A Guest Post in the Shoulder to Shoulder Identity and Purpose Series
Sometimes, the enemy convinces me to question my worth, my identity...my purpose in God’s kingdom. In my weaker moments, it’s really not that hard, because the culture I live in makes it easy to believe his lies. I look around, and suddenly, the life that was perfectly fine yesterday is now inadequate, and the "I shoulds" begin. Does that ever happen to you? "I should have a career, be a stay-at-home mom, serve more, keep a cleaner home, have better behaved children, be a better wife, eat healthier, exercise more”. Sigh....I should. Facebook and Pinterest are proof... I’m not measuring up.
Ladies, this is NOT the mindset our Creator designed for us! But we buy into Satan’s lies. He whispers to us that we need more, deserve more, that we should be more. But we’re not the only ones, and we’re certainly not the first. He’s been waging war against women since the garden. He convinced Eve (who lived in paradise!) that God was holding out on her. That she was missing out on something. That she should have wisdom like God.
Genesis 3:5-6 KJV: “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
Just as Satan’s goal was to make Eve doubt herself and God’s goodness, he has the same agenda for our hearts today. While he won’t show up as a serpent, he’ll disguise himself in subtle ways, in unexpected forms, spewing his venom. But friends, we have an antidote - we’re daughters of the Great Physician!
As we fix our eyes on Him, we can find contentment in our circumstances, as we’re reminded that our true identity is found in our relationship with our Savior. Let’s pray for that for ourselves – and for one another.
April Michaels and her husband, Paul, have been married for 33 years, have one son who gifted them with a sweet daughter-in-law 2 years ago, one spoiled dog, and a field full of mischievous goats. April has worked at Century 21 in Weaverville for 28 years, leads a ladies life group, loves animals of all kinds, and enjoys being outdoors as much as possible. She gave her heart to Jesus as a young girl but hopes to never stop growing in her faith and learning more and more about her Savior. As a woman who has a tendency to be a worrier, she has kept Philippians 4:6-7 close her heart for years remind herself that there is no need to worry....but to pray and trust!
This is the third post in a series that will lead up to Shoulder to Shoulder's INSPIRE night, February 19th from 6:30-8 at our Weaverville campus. Register at brookstonechurch.org/inspire