Are You Accepting Atrocious and Unacceptable Gifts This Christmas?

Are you accepting atrocious and unacceptable gifts this Christmas?
When a phrase or message gets repeated often enough, whether we are conscious of it or not, it becomes a life message. When those messages come from authority figures like our parents or from other family members, friends, co-workers, what have you, if repeated often enough or with enough force, they tend to stick. Whether messages are spoken or are simply actions, they can make an impression that shapes your life. These are atrocious and unacceptable gifts from others that we unwittingly but willingly take on. 
I am willing to bet that for more than a few of us we have lived with at least some of the following thoughts and feelings. 

• There is no where to turn

• I am not safe

• I know it is not my fault but if I can’t fix it I feel guilty

• I have no security

• I feel alone, abandoned, slapped in the face, belittled

• I am unimportant, inadequate, not enough, less than nothing

• I feel so guilty, everything is my fault

• I am scared, I am a basket case

• I am manipulated, degraded, and undeserving

• I am feeling deserted, beat up, hit on every side

• I am incredibly pressed, misunderstood, isolated

• I am empty, confused and full of fear
Let these REALITIES soak in awhile. When we go to others to shape our life messages, the above is what we get and how we live. 
There is a better way. God has messages about who you are. 

• God loves you unconditionally. 1 John 4:7-10, you will find an unconditional love like God’s no where else. 

• God sees you as worthy and having great significance. Hebrews 13:5 and John 3:16. No matter what your feelings on your worthiness, God has a different view and He wants you to enjoy it and live in His freedom. Your parents, in laws, co-workers etc. do not have the final say on who you really are, God does.

• God has given you a weapon to help you with whatever it is you are walking through, the Holy Spirit, Acts 1:8. 

• You have been given the mind of Christ. Phil 3:5

• You have been given strength from Christ. Phil 4:13 and John 10:10. With strength from Jesus, you need nothing else. 

• God loves you not because you are good but because He is good. Man’s approval is not requested, required or relevant. 

• You are beautiful, unique, loved, special, cared for, lovely, precious, FORGIVEN, protected, empowered, CHOSEN, YOU ARE GOD’S FAMILY. 

When you are in Christ you are:

• Righteous

• Holy

• Acceptable

• Perfect (yes perfect)

• Blameless ( don’t listen to you brother or sister! LOL)

• Worthy

• Loved

• Cherished

When was the last time you felt even one of those things, let alone all of them. Well let me tell you. They are yours for the taking. You can do all things through Christ and all things do work together for God’s good. Are you willing to surrender yourself to God and accept the gifts He is offering you this Christmas (or any time)?

The Perfect Job

The Perfect Job

Imagine interviewing for a job with a leader who hand-picked you and gave you a chance for who you are not in spite of who you are or worse who the community or your enemies say you are. This leader will give you great and valuable promises of your time with the company if you decide to take the job. This leader promises to always be available to you, no matter what and would never abandon you because he will look at you as part of his family. You potential leader promises you will become more and more secure in your position with this company because he will share all he has with you in a consistent and devoted manner. You are promised you can be absolutely certain that when you need wisdom you can ask and you will receive it because this leader makes sure you have a direct line of access to him. He guarantees the granddaddy of open door policies.

It is promised that you can be certain that when you make mistakes, understanding and compassion will be guaranteed and will not brought up again, as long as you recognize and humbly admit your misstep. This leader will constantly remind you that he is in this game with you, side by side, working toward the common goal.   He knows that you are no longer the person you were and he sees the new creation you will become.  Your leader vows uncompromising trust and will give you the honor of carrying on the company message. This is guaranteed because the leader promises to bestow you with the tools you need to do so. He knows that you can deliver the message with love and self-discipline because he will personally and powerfully teach you the right way. This one of a kind leader promises you will become as one with him and you and he will work side by side to obtain the company goals. He will help you to do whatever it is he is asking of you. You are promised the job is yours for eternity, there will be no lay-offs, or pay cuts. You are promised a solid and certain future once you accept the job.

Indeed, a dream job. A job with all the support, education and perks you could ever want.  A job that you cannot afford to pass up because it will change your life.

Replace the words your leader with God. This is what we are promised as heirs of Christ. This is (in part) who we are in Christ. I took these promises from the scripture list I posted yesterday just because I wanted to apply it to my life in a way that I could easily connect with. It makes me smile.


……………………and so I ride