“So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free”. John 8:36 AMP
“Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God.” Hebrews 11:10 MSG
When God called Abraham to leave his country, He was asking him to stop looking at what was behind him and look ahead to what is in front of him.
God is calling you to stop looking back at all the reasons why you can’t be who God has called you to be and keep your eyes on the reason why you can: Jesus.
Any and all reasons why you “can’t” were carried to the cross with Jesus. He took them, embraced them and destroyed them there. Mind you, this isn’t about being in denial about your issues, this is about being clear about your identity in Christ.
When God asked Abraham to leave his past behind, He changed his name, He gave him a new identity. When God calls you to be His own, He gives you more than a fresh start, He gives you a new identity in Christ.
And He walks with you every day to help you work out your issues and work in your new identity.
It takes a while to see yourself as God sees you and apply it to your life. It is a lifelong journey that takes faith.
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.” Hebrews 11: 2 MSG
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIV)
The best guidance for facing conflict and having a crucial conversation is:
Know who you are in Christ.
Face reality without backing down.
Be fierce about fighting for the relationship.
Do everything in love.