Where God's Dream for You Starts
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT)
The way you see yourself affects everything else in your life, including your dreams.
Even more important than wanting God's dream for your life is understanding that God does his deepest work in you by changing the way you see yourself. Too often you see yourself only as you've been told to see yourself. But those people who spoke into your identity weren't always speaking the truth, and they didn’t love you the way God loves you.
After Jacob wrestled with God, he got three things: a new identity, a blessing, and a daily reminder to depend on God and not himself. God gave Jacob a new name, Israel, which means “prince of God”—because God saw his potential. And God blessed Jacob with a dream greater than anything he could imagine. Jacob’s descendants would not only occupy the land, they would spread across the earth in a constant covenant with God. But God also gave him a limp so that he would stop his pattern of running away and learn to rest and trust in God instead.
Out of this experience, Jacob emerged weaker in his own strength and stronger in God's strength and his new identity. Only God can make the kind of radical change in a person that takes him from “deceiver and manipulator” (the meaning of Jacob’s name) to “prince of God.”
Regardless of who you are or what you've done, Jesus Christ wants to give you a new identity. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (NLT).
This is the starting point for God's dream for your life. He doesn’t just want you to turn over a new leaf. He wants to give you a whole new life, with a dream and purpose beyond what you could imagine.
God gives you a new identity when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. It doesn’t matter what other people have said about you or how they’ve labeled you. Essentially, because God says, “I know you’ve blown it; but beneath all of your sins and hang-ups, I see a princess or prince. You can be something great. You can be what I made you to be.”
Talk It Over
What is the biggest lie you’ve ever believed about yourself? How do you know it is a lie?
Does God’s opinion of you matter more than other people’s opinions? How is your answer reflected in the way you see yourself?
What is one way you can speak truth into someone’s life today so that they are reminded of how God sees them and loves them?
Let Christ give you a new identity!
You don’t have to earn God’s love or work your way into heaven. The Bible says, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV).
If you’re ready to commit your life to him, then pray:
"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is your Son. I believe that he died for my sins and that you raised him to life. I want to trust him as my Savior and follow him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen."
If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email me at Rick@PastorRick.com and let me know about it. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.
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