What is Your New Name in Christ?

And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you. - Galatians 3:29

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S low
H elpless
E ver a burden
L imited
L azy
Y earning

I always thought it was so much fun in school to do acrostics like this. I loved anything having to do with poetry, and these were so fun. We could write one for a friend or a boy we liked or our parents, and put in any words we could think of that started with the letters. We would make them to fit how we felt about that person.

I have some acrostics that friends of mine did for me long, long ago, still safe and sound in my keepsake box. They meant that much to me, these words of my friends that represent their feelings toward me.

The funny thing about an acrostic is that you could write one for the same person each and every month for a year, and get a different result each time! Twelve different acrostics for the same person! This is because the words we choose change with our moods or our relationship.

But the acrostic that God would write for me would look the same, 12 months a year, 365 days a year. Doesn't matter how many times He writes it, it would look the same every time. Unchanging love does that.

I challenge you today to write your own acrostics. You'll need to make two. On the first, be brutally honest about your self-image, as I did above. On the second, pray and ask God to help you see His words for you. Then compare the two. I promise you the second one you write will be the Truth.

S aved
H opeful
E nough
L oving
L ovable
Y ielding

Unchanging love, unfailing pride, never-ending promise.... that's what He feels toward you. Frame your new “name” in Christ, memorize it, repeat it to yourself every day until you are certain of it.

Welcome to the truth. 

 

Dear God, help us to see ourselves as You see us. Help us to help others to see themselves in that same way! Thank You for Your undeserved love. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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Pain Relief

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead... - Philippians 3:13

During childbirth with my first son, I learned a very valuable technique for keeping as calm as possible in a painful situation. It actually even helped the pain to feel less intense. Now I will say, this was childbirth, people, it hurt. And at some point even this technique was useless, but I was surprised with how far it got me!

I was thinking about that the other day, in conjunction with another constant problem I have, which is letting go of my old life and abilities. Yes, again. Life is like that, isn't it? We continually have to beat down the same old demons.

The technique I used was something I read (don't remember where) that if you keep your face smooth and your hands loose, it will help the pain and will help you be able to stay calm for longer. This is a perfect technique for someone with a problem letting go, isn't it??

Here I sit, dreams tightly grasped in my fists, white-knuckling it through the pain of the birth of something new that God is doing in me.

In the grip of that pain, techniques to help are not something that come readily to mind. I must focus and remind myself constantly. I must check my face and hands, my breathing, to ensure that they are following my own instructions.

Breathe in, breathe out, in pattern that is differing dependent on the level of pain. Keep your breaths steady, breathe away the pain.

He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. - Acts 17:25

Keep your face smooth, your eyes lightly closed in trust. Refuse to grimace, don't furrow your brow. Let your face be a placid and peaceful beacon in the midst of your storm.

When You said, Seek My face,” my heart said to You, Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.” - Psalm 27:8

Now lay your hands lightly in your lap. Keep the fingers relaxed. Refuse to make a fist, release your grip. Let the old slip through your fingers, and keep your hands open for the new.

Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;

Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert. - Isaiah 43:19

Faithful Father, thank you for making me new. I am so sorry that I am sometimes such a stubborn creature. Help me to keep my grip loose today, so that I can see what this new moment will bring. In Jesus' Name, Amen...


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