“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!

What we believe about God and what we actually experience are too often radically different realities. It’s easy 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? The preeminent evidence shown by those who know the Father is love. It’s the kind that prays for our enemies, not just those who love us in return. Love forgoes anger. Love extends undeserved mercy. It is an other-oriented lifestyle that cares about the poor. Is our faith making a difference? Are people encountering Jesus through our lives? We must move head knowledge into our heart impulses.

May I invite you to travel back to the moment you embraced Jesus, back to the time you were vulnerable and alone, and 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 a critical moment when a new identity arises within us; it’s not necessarily the right identity, as wrong voices are now shaping 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. We enslave ourselves to the worldly standards and gods who promise acceptance. So, we move through life seeking acceptance from others, deriving our significance from their perspective of us. We try every device known to humanity to find acceptance and avoid rejection in all the corners of the human experience–passionately seeking acceptance, love, significance and identity. You are precious to your Father. You don’t earn His approval. Sin is too intrinsic to our being. Jesus has made you completely right with God because of what happened on the cross, when He took all your sins and transferred to you all His perfection. We are now complete which means no need for further correction. Just as God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the garden of Eden, He desires to walk with you now. Any other perception of God or self is out of alignment.

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