I'm a Princess? Shut Up!
(Peachtree City, GA)
Livy, this message was something I desperately needed because the Lord opened my eyes to see the disconnect between what I *say* I believe and what I *really* believe. I realized that I've said I believe I'm a princess, that I'm royalty because I'm His daughter. But when it comes down to what I live day in and day out, it's evident that I don't really believe I'm a princess - not in my heart of hearts. Deep down, I *want* to be a princess, to have assurance that I can indeed confidently claim royal blood. But I continue living out of the belief that I'm not worthy, that I'm a fraud, that I'm nothing better than a scullery maid. And on my own, those things are true - I am not worthy of princess-ship, I am a fraud and a scullery maid. BUT that's forgetting the Gospel. The Gospel means that in Jesus, I am no longer unworthy, fake, or invisible. The beauty of the Gospel is that in Jesus, I have worth. In Jesus, I am genuine. In Jesus, I am seen and recognized and loved for who I am, not *because* of who I am, but because of who He is.
And that kind of love astounds me, leaves me breathless. So now, I'm taking steps forward in faith, choosing to courageously take hold of the truth - that my unworthy past is behind me, and that His love has remade me, rebirthed me, into the royal family by His blood.
Thank you for reminding us that we won't always feel royal, and that the enemy hates us because he's afraid of us - afraid of who we are in Christ. That gives me courage to stand brave in my royal identity & purpose when I'm attacked by doubts & fears.
I can't wait to take this lesson and weave the themes we've learned from it into the work we do for COB throughout this month!