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Need a Lift?


Some of you may have seen or heard of our recent exploits with our Jeep, Rugged Glory.  We bought it used and the previous owner said he didn’t want to go too crazy so went with a 2.5 inch lift.  After having Rugged Glory for over a year and doing some other work, I decided it was time to get a new 4 inch lift to prepare for going bigger on the tires.

Last week the lift came in, but through a series of crazy events we realized we already had a 4 inch lift.  I just can’t believe that for over a year we were fooled. What a mess!  So much time invested in finding a lift and now that I have it I’ve got to hull it back!  All this because the previous owner was apparently clueless!

I can not help but remember the years I struggled with my own identity in Christ.  For years, I was a Christian that thought horrible about himself- full of guilt and shame.  I believed in Christ, but I didn’t believe He really changed my identity.  I messed up over and over because I didn’t trust Christ fully. I thought I had to do certain things and not do certain other things in order to become a ‘good’ Christian- to ‘lift’ my own identity.  What I failed to understand was that Christ had already gave me a new ‘lift;’

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬

So, now I’m finally releasing all that guilt and shame, and I’m no longer trying to do things myself to please God- no, instead I am living my life in faith of the one who saved me and changed me;

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬

I now know that God is already pleased with me because I trust Jesus.  He is pleased with me, He loves me, He chose me, He sent His Son to save me- I am who He says I am and He says I am His prized child;

“that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,” Philippians‬ ‭2:15‬ ‭

I am glad I now know my Jeep is already lifted, but even more glad that Jesus lifted me!  Yes, it is uplifting to know (couldn’t resist!). Now I must ask, are you struggling with your identity?  If so, let’s talk…

Prayer focus: for those Believers struggling with shame

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