I’m excited to introduce you to my friend, Sharon Jaynes. I’ve asked my sister from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) to share truths with us regarding the disparity between how we see ourselves and owning our true value, our identity in Christ.
Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of the post.
Do you remember the day you came to saving faith?
Perhaps you’re still considering a relationship with Jesus.
Or perhaps you can’t even remember a time when you didn’t know Him.
For me, it was on a summer night when I was fourteen years old.
When I think about how God brought me out of a home filled with alcohol, rage, and hostility into this wonderful relationship with Jesus, I’m amazed. The sheer wonder of it stokes my passion for Jesus and gratitude to God every time I tell it.
But here’s what you need to know. Just because I became a Christian when I was fourteen, does not mean that my feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy went away. I was still a girl who felt worthlessness. When I made the decision to believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, those feelings did not dissolve like springtime snow.I didn’t even know those chains were there. I simply knew that something wasn’t quite right.
I was being held hostage by my self-perceived deficiencies and didn’t even know it.I was being held hostage by my self-perceived deficiencies and didn’t even know it. Click To Tweet
After the initial excitement of making a commitment to Christ settled down a bit, I actually felt a little worse about myself.
I’d added a new “I’m not good enough” to the list of my inadequacies. I’m not a good enough Christian, I decided. I can’t memorize Scripture like other people or pray like other Christians. I keep struggling with the same old insecurities. I know God loves me, but I don’t think He likes me very much. Why should He? I don’t like me much either.I know God loves me, but I don’t think He likes me very much. Click To Tweet
The problem was, as the song says, I was stuck on a feelin’. I walked through life prodded by my emotions rather than led by the Truth.
Through the years, I learned to compensate for my insecurities and self-perceived inadequacies. However, if you had seen me as a teenager—my achievements and accomplishments—you would have never known that I felt that way about myself.
Even though I had the borders of the puzzle in place with the promise of heaven, I felt like I was missing key pieces to complete the picture.
From the time I was fourteen until I was in my early thirties, I always felt like there was something wrong with me spiritually. I had an uneasiness—like I had walked into a movie twenty minutes late, trying to figure out what was going on.
I wondered why I struggled to live the victorious Christian life. By my mid-thirties, I had a wonderful husband, an amazing son, and a happy home life. I attended Bible studies and even taught a few. But in my heart, I knew something wasn’t quite right. Have you ever felt that way?
I was stuck in my spiritual growth and the harder I spun my wheels, the deeper they sank in the muck and mire of the land of in-between—saved from slavery of Egypt but never quite making it to the Promised Land. Then God brought another woman into my life to shimmy the plank of truth under my tires and help me get on my way.
God wants to show you truths about your true identity, His timeless sufficiency, and your pre-ordained destiny that flesh and blood cannot reveal.God wants to show you truths about your true identity, His timeless sufficiency, and your pre-ordained destiny that flesh and blood cannot reveal. Click To Tweet
He sits by the well waiting for you to show up—to dip down deep and pour out the affirmation you’re thirsting for—affirmations that call you to let go of the hindrances that hold you hostage, take hold of the promises that set you free, and live bold with that faith you’ve always longed for.
He’s looking for women and men who are not only willing but hungrily yearning to step outside of the quiet, settled, predictable faith and into the boldly believing, courageously confident, and miraculously powerful adventurous faith. Those who will take hold of what they’ve already got—of what Jesus has already taken hold of for them.
• You are chosen. (Ephesians 1:4)
• You are dearly loved. (Psalm 100:5)
• You are holy. (Ephesians 1:4)
• You are reconciled through Christ’s life. (2 Corinthians 5:18)
• You are justified by Christ’s blood. (1 Corinthians 6:11)
• You are free from condemnation through Christ’s death. (Romans 8:1)
• You have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
• You can do all things through Christ. (Philippians 4:13)
Today, take hold of these truths and allow God to transform your mind.
You are not meant to simply hang on by the skin of your teeth until Jesus comes or calls you home. You are meant to let go of the past, move forward in the present, and live bold!You are meant to let go of the past, move forward in the present, and live bold! Click To Tweet
If you’re ready to believe you are who God says you are, leave a comment and say “I’m ready.”
Mona here: Amen and amen, Sharon! Thank you.
Today’s post was adapted from Sharon’s book, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let go. Move forward. Live bold.
It’s time for a GIVEAWAY on Facebook!
Congratulations to Linda, Annie, and Corrine who each won one of Sharon’s My True Identity in Christ Prayer Cards. Laminated, two-sided, and full of Scriptural affirmations.