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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You Are A History Maker and Just May Be A Hero

I can almost hear you, “Me? A history maker?” I know, I felt the same way until I understood. It is common for most of us to think in terms of a history maker being someone like the Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution or fought for liberty. People like George Washington, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Martin Luther King, Jr. But we too are history makers – every day, every moment.

The voices of culture and tradition want to define your life and make you dependent on their approval and acceptance. These voices say that your identity is linked to your position, income level, skin color, or circle of friends. These voices want to fill your mind with fear, doubt, and insignificance. They want to define and paint a picture of your life that’s less than who God says you are. This is small-scale living.

The truth is you are a masterpiece and you might just be a hero.

A few years ago, I took classes in an art gallery and learned that a Master Artist is one who has learned all the rules of shape and color, of texture, brush strokes, and canvas, and then breaks those rules in such a way that creates something new, one-of-a-kind, a can’t-be-duplicated work of art, a masterpiece.

Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) says, “We are God’s own masterpiece, recreated in Christ Jesus with a new start so that we may do all the good works for which we were created, taking the paths which He prepared for us ahead of time, so that we can walk in them and live the good life God thought out, prearranged, and made ready for us to live.”

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You are a can’t-be-duplicated, without-rival, highly valued creation by God who rightly defines you. He created you to be a person who connects with Him for vision, a man or woman with a voice that is here to create positive change and make a difference for the betterment of mankind. God chose the timing of your birth to be in this generation. He chose the talents, spiritual gifts, and dreams that would be developed for the purpose of your life. And He chose your gender. Whether you are a man or a woman, you have been made in God’s image and have been created to be a person of power, love, and great influence.

Like an inspiring work of art, you are here to lead others into their greatness. As you grow into a person of authenticity, you experience freedom to move in your strengths, giftedness, and passion because your authentic self will always display your uniqueness. A false self will only display a clouded, partial version of who you are to be. You are designed to be an overcomer, not a copy. You are created to be a problem solver, not one who just accepts things as they are. You are fashioned to be a one-of-a-kind, greatly valued individual with a purpose.

Our problem? We don’t believe it. More people are held back by self-limiting beliefs than by any other barrier. We will always live out what we really believe is true or possible for us. It’s time to let the real you emerge, the beautiful parts, and the places where you are strong. For this to happen, you must be intentional about your personal growth. There are parts of you that need to be healed and strengthened. When you choose to trust and receive, you become your truest self, enabled by God to fully live with eternal significance.

artist, creator, canvas, masterpiece

In 2015, America watched my home state as the Confederate Flag was removed from the statehouse grounds in Columbia, SC. The news reporter kept repeating, “You are seeing history being made.” Events of historical significance are distinguished and memorable, but do you think of the importance of your own life in creating history? With your life, you are writing history! Your life has an impact on others around you and on the generations yet to be born. Generations after us will look back and discuss some of us who realized the power of our choice and voice and used them to set the stage for the future. Some of us will be thanked and honored and some of us will be ridiculed and shamed. Don’t let the authentic you be painted over or muted by the brush strokes of the world that seek to diminish your beauty and purpose.

We are all history makers, for better or for worse, and if we pursue Him, God will help you become all He originally intended you to be – a leader, a history maker, and a person characterized by confidence and joy. Our stories were written to be joined with God so we can know first hand His ability to restore! No more boxed in, insignificant living. With authenticity, you can learn to lead like the unique, significant history maker you are. History may write you down as a hero. How you walk out your one life with God will determine how history views you. Set your focus on Him and live with intention to bring transformation into your world.

Love & Grace,

Robin

From the desk by the window on a cloudy Saturday where the trees are waiting for rain.

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