A few years ago the Dove company came up with a campaign showing us exactly how companies present things not exactly how they are, perhaps you remember it. (See the original video here, and check out the body video here.) Dove created the real beauty workshop for girls and the self-esteem fund. They wanted to clue us in on the fact that our perceptions of beauty are manipulated. For some reason this caused a huge hullabaloo in the Christian women’s message board I used to frequent at the time. One set of ladies applauded what dove was trying to do, the other set of ladies were upset that dove would believe their idea of beauty had been manipulated! The nerve. They knew what beauty was and did not need a soap company to tell them. They did not understand how blessed they were to have this privilege. They did not understand that there are millions of young women, who do need a soap company to tell them – because no one else is. They need a soap company to tell them, because no one is teaching them who they are and how special they are. Well, no I cant claim that for every parent. For some parents, teaching their children who they are, is their life’s work. But for so many other parents – they are trying to reach those feelings themselves. No one told them. How can they tell someone else?
Last weekend Priscilla Shirer had a live simulcast and she spoke about the importance of Paul’s instructions about putting on the whole armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-20. It was a powerful presentation, but the section that spoke to me the most, was how important it was for us to know who we were in Christ. Knowing this would help us to deflect the attacks of the enemy to infiltrate our minds with his lies. You know the lies, you’ve heard them – you’re worthless, you aren’t good enough, you should be ashamed, you aren’t loved.
When we know who we are in Christ – the Helmet of Salvation is formed. We will be able to say – devil shut your mouth, don’t you read the Bible? In Christ there is no condemnation for me, I am not ashamed (Romans 8:1). Jesus LOVES me, he loves me with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). Not only am I worth something – I am His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10). For every lie – there is the truth. When we are able to deflect each of those lies with a piece of truth from the word; the helmet of salvation is slowly being formed on our heads and in our minds – to protect us from the lies. She let us know that it is the inheritance of salvation that protects our minds against the schemes of the enemy. She said we as women have to rehearse who we are in Christ. How do we rehearse? We speak out loud the promises God has made to us. We talk about who we are in Him. It’s one of the best and only ways we will get to know who we are in Christ. We have to daily remind ourselves.
I had never heard that before. When we truly learn who we are, that truth blocks the lies of the enemy. I want to commit to this. I want to fight this battle with more power. So this month, I want to post each day – one promise God has made to us concerning who we are in Him. The more we know, understand and believe these promises, the more our helmet of salvation will be formed. We don’t have to ever walk in fear and insecurity.
Do you rehearse who you are? I never did before, but I’m going to try to rehearse who I am as much as I can this month – will you join me? So much of my life has been weighted down believing the lies of the devil. I’m no longer interested in buying what he’s selling.
Will you take a look at this video? Listen closely to the words. This poet is telling us who the Bible says we are. The words are a hug from God. Let’s rehearse who God says we are. Let’s learn to believe it. Let’s not forget it.
Dear Lord, please help these seeds of identity to be planted in our hearts. Please cause them to blossom. Please help us to fully grasp who we are in you.
Ephesians 1:11-12 (The Message)
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
As you learn, share with others.
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