Spring is coming!
This is my favorite time of the year. Maybe because the First day of Spring is my birthday!
But also because it brings me out of the cold and dark time of year and into the warmth and light.
Especially this year, I am ready to be delivered out of the darkness of this last year and into the light of new promise.
Last year saw much illness: the diagnosis of an auto-immune disease that came with unkind medications and breast cancer, and my father’s last battle with lung disease and then his death. It saw diminishing energy, fatigue, and discouragement over many losses.
God was good to give me some bright spots. Two sons’ weddings and a trip to Hawaii were very joyful.
But I am ready for life in the full sun. Just as teachers and kids everywhere are enthusiastically counting the weeks till school is out, I am ready and eager for being done with cancer, and medication’s side effects.
2 Peter 1:4 tells me “I have given you very great and precious promises.” So, I am ready to draw my strength from God and those promises.
The first thing that gives me strength is my identity in Christ.
Contrary to that little voice I sometimes hear reminding me how stupid I’ve been and how worthless I am, I know that in truth, I am a daughter of the King of the universe!
Among other things, Scripture tells me:
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12
I am a daughter/son of light and not darkness. I Thessalonians 5:5
I have been made righteous. 2 Corinthians 5:21
I am free forever from condemnation. Romans 8:1
Next I need to know His promises.
Some promises are for all Believers, so I can draw strength from knowing that:
I may approach God with boldness, freedom and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
I have been given the spirit of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
I am God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do the work, which He has prepared in advance for me. Ephesians 2:10
To know His personal promises to me, I need to be in His Word so I can hear Him speak them. Sometimes a new meaning becomes evident in a scripture I haven’t noticed or understood before. Or maybe a familiar passage suddenly has a unique application to something in my life. Sometimes I feel a conviction telling me to pay attention, that this is for me.
And finally, I need to live and act as if I believe those promises.
So since I believe I am a daughter of the King, I need to think and behave that way. Because I believe I have been given a spirit of power and love then I will act in love and be empowered when I come up against a challenge.
Knowing that I am God’s handiwork gives me confidence to step boldly into the light this Spring. And like Paul, be ready to “take hold of that for which God has taken hold of me.” Philippians 3:12
I pray that you too will be energized and empowered by the light that Spring brings. And will live and walk in the light of your true identity from God and in His promises.