me to live in the confidence of your love, grace, and mercy. Help me to see myself as you do so that I may see others through your Love. Thank you for your perfect Love. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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