“Who am I that the highest King

Would welcome me

I was lost but He brought me in

Oh His love for me

Oh His love for me”

Who does God say you are?

 As believers, this is such a monumental concept to grasp and to meditate on. Our identity resides in knowing ourselves in Christ and living within the stability of knowing you are who God says you are. Who are you that God would want to rescue you? That He would choose to give up His life for you? That He wants to bless abundantly? Let’s look at some declarations scripture makes over you:

I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works. (Ephesians 2:10)

I am an ambassador for Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people. (1 Peter 2:9)

I am greatly loved by God. (Romans 1:7; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4)

That last statement can make your heart flip or your body feel like it’s receiving a much-needed supernatural hug. You are G R E A T L Y loved by God. The God of all creation, the God of everlasting glory, the God who is and has everything loves YOU. He loves you G R E A T L Y.  

I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me. (1 John 5:18)

I am complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:10)

So obviously, God thinks you’re a pretty big deal. You’re royalty, you’re His workmanship, you are made complete in He who has all power and authority. You were created to love, be loved, and to serve all for the glory of the kingdom. That makes YOU and all of the things God has created you to be important. God sees you as valid and needed.

“Who the Son sets free

Oh is free indeed

I’m a child of God

Yes I am

In my Father’s house

There’s a place for me

I’m a child of God

Yes I am”

“I am a child of God”. We hear that phrase so often within our congregations that I believe we start to numb out the meaning of it and how it applies to our everyday lives. I once heard a professor at my university say, “The stronger our understanding of our identity in Christ becomes, the more our self-worth grows”.

We have times, especially as creatives, where we can be insecure, we can feel as though we aren’t good enough or we’re not able to take on big challenges. We feel like maybe we are just another writer, just another worship leader, perhaps an unimportant and unneeded contribution to the creativity and ideas being tossed around by our culture. You may have asked yourself hard questions like, “God can I really do this? I mean, I know you called me to it, but am I good enough? Why bring me into this when there are people all around who are so much better?” To which the Holy Spirit gently answers and says:

“Just. Stop. Who are you?”

You are a child of God. That can never be threatened or taken from you. While everything around you and about you changes, this is the one thing about yourself that will stay constant. If God says you are going to do something big, if He says that you are going to be successful in something then guess what—He gave you those dreams with the knowing that you WILL and CAN do it. We begin to doubt ourselves and the power of God when we chose to put our faith in any of our other self-schemas. We start to lean on our own strengths, our personalities, or our own interests and find that our self-worth is shaky and unstable. It’s only when you allow your identity to rest in who you are in God that fear leaves and that annoying inner self-critic finally closes its mouth.

“I am chosen

Not forsaken

I am who You say I am

You are for me

Not against me

I am who You say I am”

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you." (John 15:16)

You are chosen by a God who loves you deeply. A God who is for you and is never against you. A God who has plans for you to prosper. A God who wants a relationship with you. A God who will never let you down.

We haven’t covered all the declarations God makes over you by any means, but, we hope that some of these statements have resonated with you today. We hope they encouraged you and maybe inspire you to dive deeper into knowing yourself as who God declares you to be.

 

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“Future Marches In” is the anthem of freedom UNITED has written to empower listeners. It reminds us that the battle has already been won, God has defeated darkness and we are free from it all. Free from the enemy, free from impossible situations, and free from guilt and shame.

 “Look back no further than the
Savior’s cross Look to the future like the grave is lost
There’s a promise returning all the stolen years
There’s nothing left to fear
Now the King is here
So lift your voice and sing”

 There’s a promise returning all the stolen years”, this is such a powerful statement. God saves us from sin and the lives we used to live without the influence of Christ yet, the enemy can keep us tied to our past by wrapping us in bondages of guilt. Every one of us is at a different place in our journeys, some of us have been rescued from some hard situations and strongholds in our lives that we still struggle with. Sometimes we still hold on to guilt. We feel guilt for allowing ourselves to be overcome with temptations or selfish ambitions. Even after God has delivered us from those things, we can still hold on to shame.

Guilt is our way of trying to pay for what we did wrong but, if Jesus has removed and paid for our transgressions, how can we remain guilty? The Bible does say we need to grieve our sins, but then we give it over to God so we can move on to the joy of the Lord! Press towards growth! We are set free in Jesus’ name from our past!

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9

 This is the idea that UNITED celebrates in this new song.

“We’ve been redeemed
We’ve been set free
The time has come
The fight is won
The future marches in and calls us free”

God has declared us free. God has declared us brand new. We have the victory over our strongholds because the power of Christ lives within us.

Check out the New Song Cafe below to get a behind the scenes perspective of the writing process and the power behind the lyrics. 

Blog written by Taylor Brady, Worship Together Intern

“ I think in many ways the church has lost what it means to party, to really go for it, to have fun, and to dance. “ – Tim Hughes

Lately, this is a thought that has been heard repeatedly within the church. The idea that modern worship is lacking an element of celebration. We seem to be missing out on the release of joy in celebrating God whenever we let go and feel the need to dance. Worship is a powerful expression of how we revere and admire God and all of His different attributes. Sometimes worship needs to be serious. We need to feel the heaviness of God’s spirit and surrender under the weight of his tangible presence. Those serious elements of worship are of no less value but, how often are we dancing and celebrating during service in church?

"I'm alive in the

Love that You give me

Free to dance once again

You will lead me from

glory to glory

Jesus, You made a way”

Worship is an expression; it is a physical act of laying your spirit and flesh at the throne of God. God is our only true source of joy and celebration, He is the reason we come alive in worship. All of heaven celebrates Him with dancing and loud music, perhaps we should be doing that as well. He deserves all of the praise we can give.

“Praise God in his sanctuary; praise Him in His might heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with timbrel and dancing, praise Him with strings and pipe, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals.“ Psalm 150:1-6

This need for exciting worship is what inspired Worship Central’ s Tim Hughes, Nick Herbert, and Ben Cantelon to write “The Way”. Hughes has the desire to encourage the church to have fun in worship just like they would anywhere else.

“We tried to capture in the production [of this song] just the joy and hopefully the release of [the fact that] we’ve got a great God that we’re going to serve and we’re going to enjoy and we’re going to dance and celebrate”

“The Way” is meant to encourage and excite the church to praise God for how good He is to us. It is being used to draw out the overflowing joy of the Lord in our hearts.

Watch the New Song Café with Tim Hughes and Ben Cantelon below:

"The Way" -Worship Central 

 Get song resources here: http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/the-way-worship-central

 

Shame is much easier to wear than grace. Shame is what we know. We’re accustomed to its fit, its feel. We never seem to be enough. We are always falling short. And so we move through life weighed down by an unnecessary burden. 

 

On the hill of Calvary

The light of all the world

With the world on his shoulders

The weight of all our shame

 

Shame takes over whenever we lose sight of the cross. Without the cross, our sin defines us. No matter how long you’ve been a believer in Jesus Christ, the temptation to go back to our old way remains, the way of the law.

We like the law because it gives us a sense that we’re earning our keep. Follow these rules, and you’re safe. Break them, and you’ve failed. But the gospel flips this legalistic thinking upside-down. “Therefore,” writes Paul in Romans, “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son” (Rom. 8:1-3).

When Jesus died on the cross on Calvary, he set us free from sin and shame. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

 

By his wounds I am set free

By his blood I’ve been redeemed

The great divide he crossed for me

Oh, praise the God of Calvary

 

By his wounds we were healed, and we are now a new creation, children of a God who bridged the divide between us with his son Jesus. Let’s exchange our clothes of shame and be clothed in grace instead. Walking and living in this gift given to us by the God of Calvary.

 

"God Of Calvary" by Chris Tomlin

- Devotional by Andrea Lucado

We feel the brokenness of this world every day, don’t we? Maybe you feel it in your relationships, in a struggle you’re facing or even in your own body. Something is off here. We don’t quite feel at home. We are always yearning for something more because we were made for something more. “For this world is not our permanent home,” Hebrews says, “we are looking forward to a home yet to come” (Heb. 13:14).

This world is not what it was meant to be

All this pain, all this suffering

There’s a better place waiting for me

In heaven

Our real home has not yet come, but we are given a taste in scripture of what it will be like: “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev. 21:3-4).

In heaven, every chain is broken, every fear is gone. The things of this world that enslave us today—our sin, our circumstance, our mortality—will have no hold over us in eternity. Whatever feels broken here, will be made whole in our eternal home.

In the daily grind, it’s hard to remember this isn’t all there is. We get lost in the shuffle and in the mess of it all. This is why we have to intentionally stop and remind ourselves of the hope we have in Jesus, the freedom that is to come and the home that we were made for. Knowing this, we can boldly sing:

 Hallelujah, hallelujah

I am goin’

I’m goin’ home

"Home" by Chris Tomlin

Devotional by Andrea Lucado

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