MONDAYS WITH KERRI
Do you know you are in a unique and amazing relationship with God? As a follower of Jesus Christ the passage below tells us that Jesus is the "Shepherd" and you are the "sheep" and he has entered into an everlasting covenant with you signed by His own blood!
And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ all that is pleasing to him. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with his blood. To him be glory forever and ever. Hebrews 13:20
This passage shows that God has always created and maintained covenant relationships with His Children. Today, He desires for us to acknowledge and honor the covenant we entered into with Him at the point of Salvation. He made this new, everlasting covenant with us by sending His son Jesus to shed His blood. His sacrifice repaired the chasm that sin had carved between us. It is this covenant relationship our enemy wages war against. He is the master of distraction; his priority is to tempt us with anyone and anything that will cause us to relegate God to second place. His desire is that we forget that we were created for relationship with Almighty God and neglect the covenant we entered into at Salvation. It is this relentless love contract we possess, written in the blood of Jesus, that which our enemy hates the most. He knows he cannot destroy it so he attempts to make us apathetic towards it, feel unworthy of it, or walk away from it in our pride and rebellion.
Our enemy, The Betrayer, wants us to forget The One who can satisfy our souls, causing us to seek fulfillment in human relationships. He knows he can’t steal us from the Father’s hand so he attempts the next best thing; he tries to convince us to replace Him. He desperately seeks to deceive us into believing we are The Betrayed and our relationships are the enemy’s primary target to that end. He uses his weapons against our relationships more effectively than any other area of our lives. He specializes in twisting or perverting the greatest gift we have been given from our Heavenly Father in order to lead us to destruction. The Betrayer uses our relationships to distract us from our true identity as the Signet Ring, His Beloved. Our enemy cannot steal us away from the Father’s love contract, so he focuses on compromising our ability to shine His light to the world. We were created to brilliantly reflect God’s glory like a gem on His finger. We do so each and every time we choose to operate in our true identity as His Beloved. So, when we stop finding our sense of self in what others think or feel, we are free-not just emotionally, but spiritually as well.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you if God has been relegated to second place in your life. Is there anyone or anything that has distracted you from this beautiful covenant relationship He longs to have with you?
Our identity as The Beloved is defined by our relationship with God alone. Is there a chance that you may have allowed what others think or feel about you to define you? If so, reject the lie, claim the truth found in God's Word and speak that over yourself.
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