Thursday, March 1, 2012

Who We Are

This morning, I woke up with the words discouragement, defeat, and  despair on my heart. Not because they are actively at work in my life now, (although I have been at some raw places in the past, so if you are there I get it), but because God has brought to my attention to write about some areas of (en)couragement and where we have victory in Christ.

I read the devotional Jesus calling this morning and here is what it said for yesterday:

"You are on the right path. Listen more to Me, and less to your doubts. I am leading you along the way I designed just for you. Therefore, it is a lonely way, humanly speaking. But I go before you as well as alongside you, so you are never alone...

I am revealing to you the path of Life day by day, and moment by moment. As I said to My disciple Peter, so I repeat to you: Follow Me."  -Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

John 10:4

I love the illustration of Jesus calling His sheep by name in John 10 and the fact that he leads us and we follow him when He is not a stranger to us. In that, if He was a stranger, we would run away because we would not recognize a stranger's voice. 

There's such a sharp contrast given in John 10 between all the others who claim or claimed to bring life and the life Jesus brings.

 He says "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves or robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate, whoever enters through it will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (v 7-10).

I love Kari Jobe's song "We Are" as it does remind me of who I am (and who I'm not), and perhaps reminds us collectively of who we are, living loved under the fullness of a big God. 

Not the secrets, shames, or pains.

Not trapped in the darkness of fears.

"Children of the day."

Not alone.

Called by name

More than conquerors.


  1. Julie,
    Thanks for taking the words you woke up with and turned it into positive.