Identity

6CA14072-B3DA-4792-8EB3-FE15CBE690A8“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:12-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Identity

Our identity is our distinguishing character or personality.  Indeed, it is who we really are. With all the social pressures to mold us into someone that fits someone else’s desires, it is no wonder we have so many identity issues.  As I look back over my life, I think that perhaps I would have been more of the real me in a musical career.  While I had the opportunity to play several musical instruments growing up, no one rewarded that behavior like they rewarded academics.  Now I have trained so long and hard in my profession and given up the best years of musical development.  I try not to be resentful of my past so I move forward full steam, but always mindful of my identity.  I believe that we need to allow our youth to become their true selves by allowing them to seek their true identity, the one God gave them.

Transformation

7B44F0E6-F015-459B-810F-85716E7E6013“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Transformation

Lately it seems there is a tsunami of evil sweeping across the world. The tendency is to cast blame on others, but we must all start the change within ourselves. I believe that when we focus on God and allow His Truth to prevail in our lives, we will be transformed into His likeness and thereby start the necessary healing. We must cast aside our self centered desires because our world needs a transformation.

Insight

3B1B86F9-BFB0-47EF-8E0E-40C958847AF9“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Insight

Insight may be described as having penetrating mental vision or discernment—that faculty of seeing into inner character or underlying truth. With our digital world constantly bombarding us with mind altering bytes, we need to be able somehow to apprehend the true nature of things. I believe it is essential to have some quiet time to allow ourselves to connect with Truth. Currently it seems our egocentric society cannot understand that Truth. The Master of Confusion continues to prowl.

Hot Air

336611E8-1443-41A1-9C55-4F8B138E4F85“But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭63:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

 

In our society today, the “hot air balloons” are sailing high.
Out of so many mouths comes “hot air”. There are numerous people who are full of hot air! (full of beans, full of bull, full of it; full of prunes)
We have come to expect lies, exaggerations, and nonsense—just check out our media. Sadly, we behave as if there are no consequences; but, each lie empowers the evil one. Standing for the truth and what is right may be tough sometimes and may lead to persecution, but the end results are blissful.

The Vine

15E635F6-C602-4B9C-BF84-8596CAA29E56 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭ASV‬‬
The Vine
Growing up I remember my sister saying that what is in you comes out when squeezed—our real selves have to be tested in order to know who we really are. And the fruit we bear is dependent on who we are. Wow, many years later, I am just beginning to understand all the meanings behind that truth.

Clarity

416d64dc-916d-490f-8027-8ce59a740c66Clarity

“Let every word you speak be drenched with grace and tempered with truth and clarity. For then you will be prepared to give a respectful answer to anyone who asks about your faith.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭TPT‬‬

When you seek God with all your heart and all your soul and all your might, He manifests Truth and Peace and Love. We can only have this clarity with His Divine intervention. I have come to realize my life is tenuous, and I need Him to save me from myself. I can see clearly now—that’s clarity.