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Thursday, September 27, 2012

WORDS: They Shape our Identity

What is your internal conversation?  What shapes your identity?  Who's words define who you are?

One's internal conversation is the story we tell ourselves about ourselves.  Its source can come from childhood, defining moments, great successes or failures.  The problem with this type of self-talk is that it is not always based on truth.



Truth can be defined as: the true or actual state of a matter.  The difficulty is that our internal conversation that are based on other's perspective, isolated circumstances/instances, or borrowed identities.  We compare and strive in order create our own identity. 

However, if our identity is based upon truth, what truth do we believe or embrace.  I would like to suggest that our truth originates with our Creator.  The reason:  you were created with a purpose.  And your purpose defines your identity.  

Therefore, the first step in discovering your identity is to come into right relationship with your Creator.  Without this reconciled relationship, we are trying to define what Someone else made.  It is our Creators words that shape our identity. 

The Apostle Paul & others in the Bible are words-smiths as they paint the picture of who and whose we are (our identity).  Below are a few examples as God shares His thoughts and view of you.  Each description is based on rightly relating to God through Christ.
As you begin to understand your identity and image according to your creator, you can begin to shape your words to match.  Building one's "Self-esteem" is not the answer.  Our value and worth is not defined by us or our accomplishments.  They are found in our identity!  

Begin to declare God's identity through Christ over your life.  Not only will it begin to change how you view yourself, but it will shift your perspective and direct your purpose.  God so valued you, that He gave the ultimate price for you... His Son, Jesus (John 3:16-18).

You see, it is not your "fingerprint" that defines your identity, but rather God's FINGER-PRINT upon your life that truly matters. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Power of Words

Your Words Determine Your Destination!

Really...?  Do our words hold that much power over our lives?  Do they chart our course, or just describe our journey?  Do our words lead us, or or are they sounds that flow from our lips?


Proverbs 18:20-21 reads,

20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
    with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.
(NIV)
 
Who would have thought our tongue can do so much?  If so, than it behooves us to spend some time examining our words, what they do, and where they can take us.  

Over the coming weeks, I will be sharing with you the results of a personal study in Scripture about our words and their results.  The catalyst for this study is a result of examining my own life, realizing my internal conversations, outward expressions, and need to adjusted.  For me, I am adjusting my words in alignment with God's Promises.  

Here's a sneak peak of the coming week on the blog:
  1. Shapes our Identity
  2. Reveals our Heart
  3. Determines our  Focus
  4. Leads our Steps
  5. Releases our Prosperity 
I hope you'll join me on this journey.  Together we will enjoy the fruit of our lips!