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Remember your Identity: Refocus Challenge Week 1

week 1 identityWelcome to the 5 Week Refocus Challenge!

For the next 5 weeks, we embark on a return journey together, to refocus on intentionality, worship, and God-honoring celebration! If you are new, start here.

When we accept a challenge like this to better our lives, we often assume our current position is negative, weak, lost. If you have not given your life to God through the cross of Jesus, this is absolutely true. However, for Christians, it is imperative that we believe the truth about our standing with God.

We are whole, perfect, righteous, accepted, and at peace with God because of Jesus. Nothing we achieve will change, add to, or take away from this position. We embrace change only because we believe in the power of working out our salvation as Christ works in us.

So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.

Do everything without grumbling and arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world. Hold firmly to the message of life…

Philippians 2:12-16

In order to work out our salvation, we must remember it! We need a sacred-sit-down with Jesus. When we…

  • remember who we were before Christ, we become humble.
  • recall all that Christ’s death and resurrection accomplished on our behalf, we become grateful.
  • rejoice over our identity as daughters (and sons) of God, we become free.

The spirit of humility, gratitude, and freedom is the perfect attitude to begin such a journey of refocus. Unhindered by internal lies of inadequacy and set free from pride-filled achievement, we can pursue God’s best for His glory and our good.

We must begin our challenge around a campfire of grace, much like Peter did with Jesus in John 21. We must recall our standing before God: perfect because of Christ. Any movement to achieve greater health, a closer walk with God, or a better use of our time is just icing on the s’more (sounds decadent, doesn’t it?).

I cannot think of a better day to start this journey than on National S’mores Day! Now, every year on August 10 (#nationalsmoresday) we can recall our identity in Christ and celebrate with those sacred squares of gooey goodness.

Dear Lord,

pin it identityI praise you for the work of Jesus to rescue and redeem us. Knowing my right standing before you, I boldly ask for help to be the daughter you created me to be. Holy Spirit, help me and my sisters here to embrace truth in order to be refined and refocused.

For your glory, and because of your sacrifice,

Amen

Week 1 Challenge:

  • Monday, Aug. 10: Host a campfire in honor of National S’mores Day. Share s’mores with friends, family, neighbors, and tell the story of how your identity has been changed by Jesus.
  • Tuesday, Aug 11: Flood your space with truths about your identity in Christ. Write them on sticky notes for your car and kitchen cupboards. Use dry-erase markers to truth-up your bathroom mirror. Sing along with worship songs like this one:
  • Wednesday: Watch for the next blog post and further instructions.

Find me on instagram and don’t forget to share your pics of your progress with #5weekrefocuschallenge , #week1 and #campfiregrace!

 

Check in (type your comment below):

What is one word to describe your new identity in Christ?

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I am not Helpless

A friend gave me an amazing sheet of paper the other day. I tucked it away in my journal for a daily peek. It is titled “The Truth about my Identity in Christ,” and there are 100 verses.

In a season of massive identity shift, I am excited to start internalizing these truths. Today, number 91 reached out and wrapped my exhausted heart in like a blanket of encouragement.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

This phrase is often misunderstood in our post-modern culture. We often read it and emphasize the part about “doing all things.” Sounds like a sweet deal. Anything I want to do, I can get it done because Jesus gives me the power.

But that is not what Paul, the author of the letter to the Philippians, is communicating through this verse. In context, Paul is talking about his ability to live in all circumstances, through the power of Jesus. God called Paul live in circumstances where he had very little, and God also called Paul to circumstances where he was flourishing financially. Both situations require the power of Christ to live in, and to live well in.

The point of this verse is not the “things” we can do, rather the “who” we can call on.

Any circumstance that God leads us to, Jesus will give us the ability to thrive in. Our focus must be on him, not on our own prerogative.

  • Today I do not need more coffee
  • I do not need more sleep
  • I do not really need a shower
  • I do not need a break from my kids
  • I do not need another Netflix binge
  • I don’t need a distraction from my situation
  • I do not need a handful of chocolate chips as a reward for “getting through it.”

I. Need. Jesus.

I can meet today’s circumstance and thrive in it because of Him. I need to focus on his goals and his prerogative and his “things” that I can do because he enables me to.

I am not helpless because I am not about me.

When I focus on God’s expectations for my day…

When I tune into the proclamation of Jesus over my identity as redeemed daughter of the King of kings…

When I make the conscious effort to notice how He is strengthening me for my specific circumstance, emotionally drained or flourishing with laughter and energy…

When I call on Jesus…

I know I can do it.

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