The King’s Daughter – Part 1

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During my 34 years of full-time ministry, I have seen a great need among women to realize who they really are. We are given so many mixed signals from society and the Church. My heart has ached as I have seen women confused and left with very little self-esteem. If we are Christians, and we know that Jesus saved us from our sins and gave us eternal life through His shed blood, then we should be a bright, shining light of His glory! We should know that He is now our King of Kings and that we are a part of His glorious Kingdom! Yet, we still seem to wrestle with the issues of our lives that make us think we’re not worthy to receive this divine acknowledgment.

Several years ago, God spoke to my heart to begin teaching women that they are His daughters! The scripture that He shined brightly into my life is found in Psalms 45:13: “The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold” (KJV). When you read this scripture, you may think, “I don’t feel like a King’s daughter! My life is a mess. The issues I deal with are hard, and I find this scripture to be a fairy tale thought.”

Even though I can understand why this may be hard for you to actually grasp, let’s look at the meaning. It says, “glorious within.” There is only one way to become “glorious within,” and that is through the blood of Jesus. When you accept that Jesus died for you on the cross, you realize that He forgave your sin and washed you clean. Through His precious shed blood, you are made clean! His blood cleanses you and purifies you! It truly makes you “glorious within!” Your inner renewed heart is gleaming and radiant!

The term “wrought gold” in Psalms 45:13 means “excellence, of infinite value, and infinite worth.” Have you ever felt unworthy ~ lacking in self-worth and self-esteem? The more you realize what Jesus has done for you, the more you will find true worth. When our worth becomes based upon who He is in our lives instead of our failures, we become more sure of who we really are. You don’t have to “find yourself” as the world would suggest. All you have to do is find Him! He then reveals your true identity to you! I heard a saying once that I really liked: “To find yourself, lose yourself in something (or someone) bigger than you!” Jesus is bigger than all the things that would make you feel unworthy and give you low self-esteem. It’s not about “who I am,” but it’s all about “whose I am!” He has paid the price to make me “glorious within.”

To keep this truth alive in our souls, we must view ourselves as Christ sees us. A poor self-image is often a result of looking into the wrong mirror. The reflective mirror can cause you to assess yourself in a wrong way. But God’s holy mirror, the Bible, is the way we need to assess ourselves. His mirror, His Word, and His truth will show us accurately who we really are. In 2 Corinthians 3:18, it says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (KJV). I want to reflect Him! I want to reflect His beauty, His loveliness, and all that He is! This is truly “beauty from the inside out!”

When this transformation begins to occur in our lives, then I believe the outer man will begin to show it as well. It will make you want to look your best – to be clean, fit, and as pretty as you can be. Christian women don’t need to obsess over their looks, but I do believe that we should do the best we can to represent what’s going on in the inside of our lives. You are, as the Bible states, an ambassador of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:20). If you were an ambassador for the President of United States, how would you dress? How would you present yourself? Why should it be any less as an ambassador for Jesus, our King? You represent Him and all that He has done for you. Shine and reflect His glory!

 

Your Life: A Mosaic Created by God

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Several years ago when I was first filled with the Holy Spirit, an increasing desire to know the destiny and purpose for my life began to grow within me. I became desperate to understand what God had in store for my life, but only found myself frustrated. When I looked at my life, I imagined in my mind countless puzzle pieces floating in mid-air. I couldn’t imagine how these random pieces could ever come together to craft a picture for my life.

One day a friend encouraged me to attend a small women’s retreat which forever changed my life! It was an amazing time and as the end of the day drew near, the woman of God came to me, reached her hand out to mine and spoke these words: “You see your life as puzzle pieces that don’t fit together. Jesus wants you to know that as you begin to see Him for who He is, you will then see how beautiful you truly are. Then, He will make a beautiful mosaic of your life.”

So often it is easy to look at our lives and judge ourselves based on what we consider to be successes or failures. Without even realizing it, we sometimes set up imaginary mile markers in our lives that determine how much we have or have not accomplished. These are false perceptions that must have the light of God’s truth shone upon them! When allowing God to create a beautiful mosaic of your life, remember these things:

No experience in your life is wasted

A mosaic is defined as, “a picture or other design constructed from smaller pieces.” It can be created from many different types of material, such as glass or stone.

Romans 8:28 (NKJV) says: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Also, Joseph said to his brothers: “You plotted evil against me, but God turned it into good, in order to preserve the lives of many people who are alive today because of what happened” (Genesis 50:20 GNT).

God can use any experience you encounter to create a beautiful mosaic for your life. We all go through difficult and painful periods that could be labeled as “failure.” Whatever your experience, whether it be showered in victory or defeat, know that God is completely able to take the material of your life and artistically fashion the pieces together to design cohesive splendor for your future.

You are on a journey

One of the most critical factors to create a beautiful mosaic is the artist himself. The artist must exhibit an extraordinary amount of skill, understanding in great detail where each piece should be placed.

God tells Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV).

Philippians 1:6 (NKJV) also tells us: “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Your destiny and purpose is no mystery to God. In fact, He placed you here on this earth for a specific reason and He is committed to creating beauty out of your life. So take the pressure off yourself, and rest as He does the work. Before you know it, God will have completed His piece of art, a beautiful and personal life mosaic hand-crafted just for you!

Book recommendation: Rising to Royalty: The Journey to Your True Identity, by Michele A. Towers

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