Category Archives: Identity

IAM Clothed in Love

Colossians 3:14-15 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Ever had the dream when you wake up in school, and you forgot to wear clothes? As scary or humorous as that scenario might be, I believe many of us forget to leave the house with the clothing of love. God encourages us that above all, don’t forget your clothing! God asks us to put on his love as our clothing. Clothes keep us warm and protect us. God’s love works in the same way. God’s love fills us up then allows us to share his love with others. God’s outfit of Love matches with everything!

If I could put on love as a garment, I know exactly what type of outfit I would choose. The Velcro suit works for me! In order for me to stick to another person, I would have to wear the opposite Velcro material than my brother or sister. Our uniqueness in expression of God’s love binds us together.353-Family-Fun-Day11

In order for musical harmony to exist, we can’t sing the same melody. Your song and my song of love mesh together for a beautiful expression for the world to hear. The depth of God’s love that he has shown you forms a unique identity of expression in you. God wants to use your special expression of love for the world! The tighter the harmony the more powerful the song. Each singer has the skill to stay on their perfect part without comparing themselves to the other singers.

Let the peace of knowing your song and gifts rule in your heart.
Let God’s love for you and for others dominate your life.
Quiet down the turmoil of doubts and insecurities with God’s peace.
God wants a better me, confident in love. God wants the same for you.

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IAM Clothed in Love
IAM Filled with God’s Love
IAM Unique in my expression of Love
IAM Gifted to share God’s Love

The little drummer boy brought his gift for the king.  Share you gift of love with the world!

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Little Drummer Boy

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

IAM Created with a Design

EPHESIANS 4:24 NLT Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

God created you with a purpose and a design. God had blueprints for your mind, heart, personality, gifts and passions. The wonderful creator chose himself as the design. Our original purpose and destiny always started with God’s image.

Gods-Blueprint

Let’s make a list of all the amazing things the bible speaks about our God:
I found a list of scriptures and descriptions. The bible gives us 101 characters of God.
Some of my favorites from the list: Love, The Beginning and the End, Infinite, All powerful, Mighty to Save.

The ability and raw building blocks to transform into someone like God lives inside of you. God placed it inside of you from the beginning. You inherited God’s spiritual DNA! The list of 101 attributes of God seems overwhelming at first. I want to encourage you to start with a simple prayer and desire: “God, make me more like you.”

We don’t have to focus on all the things we haven’t experienced life transformation yet. Focus on where you want to go, and our God who get’s us there. Don’t allow the negative thoughts, doubts and lies to take over your thoughts. Do not allow thoughts of condemnation or guilt to take hold in your life. The distance between our current state and our glorified state seems daunting. Jesus bridges that gap for us.

 

The wonderful journey of taking on a new nature awaits you. Jesus lives inside of you. He makes a home in your heart. The Holy Spirit performs spiritual surgery inside of you. Today, ask God to make you better than you are in one small way. The new life you have inside of you allows you to love, care, minister and listen more. You may even surprise yourself with your new found nature.

Amazing journey

IAM Created with a Design
IAM Inhabited by Jesus
IAM Filled with the Holy Spirit
IAM Experiencing growth everyday
IAM on a Journey to transformation

Let’s worship and praise our wonderful maker!

Title: Wonderful Maker – Chris Tomlin Cover (Daniel Choo)
Owner: Daniel Choo

You spread out the skies over empty space
Said “let there be light”
Into a dark and formless world Your light
Was born

You spread out Your arms over empty hearts
Said “let there be light”
Into a dark and hopeless world Your Son
Was born

Pre-Chorus:
You made the world and saw that it was good
You sent Your only son for You are good

Chorus:
What a wonderful Maker
What a wonderful Saviour
How majestic Your whispers
And how humble Your love
With a strength like no other
And the heart of a Father
How majestic Your whispers
What a wonderful God

No eye has fully seen, how beautiful the cross
And we have only heard
The faintest whispers of how great You are

IAM An Earthen Vessel

2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

Friends, I don’t want anyone to put themselves down, and think that they are worthless. All of our worth comes from the light and great treasure that we have the wonderful privilege of having inside of us. Other translations of the verse say, we are earthen vessels. The stuff inside of us, is many times more valuable than the container itself.  True humility isn’t walking around saying, I am nothing, I am worthless.  True humility is living in God’s truth of who you are.  Living in proper understanding of how God see’s you and your is the place where we want to be.

Earthen vessels are clay jars that are fragile. God chooses us to fill with his light. That light is the greatest power in the world. The light of Christ is the only power and force that can save the heart of a man. The love of God that pours into us, is the only true love that can break through even the hardest of hearts.

Every jar is meant to hold something, then be poured out when the time comes. We aren’t meant to store up and never be shared with the world.

God has formed you with his hands. God has a special purpose for your life. Your unique personality, passion and skills were formed into you for a God’s plan. Then he has placed you in the kiln to cure you. I want to encourage some of you, that if you feel like God has turned up the heat in your life, ask God to give you patience to endure the process. The fire, heat and pressure of life is what is completing you. When you are tempted to ask, “Why me?”, try and ask God “For what purpose are you pressure treating me?”

It’s now your time to respond to God and say, use me, pour me out wherever you see fit. The treasure that God has placed inside of you, isn’t just for your benefit, it’s to be shared with the world. And just as the women broke the alabaster jar and anointed Jesus, we will be broken and poured out to do beautiful ministry for God’s Glory.

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Friend: Let’s proclaim the truth today!
IAM precious because the masterful creator formed me
IAM cured in the fires of life for a special purpose
IAM Filled with the Light of Christ
IAM Filled with the Great Treasure of God’s Love
IAM a vessel meant to be broken and poured out

IAM a New Creation

2 Corinthians 5:17-18 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him

If someone told you that you could hit the reset button on life. If you could go back to the carefree days of your youth, no bills, drama, aching bones, grey hair, would you believe them? The secret to going back and starting over is in Christ. Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.

I love the truth that this verse shouts to us today! Anyone! That’s pretty clear. There is no room for exceptions. Every person living on this earth applies! Do you belong to Christ? Have you given your life to him? Have you surrendered control to him? This is the hard part. The miracle of becoming a new person is to reset your identity as a belonging of Christ. We have to allow Jesus to become our master. Jesus wants to write his name on your heart, so that we know who we belong to.

The outcome of that choice that we make is this: The old life has gone, and a new life has begun. I want that! I want it right now! I don’t want to be the same person I was yesterday. I don’t want to have the same troubles and drama as last week. I want to be a new person.

This membership into the “belonging to Jesus” club can’t be purchased by you. It has already been bought. It’s a choice to accept and open the gift. We can’t earn it. There is only one requirement, the accept Jesus as your savior. God gave us this gift to bring us back to him.

There is only task we have, once we belong to Jesus. Our new life, new way of operating in this world, new mind, new spirit are all granted to us for one purpose: to reconcile as many people as possible to God. To help others pass from death to life. The benefits are great and we should rejoice in them. I hope there is a sense of relief when we are living in the joy and hope of the new life if Christ.

We have become a bridge to God.

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Let’s desire that same joy and hope for everyone else who does not have it. From the day of your new birth to your last breath, you have one purpose and calling. Get as many people to accept the wonderful gift of God to become a belonging of Christ. My skin may turn wrinkly, and all my hair may fall out or turn grey, but the new life inside of me is giving me power and passion to complete my one mission and task on this earth.

Let’s reset our lives and purpose today!
IAM a Possession of Christ
IAM a New Creation
IAM Living a New Life
IAM Given a Gift from God
IAM Called for One Task

IAM Persistent

LUKE 11:9-13 NLT “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?  Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not!  So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

Don’t give up.  When you want something bad enough, then the world is going to test you how bad you want it.  How many times have you ever knocked on someone’s door?  Would it change if you knew someone was inside and you could hear them?

Was it just a little phase in your life or is it a burning passion that defines who you are?keepon_1

Expectation is an important part of our identity and prayers. Expect that the prayers will be answered.  Expect that your visions and hopes will come to pass. Instead of asking once, not hearing anything and giving up after the first little road block.  Also expect that it is going to happen because we are speaking to a Good God.

 

God is ready, willing and powerful enough to grant what you are praying for.  God wants the best for you. God wants to grant you the power of his Spirit to live in power.

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Let’s speak out our identity today:

IAM Persistent

IAM Determined

IAM a Child of a Good God

IAM Given the Holy Spirit because I ask for it.

 

I want to encourage you to take the time to read all of Luke 11.

https://www.bible.com/bible/116/luk.11.nlt

Let the words roll over in your mind.  Ask God to give you hope, expectation, words to pray, and the spirit to keep on asking and seeking until the prayers are answered.

 

IAM Joyful

1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18 NLT Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

ROMANS 5:3-5 NLT We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Joyfulness is much different than just being happy for a momentary time.  Joy is deeper.  Joy is a state of character and being.  It defines you and it sustains you.  Being truly joyful doesn’t come from willpower or brute force.  It comes from a proper understanding of who we are praying to.  When you wake up in the morning, are you a person filled with hope and joy?

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Always be Joyful, and the follow up is always be in prayer.  When I was a kid, I thought prayer was me quietly sitting in church with my hands clasped being quiet.  Well there are times for solemn prayer.  Let’s make prayer simple:  It’s you speaking to God, and also listening to God.

During the day, I hear about people who need prayer, I don’t need to pull my car over and pray on the side of the road, I can pray in my spirit as I am driving.  Many people do prayer walks.  These prayer walks are not just us talking to God in a one way conversation.  There are many times, we are in silence waiting to receive direction and communication from God.  Many times, I ask God to show me how I can be thankful for a bad situation.  I need to take time to calm down, and ask God to give me his eyes and understanding.  Let prayer and communication with our wonderful Creator become a habit and a part of your character.

It takes to build up a character of Joy and Faith.  Prayer is the vehicle to get there.  Prayer develops your endurance and hope.  We cannot always outsource growth and depth in prayer to someone else, just like we can’t pay someone else to go to the gym and exercise for our physical benefit.  Ask God to help you grow into a prayer warrior.  Ask God to teach you how to be in prayer, thanking Him for everything. Then when the storms and drama pop up into our lives, we will have the character and hope to overcome them without losing faith or joy.

Our character and identity in Joyfulness then becomes rooted in a love relationship with our God who we have been communicating with on a daily basis.  God doesn’t let us down like people in this world!  As we build a relationship with our faithful God, remember that is our Father.  His character is faithfulness.  If you associate disappointment with your relatives or parents, you gotta let that go.  Don’t transfer that character to God the Father.

Transformation of your character can start today.  Take one step of faith today.

Be 100% confidence in these truths about your identity

IAM Loved by God

IAM able to communicate in prayer to God

IAM Hopeful in God’s faithfulness

IAM Thankful in all Things

IAM Continuously in Prayer

IAM many many degrees beyond happy!

IAM Always Joyful

That’s the fullness of life that God wants for you, so you can change the world!

 

 

IAM Forgiven Much

LUKE 7:47-50 NLT “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”  Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.” The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?” And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

I am not perfect by any means.  Far far far from it.  The joy and love that I feel when I think about the horrible things I have done and said, that have been forgiven is amazing.  I know that I have been forgiven much.  Because of that knowledge, I can only love others and my God with much love as well.

We have an opportunity to come to the savior, and fall on our knees and say, “God, I can’t do this on my own.   My own willpower is not enough!  Please forgive me, and give me strength to love you and honor you!”

God willingly forgives us and loves us.  I believe we also need to forgive ourselves.  Yes, there is a battle going on inside your heart and mind everyday.  We have won the victory already through Jesus, but we need to embrace that truth and power daily.

I want to encourage you to respond in love to God because of the amazing forgiveness we receive.  Also to respond in power because of your Faith in God has saved you.  Power & Love: both important for you daily victory!

 

I love what Jesus says to the woman: Go in peace.

Peace is having zero turmoil.  Zero unrest, zero doubts!

True peace is knowing, where you stand in Love.

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IAM Forgiven Much

IAM Clean

IAM Healed

IAM Loved Much

IAM at Peace

 

 

IAM a Work in Progress

PHILIPPIANS 1:6 NLT And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

We are still in the process. We have not arrived just yet. I want to encourage you first:  God started something GOOD inside of you.  When we think about what events in our life sparked the desire to change or grow, many times, we might think about some shocking events that might seem negative.  I look back and I think I might have done some things differently as a youngster, but those origins are what makes me today.  I hold to the truth that a Good, Great work was started inside of me in the beginning.  My birth was in greatness, and my life will continue in greatness.

More great news:  We didn’t just sign up for something, and that’s it!  We aren’t left to just twist in the wind, and fend for ourselves! We now continue to grow, improve, learn, change and transform everyday!  I am so impressed when I hear about people who make decisions to do amazing things, and the world tells them they are crazy.

When the world tells you that you are crazy , or that it’s impossible: great, you are on the right track! Don’t listen to the lies of the world: you are too old, not smart enough, the opponent is invincible.   Only stick to what you know. God started something in me, and I am going to keep moving towards that wonderful goal!

The beauty of life is that we have the amazing ability to continue to learn and grow.  We have the infinite capacity to learn.  We also have the capacity to grow in our heart for others.

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Don’t give up!

Don’t write off the world and think that society is not going to change

Don’t think: Who am I but one person, how can I make an impact

You can’t teach this old dog new tricks!

LIES!  All of them!

Today:  Think about the things that are left unfinished.  Are you supposed to leave them behind because they are unworthy of your life?  Or have you forgotten about who you really are, and you need to get back to it?  Don’t give up!  Stay the course!

I believe in you!

 

IAM Born in greatness

IAM Growing in Greatness everyday

IAM Constantly Transforming

IAM Improving Everyday

 

Enjoy this song, and let it work on your soul 🙂


Steve Green
He Who Began A Good Work

He who began a good work in you
He who began a good work in you
Will be faithful to complete it
He’ll be faithful to complete it
He who started the work
Will be faithful to complete it in you

If the struggle you’re facing
Is slowly replacing
Your hope with despair
Or the process is long
And you’re losing your song
In the night you can be sure
That the Lord has His hand on you
Safe and secure
He will never abandon you
You are His treasure
And He finds His pleasure in you

He who began a good work in you
He who began a good work in you
Will be faithful to complete it
He’ll be faithful to complete it
He who started the work
Will be faithful to complete it in you
If the struggle you’re facing
Is slowly replacing
Your hope with despair
Or the process is long
And you’re losing your song
In the night you can be sure
That the Lord has His hand on you
Safe and secure
He will never abandon you
You are His treasure
And He finds His pleasure in you

IAM Fruitful

LUKE 6:44-45 NLT A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.  A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

It’s pretty darn simple.  What’s inside of us, is what will come out of us.  If we don’t have love inside, we can’t be loving.  If we have only anger and hatred inside, that’s all we can offer in our relationships.
Good from good, and evil from evil.
You might be able to fake it for a while, but life has a way of turning up the pressure and heat.  The true internal reality will explode at the worst time, and usually all over the people you love!
I love the word that is used here:  Treasury in your heart.
Have you ever heard the phrase trash in trash out?  Well, I believe this verse also makes it clear, trash in, stays in.
So the other must apply:  Great in, great stays, and great grows, and great pours out from you.
Oil and water don’t mix right?
As you continue to put good things into your ears, eyes, mind and heart, the bad stuff will not have room to stay.
They best way to get rid of a bad habit:  Replace it with a good habit.
If all you have ever known is sarcasm, bitterness, hatred and anger, it’s rough.
But you are not ruined forever!
You can choose today to start putting in the good.
You are making that step right now
Make a commitment to read the word everyday
Be around positive happy people as much as possible
and if you really need a pick me up:  Youtube is the place for videos that will brighten your spirit
here are some of my favorites!

 

IAM Given a Gift

EPH 2:8-10 NLT God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Friends, the wonderful gift of salvation and life is the greatest gift that we could ever receive.  It’s there waiting for all of us.  We are the recipients of the gift.  The greatness is in the gift and the gift giver.  We did not deserve it or earn it, but God graciously gives it to us.  Today, I want to encourage you to keep a proper perspective.  Not to lower ourselves and consider ourselves worthless.  Because God loves us so much, and that fact of being loved by God makes our idenity powerful.  There is no boasting in being given a gift by the skin of our teeth.  I hope there is a feeling of gratitude and thankfulness for the amazing grace we have received.

God saw something and planned something amazing for your life, long long ago.  That the amazing story of redemption is being written now as we speak.  That amazing story is resulting in a masterpiece that God is forming everyday.  The masterpiece that God is making out of your life is not meant to be sitting on the wall of a museum behind security glass.  God had a plan for you to do good things with that masterpiece.

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Let’s put down God’s Plan
1. He gave us the gift salvation because He loved us.
2. That gift of salvation working in us makes us an amazing masterpiece
3. The story and power of redemption of your life transformation into a masterpiece is a good good work for others to see.  For you to testify with your life, the amazing grace God offers to all man.

That’s the generic version:  allow God to form you, and mold you into the masterpiece he sees for your life.
Be a living testimony that God’s amazing grace is a gift that everyone is worthy to receive.
Encourage others to grow in their self worth because of the value of the gift and gift giver
Let God give you his heart for a specific purpose, passion or calling.
Keep on being awesome because our God is awesome!

 IAM Saved by Grace

IAM worthy because of the gift that I was given
IAM a Masterpiece
IAM a New Creation in Christ Jesus
IAM to do Good works according to God’s Plan

I can’t find a youtube video of this song, but it’s powerful
Listening to You Opened Up My Eyes by Martyn Layzell #nowplaying http://grooveshark.com/s/You+Opened+Up+My+Eyes/4zDpia?src=5

Let’s celebrate the fact that we we were once dead, but now we’re alive!

Martyn Layzell : You Opened Up My Eyes

Not by words and not by deeds. But by grace we have been saved
And it is the gift of God, the faith we need
Not by strength and not by might. But with power from on high
So that we can only boast, boast in You

For once I was dead, now I’m alive. For freedom I’m set free
And in Your great love, life do I find. You opened up my eyes
Not with eloquence or fame. But with weakness and in shame
For the power of Your strength. Is then revealed
And the message of Your cross. Seemed such foolishness to some
But the mercy of Your grace is hidden there

What mercy, what mercy, what mercy beneath Your cross
Your mercy, Your mercy, Your mercy beneath Your cross