Here’s a lesson we had this afternoon with the young girls in our church youth group. I sure hope it blesses and inspires you.
Enjoy your read.
REAL TIME THURSDAY, CCIT.
Lesson to girls on Thu. 13th Aug. 2009
Jer. 1:5 God made me for a purpose, before I was born, God knew me
Ps. 139 I am fearfully and wonderfully made
I Tim. 4:12 My worth is precious, don’t let anyone despise it
Isa. 40:31 God will never leave me nor forsake me
Psalms: I’m important to God. He’s carved me on the palm of His hand
Jn. 3:16 God sent Jesus to die for me. I must be eternally important to Him.
God loves me unconditionally and eternally and He’s the only one who really matters at the end of the day in determining my destiny.
ASSURANCE HAS GOT TO BE IN SOMETHING OR SOMEONE
a) Greater than myself
b) More powerful than me
c) Who loves me unconditionally and eternally
d) Trustworthy (I should trust Him.)
e) Who means well for me and about my life
f) Who I look up to
g) Who I’m proud of
h) Who has a good track record
And God is all of these things to me!
. Tell it to myself over and again
. Say it out loud
. Till I believe it for myself
WHY I FEEL UNASSURED
a) I’m looking for it in something or someone physical – and they’re all unreliable
b) I want the something/ someone to show me of its/his own volition – all fallible
c) I want it/him to show me off to the world – oops, can’t.
WHAT TO DO?
a) Quit searching and receive what’s already offered to me – it’s already there and I don’t have to be anxious about its creating just for me.
b) God’s already shown me in His word and actions many times over. Receive His.
c) God’s already showing me off to myself, family, church, mates, at work, school, yeah. Especially at my age, look at my achievements comparatively.
And what’s more, the most important thing about being shown off, it’s knowing authentically in my heart that it is SO!
*KEY: it’s about knowing in my heart that it’s okay, not so much about an external show. I’ve lived with the externals and shattered within the façade. Let me give the inner assurance a chance, and hopefully I will stand firm as a rock from the inside, the true invincibility in God. And being led from the inside like that will beat any external pressures I have known, loudly.
It’s best to know from the inside because my assurance is
a) Not dependent on a place
b) Not dependent on an environment
c) Not dependent on mortal, fallible persons (shaky, etc)
d) Not dependent on nature/circumstances
e) Not dependent on people’s moods and feelings.
But on the contrary your assurance is on a/ in a forever existing dependable God, who never changes, always keeps His word, is with me always and is above all nature and circumstances. And when God is for me, nothing can be against me and win….yeah!!!