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Thursday
Jan102013

Not Created To Be A Victim  

It’s time to quit living as a victim and to become the leader we were created to be.

This morning I was meeting with Pastor Dan who oversees Casa De Luz.  He was sharing with me a powerful story, which ended with how the Lord spoke to him in the middle of the night, and said, “Dan, quit seeing yourself as a victim and be the warrior I created you to be.”

So often we allow our past hurts, broken relationships, failures, circumstances, and insecurities (as Shane taught on last Sunday) define us.  We allow fear, anxiety and self-pity to justify holding us back. (The woman’s retreat coming next fall will be about living in courage)

If you are a follower of Christ, your identity is not defined by your limitations.  You are designed to make a difference in this world.  Joy and abundant living are His plan for the core of who you are. 

If you are a leader, you were not designed to lead from empty.  When we are in sync with what God is up to, we begin to operate out of the overflow.

Our lives are to be “a demonstration of the Spirit’s Power” (1 Corinthians 2:4 – Shane taught on this in staff meeting).  As a follower of Christ, my identity is in Christ.  When we live within our created intent, rather than self-pity, we begin to participate in transforming the world in the way God called us to.

For me in my life, my identity is in Christ.  If you are a follower of Christ, to build your identity as a victim, as one with limits or fear of defeat – you communicate more about your belief in Christ then you do about anything else.

If your self-pity and insecurities have you bound up: stop.  That is not who you are.  Your identity is in Christ, who is waiting on your belief in Him to be used to bring transformation into this world. 

Stop living as a victim, live as an expression of faith, where your identity is found in whom God created you to be.

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