Ariel’s TRUE IDENTITY.

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A couple of weeks ago I started an online bible study with over 43,000 other women all over the world. We are reading the book “Made To Crave” by Lysa Terkeurst. It is an amazing read if you haven’t read it yet. Take it chapter by chapter though. Let it soak in! You won’t regret it! I PROMISE!

Chapter 5 of the book was about our identity. Lysa gave a list of different things that she had identified herself with that weren’t God identities. It got me to thinking about what I identify myself with. The ones that aren’t God honoring. The ones that the enemy has placed in my head and heart.
1) Ariel, the one who has divorced parents.
2) Ariel, the one who has an eating disorder.
3) Ariel, the one whose father doesn’t care about her.
4) Ariel, the one who keeps failing at school.
5) Ariel, the broken girl.

For the past 7-10 years this is what I have identified myself with. It hasn’t been with Christ, it has been the above list. Why? Because I haven’t used the bible verses that I have memorized to fight off satan, I have just let his words saturate my heart, and mind and just let that be the “truth” that I believed.

That is no longer the case anymore. I am ashamed of not letting God define me. I should have known better, but I am changing that Now. Today. Not later.

My Identity with Christ. My true Identity
(I actually was listening to Mandisa’s Identity In Christ playlist on her spottily while writing this and the 1 Girl Nation song titled In His Eyes really spoke to me. The beginning of this list is from that song with a bible verse behind it! This song totally broke me.)
Ariel, the one who is treasured.
Malachi 3:17
“They will be my people,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgement, they will be my my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child.”
Ariel, the one who is BEAUTIFUL.
Song of Solomon 4:7
You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.
Ariel, the one who is perfect.
Psalm 139:13-15
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Ariel, the one who has worth.
Titus 3:5
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
Ariel, the one who is loved.
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Ariel, the one who is to die for.
Romans 5:8
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Ariel, the one who is KNOWN.
Jeremiah 33:5
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
before you were born I sanctified you.
Ariel, the forgiven one.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Ladies, we are all made for more. We are made to thrive in Christ. To be his disciples and have our identity through Him. Don’t listen to the ways of this world. Read the bible. Soak it all in. Use God’s words to fight the devil. The devil is not worthy of our identity, of our time, of our peace. We need to give it to God and find our identity through Him.

Love you all, and God Bless,
Ariel

 

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It’s getting close to Christmas time…

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I know many of you are turned off by me already talking about Christmas. I am one of those freaks who starts watching Christmas movies before Thanksgiving. While I do not just skip over thanksgiving, I just love the Christmas spirit. I spent a lot of time this weekend watching Hallmark Christmas movies. It was just the TV and I. Lovely hours spent soaking up the magical feel of Christmas. Well, most of it was lovely, the other part I was sick. (But I am all better now!(: Just the 24 hour stomach bug)

While layed up watching these movies I really got to thinking about why I love them so much, why I can literally watch them year round, and what makes them so special? As I got to the third one after thinking of these questions I realized that it was because of the pureness of them. They are filled with hope, and joy. They are magical. They are powerful messages. Some of them are based on Christianity and the true meaning of Christmas while others are just portraying the “Giving season”. Either way they are just amazing. 

If you watch any other movies of this time you will see a ton of cussing, drinking, and sex that have turned into an every movie occurrence. Christmas movies are the difference. They are the complete opposite, and that’s what I love so much about them. 

It has become a habit of us Americans to get into the giving spirit right before Christmas then when Christmas is over we go back to our daily lives and forget that giving should be year round. Why do we wait tip Christmas every year to give, and be generous. (This is me as well. I actually ask myself this question every single year.) 

The bible says in 1 John 16-18

 

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

These verses pretty much lays it out there plain as day. Jesus didn’t just die on the cross for a day or two out of every year for us, but for every day of every year for our entire lives, and if we know Him personally then for ETERNITY! Why should we treat our brothers and sisters with respect, and with a giving heart just for a little bit out of each year? 

Let’s give to those that are needy, let’s help those that are hurt, let’s give comfort to those that are grieving. Let’s not do it with our words this Christmas (and for the next years to come) but with our actions. If someone in front of you in line at Wal-mart is a couple dollars short, hand them the extra, pay for someone’s drink at starbucks, give food to a homeless person that you pass everyday, invite a neighbor that doesn’t have any family for the holidays over to spend it with your family. There are a million different acts that we could do to live out this verse. 

Who is going to live out this verse with me through the holidays and even further into 2014? 

Leave a comment (or email me at arielpaige5893@yahooo.com) of ways that you could live out this verse, or that you already have done in the past! I would love to hear your stories!

God Bless(:
-Ariel