Friday, July 18, 2008

~Then Sings My Soul Saturday~


Be Who You Are

1 CORINTHIANS 15:10 NIV ~ But by the grace of God I am what I am....
ROMANS 12:2 Wuest, An Expanded Translation ~ And stop assuming an outward expression that does not come from within you and is not representative of what you are in your inner being but is patterned after this age; but change your outward expression to one that comes from within and is representative of your inner being, by the renewing of your mind, resulting in your putting to the test what is the will of God, the good and well-pleasing and complete will, and having found that it meets specifications, place your approval upon it. God is a brilliant Creator. He only makes originals -- not copies. According to Ephesians 2:10, you are God's work of art.

God made you unique. So be all that God created you to be.

Don't try to be someone else. Don't try to be an ear in the Body of Christ, if God made you a foot. Just be yourself.

This does not mean that you cannot improve, or grow. Growth is part of God's plan. And we can certainly learn from others, and imitate excellent actions and attitudes.

But too many people are insecure and hope to gain acceptance from others by conforming to what they think will make them popular or successful -- even though they hate it and know they are not being real.

ROMANS 12:2 Phillips ~ Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould....

Don't let the world pressure you into conforming.

Express the originality that God put within you. God made you the way you are for a purpose -- His purpose.

This is not to encourage rebellion, of course. But it is not God's plan for us all to be identical and do everything in the same way.

I am not saying you have to try to be different. Just be who God made you -- without fear.

Not everyone may like you, or what you do. But that is normal. You can't always please everyone. Make it your aim to please God by expressing what He made you.

ROMANS 12:2 NLT ~ Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.

The Bible reveals many truths about who we are once we receive Jesus Christ. We actually receive new life, a new standing with God, and new ability. As you feed the Word of God into your thinking, that new life will be able to manifest more and more.

I am what I am by the grace of God. I will be what God made me and fulfil His plan for me.

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11 comments:

Sita said...

Always brings me into His Presence..thank you...blessings...
Sita

Peggy said...

Oh sweet Cheryl...how I love Lord of Heaven and earth...may He be Lord in my life today...your precious words were all that were here when I came twice and I tried to think of what song did she mean with BE WHO YOU ARE...affirming words for the body of believers.
Your selection of scriptures and
sharing how I need to allow the uniqueness of each gift to function freely really speaks to me. You touch me with your thoughtfulness and I have a thank you over at my place!!!((BIG HUG))

Christina said...

I tried to write two comments already and then I realized why I was getting stuck. It's because you said it all so gracefully that I couldn't think of anything to add. This post stands alone. I read it quite a few times and found I was meditating on the scriptures and the message you wrote. What an awesome post and good choice of video to go with it. Amazing how the video and scriptures came together to make such a powerful post.

Tracy said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful message, my friend. You are so right. It is so easy (for me) to become jealous of other's gifts, rather than being who God calls ME to be. (I especially love the NLT of these verses!)

Have a wonderful weekend,
Tracy

Becoming Me said...

Beautiful...this song always moves me. I love the scripture you put with it.

ocean mommy said...

This song never ceases to take me into His presence, but today what you wrote here just filled my heart. God used you this morning! Thank you....

blessings,
stephanie

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Hey Cheryl, What a great and thoughtful post. You are so true, we are to be what God has called us to be. Thank you for putting so much thought and effort in this post. It touched me, today.

Amanda said...

Beautiful thoughts... thanks so much for this message today!

God bless-
Amanda

Melanie said...

Hi, Cheryl. I hope you're having a great weekend.

Stop by and visit me on Monday... there's a surprise waiting for you!

MamaBear said...

Came across your blog through Krist's Kronicles...
And what a blessing it was, just what I needed to hear tonight. I SO struggle with just letting go, and letting God...And just being who He created me to be, nothing more, and nothing less. Thanks for the encouragement!

Laurie Ann said...

How sweet your comments to me were, Cheryl. I appreciate it. You area jewel. I love this song and the post was magnificent. The song always puts me in such a worshipful mood! God bless you for sharing this.