This post is part of the Write 28 Days Blogging Challenge hosted by Anita Ojeda. Participants choose a category, in which to concentrate throughout the challenge and the host provides a daily writing prompt. You can find me in the Christian Living category of this year’s writing challenge link-up. Be sure to visit other posts while you’re there.

As we near the end of the Write 28 Days Blogging Challenge, it’s probably time that I share my own identity statement with you. The third draft and the current version. I’m sharing mine, I hope you’ll share yours. Courage, my friends, courage. Ok, here it is.

I am a dearly loved, chosen, child of God, equipped for His purpose, strong and courageous in Christ, sustained by faith, focused on God, and trusting Him for my past, present, and future.

It’s out there for the world to see. The world? Based on my blog foot-traffic, this will be seen by only a few and that’s OK. Posting my identity statement, or anything for that matter, leaves my work (leaves me) vulnerable to criticism, rejection, and ridicule for this crazy idea of writing an identity statement in the first place.

I believe God will decide who needs to see it, read the series, apply the lessons, and learn the truth about themselves, or not. I have to take my courage to move forward from Him.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.- Joshua 1:9

He decides how to use it, not me and I don’t have to know the outcome. My job was to share my experience with you. Based on that knowledge vulnerability then becomes surrender.

Surrender:  to yield to the power, control, or possession of another upon compulsion or demand. 

Going through this process of discovering who God says we are, what He thinks of each of us, and why we can trust what He says in scripture is powerful stuff, and important to deepening our relationship with God. Yes, we can have a relationship with Him.

So, yes, I surrender. I yield to His power and control because I know that I am His possession, but I believe the compulsion is always self-imposed. God does not force us to accept any of it but, friends, this is the fight from which you’ll want to surrender.

Choose to believe the truth about who you are and be renewed in a new self, secure in a new life in Christ.

…having put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all and in all. – Colossians 3:10-11

 

In the next post, we’ll learn how to support your identity statement with scripture.

 

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surrender

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