I have two older sisters and growing up my wardrobe consisted of hand-me-downs. One day my mom handed down a dress to me. It had a brown skirt with a blue, white and brown striped top and a hood. It was my favorite. I wore it to school one day, and getting on the bus, I felt so beautiful! But you see, my sister is 9 years older than me. That outfit? No one else thought is was cool. And kids let me know it. I went from feeling beautiful to feeling like nothing.
I let that outfit, I let the unkind words, define me. My identity was in them. And I struggled with that for a long time.
I would like to say that my identity is never in worldly things anymore. But that would be a lie. While I have grown leaps and bounds in putting my identity in Christ, I still have work to do. If we are honest, and take a close look, we all can find ways that we place our identity at times in worldly things.
Right now, I'm choosing to claim the following verse:
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil"
The enemy will try to convince you that you are not enough because you didn't get that promotion, you put on some weight, you quit school, made a poor decision, your not as talented or pretty as the woman next to you, your work goes unnoticed or a million other things. But I'm not putting that on anymore. I'm not putting on the brown dress. I'm putting on the Armor of God.
I'm putting on truth and wearing righteousness. I'm dressing in faith and walking with peace on my feet. My accessory? Salvation.
Because each morning I want to put on what's from above. Because when we put that armor on, we don't hear what the world has to say. Instead we hear what the armor is breathing into our souls....
I am loved.
I am forgiven.
I am redeemed.
I am God's masterpiece.
I am God's child .
I am justified.
I am complete.
I am given a spirit of power not fear.
I am given Grace.
I am strong in Christ.
What are you going to wear tomorrow morning?
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