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Who Am I and Whose Am I
Who Am I/ Whose Am I
Women of all ages face daily assaults on their self-image in the media. Fashion magazines cause us to question our body shape. Self-help books and people on TV tell us to look within ourselves to find peace. Popular movies glamorize sinful lifestlyes. The internet also gives our appetite something to ponder on as well, such as the latest buzz. The devil has placed countless powerful forces in our paths that attempt to define us apart from what the Bible reveals to us about our identity.
I think that we need to thank God our creator that he has made us in his image and that he continues to shape us every day with his word. We need to be reminded that his laws are written on our hearts so that we may be pleasing to him. We need to be rejoicing that because of Christ's great sacrifice for us on the cross. We are forgiven and beloved daughters of God.
Who Am I
I am a daughter, I am a mother, I am a grandmother, great grandmother. I am a neice, I am a sister, I am a friend. I am a nurse, lawyer, councelor, a wife, an aunt,. There are so many things that I am and that you are as well. I am not all these things that I mentioned but there are a few things that I mentioned that I am. Most of all I am a daughter of God. God created me to do his will and whatever that is for my life I am going to do my best to please him.
Here are a few questions to ponder:
How do I see myself? How do others see you? How does God see me?
I am Created By God
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was [a] formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
20 And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.
29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Genesis 1:1-31 says all the things God has created. What kind of things did God create?
Now read Deuteronomy 32:4
4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
upright and just is he.
What does this say about God? If we are a creation of God and God is infallible, what does this say about us?
I am a Sinner
says But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."
Do you ever compare your sins to those of others?
17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
What happens when you try to control your sinful nature? How do you feel about your sins? How does sin change you? How does it change your relationship with others and most of all your relationship with God?
I am Called to Spread the Gospel Message
Matthew 28:19-20 says 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Whose responsibility is it to spread the Word of God? 1Thessalonians 3:2 says 2We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God's fellow worker[a]in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, What desired effect will the Gospel have on those who hear it? Romans 1:16-17 says 16I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[c] just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."
What a powerful message found in that scripture. What barriers do you face when carrying out Jesus's command for us to spread his word?
I am Called to Serve By Following Jesus's Example
Matthew 20:28 says 28just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
What kind of servant does Jesus call us to be?
Acts 17:2525And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.
What kind of service does God need from us? Why do we serve him? When serving others, how does it make you feel? Do you secretly exspect anything in return or do you do it cause God calls us to serve? What does it mean to serve wholeheartedly?
Ephesians 6:77Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,
I am Weak
Matthew 26:4141"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
Romans 6:19 19I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.
What weakness do we share? How can this weakness be overcome?
2 Corinthians 12:9-109to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues
Why does our personal weakness make us strong through Jesus Christ? Which do you think is harder to become stronger or weaker?
I am Forgiven
Ephesians 2:8-9 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.
What do we need to do in order to prepare ourselves to receive forgiveness?
Romans 3:23-2423for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Who is Jesus's forgiveness for?
Psalms 32:5 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, "I will confess
my transgressions to the LORD "—
and you forgave
the guilt of my sin.
Matthew 26:28 28This is my blood of the[b] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins
Titus 3:5 5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
What are methods mentioned in these passages through which our Lord makes his forgiveness available to us?
We need to know we are nothing with out Jesus and his mercy. We claim nothing as our own except our own sinfullness. We do not deserve his love or his mercy, but he gave us everythig and more. He meets all of our needs every single one of them. He shelters us and our every path. He reveals to us his unending wisdom and has provided a place in heaven for us through his son Jesus. So I think what we need to do is help spread the news of Jesus to everyone who is strugglig with there identity and everyone else.