12.19.2012

who He says I am

i've been working through Beth Moore's study on the book of James, called "Mercy Triumphs". this is my first time doing one of her studies and i've really enjoyed it. i like working through a book of the bible, answering questions and actually thinking about a passage, instead of just reading it and moving on. if you're in the market for a good study, i'd definitely recommend this one. it can be done individually or with a group.

anyway, as i was working through a day in week four, i came across something that really stood out to me. there was a list of things that we, as christians, can place our faith in. and one of them was this:

i believe that i am who He says i am 
and not the numbing sum of Satan's accusations

something about it just struck me. the truth that i am who my Creator made me to be, not what the world or my own self-doubt or insecurities tell me i am. i feel pretty confident in saying that we all have our share of things that we maybe don't particularly love about ourselves, whether it's physically or personality-wise. and, honestly, we'll probably always have them. but, hear me on this, they do not define who we are or how God sees us.  when God looks at you and me, He sees his creation. something that He made with a distinct and perfect purpose, a plan, a story to be told. He didn't make a mistake when He made you. in fact, He made you with precise detail, even down to the number of hairs on your head (matthew 10:30).

there will always be a lie to believe. an insecurity to blame. a list of things that we wish we could change about ourselves.

and there will always be the Truth that God created you with a purpose, for a reason. He made you and He loves you, wants you, pursues you, longs for you. He looks at you and sees His creation and everything beautiful about it. and He wants you to see that, too.

40 comments:

  1. I really needed this. Too often we let "the sum of Satan's accusations" define who we are when we really should think about who He says we are. Thank you for sharing :)

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  2. Thank you, Lauren. The timing of this is amazing. I REALLY need to hear this! Denise

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  3. Love this Lauren. This study is one of Beth Moore's that I haven't done yet. I think
    I'll pick it up.

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  4. Such a comforting message. It's so easy to get caught up in this world and forget that we are wonderfully made.

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  5. Awesome post today Lauren! Definitely going to pick this book up!

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  6. Thanks for the precious reminder, Lauren :) There's nothing like the comfort of God's Word.

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  7. I love this. We all need that reminder, no matter what age we are. Beth's study, Believing God, focuses on this a great deal. Great study!

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  8. my bible study group is starting this one just after the new year, and i'm REALLY excited about it. we/i've done a few beth moore studies before, and i've grown so much through all of them (i highly recommend the fruit of the spirit study, especially).

    "i believe that i am who He says i am"

    this is the kind of thing we have to speak even when we're having trouble believing it. i often find myself saying something similar out loud at different times during the day because it's SO EASY to allow satan to define me. thanks for the reminder :)

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  9. I needed to hear this this morning, right this moment. Thank you for taking the time to be used by God.

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  10. I love this! Thank you for encouraging words to start today off right :)

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  11. I think we all need to hear these encouraging words. Thanks for reminding us this morning!

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  12. WHEW that one hit home!
    Thank you for that reminder!!!

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  13. Love this Lauren, thank you for sharing!

    I've been looking for a devotional, think I'll try this one. =)

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  14. Love this! I've done several of Beth Moore's studies. I've yet to find one that I don't like. She does such a REAL study!

    Thank you for this reminder! I'm trying not to let my anxiety (my biggest crutch) define me. Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  16. This is so encouraging! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  17. I love this. I forget this most days, so it's nice to have a gentle reminder every now and then. Thank you for what you do - you can't know how many people you affect with just writing something as simple as this!

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  18. Thanks for sharing! Our pastor said pretty much the same thing this past Sunday, and I think it's something we often forget.
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  19. Thank you for this post. I read your blog daily and this post really resonated with my walk with God.

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  20. Thank you! I just recently started reading your blog and now I know I will continue reading for many more days to come because I see God working in your life. This is a blessing to know and witness. Too often I read blogs created by young women that never mention God or take the time to give Him glory or share the work He is doing in their lives. This is disappointing. However, your blog is just the opposite and it is so refreshing! I encourage you to continue sharing the wonderful work He is accomplishing within you. The blessings you receive are for you to share...you are doing this already and it is a magnificent blessing! Thanks again! Much love!!

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  21. I love Beth Moore, all her studies are AWESOME!

    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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  22. Thank you Lauren. Thank you for sharing God's truth with us and thank you for inspiring me to do the same through my own blog.

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  23. Thank you for sharing your words of encouragement!

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  24. i'm a huge beth moore fan! i definitely need to check out that study. what a beautiful post!

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  25. Psalm 139:14 "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."
    :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/

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  26. Thank you for sharing this! It's good to turn this around a bit and remember that about other people too. Even if they have little quirks we don't like, they are still of infinite value to God, and we should treat them as such. Thanks for the reminder!

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  27. This made me cry! Thank you! I needed to hear this...

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  28. Hi lauren,

    My first post on your blog. We did Beth Moore's study on James this fall at WBC....it was incredible!!! I think we have done every study Beth Moore has ever written at WBC and her studies are ones I keep and look back on. I'll have to check out "Mercy Triumphs". I too appreciate how God continually pursues us.

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  29. I love Beth Moore, and speaking of insecurities, she has a great book out called "So Long Insecurity, You've Been a Bad Friend to Us". It really makes you think about the root of our insecurities and rediscovering the dignity He intended for us to live with.

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  30. I am loving these types of posts from you! Thanks for sharing your faith through your blog :)

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  31. Preach! I love Beth's studies. I am slowly working my way through her Paul book. Good stuff. It's nice to be able to go back to THE BOOK and see who we really are! Nice to meet you:)

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  32. Thank you for posting this. I love Beth Moore, and I love that you shared a post like this. :-)

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  33. Love it. And love Gods timing. Thx for sharing!

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  34. This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing this wonderful message!
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  35. Hey Lauren! I am new to the blogging world, but I have just started a new post series where you commit to memorize a different Bible verse each week. I would love it if you would link up!
    -Audrey
    http://janeoftrades-ajl2870.blogspot.com/2013/01/commit-to-memorize-scripture.html

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do it. i dare you.