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Who Are You?

Eyes Wide OpenIf somebody asked me, “Who are you?” I could say lots of things. I could say, “I am Jud. I am married to Lori. We have two kids and a slobbery bulldog named Roxy. And I am horrible at Guitar Hero for Xbox.”

These are aspects of who I am, but my identity is not found in them. According to the Bible, my identity is found in God. He chooses me. I’m His possession. And that is who you are too.

It doesn’t matter what your employer says, what your parents say, what your ex says, or what your friends say. God says that as His follower you are chosen. You are loved just as you are, and your identity is complete in that. You can’t earn it, and you can’t undo it; there is nothing you can do to achieve it. What could be more awesome?

~ Excerpted from Eyes Wide Open by Jud Wilhite

So how would you answer the question “Who are you?”

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God is for us!

Eyes Wide Open“I turned the question over in my mind while looking at the clouds drifting by that day. If God is for us, who can be against us? In the first part of the question, the ‘if’ isn’t really casting any doubt. It is in fact assuming the truth of what it states. God is for us! He’s for us. Looking at it another way, He’s for us!

The God who created the sky, the trees, the landscape, the clouds—that God. The God who created the universe—that God. The God who is spinning our planet on its axis right now at a thousand miles an hour, ensuring that we travel 1.3 million miles today in our orbit around the sun—that God. The God who has the expanse of the universe in the palm of His hand. The God who created the complexities of the human eye, the human cell, and the DNA strand. That God is for us—for us!

And if He is for us, then ‘who can be against us?’”

~ Excerpted from Eyes Wide Open by Jud Wilhite

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Distorted Perspectives

Too many of us live with a distorted perspective of God. We believe that God loves; we just aren’t convinced at the core of our being that He loves us. We either jump on the performance treadmill to try and earn God’s love, or we wallow in guilt and condemnation.

This distorted perspective affects how we see ourselves. We look in the mirror, and instead of seeing one loved and forgiven by God, created in His image, empowered to influence the world for Him, we see something else. We see images from the past. We play the destructive video clip over and over in our minds and come to the same conclusion: I’m a failure…fat…insignificant…ugly…worthless…dumb…hopeless…unworthy… unloved…a nobody.

If this sounds familiar to you, then I need to warn you about something: Distorted images are not only shaping your perspective but are also hindering your possibilities. If you see yourself as insignificant long enough, you’ll start to act accordingly.

Embracing God’s perspective of you—living with eyes wide open—is so important because it allows you to become the person God created you to be.
~ Excerpted from Eyes Wide Open by Jud Wilhite

I wholeheartedly agree with what Jud writes here because this has been a major part of my journey with God. It is impossible to truly know God without also coming to grips with how He sees us. And that will influence every single aspect of our journey with Him!

 

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