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12 Days of Christmas ~ Unwrapping the Gift of You! Day 3

December 14, 2011 by  
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Give Yourself the Gift of Freedom!

12 Days of Unwrapping the Gift of You

Day 3: Chosen on Purpose

Gift cards are nice but there is something wonderful about receiving a gift that was handpicked especially for you. Such gifts become more than just tangible objects but also a gift of the giver’s time and effort. From the decision-making process to the actual delivery of the gift, every step conveys the heart of the one giving. As the gift giver takes your personal tastes and desires into consideration, he or she reflects on who you are and draws from a personal relationship with you. No last-minute recycled gifts or drug store candy purchases, only carefully selected treasures are chosen on purpose to convey love.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17 NIV

There are times in our lives when we must come face to face with God. Times when our relationship with Him will not grow until we are able to come to Him with our feelings. It is during these times that we learn the power of God’s love for us. Disappointments and losses in our lives do not change the character of God. God is good. God is merciful. God is love. If you find it hard being transparent with others, first learn how to be transparent with Him. He knows about every aspect of your life and still wants to be the lover of your soul. ~Excerpt from Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves © Revell 2011

God has chosen you on purpose. You are not a last minute runner-up or used-up damaged goods, you are the treasure He has handpicked. After careful consideration of all the possible choices of who He could entrust your specific life events and circumstances, He chose you. He chose you because you are the only one whose personality, characteristics, attitude, and talents are a perfect fit for His specific plan within your family and community. Not the “you” you’d like to be in five years or the “you” you’d like to be even in one year, but who you are right now in this moment. No additional spiritual makeup needed. No mask of perfection or having it all together. Just the real, authentic, flawed, unwrapped, unveiled you. This is the special treasure He has chosen, the “you” that only you and He sees.

But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord-who is the Spirit-makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. – 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NIV

God loves you even with no spiritual makeup applied. There are no specific numbers of hours you must pray, no magic dollar amount you must put in the collection plate, and no quandary of rules required for God to want to bless you. His loves pours out from your relationship and His desire for heart-felt fellowship. Like a bridegroom on his wedding day, when you come into God’s presence His first instinct is to remove the veil between you. It is within this transparency that He is able to allow you to see who you are in Him.

Today’s Activity: Find a comfortable place to sit. Cover your face with your hands. Keep your eyes closed. Ask God to show you what mask you have been wearing. Feel the pressure from your hand upon your face and allow it to remind you of the weight of your mask. Experience the lack of vision and perception from this veiled position. Pray and ask God to help you remove the veil. Remove your hands and envision God taking the veil away.

Daily Prayer: Lord, I thank you for loving me with an everlasting love. Thank you for patiently pursuing me even before I knew I was being pursued. I don’t want to run from you any longer. Today I come before you just as I am. I pull off the mask I use to protect my image, so that I can be a reflection of your image. Lord, show me your glory.

Today’s Worship Song: Lakewood Church – Show me your glory

 

Saundra Dalton-Smith is a physician, teacher, wife, and mother who is passionate about helping women overcome the mental barriers that prevent them from living free in Christ. She combines the knowledge and compassion of her medical training with biblical principles to offer those bound by insecurity, anxiety, fear, and doubt her prescription for living free. To learn more about Saundra visit www.setfreetolivefreebook.com

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