Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Who Do You Want To Be?

Submitted by Lara Cook
Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?  Romans 6:16

It’s Halloween.  Today, millions of people, old and young, will be dressing up in costumes, and many of those costumes are an extension of something we really wish we could be.  We sometimes use the excuse of Halloween to let our wild side show.  We dress up like pirates, rock stars and super heroes.  It’s sometimes fun to pretend to be something we are not, but it’s also a horrible trap we can fall into when we allow sin in our lives to make us something we don’t want to be.  Satan lies in wait and he loves it when we step into roles that God never intended for us to assume. 
It is so easy to allow ourselves to be taken to a place that changes us completely.  It may be our choice that takes us there, but before we know it, we look in the mirror and we don’t know who we are anymore.  We don’t recognize the face we see. When you don’t like who you are, and look at all you are involved in and realize that you wouldn’t want to ever be that person, it is time for change.  Sin makes us into people we don’t like, doing things we would never want to do.  Why live with that weight on your heart? 
Satan is the great deceiver and the father of lies.  He wants us to forget who we are in Christ. He whispers hopelessness in our ears – unworthy, sinful, underserving, stained, unfit, and so much more.  He wants us to permanently wear the costume of unworthiness, believing we are never again deserving to don the crown of grace we deserve in Christ.  This costume we are wearing is not who we are or who we want to be.  When we peel off the mask and begin to peel away the layers, underneath we find our true identity – who we are in Christ.  We are sons and daughters of our Father, the King of Kings.  We are princes and princesses.  This eternal costume of our identity is permanently etched on our being.
Who are you?  Who do you want to be?  Important questions.  Remember who you are in Christ.  If you have lost your way, if you have forgotten who you are or you have become someone you don’t want to be, He will restore you.  He has not forgotten who you are. 

Scripture to Claim:

For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. … What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?
Romans 7:19,24

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