As we end week #2, this is your challenge: To recognize that people aren’t God

Are you ready to strip the past, or people, of the power that they have taken in your thoughts? In your sense of self? In the way you view faith or life?

Will you allow your Savior to gently peel away the layers of hurt inflicted on your heart as you soak in Whose you are?

We find our true self as we realize:

  • Your past or the people in it may have shaped you, but they do not define you or limit who you can be, with God’s help. 
  • The words spoke over your heart was most likely borne out of their own hurt, and we are not responsible to embrace them as truth.
  • Their words cannot and do not compare with these:

Ps. 27:10: Although my father and my mother have forsaken me, yet the Lord will take me up—adopt me as His child. (AMP)

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. (NLT)

Ps. 34:8: Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see— how good God is. Blessed are you who run to Him. (MSG)

Ps. 36:7-8: How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
in the shadow of your wings.
You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
letting them drink from your river of delights. (NLT)

How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures. AMP

Romans 8:1: So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.” NLT

For the Spirit which you have now received is not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption—the Spirit producing sonship—in the bliss of which we cry, Abba Father! Father! AMP

Rm. 8:37-39:No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. NLT

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NIV

2 Cor. 6:1: And I will be your Father, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. NLT

And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,  says the Lord Almighty. AMP

I am taking a prayer and writing sabbatical, but will be back here with you on Monday. Don’t read ahead. Let Chapter Two soak in. Ask your questions. Prayerfully let meditate on the scriptures from this week’s teaching. Journal.

Lord, thank you that people are not God. Like me, they make mistakes. Or perhaps they lost their way, or evil influenced their hearts. Today we turn from the influence of people or the past and we open our hearts to you. To everything you have for us. Every drop of healing. Every flood of cleansing. Every ounce of change and transformation. Nothing held back. Nothing hidden. In your powerful, healing name, amen.