here are the slides from this morning > Which Kingdom 8 – agreements
My questions for you to ponder are in orange below…
Craig McConnell shared the story of seeing a young lab on the beach running, reckless, without abandon, chasing birds down the beach, wanting to play. Whatever God intended a lab to be, he was it, he was living, he was free. The signs say, “No dogs on the beach”. The great thing about a lab is they can’t read the signs. His romp on the beach was criminal, innocent, pure – he was being exactly who God intended him to be – no restraints.
He was being “exactly who God intended him to be… no restraints, free, living, playing”. Do you see that? Can you? WAKE UP! Are you being the “lab” God designed you to be? Are you alive? Playful? Living with abundance? Unconcerned what others think, ignorant of the signs that tell you the things you “can’t” do?
There are a lot of signs around us – “You can’t do this”, “You’ll never be that”, “Who… you?” The wounds you have suffered and the messages they bring and then the vows you make are the signs – “You can’t do that. You can’t be that.”
The wounds become the script for your life and become your identity.
What has been spoken over you in your life? What did your father or brother or mother or coach or boss tell you about you? What have you been told you can never become? Likewise, what negatives have been spoken over you as in “You will always be a screw-up or failure or …”?
Craig’s stepfather called him a seagull. Saying, “all you’re good for is sitting, squawking and shitting”. As a result, over time, I had become a seagull. Nothing to offer, nothing to say, absolutely nothing to give. I’d preach/teach and always say to myself afterwards, “ugghh, that sucked”. Shame and contempt would come that I’m never going to be a man that makes a difference or says anything that changes or encourages another person.” That was my script.
To some degree, you’ve been told who you are through the wounds – father, mother, coach, brother, boss, wife – the signs are there. You’ve been told what you can or cannot be. That’s clear.
Like Craig, what are the phrases that constantly come up in your mind to describe yourself? As in … “I’ll never be a _________” – or – “I will always fail” – or – “No one will ever come through for me” – or – “I don’t matter”.
But what most of us don’t know is what God thinks about us. We’ve been told what others think and its dominated and even governed our lives but what does God think about you?
Ephesians – before the creation of the world, God had you in mind.
Psalm 139 – You created my inmost being. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My frame was not hidden from you when I was woven together.
God tells us that He uniquely created and crafted each one of us. Each with our own different blend of talents, personalities, bends, talents, interests. God had something in mind when He created you in some unique and personal way.
Revelation 2:19 – “For those who overcome there will be a day where we’ll be given a white stone with a new name on it – known only to us and God”
A name that describes who God intended you to be. Descriptive and true. Capturing the very essence and core of who you are as a person. He had something in mind when He created you.
GK Chesterton – “all of us suffer from the same dilemma, we’ve forgotten who we are”.
It seems easy to remember and what seems to be the most governing thing in our lives is what others have said we are. Most of us have forgotten who God says we are. What He’s made us. Who He’s called us to be.
Do you remember who you are? Or have you forgotten? Have you ever known who you are? Have you ever asked Him?