Who Does God Say I Am?
My hubby loves to ask three questions that Jase Robertson of Duck Dynasty and the Unashamed podcast poses to people:
1. Where did you come from?
2. What is your purpose?
3. How will you leave this life? (Your physical body that takes up time, space, and matter).
We are inundated with false information regarding the answers to these three questions. Much of that false information is heap on us through negative comments and messages. If you are like me, you may struggle with replaying the negative comments and messages you have heard from others throughout your life. As I replay those false messages, I forget the correct answers to those three questions. But I am changing that in my life. I have determined it serves me no purpose to dwell on and replay the false messages, the lies that bring me to the wrong conclusions which leads me to behavior that separates me from Jesus. We are called to “forgive those who hurt us” (Matthew 6:14-15) and to “boast in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ – the world has been crucified to us and we have been to the world” (Galatians 6:14).
Once we decide to stop replaying the negative messages, we have to fill that void with who God says we are so we can be “transformed by the renewing of our mind so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and the perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2). How do we answer these three questions as believers in Christ: Where did we come from? God created us (Genesis 2:7). What is our purpose? Our purpose is to glorify God and have a relationship with Him and love others. How will we end this life? By living in eternity with Him.
I am amazed that the Lord loves us so much that He not only died and rose again for our sins, but that He tells us in Scripture how much He loves us and shows us our worth to Him. He shows us where we came from, our purpose, and how we will end this life. The following is not an all-inclusive list, but it should get you started! Each statement has been personalized using the first-person pronoun, which is how I take notes in church. When you read these verses, remember these statements belong to you as a believer, too! Speak Scripture to yourself; believe it; internalize it; absorb it into your heart, soul, and mind; and, live it! “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).
WOW! We have so much to praise the Lord for because He has given us so much!