Thanksgiving Thursday: Your Identification, Please

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Merriam-Webster defines identity as “sameness of essential or generic character in different instances; sameness in all that constitutes the object reality of a thing.”

 

I often hear Christians describe themselves as nothing more than saved sinners, people whose souls are now saved from hell, but whose identity still rests in sin. They claim to be covered by a grace that saves them from the condemnation of sin, yet they cannot see themselves as being transformed and empowered by a grace that keeps them from sin itself. But as a believing Christ-follower, is that how we are to see ourselves? Is that how God sees us? Who you think you are defines how you act.

 

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Mark Driscoll puts it this way: “A Christian’s identity is primarily saint, not sinner. You will sin some of the time, but you are a saint all of the time in Christ. A saint is remorseful over sin, receiving conviction from God; there is no condemnation for the saint. A saint is faithful and powerful over sin through the empowering grace of God…If your primary identity is as sinner, and then you are tempted to sin, your identity will determine your activity: ‘I’m a sinner, I guess I’m going to sin.’ No! I’m a saint, I don’t have to!”

 

There is a distinct and important difference between our inability to reach sinless perfection in this life and living in sin. As much as the reality of the saint-identity for the believer is a rich and glorious promise, it is also a severe warning to those who profess Christianity yet use the sinner-identity to excuse their delight in or dependence on sin. In Romans 6:1 & 2, Paul asks and answers a pivotal question: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?”

 

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Friends, if you are in Christ, your identity is not sinner, it’s saint! “Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires…those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit of God who lives in you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation – but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it…For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God!” (Romans 8:5-12, emphasis mine.) Claim the name of saint, friends, it is who you are!

 

 

My Thanksgiving List 2/7/13

 

 

738. Warm, comfy clothes after a steaming hot bath

 

744. Praying with Peanut before her meals, and hearing her exclaim, “Mamen!” at the end

 

721. The face of an angel

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750. Soft, cushy diapers for my baby’s adorable fanny

 

767. Homemade mozzarella sticks

 

777. A noisy dinner at Tucanos

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755. Lying tummy down, working, laughing, and creating with my mama

 

772. Being a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves

 

769. Park dates with my loves

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Please tell me, what gifts have you unwrapped this week?

Thanksgiving Thursday, 2% Small Curd Bucket of Grace

When I began keeping a Thanksgiving journal, it was important to me to not just fill a journal, but to see God’s love in all I filled it with. Again, when I began sharing Thanksgiving Thursday’s, I wanted to always remember that all is grace, not just words to fill a blog post.

I had this on my mind the other evening as I was writing a few abstract thoughts down in my Pages of Motherhood journal. I was sitting on the couch, one leg curled underneath me, my favorite pen in hand, and a glass of Chardonnay gently tucked under a fold of the couch to hold it in place.

Then I heard it. A wonderfully familiar sound. I reached for my Thankfulness journal and scribbled # 150, The sound of the cottage cheese bucket being opened.

I smiled. Yes, all is grace. Not just words to fill pages or blogs, but sweet grace, daily blessings. My husband sat down next to me and handed me our usual late night snack: 2% small curd cottage cheese.

It’s odd how one bucket of cottage cheese can differ from another of the same milk fat and curd size, but the best ones have just that right amount of creaminess and just the right texture and flavor. This particular one, the one that became #150, was perfect. All. Is. Grace.

My Thanksgiving List 9/6/12

108. Neck rubs 

124. Funnel cakes 

125. An evening with good friends

138. Half-priced Crave Real Burgers!

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126. Surprising my husband with Broncos/Raiders tickets! 

131. Ordering and receiving old, well-loved TV shows on DVD

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133. Using Pinterest recipes 

136. Breakfast of cinnamon raisin french toast, made by my husband, while Peanut is still asleep, and I write  

137. The last of our new windows installed 

142. That my husband brings me coffee when I work in the church nursery 

147. Being spared from a black widow bite even though I blindly reached into her space and drug her out 

152. Finding the missing DVD remote! 

150. The sound of the cottage cheese bucket being opened 

Please tell me, what blessings have you received this week?