We struggle with defining ourselves…
Often, it is more difficult than defining others! Our lives are multi-faceted, and ever changing, as the world changes around us. In fact, many are constantly redefining themselves as new avenues of life open. It’s almost like standing in a hall of mirrors. One tiny movement opens up new viewpoints. Each view makes us consider new avenues!
I have defined myself by a foundation that many used to consider and have now rejected. Scripture. As I am a student of scripture, my research points me into many pathways to keep an image of myself in clear focus.
Here are three major scriptures I use for this purpose.
“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:5-9 NKJV)
This is the first major step of the replacement of Moses. Joshua had been in the wilderness for the 40 years of wandering and was now being commissioned to move the children of Israel into the promised land. Notice God’s descriptive commands: Don’t go left. Right. Prosper. Recite the Law. Mediate on the word day and night. Do all that is written within it. Then you will be prosperous and successful! Do not be afraid or dismayed… God is with you!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:1-3 NKJV)
Present yourself to God as a sacrifice that is living, holy and acceptable. “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.” (The Message) Renewal is important – and please notice it does not say that you will “change” your mind. You will renew it to match the image originally given. Then, Do It… That perfect will of God!
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV)
Finally! Clothe yourself with God’s Armor! Not yours! You cannot stand up to the enemy by yourself. You need Him and His! Our fight is not against this physical world, but against the spiritual realm. You cannot change people! Address your attention to the spiritual realm and be ready to fight!
When we keep our focus on the definition of scripture as our source of strength, then life becomes more focused and better lived. Trust me! There is less struggle when we let God’s way define us…