MCDOWELL'S MUSINGS, METAPHORS, AND MESSAGES

My sister, Loretta Tetrick, visiting me from her home in Rock Island, Ill., spoke to the Women’s class at Norway Church of Christ this past week. Below are notes from that message. I feel blessed by sharing in her thoughts and love for the Lord.

WHO AM I?

I am visiting my brother and his wife, Marie this week.  Though I was introduced as Loretta you may call me Sis (Bill’s name for me, of course). When I go back home to Illinois I will be known as Lorrie, Mother, and Grandma.

We can be known by many names or known by our occupation, but who truly knows who we are? We have the desire to be known and loved. God has put a vacuum in our hearts that can only be filled by him. In Psalms 139 David expressed it beautifully. He says the Lord has searched him and knows him. He knows he is always surrounded by God’s thoughts, his love and even God’s right hand will hold him fast. I find it fascinating in the last two verses of Psalms 139 he asks God to search his heart, to test him and see if there are anxious thoughts in him.

After we come to know God – know who he is – asking WHO I AM is the key to our Christian walk. God already is familiar with all our ways, but now we desire to be intimate with Him.

There can be an issue for some if their thoughts and opinions about God are not based on his love but on punishment and condemnation. They think deep inside they are deserving of this punishment and feel God is displeased, quick to anger, and perpetually disappointed with them. Such a wrong belief drives many into fear, guilt, depression and insecurity.

This is the key in our Christian walk is – God knows us!

 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love him because he first loved us” (John 4:18-19).

God is Personal! “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eyes upon you” (Psalms 32:8).

A favorite song writer of mine is Fanny Crosby. She became blind at the age of six weeks and throughout her life gave God glory and praise. She thanked God he had given her “soul vision.” Though her blindness resulted from a mistake from a physician she said it was the greatest favor in the world. Who was she? She was physically blind but God gave her sight. “Christ is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my way.” So what is your perception of who you are? “We have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (Colossians 1:9).

 WHO AM I?

1.     I am God’s Workmanship.  Ephesians 2:10…for we are Go’s workmanship, created in Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance to do.

2.    I am an Original Psalm 139:13-14…For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

3.    I am More than a conqueror.  Romans 8:37…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

4.    I am Anointed.  I John 3:27…but the anointing that you receive from him abides in you and you have no need that anyone should teach you.  But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is not a lie, just as it has taught you, abide in him.

5.    I am a New Self.  Colossians 3:9-10.  Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

  TRUTH:  Your identity comes from what God has done for you.

                    Your identity comes from what God’s says about you.

I AM A WOMAN OF GOD