Sunday, November 8, 2009

Amazing Freedom!

The work the Lord does in our hearts, as we begin to believe Him is amazing. When we receive Jesus our spirits are completely renewed, we are given a new identity in Christ, complete with a new nature and a new heart. However, we do not walk in the fullness of our new identity immediately, it is a life long process.

The Lord has been teaching me more and more about who I really am. He uses the situations in our lives to strengthen us and help us learn to turn to Him during the times that we feel less that who He says we are.

I never saw myself as an insecure person. However, when the Lord moved my family 320 miles away from home, I began to see that I had many, many insecurities! The last four years I have been placed in situation after situation that brought out the lies inside.

Have you ever been in a group of people and had thoughts like this;

I don't think they like me.

They must think what I said was stupid.

I hope they didn't misunderstand what I said.

I wonder if they are talking about me when I am not around.

I wonder what they are laughing about; Is it about me?

I have, many, many, many times! But, not so much any more.

It isn't that the lies of the enemy don't still come, it's just that I have learned what to do with them.

I am learning to believe what Jesus says is the truth about me so, when I hear these things I take them to Jesus!!

I continually ask the Lord daily, to give me fresh revelation of His love for me. I thank Him for the favor that He has given me with Himself and with others and I ask Him to help me believe that I have that favor.

I am not trying to prove myself to those around me and I am not trying to be good enough to get it. I am just being the best me I can be, and leaving the rest up to God. Its HIM that gives me the favor.

When words are spoken or attitudes or detected (or assumed) I say "Lord this is how I am feeling, remind me of the truth about myself, remind me of your opinion and help me trust that what you say about me is the truth."

I also just assume that everyone likes me. I have spent way to many minutes, hours and days worrying about what others think and feel about who I am. So, unless someone tells me they have a problem, I assume that they don't. I assume that I have favor with them, Like the Lord says I do.

Learning to believe and trust in the righteousness Jesus has given us, is a process that we gradually learn to walk in. None of us hear the truth about our righteousness and walk in the fullness of it over night.

We will all continually see areas where we may not believe God's truth in our lives, and that's okay. We just need to turn to Jesus and ask Him to help us. We need to ask Him to develop the fruit of what He has placed inside of us.

As we begin to turn to, trust in, and agree with Jesus, He will help us believe what He says is truth. As this happens, we will walk in freedom from the opinion of others (or what we think is the opinion of others).

I have recently been placed in an new situation, with new people and the work that the Lord has done/is doing, is amazing! I am sharing all of this with you because learning to agree with Jesus and what He says is the truth really does set you free!!

And, I gotta say, freedom feels GREAT!


15 comments:

Andrea said...

I like the part where you said, "I spend my time assuming they DO like me." What a transforming statement. So simple, yet so profound.
THANK YOU!
andrea

Lisa said...

I like that and I like YOU! :) and am learning so much from you.

Thank you dear Daveda.

Lisa

Lisa said...

Daveda,
You were the first commenter on my 100th post, yay!!! If you will, send me an address so I can send you the gift card. My email is: tbiytc@tx.rr.com.

Hugs,
Lisa

Loren said...

Daveda,

I am so glad to see such joy in your posts lately! I would have to say I can so clearly see what the Lord is doing in you is awesome and that Freedom you are receiving is setting you free in so many ways! Praise be to the Lord, Daveda! So happy for you friend!

Tara said...

Great post! I def. believe I am progressing in this area myself. I want people to like me just because that is my personality BUT I no longer worry if I know or perceive people to not like me. I'm also not going to compromise my beliefs/values just to fit in. God loves me whether other people like me or not!!

Deborah Ann said...

Daveda, I go through that kind of stuff on a daily basis. Did you know that God designed us in such a way that our words override our thoughts? The next time you're confronted with those negative thoughts, just speak God's word out loud - say out loud what He thinks about you, and what He says about you. You'll be feeling good in no time!

HappyascanB said...

Daveda! I did get my goodie box, and I thought I emailed you a big ole' thank you. . . Did you not get it? I actually told you idn the email I was expecting and would use the journal as my prayer journal during the pregnancy! And that candle, omiword, it smells so good! Thank you!!!! I'm going to be posting about it later this week! Thanks so much!!

christy rose said...

Assuming that everyone likes you and thinks you are wonderful unless they tell you differently is an amazing way to live!! It is so opposite of the way the enemy tries to use our assumptions against us, when we assume no one likes us unless they tell us that they do and even then sometimes we think they have ulterior motives. Choosing the first in assumptions will deflate one more weapon that the enemy has to use against us. Oh how so many people's lives would be changed to find that amazing freedom this kind of living brings!!

~*Michelle*~ said...

I am another huge fan of this statement:

"I also just assume that everyone likes me. I have spent way to many minutes, hours and days worrying about what others think and feel about who I am. So, unless someone tells me they have a problem, I assume that they don't. I assume that I have favor with them, Like the Lord says I do."

AMEN!!! What freedom that brings.......

you rock, Daveda! *high five*

Ruth said...

"I also just assume that everyone likes me."

Great words to live by! It looks like everyone else thinks so too.

I have to keep reminding myself when I feel insecure that everyone else feels the same way. If I go out of my way to make someone else feel comfortable or included then I will feel good too rather than look like a snob.

Heather of S-A-M said...

I don't just like ya.... I love ya! An if it hadn't been for the Lord creating you then who else would have pointed me to grace or would it have been pointed to me at all?! Yikes!!!! I can't bear the thought of it!

xxoo

jhazmyn said...

I am not trying to prove myself to those around me and I am not trying to be good enough to get it. I am just being the best me I can be, and leaving the rest up to God. Its HIM that gives me the favor.....


Getting an understanding of this went a long way in making me live life with so much peace and Joy...and like Andrea said, assuming pple do like you is indeed transforming

Angela said...

The work the Lord does in our hearts, as we begin to believe Him is amazing

It isn't that the lies of the enemy don't still come, it's just that I have learned what to do with them.

I am learning to believe what Jesus says is the truth about me so, when I hear these things I take them to Jesus!!

I also just assume that everyone likes me. I have spent way to many minutes, hours and days worrying about what others think and feel about who I am. So, unless someone tells me they have a problem, I assume that they don't. I assume that I have favor with them, Like the Lord says I do.

My goodness Daveda, I could have copy and pasted your entire devotional...Girl, I would LOVE to meet you face to face. It's so amazing how my spirit connects so strongly with what you are writing.

Our Father is SO good to us...It's awesome to read your posts and see the Lord revealing more and more of Who He IS in your life, and WHO you are in Christ Jesus...and that encourages me, keeps me pointed, sharpened on the straight path also.

I love ya girl..Your truly a blessing to me each and every time I come here.

Julie said...

Daveda,
I LOVED this!!! This is also where I am... Glory be to God that He has awakened me to know how much He loves me.

I often say that insecurities are places where we are not believing what God says about us.. At least that's what I've found...

I'm going to read your other post next. Just loved this! Could so relate to your words here!

Mocha Momma said...

This was a great word for my heart. I do have some of those thoughts.

It will be good to assume people like me unless they say otherwise.

I try to remember that those thoughts are not God's thoughts for me and that He loves me and wants me to keep focused on Him and not on my insecurities.

Thanks & I'm glad you dropped by, it's been too long. Sorry I've been gone so long,
Nannette