Sunday, November 25, 2012

Letting God Define You

I was watching Joel Osteen this morning...I often call his preaching the dessert of my Sunday services menu.  My meat and potatoes come from Rick Warren, Charles Stanley, and others, and then Joel   Osteen gives me the personal boost I need...the dessert.  Today he was talking about the power in the words "I am".  We know in the Bible that God uses those words to describe Himself.  I AM.  Powerful!  

We also release power in our lives with these words.   I like what Joel Osteen says, "What follows the "I am" will follow us!" We can bless or curse our lives with our words!  And what we say about others also affects our own lives.

It is not "positive thinking" that I am talking about here.  The Bible speaks often of the power that is held in the tongue...for good or for evil.  In Proverbs 18:21 we are told "there is life and death in the power of our words."  We need to take that verse very seriously. 

Don't let anyone define us but God!  We insult God when we speak negative about ourselves or believe the negative things others say over us. We are in affect telling God He did not do a good job creating us! He created you and the Bible says in Zephaniah 3:17 that God delights in us! 

He knew us before we were formed in our mother's womb.  God created us with unique and special gifts for His purpose.  It would be a very sad and stunted world if we all were alike.  God loves us enough to make each of us unique and one of a kind.  Ask yourselves these questions: Who does God say you are?  Who does God's Word say you are?  This is what needs to come out of our mouths.  This is what we need to meditate on.

Let God define you.
He delights in you!
I am loved by God
I am unique and special
I am a mighty woman/man of God
I am who God and His Word says I am
I am God's Masterpiece!

1 comment:

Kim said...

Renee, so true! I have not watched Joel Osteen on TV yet, but I really like his devotionals and I like to follow him on Facebook. This reminds me a lot of why I'm a fan of Joyce Meyer. God has definitely shown me that our words and our thoughts matter very much - if even because the Bible says we reap what we sow and bad thoughts or words about ourselves don't lead to healthy fruit in our lives. As always, I love reading and your gift for sharing God's word!