Because God Said So

Author:  Rachelle Rieke
Do you ever stop to wonder just how much the words, “It is finished,” really meant, how much was really accomplished on that day, and what it means for you and me right now? Though we barely scratch the surface, just imagine Jesus speaking to you:
You are my number-one. There is no one I would rather be with (Song of Songs 7:10). You are the most beautiful (Song of Songs 1:8), and you are perfect (Song of Songs 4:7, Hebrews 10:14). Honor me by accepting what I say about you. Look at who you are! You are royalty overflowing with life (1 Peter 2:9-10, John 7:38) and clothed in peace (Philippians 4:7, Colossians 3:15). The characteristics within you are pleasing (Galatians 5:22), and there will never be another like you, for you are unique (Isaiah 64:8). Do not even consider the mistakes and pain of the past nor the decay of the present because they have nothing to do with you (Romans 6, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 2:10). You are strong (1 John 2:14) and a warrior (Psalm 18:39, 1 John 5:4, Zechariah 10:5, Ephesians 6:10-18). Believe me, and stop trying to become what you already are!
Though God’s Word is true because He said it, why is it so easily undermined within us by circumstances and emotions? Though life’s trials are very real, why do we allow them to be “realer” than the Word of God? I believe the time is now for us to declare truth over ourselves, and in a brilliant clash of raw and “realer” faith with the very “real” of our circumstances, establish ourselves in our “realest” identity… because God said so.
Though I write like I know what I am talking about, this is the greatest struggle. We can know who we are in Christ, but it is by how we respond to our circumstances and the “realness” of life, that determines if we truly understand. The last year has been the toughest of my life, and I feel like I have failed over and over at choosing the truth over how I feel in a given situation. Whether it be health problems, financial issues, relational hardships, or any other perceived obstacle, what God says about the matter must speak louder that what we perceive.
The Lord has recently had me in the Song of Songs in the Passion Translation having me read it over and over again to wash myself in the passionate way He sees me. With recent trials, I have allowed myself to be deceived again and again about who I really am, but He is always there to show me the truth. I also had a dream a couple weeks ago to remind me again. I was riding in the back of a car, and I was flipping through a journal, maybe it was mine, but I opened to a particular page. It had some kind of illustration on it, but what stood out to me were the words, “I am powerful.” God was revealing again who I am, as He is for you too!
As the line in the song, Here Now, by Hillsong United says: faith makes a fool of what makes sense. In other words, the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight (1 Corinthians 3:19). The wisdom of the world admonishes us to strive and strive to fix ourselves, to be better, to run faster, jump higher… but God says we are complete in Him – holy, blameless, and faultless before Him (Colossians 1:22). May we be grounded in what God says even when it is contrary to what we presently perceive because we walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). Then, as we refuse to sacrifice who God says we are on the altar of “yeah but,” what we perceive will yield to the Word of God by faith.
Identity is destiny and power. Cling to who the Word says you are because mountains will move (Mark 11:23) , darkness will flee, people will be healed, the dead will be raised (Matthew 10:8), you will do greater things than even Jesus on the earth (John 14:12), and nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17:20) because God said so.
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