Monday Prayers

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Father God,

We set our hearts to return to You

Although at times we feel torn to pieces

You will heal us

Although at times we feel injured

You will bind up our wounds

After two days You will revive us

On the third day You will restore us

That we may live in Your presence

May we acknowledge You always Lord

May we press on to acknowledge You

As surely as the sun rises

You will appear

You will come to us like the winter rains

Like the spring rains that water the Earth.

-Hosea 6 v 1-3

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Resting in Identity

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‘The insecure often fight for identity and mistake rights for responsibilities. The more secure we become, the easier it is to live out of our divine nature, the ultimate place of rest’. – Bill Johnson

I found myself fighting for identity recently, although the concept of ‘fighting’ for my own identity makes no sense when I think about it. My true identity cannot be stolen, distorted or disposed of. It remains with me as it is me, my identity is God given. So why the defensiveness? Why the fight?

The root of it all is we forget whose hands our identity rests in. Our identity is placed firmly in the hands of God and He graciously bestows that identity into our hands. It takes a huge amount of trust in God to believe that our identity never rests in the hands of others, no matter who they are, what they have achieved or their position in life.

In my own moment of identity insecurity and defensiveness, I felt judged. The way others spoke to and addressed me, the things they said, all seemed to assume I lacked experience and knowledge of things where the opposite was true. I faced a choice of either listing off my ‘cv’ of experience and knowledge, bowing down to pride in the process- or saying nothing, allowing myself to be humbled.

It was a battle, I spoke a little of the things I had experienced but felt pride rearing its obvious head, and I didn’t like it at all. So, I stopped and said nothing, feeling indignant on the inside.

Then, in a quiet moment I sensed the Holy Spirit nudging me with this gentle reminder:

‘As long as God knows who you are and you know who you are- that’s all that matters’.

It was so simple and so obvious, but I had allowed lies to cloud my thoughts and judgment. The release I experienced when I regained a hold on the truth was extremely liberating. I let my defences down and focused on the task at hand.

God knew what He had placed within me. He knew what I had experienced in life, He knew the things I had learned in the process, and He would utilise those things in me as and when He needed to and not a moment before.

It takes an act of humility to refuse to defend our identities, to rest in who we are.  But that is where we need to be, humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God. For He gives grace to the humble…and His grace is what we need.

Know Thyself

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‘Do you know
you’re a word from heaven?
Do you know
you’re a child of God?

Do you know?
Do you really know?

Sons and Daughters of
the Living God…
Sons and Daughters of
the Living God’

Jason Upton- Sons and Daughters

I remember the first time I heard this song by Jason Upton. It reverberated in my spirit and the lyrics seeped into my soul. I knew it was truth; it was speaking Gods truth into my innermost being.

Sons and daughters of the Living God…. It challenged me, did I really know? Did I live like a daughter of God? Did I treat myself like one? Speak as one?

And as the song says; each one of us is a word from heaven to someone. Our lives are living and breathing expressions of the word of God. Whether we realise it or not, we each carry a message from God with our lives.

We are walking miracles of the new covenant. Re-born on the inside, delivered from darkness into light, given beauty for ashes and filled with the Holy Spirit of God. We have unlimited access to Almighty God, the Creator of heaven and earth, grace lavished upon us and forgiveness freely given because of Christ.

We are pre-destined for glory, chosen and dearly loved. Aligned with the will of God, equipped with gifts. With renewed ears to hear and eyes to see- The veil has been lifted. We are part of the greatest people movement on earth, exposed to a love that defies comprehension and journeying towards an eternity in the new heaven and earth.

We are sons and daughters of the living God.

‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears to you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.’- Isaiah 60 v 1-3

We reflect the glory of God just by being who we are; being a son and a daughter. We must step into our family position, align ourselves with Him and represent the family name. The world is waiting.

I have observed those yet to know Christ, and a recurring objection is fear. Fear that they will lose who they fundamentally are.  Fear that accepting Christ and walking with God would dull their personality. They are rebelling against the notion of being reduced to carbon copies of the ideal ‘Christian’.

We can assure them there are no conveyor belts in the Kingdom of God. There is no heavenly cookie cutter poised and ready. No Christian identikit is applied after conversion.

My testimony is and always will be that God has made be become more ‘me’ than I’ve ever been.

Jesus makes us become who we truly are.

He brings out every nuance, shape and colour of our personality. He pulls out greatness from within the deepest parts of us. He reveals creative aspects of our personhood we would have never known or understood otherwise. He helps us become the best version of ourselves…His beloved sons and daughters.

We must know our true selves. Know that we are sons and daughters of the living God.

“This above all: to thine own self be true…”- Hamlet Act 1, scene 3