Oct 20th, 2021
War: The Battle for Wholeness
By: Kelly Hill
1 minute read 

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (NIV)

Even if you’ve never been in an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting before, you’ve probably seen in movies the familiar opening line of, “Hi I’m _______ and I’m an alcoholic”. While there is power in admitting our sins in a safe community, it’s uncomfortable defining our identity in terms of our struggles. Not only is it uncomfortable, it’s not how God sees us.

God doesn’t look at us and see us for our struggles. He doesn’t see the scarlet letter we have given ourselves. He sees us for who we really are… sons and daughters of the King. His handiwork, His masterpiece.

Even the nicest things people have said about us in our lives aren’t the essence of who we are. Sometimes we even chase and try to hold onto those nice compliments because we want them so badly to tell us who we are. Maybe someone has labeled you the “fun guy”, “the nice girl”, or ”the life of the party”. Before we know it, we let these comments drive us. We believe the lie that we are who our friends say we are. But the truth is, you’re not what your friends think about you, you’re not defined by your job or role, and you aren’t defined by your past mistakes.

The truest thing about you and about me is that we are loved, valued, and chosen by God. That is where our identity lies in the core of our beings. And out of God’s goodness and grace we are called out of darkness and into the light, and for that we praise Him.

Choose a word that God says about you and write it somewhere where you will see it every day this week. (Examples: Forgiven, Free, Loved, Chosen, Special, Enough, Called.)

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