So exited to introduce our 2015 Christmas Basket Bash Guest Speaker, Sharon Jaynes. Over the next several months, we will be posting devotionals written by Sharon and published on the Girlfriends in God website at www.GirlfriendsinGod.com. Our prayer is that you will get to know Sharon, her heart for women and get a little taste of what is in store for us at the Bash on December 5th. Don't forget, Christmas in July begins Sunday, July 5th. Get your tickets early! For more information about Sharon Jaynes go to www.sharonjaynes.com. Please take a few minutes and go to the Basket Bash webpage for some specific and very important new information about purchasing tickets. http://www.valley-church.com/christmasinjuly
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV).
I want to know God’s will for my life. Don’t you? However I have learned that identity comes before activity. In other words, I must have a proper perspective of who I am before I can grasp what God wants me to do. This was true of Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations”(Jeremiah 1:5). He didn’t choose Jeremiah after he proved himself worthy of the task, but before he was even born. That was true for Joshua (Joshua 1:6-9), Gideon (Judges 6:12), and Mary (Luke 1:28)—and that is true for you.
God didn’t throw up His hand when you were born and say, “Now what am I going to do with this one?” He had a plan and a purpose for you before you were born. Isn’t that exciting? David wrote this about God: “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16 NIV).
Just before Jesus began his earthly ministry, he travelled to the Jordan to be baptized by his cousin John. As soon as he came up out of the water, the heavens opened, the Spirit descended, and God spoke. “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” Matthew 43:17 NIV).
Before Jesus performed the first miracle, preached the first sermon, or called the first disciple, God made sure that his identity was clear. He was accepted, approved, and completely loved. So many Christians are trying to earn an acceptance and approval that Jesus already earned for them. God’s acceptance of you is not based on your performance. That doesn’t mean that we stop trying to do our best to live a God-honoring life. But it does mean that we stop trying out for a position or role God’s already given you. As someone once said, “The audition has been canceled. You’ve already got the part.” You have nothing to prove because you have already been pre-approved.
Not only does God accept you just as you are; not only does He love you just as you are; but He also likes the person that you are. Yes! He likes you.
If this were not so, none of us would qualify. God’s love and acceptance of you is based solely on the finished work of Jesus Christ for you and His presence in you. It is based on your true born-again identity as His child.
This is My Son.
Whom I love.
With him I am well pleased.
Allow God to baptize you in this affirmation of your true identity.
You are His daughter.
Whom He loves.
With you He is well pleased.
Before God called you to do something, He called you to be somebody. And it is only when you know who you are, that you can clearly know what to do. The truth is: you are who God says you are.
Father, I am in awe that You have a plan and a purpose for my life. Help me to remember that I am who You say I am: Your daughter, who You love, with whom You are well pleased.In Jesus’ Name, Amen.