Trying to be Something I’m Not

woman mirrorLiving in the world can cause you can take on a wrong idea about who you are, almost like a false identity that’s uncomfortable, like an itchy sweater, because it’s not the real you, the God-designed you. Many times this starts by what we learned from our parents, teachers, culture, or media, or by wanting approval and acceptance from others. If you’re concerned about disappointing certain people in your life or looking to others to know who you are, you are placing yourself in a type of prison where the real you steps back and is hidden by an impostor. What you believe about yourself on the inside is what you will manifest on the outside. 

The Father wants you to recognize this false self and the wrong expectations you live under. He can “take the chains off” that connect you to a wrong need of other people. He is the only place, the only one who can surround you and heal you, to set you free. He wants you to become the unique, amazing, and precious person He created. He never expects you to try to fill the roles that others plan for you. He can see through the false self that’s been created and into the glorious future He plans for your life. And He wants you to know the truth: you have no rival. No one rivals you in His eyes. His enormous love is the same, and just as huge, for you as for any other.

You never have to compete or comply with the demands or requests of others to feel safe or have what you need. Your Father knows what you need. You can come to Him and ask for healing in all your relationships, and let the truth of who you are renew your mind so that your thoughts about you agree with what the Father says is true. Receive the blessing of His security, acceptance, and affirmation of who you are.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1 NIV

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. Galatians 5:1 NLT

affirmation, live, authentic, lifeThe Father wants you to know that He doesn’t want you to be weakened by the souls of other people. He did not create you for that. Remain strong in Him by staying close to Him. His Fathering of you will be complete and perfect and He will set you free. There’s always grace and safety for the real you in the Father’s embrace…just like you are.

Let your heart respond to your Father’s thoughts about you…

Much love,

Robin

From the desk by the window where sunshine and a cool breeze beckon and the dog is wanting to go for a walk. Be back later.

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(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, July 30, 2016

Thanks, Mary Crimmins & Learning to Become Fully Alive, for the image.

Progress Not Perfection {Don’t Give Up}

God listens, give up, despairWhat you own, where you work, what you wear, where you live – these things do not define who you are. The culture we live in will try to convince you that you must survive life successfully in a certain way. Some who are believers in God will even try to tell you that you cannot become what your heart desires because of your gender, race, age, or income. This is man’s law and has nothing to do with God’s definition of who you are or of what you are capable. The Father has never expected perfection from you. He knows life is messy, but desires progress for you in becoming the amazing person He created.

What is the dream in your heart that won’t keep quiet? You were created to do that – imperfectly! There is no limit with God in who he chooses, calls, and equips for certain tasks. Your future is guaranteed by His Spirit, not dependent on what characterizes your physical life. You were created by God to submit to His leadership of love and to walk in a trusting relationship with Him. He wants you to enjoy your spiritual inheritance as a child of the King, and walk in the destiny He has planned for you. He knows life isn’t easy, so He is always with you to strengthen and encourage your heart.

When the Father sent an angel to tell Mary that she would conceive and give birth to the Messiah, the response of her heart was excellent: “May everything you’ve said about me come true.” She was just a young girl, about 14, willing to say yes and walk out her destiny. The angel responded to her, “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)

Let the false self with all its efforts of perfection and self-protection fall away and allow the real you God created to shine. Some are afraid of letting too much of themselves show even to God, but not you. You are receiving more of who you are and you are coming to know that if He loves you so much, that He will be the safest place for the revealing of who you were created to be.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord.

‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'”

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

Who you are is defined by the realization of God’s unconditional love that goes down deep into your heart, renewing the mind, and healing the soul. The result is a deep peace inside that comforts, encourage, and propels you forward!

“Who knows but that you were positioned here for such a time as this?”

Ester 4:14

Loads of love & grace….

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From the desk by the window where a slow, gentle, healing rain is falling outside, soaking into dry ground. 

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(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, July 25, 2016

Let Me Introduce You {the blessing of hearing who you are}

“We are a Divine work of art, something that God is making, and therefore something with which He will not be satisfied until it has a certain character. We are the work which the artist loves intensely, and over this work the artist will take endless trouble, showing his great love for the creation.” ― C.S. LewisThe Problem of Pain

family 1960sWhen I was a child, my parents introduced me to others as their daughter; not that there was a need for I looked like them both. There was great security in hearing them say who I was for it gave me a sense of identity and legitimacy. As I grew and began a relationship with God, He began to tell me who I was as His daughter so I could walk through everything in life knowing I belonged to Him as one He has called a masterpiece.

You, too, are God’s masterpiece in the making. With tender brush strokes, He works His healing love and revealing truth into your life so that you reveal more of your Father’s image.  With immeasurable love, sweet compassion, and tender care to detail, He gently transforms your earthly identity into a heavenly one of knowing you are His child.

You are who your Father says you are.

You are exceptional, gifted, unconventional, memorable, created to make a difference, to add value to life, to solve certain problems, to bring change where others are desperate for it, and to experience joy – for you bring something no one else can or ever will. You were born on purpose – as a perfect part of the Kingdom of Heaven plan. No matter what your birth was like or who was there when you first breathed air, all of Heaven rejoiced with a shout! And the Father smiled at His creation of you and said, “It is very good!” Yes, you are who your Father says you are. Very good, excellent, His masterpiece.

You are learning to accept God’s definition of who you are, and learning to say “Yes, I am who my Father says I am!” With this new definition, your faith soars and fear has less place in you for it cannot remain when you are trusting in His love. As your security increases, you are choosing to not let fear and smallness or the desire for comfort and security talk youchildren of God, child's feet into playing it safe. You are moving away from a small version of God, and stepping into who you really are,  coming to know the Father really well. This is where life is meant to be lived.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

“There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror!” 1 John 4:18 (AMP)

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are.” 1 John 3:1 (NIV)

As sure as when your parents introduced you, you truly are who your Heavenly Father says you are. Feel the new identity and security and let that truth be soaked up by your heart and bring you joy!

Loads of grace,

Robin

From the desk by the window where the sun is shining on the horse’s backs and I need to hear about God’s love again. Tell me one more time.

(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, July 20, 20162016-04-27 09.41.29

 

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Dear Spirit in Me,

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You have been renewed by God’s own Spirit and have full access to Him.

You have a voice unlike my physical voice and I want to hear every syllable you are saying.

You hear directly from the Father as if you were in the throne room with Him.

Can you help my soul to be stilled and quieted within me as I learn to hear and see You?

Can you calm my fears and help me understand your language of love?

Can you tell me again who I am, the woman Father created me to be, the brave lioness, the soaring bird, the deeply rooted mountain, and the playful sea?

Can you help remove all the labels the world and even the church has placed on me? One who can’t succeed, one who is limited, one afraid to try, one who should know her place, one relegated to back benches, one whose voice has been squelched into silence, one who will never be a mother, one who will never write a book, one who will be diseased, one whose music goes unwritten, one who will never know love, one who is bound suffer in isolation, one who must settle and be thankful for less than the story You’ve written for me – those labels.

Can you tame my soul of its anger, depression, and fear, and heal its wounds?

Can you heal me and free me in such a way that I am forever liberated into the Spirit of the Father’s limitless love?

Lord, You are the One I seek and you say that if I seek You, I will find You.

You are the One my heart is desperate to know and love.

Can You help me hold a little more of that love today as Your Light quietly walks across the floor of my heart and shines, warming the old boards until they glow?

I’m inviting You to take over, consume, saturate, and overflow my very life with the very life of the Father.

Do, come in! And bring Joy & Peace with You!

Lots of love to you the reader,

Robin

From the desk by the window, listening for Him, on the longest day of the year.

(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC – June 21, 2016

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Let your heart speak out what it needs to say, and even if you don’t like it, appreciate every word. Then ask the Lord to fill it more with Himself, more of His loving, sweet Spirit in you. It will be OK. You will be OK – if you keep seeking Him.

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20 Things to Pray for Your Children

Sylvia Gunter is the founder of The Father’s Business ministry. Her books and weekly emails have been blessing my life, and especially my prayer life, for the past 6 years. I have given many of her books away, my favorite title being “Blessing Your Spirit” by Sylvia Gunter and Arthur Burke.
Sylvia has given her permission for me to repost her email from this past week entitled 20 Things to Pray for Your Children. I requested permission for 3 reasons: (1) her content is excellent and biblically based, (2) in my speaking and Spiritual Life Coaching, I find that most people aren’t secure in their prayer life and aren’t certain of how to pray, and (3) we need to pray strategically for our children. I hope this inspires you to pray for your children in a new way. I want to encourage you to visit her website and buy some books!

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20 Things to Pray for Your Children

Lord, I prayed for this child, and You have granted me what I asked of You.

1 Samuel 1:27

These Scripture-based prayers are dedicated to this most important responsibility and privilege of a parent or grandparent or teacher for children of all ages.

 

Lord, what do You want for my children?

Guide me by Your Spirit as I pray for my children according to Your will. I release them to You so that You can accomplish Your will for their lives. Work the life of Christ in them and give them Your best.

 

I pray that my children would:

  1. Receive and love Jesus as their Savior… May they understand that You love them so much that You gave Your only Son for them, and when they believe in Him, they will have life forever with You. John 3:16
  2. Commit their lives to make Jesus Lord and be filled with Your Spirit… May my children recognize that Jesus is the Name above all names and confess Him as Lord of all. I pray that they will trust Him with all their hearts, not lean on their own understanding, and acknowledge that He is Lord; thus, You will guide them in Your best way for them. May they be filled with Your Holy Spirit to the fullness of Christ. Phil 2:9-11, Pro 3:5-6, Eph 5:18, 1:23, 4:13
  3.  Know the true and living God intimately and cherish and live in all Your names… I pray that my children will desire to know You intimately, Father. May they love You and apply Your names and truth to their needs. Dan 11:32b, Phil3:10, Ps 9:10
  4. Learn to pray and praise… I pray that my children will learn to communicate with You, their loving Father. Put Your praise in their hearts and on their lips. Lead them to be entirely dependent on You for everything, so they talk with You about everything and give You the honor that You deserve. Mark 10:14-15, Matt 21:16, Phil 4:6
  5. Know who they are in Christ… I pray that my children will know how precious they are to You. Teach them to base their identity and security in Christ. Give them Christ-centered confidence and worth. Give them Your mind about how You see them and how You feel about them. Help them to know who they are and what they have in Christ and what they can do through Him. Eph 1:4,7,11-14; Col 1 :27
  6. Be protected from the evil one by the blood of Jesus… Cause my children to know the power of the blood to defeat all the works of the evil one.  John17:15, 1 John 4:4
  7. Receive the love of God the Father… I pray that my children will know Your Father-heart and have the assurance of Your great love. Let them know by experience how extravagantly and unconditionally You love them. Father them with Your holy love, so that they know that You are always working in their lives in love. 1 John 3:1
  8. Love the Word of God… I pray that my children will treasure Your Word more than wealth. Teach them to base their lives on it as their standard of life. Give them understanding as they seek You in Your Word. Teach them to plead Your unbreakable promises and to defeat all the lies of the enemy with Your truth revealed in Your Word. Ps 119:127-130,159-162
  9. Learn to hate sin and love holiness, righteousness, and the fear of the Lord… I pray that You will write Your Word on the hearts of my children so that they will choose to hate sin and love Your holiness. Work in their lives the holy fear of You. Help them to desire to please You in all they do. Create in them a pure heart. Make them wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. Move in them to dedicate their life to You as a living sacrifice. Ps 119:9,11; 2 Tim2:22, Rom 16:19b, Pro 8:13
  10. Grow up into maturity in the Lord… I pray that my children will be built on the foundation of Jesus and grow in Your grace with a conscious sense of Your presence conforming them to be like You. May they be built up with Your wisdom, favor, truth, love, life, faith, strength, and thankfulness. Luke 2:52, Eph4:15, Col 2:6-7
  11. Glorify God in their bodies as Your temple… I pray that my children will honor You by keeping their bodies pure as the temple of Your Spirit. Teach them the great price You paid in the death of Jesus for their holiness. 1 Cor 6:19-20, Rom 12:1-2
  12. Respect those in authority…I pray that my children will submit to the authorities You have placed over them for their good. Cause them to obey and not reserve for themselves the right to choose whether to obey, which You call rebellion. Give them a joyful, grateful heart as they submit to authority. Rom 13:1, Eph 6:1, 3:22-25
  13. Have healthy, edifying, wise friendships… I pray that my children will develop friendships based on the drawing of Your Holy Spirit to righteous companions. Give them friends who are true, wholesome, and mutually encouraging. Give them wisdom in choosing relationships that will honor You. Ps 119:63, John 15:13-14
  14. Know the truth and renew their minds in God’s Word… I pray that my children will know Your truth in their hearts as well as their minds. May they base their life on Your truth instead of Satan’s lies, so that they will experience all the freedom that Jesus died to give them. I pray that they will daily renew their minds in Your Word and set their thoughts on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise. John 8:32, Rom 12:2, Phil 4:8
  15. Walk wisely in the ways and wisdom of God… I pray that my children will commit everything they do to You and trust You to show them the blessings of obedience. Teach them to put You first in everything. Let their actions reflect Your goodness, righteousness, truth, and wisdom. Day by day fulfill all Your will for them. Ps 37:4- 6, Pro 3:5-6, Eph 5:8-10,15-17
  16. Have the joy of the Lord… I pray that You alone will be my children’s  joy. Fill them with Your joy, so they won’t pursue the world’s pleasures. Phil 4:4, Neh 8:10
  17. Seek to please God, not self, and serve others… I pray that my children will desire to please You in their thoughts and actions and not be people-pleasers. May they have servant’s hearts and give to others like Jesus who did not seek to be served. Matt 4:10b, Ps 19:14, Mark 10:43-45
  18. Learn who the enemy is and resist him victoriously… I pray that my children will humbly submit to You and resist the evil one, thereby defeating him. May they discern his tactics and not entertain his lies nor be entrapped by his snares. I pray that they will receive Your strength and resurrection power for every spiritual battle. 2 Cor 2:11, Jam 4:7, Eph 6:10
  19. Maintain their first-love devotion to Jesus… I pray that Jesus will be the first love of my children. Give them a passion for Jesus. Cause them to love Him with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind. May they prize His affection above all else. Phil 3:13-14, Luke 10:27
  20. Find the godly life partner that God is preparing, a mate who will complement them in their obedient walk with the Lord… I pray that You will bring my children the life partner You have chosen for them. Develop the character of Jesus in them. May their walk together with You be a testimony that You made them for each other. Make them a mighty witness for You. Bless them with Your best. Pro 12:4, 31:10; Ps 112:1-2
In Jesus’ name, amen.
 
You can use God’s Word to form prayers for any need. I hope that you will begin praying scripture prayers that are strategic, asking the Lord what He wants you to pray, and following His leading in your prayer life. All your comments or questions are welcome! Find Sylvia Gunter on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @thefathersbiz. Visit her website to sign up for the weekly devotional like I did.
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Loads of God’s good grace to you,
Robin
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(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, March 1, 2016
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Do You Make Someone’s Heart Glad? {this is why you exist}

You exist because of love. Not just the love of your parents, but the love of your Creator. He is your Heavenly Father and you are here so that you can come to know Him and the perfect love He has for you. He wants you to experience receiving and giving love. It’s not an easy or simple thing to open ourselves up to someone we can’t see, but He is beyond our comprehension, beyond our vision, yet the most real thing that exists.

Your Father made you special, one-of-a-kind, totally unique and different from every other person who has or will ever live. He designed your life to have great meaning. In fact, He has written the story of your life! “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16). Your life in God is everything you’ve always wanted to feel and know, and in Him, your life can always be expanding towards all the purpose He has for you.

Your Father cares about every detail of your life and watches over you every day. He knows your pain and promises to transform it into good growth, wisdom, and purpose. His eye is always upon you, eyes of love, acceptance, and blessing. His heart is glad that you are His child, and will never leave you nor forsake you. Be willing to let yourself open up to His love that surrounds you.. It contains all the acceptance, healing, and joy any of us will ever need.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”Psalm 139:13-16

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry.”Psalm 34:15

No matter what comes your way, “in death or in life, you are covered by the power of God’s great love”. Hoping your heart can open just a little and let some of this sweet love melt into it. Enjoy the video.

Loads of love & grace,

Robin

From the desk by the window where I am asking for more faith to believe more fully in such a love!

(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, July 10, 2015

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Brought in Close

little_girls_whisperingWe all want to be accepted, included, valued, and loved. When I was a child, I loved it when my friend, Laura, would motion with her finger for me to come closer so she could whisper a secret in my ear. Our relationship deepened as she had shared something new with me and I felt significant. It also made me want to share my secrets and my life with her. We were the best of friends!

When I came to know Jesus as my Savior, He brought me in close in much the same way. Paul wrote these words to the new Christians in Ephesus describing our transfer from being outsiders to insiders with God:

But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13 ESV)

Now because of Christ – dying that death, shedding that blood – you who were once out of it altogether are in on everything.  (Ephesians 2:13 The Message)

Jesus came to restore relationship with the Father, and when I came to know Him, I came to know the Father as well! I have been brought in close, included, accepted, valued, and loved. Nothing is forced on me, but the Father cares for me for I am His child. That means He teaches me, shares wisdom with me, and reveals to me my right and true identity, value, and purpose – all the things He wanted me to know when He created me. This relationship becomes more intimate, like a best, trusted friend, as the Father shares things I would never know otherwise. I have come to trust that He is the safest place for all my secrets, emotions, and thoughts. We share things together, we both listen, and I am the one who is changed. And He has promised this…

Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).  Jeremiah 33:3 (AMP)

A while back, I was asking the Lord how to structure my days concerning some new goals. His reply? “See us meeting together at a table, our heads touching, and when you come in close, I will help you know how to walk through your day, dear one.”

When speaking recently at a church on our relationship with the Father, I shared a poem I wrote entitled “The Meeting Place” about this very thing of stopping to meet with God every day to see what He has to say. You can read it here. He wants this time with all of us, and if He wants it for us, then it’s necessary to live the life we were given.

What about you? Do you know the Father? The Son can introduce you. You can be brought in close, too. And that introduction is just the beginning for we aren’t created and saved just for Heaven one day. We are here to know and share the abundant “sozo” life that Jesus went to the cross to restore! That is the forgiven, included, restored, and healed life of purpose. This life is the most important thing we can ever choose and the most fulfilling way to live on earth. All you have to do is simply ask for it and it’s yours.

Loads of grace,

Robin

From the desk by the window where the sky is blue and I’m feeling brought in close, wondering what adventure the Father has next. 

(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC, June 10, 2015