Healthy identity affects every area of our lives and relationships. When brokenness meets brokenness it can never produce wholeness. Identity, though, in some ways has become a catch word or topic in Christian circles and just like many facets of our faith it can be something we know more in theory than experience in reality. Identity encompasses not only what we believe about ourselves but what we believe about how God our Father sees us.
Without a well-developed sense of who we are, and whose we are, we are left open to the illusive promises that relationships, with even the best people, cannot deliver on. One of which is the idea of being made complete by another. Contrary to what the movie Jerry Maguire may have claimed, no human being can ever truly complete another. There is only One who can complete us;
“in Him you have been made complete…” Col.2:10 (NASB)
It is that sense of completion, worthiness and biblical right-ness before God which Servant Sons and Daughters seeks to provide a basis for.
Additionally, another illusive desire can claim to be fulfilled by relationships – the feeling of being wanted.
Being wanted or desired by someone or a particular crowd can equate heavily to our own feeling of personal worth and value. Perhaps the single most important aspect of a healthy identity can be summed up in the phrase, “the Father’s smile”. We are all seeking for acceptance and approval one way or another. Many Christians fail to experience the power and freedom of full acceptance from God as a Father. Consequently, they remain without the security this acceptance provides which is the ability to withstand the tough competitive nature of the world around us. The Father’s smile is God’s approval and delight in us. When this radiates in our hearts we have a worth and value which transcends the natural ebb and flow of human desire and acceptance.
He speaks to us gently from within with constant and consistent affirmation. It consummates in the understanding that we are not just accepted by Him because of Christ’s death on the cross but that we have always been wanted by Him.
We were wanted as His precious daughters before we ever even knew Him.
Servant Sons and Daughters, explores this superlative reality of a Father who has always been after His children. It attempts to lay hold of a revelation of radical grace and love so effectual that even a drop of it can cause a profound ripple effect in our hearts propelling us toward freedom.
In Ephesians 3, Paul talks about love and specifically how an ever increasing revelation of God’s love is the foundation to living in all the fullness of what God has for us. (Ephesians 3:14-19)
Building a strong foundation in the love of our Father is essential for us. No human can love us perfectly, nor can we love others perfectly. We need to be “rooted and established” in the Love that can.
Daughters, He longs to be known by you; to give you His love and to be loved by you. You have His heart, even though for a season you may not have the heart of another. You are loved, wanted and enjoyed…already. Knowing this takes the pressure off of others to try to provide these things for us. Our hearts desire is to be accepted, wanted and completed which can only be found in Him.
There is nothing like the love of God our Father – it’s a romance not even the best chick flick can capture. I pray over you the same blessing Paul released over his readers,
“that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Eph.3:17-19 ESV
By Anastasya Laverdiere, Servant Sons and Daughters
About the Book:
Are you experiencing the deep peace and joy that connection with God as your Father can bring? Are you confident in His presence? Do you feel your worth and value to God ebbs and flows according to how “good” or “bad” you are?
Working for God is hard. Trying to serve Him from a distance is even harder.
Speaking from personal experience, Anastasya Laverdiere conveys the message that the life of service and devotion to God must come from relationship with Him as His child to experience the fullness of what He offers. Servant Sons and Daughters builds a strong biblical basis to receive life-changing revelation of our true identity and inheritance as God’s children.
If you long for deeper intimacy with God, Servant Sons and Daughters is a journey into the heart He has towards you and an invitation to receive His best for you in every area of your life.
About the Author:
Anastasya Laverdiere is a Canadian worship leader, songwriter, Christian Recording Artist and writer whose desire is to know God more and make Him known. Anastasya enjoys encouraging others from her blog called “In the Garden” which focuses on identity and relationship with God the Father.
She hopes that every form of her writings will inspire others to draw closer to the Father to receive revelation of His open arms. She loves to release faith and see passionate and genuine worship ascend to the Lord from hearts en-kindled by His love. Aside from writing and leading worship, Anastasya enjoys sipping green tea, cooking and road trips!
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