“Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee.” ~Isaiah 43:1b-4a
Labels. They are often a necessity, and when in the right context they are SO helpful! I for one am thankful my hairspray has a label on it! If it didn’t, I would end up accidentally picking up a can of something else and instead of having a hairstyle that stays in place, I could have a radical new hair color!
What about labels in the kitchen? Labels on spices are helpful aren’t they? The dinners in our household would quickly turn into something awfully peculiar if we suddenly had nothing on the bottles to distinguish one seasoning from another! We rely on labels to be correct, true, real!
When it comes to many household products, brands of clothing, labels on groceries, etc these can be so helpful and very needed. Yet, how often do we carry false labels around that we or others have placed on us?
When we stand in front of our mirror, instead of seeing ourselves the way God sees us, we are often blinded by false branding.
“Failure”, “Incompetent”, “Ugly”, “Loner”, “Introvert”, “Perfectionist”, “Messy”, “Unworthy”, and on the list goes.
We consistently find ourselves so busy believing those descriptions, that we are unable to quiet our minds and hear what God calls us. I’ve been there, have you?
The past several weeks or so I found myself in this battle. I would look in the mirror or lie in bed at night and only see the headline, “Wendy, also synonymous with failure!”
I felt as if I was falling so short as a wife, making far to many mistakes as a mom, inundated with the sense of failing in my role as Pastor’s wife, and then when it came to getting my book published, goodness what was I thinking? How could God ever use this book in the life of someone else? There I sat in my defeat, having an early Thanksgiving feast on the lies that my enemy willingly fed me by the spoonfuls! Failure was etched across my forehead, or so I thought.
Oh friend, how thankful we can be that God takes the time to remind us, He calls us different names then we call ourselves. When we look in the mirror and see “failure”, God says, “No, you are victorious through Me!” Romans 8:37, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
We tend to be so hard on ourselves, berating ourselves again and again with sins we have already been forgiven for. God says, “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Colossians 2:13-14
God has a whole other set of names He calls us and all of them are the complete opposite of what the enemy shouts to us. God speaks in a still small voice, the enemy does not.
Believe what God calls you and says about you! Cling to the names He has given you! Remember, when Satan begins to heap doubt on us, when he begins to bring up the labels that are not ours to begin with, remember, the enemy is a liar! Let Christ speak truth to your heart!
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