Theme of the Week: Qualified to Coach
Bible Verse: “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” Romans 7:24
Scripture Reading: Romans 7:24-8:4
Today’s verse seems strange when it comes to talking about being a dad. But as we have been talking about identity, there are some things going on in our minds which may be speaking the same kind of message to us. These messages come through what I call Identity Crushers.
Over the next couple of days, we will be considering four of identity crushers. Today, we look at two: Significant Others and Satan.
The role of others, especially our fathers, have convinced us of our worth or unworthiness, our significance or insignificance.
I walked into the kitchen following a car accident, and my dad was at the table. I said to him, “I just wrecked my car.” I was hoping he would ask if I was okay. But instead, he said these words, “Well, what’s new.”
As a 19-year-old, I became convinced of something my dad had been saying to me all my life: I was a failure, and I would always be a failure. I was cursed, and as a result, I struggled for years and almost lost my marriage and my role as a pastor later in life.
In John 10:10, we find the mandate of our enemy, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”
Satan is determined to destroy anything of God within us. And he never quits. He is always seeking ways to convince us that we are not worthy of being God’s sons. He whispers lies and half-truths into our minds. He reminds us of things we have done that disqualify us. He indeed is a lion looking for whomever he can devour.
As we have considered these two identity crushers, remember they do not define us. We are sons of God, and our relationship with him defines us. Remember yesterday’s verse from Matthew 3:17, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased.”
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