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Our True Identity

“God created us for union with Himself – this is the original purpose of our lives. And God is defined as love (1 John 4:16, The Bible). Living in the awareness of our belovedness is the axis around which the christian life revolves. Being the beloved is our identity, the core of our existence. It is not merely a lofty thought, an inspiring idea, or one named among many. It is the name by which God knows us and the way He relates to us.” — Bennan Manning, Abba’s Child

My gratefulness continually grows for people like Mr. Manning. Amid the layers of our life experiences, he is able to go to the heart of the matter. And truly, I believe, this is the heart of walking with God. Knowing the”who” we are lays the foundation from which we then relate not only God, but also to others. The world around us screams that identity is connected to the “what we do” or some image of their creation. The slide into this mode of living is easy and profuse. Yet, above this valley of unrest and constant anxiety, the Father in Heaven pronouces the real truth that quiets the noise. He draws us close and intimately tells us, “YOU ARE MY BELOVED, first and last. What you do, what you have done, and even what you might do can do absolutely nothing to change my heart for you. I DEFINE YOUR LIFE — You are my beloved!”.

I know, I can scarely believe it, much less experience it consistently in my present state. Yet, the reality of it is growing in my heart, like a refreshing river in the midst of a desert land. Amazingly, the more it is becoming real in me, the more simple life with Him becomes. The false “me” I’ve promoted to protect my heart is wanning in both presence and power. And in its place, I can feel the real me birthing forth in newness of life, security, and deep abiding joy.

If you can identify or feel your heart yearning for the same, I offer this blessing for you… “Father, we together thank you for the value you put on our lives. We ask that you fill us with increasing experiences of your heart-love, so much so that any walls and/or hardness we have had will dissolve in the soaking waters of your deep affection, kindness and tenderness. May you give us new eyes, ears and hearts to recieve all that you desire to show and shine into the deep places of our hearts. Thank you so much. Let it be done.”

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