“You who have been borne by Me from birth and have been carried from the womb; even to your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you” (Isaiah 46: 3-4).

It is essential we start to see ourselves correctly, which first means letting go of the old scripts and incorrect definitions that have been spoken over us or we whisper to ourselves. Second, this entails embracing who our Father is and how He see us! It’s easier to have a relationship with our thoughts and theological beliefs about God than with Him. How often do we think and say we believe in Jesus and then are anxious about tomorrow or cringe with fear in the midst of a crisis?

I invite you to travel back to the moment you embraced Jesus, back to the time you were vulnerable and alone; it was just you with a problem and you needed God. Let’s shift back to the moment when you were rejected, humiliated, abandoned, double-crossed, lonely, starving for intimacy. Suddenly, we seek legitimacy and value. This is the critical moment when a new identity arises within us; it’s not necessarily the right identity, as wrong voices often shape who we are. We try to interpret and escape from these moments; we try to make sense of the world we find ourselves in. We pursue how life could and should be, enslaving ourselves to worldly standards. So, we move through life seeking acceptance from others, deriving our significance from their perspective of us. We try every device known to humanity, passionately seeking acceptance, love, significance and identity.

Yet, we are precious to our Father. We don’t earn His approval. Jesus made us completely right with God because of what happened on the cross, when He took all our sins and transferred to us all His perfection. We are now complete.

Adapted from “The Forgotten Way” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis