Fresh Hope – 16th October 2018

Have you ever met someone and got on with them so well, it’s like you’ve known them forever? You find yourself saying things like ‘they know me better than I know myself.’

Those relationships – whether it be within your friendships or with your spouse – are what enrich our lives. They validate us. They make us feel loved. They deepen because we feel like we’re better people because of them.

Maybe that’s not something you’ve experienced. I want to encourage you today to seek that sort of relationship with God. Truth is, He really does know us better than we know ourselves. Jeremiah 1 v 5 says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God formed you – so of course He knows us best and better than that, He made you on purpose.

For years, I spent an awfully long time being concerned with people’s opinions of me, whether they liked me and whether I was seen to be fitting in. I realised over time that somewhere along the way, I’d lost myself and actually relied too heavily on the people in my life for validation.

Once I brought that to God’s attention and simply asked Him, ‘who am I really?’, the most amazing changes started to happen. God revealed things to me about myself that even I didn’t know and it’s such an amazing adventure.

There are desires in you, with purpose attached to them and they are just waiting to be revealed to you, if only you’ll take the time to look and listen. Just when you think God is done, He does something else incredible and that is His nature; He never runs out of ideas.

 

One of my favourite verses is in Romans 8 v 15 in The Message version and it says ‘This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.’

Whenever you’re uncertain, simply ask God what’s next. He’ll show you who you truly are.

Melissa Reynolds-Lawrence

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