Posted by: heisourstrongtower | January 26, 2012

I am…..

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

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I was made for more…I was made for more…I was made for more….maybe if I say it enough I will begin to believe it.  It has been a rough couple of weeks.  There are so many things that I have taken on over the last few months; and the blessings from the women that I have met and the groups that I have become a member of, have been many and when the blessings are pouring in…I can believe those words that “I WAS made for more!”  But, when I don’t get enough sleep or change my diet or the people who I love are having problems….everything starts to fall apart and the devil can find that foothold.

I realize that more than not I have always defined myself by who I am through someone else.  The daughter of Ruth and Frank Taylor….the sister of Mike, David or Scott Taylor….the wife of Peter Muzik….the mother of Sara and Keith….Mae Mae to Josh, Ayden, Ashton and Avery; I realize that I have very rarely defined myself to other people as a child of the King.  I mean I tell people I am a Christian, I don’t hide that fact; but it is not the first label that I use to describe myself.  Maybe….it should be though!!  Maybe if I start defining me FIRST, as His daughter, internally and externally, the devil will find it much harder to penetrate my fortress.

I truly despise the labels that we place on ourselves that are not from Him.   My past has molded me into the person that I am today, it does not define me.  I have gone through some personal trials in my life, I have regrets about how I lived my life and some decisions that I made.  I am not anyone’s victim, though; I made decisions that were wrong for me and my walk with the Lord.  I do not come from a broken home, I was never abused by anyone, my father didn’t reject me…this is where the devil has a field day with me, I hear it loud and clear from him, “You have no excuse.”  You should not have strayed from the Lord.”  “You have no one to blame for your actions, but you!”  “There are so many broken women in this world with legitimate excuses for turning their back on God…you don’t have one.”  The label from my past would read, “Faithless one!”

I need to use the Word to deal with what the devil is screaming at me and to finally come to the place where I can forgive myself for being faithless. Here is a list of who I am through God; He is the one who defines us all.  Look up the Bible verses next to each “I am” and feel His truth fill your soul!

I am:

  • A child of God (Romans 8:16)
  • Forgiven (Colossians 1: 13-14)
  • Saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • Justified (Romans 5:1)
  • A new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • Led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14)
  • Kept in Safety wherever I go (Psalms 91:11)
  • Casting all my cares on Jesus (1 Peter 5:7)
  • Doing all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
  • Bringing every thought into captivity (2 Corinthians 10:5)
  • Being transformed by a renewed mind (Romans 12:1-2)
  • The righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)
  •  An imitator of Jesus (Ephesians 5:1)
  • Filled with laughter and rejoicing (Job 8:21)

I am safe in Jesus!!!!  I am going to try my best to live by these truths every day.  

Truth:  We are nothing without Him!  We cannot live the way that He wants us to live unless we make Him the center of our lives.  We have to be centered on Him in every part of our lives; as a woman of God, as a wife, as a mother, as a grandmother, as a daughter, as a sister, as a friend, as an employee, as a volunteer; whatever your title is, keep Him in the center and through Him all things are possible.

We do this by being persistent, by going to the Lord in prayer and asking Him to guide us and direct us.  He is my Father and I am His daughter and I will praise Him and thank Him that I am defined by Him.  The more that we go to Him in prayer, the more that we spend time in His presence…the easier it is to recognize His voice. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)  I know that I have no power other than the power I get from Him and I so want His power.

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“Hi, my name is Patti and I am a child of God and I plan to live in Sweet Victory!” 

Dear God,

Sometimes I feel as if I’m pedaling a bike up a hill in the wrong gear.  Lord, You say You understand and want to help.  You watch me with compassion, and You call, “come to me!” But so often I ride by, unseeing, unwilling to believe that You would take this load of failures and troubles on Your own back and ride in tandem with me, making even the hardest uphill paths seem easy.  I want to please You, and I want to obey You. I want to put forth effort to do what is right.  Show, me, Lord, how to work hard and how to love you with all my heart.  But don’t let me ignore Your sweet invitation to rest, to peace, to partner Your strength as I go on my way today.

  In Jesus name, Amen.

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Responses

  1. I love your passion of our ABBA!! You are a light and you show HIM to those who are blessed to come across your path 🙂

  2. Stacey, if you are the only one that my posts speak to…I would continue to write just for you!!! You make me feel like I do have something to share!!! Thank you!!! Thank God!!!

  3. I just love you, dear one ❤ thank you for sharing your heart!

  4. I feel the same about you too, Megan!!!

  5. Patti..thank you for speaking for us..the prayer said exactly what I feel so often. I feel as though I am fighting an uphill battle too. Thank you for the time you spend ministering to WOV. We are blessed to have you as our leader. Lord Jesus, thank You for this servant of God. I pray that You would bind satan from attacking her and help her to see Your shield of faith surrounding her. Thank You for fighting for us when we don’t even know that there is a battle waging. Thank You that we can know Who has the final victory and that on that day we will be true Women of Victory!

  6. Pati, this is wonderful! You have such a gift for getting across your love for the Lord in your writing! Thank You for sharing this . I am going to copy your list and insert my name! So much of this I have been feelin the last few months. do feel the healing starting , I feel my strength coming back. It is people like you that have blessed me and helped.. Thank you!

  7. This was awesome! I am glad I have found this. You basically just summarized a lot of what I was feeling and what I got out of Chapter 5. You are a blessing! Thank you!


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