I’m a daughter of the Most High, a wife, mom, sister, friend, and maybe some other descriptors to others. Today I need to remember who I am, or I’m likely to misbehave. Does anyone else get that? When I lose sight of who I really am (my Abba’s daughter), I tend to behave in ways that are unbecoming of a godly woman. So far today, I’ve succumbed to the peer pressure and circumstances more than I’d like, so I’m heading back to my roots, so to speak.
One of my favorite authors is Lysa TerKeurst, and I love one of her major points from Unglued: Remember who you are. Well, I’m a child of the King, and I’ve got a few hundred or so reasons to check my heart, mind, soul, and strength against the standard laid out in Scripture. Circumstances or the “supporting characters” in my everyday life may be unique, dynamic, or unstable. My strength may be long gone. I may have no clue what to do next. None of these things should determine my identity in the big picture. (Yes, I have to put up a reasonable fight for this one on a regular basis to keep it at the forefront of my mind.)
Surrounded by increasing pressures or challenging peers may describe my environment, but it doesn’t have to define me or my actions. Tired is sometimes what I am, but it’s not who I am. I may lack the wisdom to navigate some of the challenges well, honestly, but I don’t have to act rashly or inappropriately. Why? Because of who my Daddy is.
And because you are sons [and daughters]*, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” Galatians 4:6 HCS
Thank you, sweet Jesus, for being my Way back to my Father. Thank you for the gift of your Spirit, the Spirit who was crucified with you, resurrected, and now resides in me with great power. More than that, dear Spirit, you cry out to my Abba on my behalf. I’m thankful for all that grace granted to me, a daughter!
(Today is a good day to remember that!)
You’re not surprised there’s more, right? Remembering who I am as a daughter of the Most High has to have a real effect on my life. Certainly I should notice a difference, but those “supporting characters” in my life’s drama should notice, too. If they don’t, there’s something to address in me. I am charged with living a life that is countercultural, full of love and grace, and not a disgrace.
These verses are the ones that I was exploring this morning:
For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised. For in yet a very little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life. Hebrews 10:36-39 HCS
I love these words!
Oh, sweet Jesus, I need you! I am weak, and I’m struggling to do our Father’s will. Please strengthen me for the work, so I will be ready for your coming, and I will receive the promises (the Messiah’s shalom and eternal life). I live by faith in you, Jesus, through your righteousness. I don’t want to shrink back; I want to walk forward in faith. Amen.
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* The words “and daughters” added by the author.