“I just lost sight of who I was…” This was the heartbreaking confession of a friend who found himself in a great deal of trouble.
Most of us would be quick to admit that the greatest damage we do in life comes in those times that we forget who we are.
Mark 8:35-36 instructs us to lose ourselves for the sake of Christ. We can be very effective at losing ourselves, but more often than not, we do so for the wrong reasons.
We have probably experienced those moments in life when we forgot who we are. Those times when, we are tempted to forget our values, our character or our purpose in life.
We need to constantly be on guard because life altering sin is only a heartbeat away for any of us.
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I Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Satan by deception and lies cause us to forsake the principles and truths God has put in place to protect us.
In the twinkling of an eye we can forget who we are and make choices that can destroy a lifetime of blessings.
It’s easy for us to get lost when we face things like:
- Broken Emotions
A hurt that is not forgiven will turn into bitterness. Bitterness eventually becomes a lifestyle that results in outbursts of anger. Anger damages our testimony and destroys the relationships we value the most.
Satan loves to exploit broken emotions.
- Broken Desires
According to James 1:14-15 the starting point for any sin is when we are drawn away from God’s standards by our own lust.
Our broken desires (sin nature) causes us to be selfish beyond our wildest imagination.
Because we are selfish, we are willing to pay any price to satisfy our selfish desires. The difficult part of this is that those desires will never be satisfied.
The flesh will always want more of what God has forbidden and satisfying that desire will always cost us more than we expected!
- Broken Relationships
John Piper shared an incredible truth when he wrote, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
The opposite of that is true as well, we are never more satisfied as humans, than we are when we bring glory to God. If our relationship with God is broken or damaged, if we forget who we are in Him, we open ourselves up to damage in our other God ordained relationships.
So how do we get back to where we are supposed to be? How do we remember who we are?
- Remind Yourself Of Who You Are In Christ
Here are three things that will help you to see and understand who you are in Christ – read Psalms, read Psalms and finally, read Psalms.
David is one of the greatest examples in Scripture of someone who forgot who he was.
David called, “A man after God’s own heart,” committed adultery, plotted and then executed the murder of a trusted friend. Yet God’s love and care for him flows through much of this great book.
Check it out for yourself. Open your Bible to the Book of Psalms and get started today!
- Find A Mentor
We are not talking about a counselor at this point, although a mentor certainly can counsel. What is needed here is someone to do coffee with.
A mentor is someone who will not tell you how to get back on the right path, a mentor will walk back to the path with you and make sure you are headed the right direction.
Do you have a mentor? If not who can you find that will be one to you? Call them as soon as possible!
- Fellowship / Church
Hebrews 10:25 is not just a suggestion that God wanted to make. Church is something God knows we need. Especially when we forget who we are.
Yes, church it has flaws and hypocrites. The reason for that is it’s filled with other people just like you who have lost their way.
The testimony and struggles of others, may just be the strength and encouragement you need to help remember who you are!
This step is simple – go to church this weekend!
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