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As I read the account of the woman with the bleeding affliction in Luke 8:41-48, three words leapt out to me – who, somebody, and daughter. There is great significance behind each one of these words, because I believe each reflects what many are feeling within their hearts today.
The story of the woman with the bleeding affliction reflects how Jesus took the woman through a discovery process with Him. He was not looking to shame her, because she had carried that burden long enough. His intent was never to humiliate her. He wanted her in His wholeness, which led to her greater freedom.
Each of us are in our own "who" discovery process with God.
There are many of you who have been struggling with understanding who God created you to be. Your identity has been either wrapped up in your profession, grounded in your past failures, or built in the approval from others. Everything you thought about yourself is being challenged. God wants your foundation of who you are to be grounded in Him. When we misplace our identity, we will miss who God has destined us to become. (Photo via Unsplash)
Discovering Your "Who"
This is the season where God wants to answer your "who" question. He wants you to discover who you are and who He is for you. When we do not understand the answers to our who questions, we can find ourselves feeling insignificant, irrelevant, and unimportant. This is contrary to what God thinks about you, and how He wants you to see yourself.
Part of your discovery process is to realize what Jesus has done for you, as well as to recognize what He has given to you.
"Yet through His powerful declaration of acquittal, God freely gives away His righteousness. His gift of love and favor now cascades over us, all because Jesus, the Anointed One, has liberated us from the guilt, punishment, and power of sin!" (Romans 3:24 TPT)
Discovering your "who" will always start with who God is for you.
Some of you are struggling in your walk with God because you have placed false expectations upon yourself. You have moved away from God's grace which has caused you to feel like "a somebody" who has no relevance with Him. These false expectations are grounded in a performance mentality which has caused you to strive to be somebody for God. When you do not meet those expectations, you battle with condemnation, shame, and guilt, which cause you to feel dismissed, depleted, and devalued.
"For it was only through this wonderful grace that we believed in Him. Nothing we did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the gracious gift from God that brought us to Christ! So no one will ever be able to boast, for salvation is never a reward for good works or human striving." (Ephesians 2:8-9 TPT)
God needs you to reposition yourself back in His grace. Your process is not about you striving to make changes within yourself. Your process is to understand that it is the Father's heart to work in you His will, and then for you to do His good pleasure. (Photo via Pexels)
"...for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13 NKJV)
God is not disgusted with you. He is not embarrassed by you. He is not ashamed of you. God loves you with an everlasting, continuous, constant, and unconditional love. His commitment is not superficial; He solidified His pledge at the Cross. He ordained you as His daughter [or son]!
When you allow God to take you through His process, you understand you are significant to Him. More importantly, the great discovery is for you to understand who He destined you to be. You are His daughter [and His son]. God needs you to receive this revelatory truth. When you see yourself from His perspective, your engagement with Him becomes different. You do not need to wonder if He will be there for you, but you rest in His faithfulness that He will. You do not need to beg Him to act on your behalf, because you know with assurance He will.
There is so much beauty in the process. God wants you to discover who He is for you, and who you are in Him. Enjoy the discovery!
Peace and Joy be unto you,
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Enduring Hope Ministries
Melissa Pearce is an ordained reverend, evangelistic preacher, teacher, speaker, encourager, author, leader, and a woman after God's heart. Through her book, Unveiling Jesus: 365 Daily Devotional Through the Gospels, authored Bible studies, YouTube, Facebook teachings and more, Melissa teaches how to trust Him and realize our value in Christ Jesus. Driven by Ephesians 3:17 and inspired by the Lord's call to encourage, love and minister, Melissa established Enduring Hope Ministries in 2010. Above all, Melissa's mission is to empower women of all generations to find their identity in Jesus Christ so that they can see their self-worth through His eyes. Like many women, Melissa has battled with insecurity, but through God's love, she's silenced those lies that stole her confidence, and she wants to help others do the same.
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