Our CHASE study begins with us looking at our hearts, and we get right to the core right away. Our identities! We all long to make a difference, feel important, be loved and admired, give unselfishly, yet at the core of who we are and how we were created ( we are His workmanship…) lie the many labels we, our experiences and our pasts have stitched themselves into.
Why are our identities so important? Because they define us and from that definition pours out every action, every belief, every response to life and every emotion. Proverbs 4:23 paints the picture vividly; “Above all else, guard your hearts, for everything you do flows from it.”
No matter our age we all have an identity crisis because we build our identity on things that move-things that are aren’t dependable or constant, like family, or bank accounts, comforts and abilities and many times our pasts.
I believe the experiences of our pasts are some of the most damaging to our current identities. The reality of life, of a fallen world, is that many of us grew up in less than perfect homes, experienced abuses as children or young adults at the hands of others or suffered through tragedy, loss and sin.
As children our identities are taking shape and pretty much for the very beginning we are slapped with labels that are contrary to the very definition God gave us, the very thoughts he thinks of us, the purposes and plans he has for us. I love the example Jennie Allen gives that you can have 100 people looking at the same painting, with 100 different opinions, yet at the end of the day the artist is the only one who gets to decide how he defines his creation.
In spite of ourselves and that no good thing dwells in us (Romans 7:18). There is good news! and we must allow it to marinate our souls until we believe it with every morsel of our minds and hearts. We are children of God! You may say- “yeah ok, so what, that doesn’t change the way I feel right now…” I feel lousy, and lonely, and ashamed, and like a failure…” and I get it, I did too and to be honest in some areas of my life I still do.. yet it doesn’t change truth. It doesn’t change what God’s word says.
As believers, we choose to believe God’s word in its entirety as truth. We may not always feel and walk out those truths, yet we choose to believe it. So how do we connect the two? How do we allow the truths of God’s word to penetrate our hearts so that we actually believe what He says about us, how He defines us, what He thinks about us? I believe the answer is quite simple, yet oh so difficult to grasp sometimes. We declare it over ourselves..
Have you heard the phrase, “Just fake it until you make it” well, lets declare it until we believe it. And not just believe it with our minds, but until it has penetrated every square inch of our hearts. As I read the Psalms of David, I read his words as if I was reading his personal journal entry, I picture him in the wilderness or in the sheep field or running from his own son pouring out his raw emotions to his Heavenly Father.
And what encourages me over and over again about his words are they all sound like pep talks to himself. We may read them and find this confident heart, almost superhuman, yet I believe that in the days it felt like he would never leave the wilderness, you know those days you “feel” you can’t see the light at the end of your situation, he declared over himself the truths of God again and again. And those declarations changed his heart, they changed the way he saw his situation or his past or his fears and he would walk out in confidence to believe God and only God.
Ladies! We need to be declares of God’s word, like David, over ourselves and our families, and here is the grace, you don’t need to believe it today, you don’t even need to feel like anything will change, you don’t need to be anywhere but exactly where your at, whatever that looks like.
I believe if we declare with our mouth who we are in Christ, who we were created to be, we declare the good purposes and plans he predestined for us, we declare the blood of Jesus over every wound, every label, every lie, it will change our hearts and we will walk out lives that actually believe who God is and how crazy insane His love is for us.
The truth is that He loves us so much, he lavished us with that love the day He sent His only son to die and bleed out on a tree for you and for me, and that blood covers every single thing.
So, be encouraged today that there is nothing we must do to change our hearts but declare God’s definition and His truths over ourselves until we believe it! And when we do believe, well we will just know it, because out of that overflowing abundance we will infect others with it! It will be contagious all for the Glory of God!
If your joining us for the study, here is what you will want to complete this week
- Pages 43-62 of the CHASE study guide.
- Print and Meditate on Psalms 27: 13-14 (below)
- Read and Meditate on Psalms 27
In addition to the meditation scriptures above, I have also created a reading plan through the 73 chapters of Psalms David is credited to writing. This is optional, yet you will be richly blessed and encouraged by David’s words. I am using the SOAP method as I read through each Psalms, you can find out more about the SOAP method and download a workbook for Psalms 1-30 over at Women Living Well.
I am excited for you on this journey! This coming week we will read the story of David and his battle against Goliath and look at Courage. What made David courageous? We need courage in our lives, not only for the struggles we face personally, yet for the day and the hour we live in, so what about David gave him the confidence to fight a 9ft giant?
Want More! Pastor Steven Furtick continues his series on David of Elevation Church called Strings and Slings.
See you next week!