A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to lead worship at and to be a part of a conference in Grand Rapids, MI. This conference was focused on the truth that we are the Beloved of God. During one of the sessions we confronted names or curses that had been spoken against and over us through the course of our lives. People bolding spoke out the negativity that had been spoken over them. In most cases these were things said by those closest to them. There’s so much freedom to be had in speaking out that which we hold inside. Once these things were confronted we moved into a time of learning what God has to say about us and then there was a time of reflection where everyone was encouraged to sit and listen to God speak over them. To listen for the name that God was speaking over our individual lives.
This was such a beautiful time for me personally. Seeing so many set free to the truth that they truly are the Beloved of God. Hearing the new names that God was calling them by, Virtuous, Courageous, Beautiful, Righteous, Lovely, and so many other names. You could literally feel a shift in the atmosphere. People grasping that reality. Standing firm in what God calls them. It is burned in my brain.
The funny thing is that ever since I’ve been home from that conference and that run of worship nights, I have been struggling so much with my own identity. I’ve been confronted with my own feelings of inadequacy and insecurities. I’ve replayed all of the curses spoken over me and all of the negativity that has been in my life.
The enemy is always going to be there to try to remind us of our inadaquecies and curses that have been spouted over us.
I’m learning more and more that the best way to combat that is to daily speak the truth that God has spoken over me. To declare his promises over my life.
I don’t where this blog will find you. Perhaps you’re reading this and thinking “duh! I already knew that.” If so, that’s amazing! Maybe God is now calling you to speak those promises and truths over the lives of others that you know. Maybe you’re reading this and thinking “This is exactly where I’m at right now.” If that’s you I want you to know that even as I type this I am declaring those truths over your life. Even if I don’t know your name. Don’t buy into the lies and curse of the enemy. Buy into the truth and promises of God who created you in His likeness. Be known by the new name that God has given you as a you are made new in Him.
Speak these truths over your life:
• I am a child of God.
But to all who have received him–those who believe in his name–he has given the right to become God’s children … (John 1:12).
• My old self was crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin.
We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin (Romans 6:6).
• I am a fellow heir with Christ.
And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ)–if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him (Romans 8:17).
• I am a new creature in Christ.
So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away–look, what is new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
• I have become the righteousness of God in Christ.
God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
• I am no longer a slave, but a child and an heir.
So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God (Galatians 4:7).
• I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God.
For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love (Ephesians 1:4).
• I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7).
• I have boldness and confident access to God through faith in Christ.
… In whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ’s faithfulness (Ephesians 3:12).
• I have been made complete in Christ.
… You have been filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority (Colossians 2:10).
• I have been chosen of God, and I am holy and beloved.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience … (Colossians 3:12).
• God loves me and has chosen me.
We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you … (1 Thessalonians 1:4).
“Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on us. Spirit of the living God fall afresh on us. Amen”