Who Do You Think You Are

From Battle to Battle
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From Battle to Battle

Dark vs. light. Good vs. Evil. Lies vs. Truth. Why do I always feel like I’m in a battle? Fighting for what is right, or just, or holy?

There was a time in my life when I felt like the lies I believed about myself were given a megaphone to shout at me with and the truth that could set me free was no louder than a whisper in my ear. I so desired to live in the beauty of God’s truth, but the shackles of lies were too strong to break.

When We Listen to the Whispers
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When We Listen to the Whispers

Many whispers my heart can roll her eyes at, as if to say, “Please, child, quit pulling my leg.” You need to be a size six. Whatever, not even tempting, I enjoy food and fellowship around food too much and I’m not overweight. You’re not as good as she is, or he is, or they are. Hello, of course I’m not, and so what? I’m good at other things. If people knew X or Y about you, they’d be so disappointed.

When Grace Is For Everyone Else But You
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When Grace Is For Everyone Else But You

I have struggled with the lie of grace avoidance. It’s a lie that says I am beyond God’s grace. And it’s an odd struggle in some ways, because from an early age, I could recite the passage in Ephesians 2:8 that says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” But I was missing the heart behind this truth.

How Imperfect Women Can Battle Perfectionism
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How Imperfect Women Can Battle Perfectionism

Escalating thoughts, replaying conversations over and over again in my head, ruminating on others and their opinions of me, and desperately wanting to be seen for what I do. The performance trap haunted me for a very long time and lead to emotional and spiritual exhaustion. I thought I was seeking godliness, when in reality I was trying to be perfect.

What God Says About Your Shameful Past
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What God Says About Your Shameful Past

The sin of my past was loud. It wasn’t subtle or private, it was out in the open and obvious. I still feel like I can hear it when I walk down the street. So much of my identity today seems to be wrapped up in my past, who I once was and what I once did.

Guilt and shame seem to reign in my life more than grace and forgiveness. I see myself so clearly in my shortcomings that it distorts my whole perspective for who I truly am.

Who Do You Think You Are?
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Who Do You Think You Are?

We all think we’re someone we’re not. In Christ, we are called holy and blameless, rescued and forgiven, chosen and loved. We are a part of a royal priesthood, adopted as sons and daughters of the God Most High. His labels for us give us a new identity, new meaning, and new life. We are transferred out of the domain of darkness into the kingdom of His beloved son (Col. 1:14). We walk in the light as He is in the light (1 Jn 1:7), and when we do so, we no longer live as we once were, we can live according to who we truly are.

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