My Father takes my hand and says, “Dear Child, don’t you know that I have named you? You are “mine”? I purchased you with the blood sacrifice of my only son! My Father speaks to me “You are accepted in the Beloved!” “You are chosen and My peculiar treasure!
In Max Lucado’s ‘Grace More Than We Deserve, More Than We Could Imagine‘ I read “You are not loved because you are valuable. Because you are loved, you are valuable.”
Now is the time for me to see myself as my Father sees me.
My Father speaks to me through others…. I am part of a wonderful online Bible study of Ruth. One of the ladies posted a comment about herself and how the study brought it to her mind. My Father used it to show me something I needed to know about myself.
In the book of Ruth, chapter 1 verses 19-22 we see Naomi and Ruth arriving in Bethlehem. Naomi doesn’t want to be called by her name but by the name “Mara”. She is blaming God for all her afflictions and is very bitter.
The lady in my group shared that she sometimes names herself by her circumstances and lies of the enemy. Wow how this jumped out at me. I know I have done the same thing.
Our other Scripture Ephesians 4:30-32 calls me to put away bitterness and be compassionate forgiving of others. I saw that this also pertained to me. I am to see myself through God’s eyes and that the putting away of bitterness of being forgiving applies to me and how I treat myself. What an eye-opener.
My Father speaks to me and calls me His beloved.
I love reading the paradoxes of our faith… our relationship with God. People outside the faith just don’t and can’t understand…. spiritually discerned. I don’t mind walking in the dark because the dark is light to HIM. I learn more in the hard places and grow in intimacy with Him… He speaks to me there.