Do you know who you are?

You are loved.

Not only loved, but you are armed.

Novelist James Rubart frequently includes these themes in his books. His latest one, , is no different.

“The overwhelming love of God… in His grace and His mercy, [He] set us in a position where we are strong. But we have an enemy that wants to convince us that’s not true. We have an enemy that wants to convince us that those choices we made, that those regrets that we have, make us unworthy to really live the destiny, calling, and strength that is inside each of us.”

Satan doesn’t only do that – he also works to prevent us from extending that grace to others. When we start to agree with him, we give him a certain amount of power.

“We have this battle going on in our mind where we again and again and again agree with the enemy. He tells us ‘You’re not good enough. And not only are you not good enough, you’re not really worth it either.’”

Satan tries to rob us of our identity and our weapons.

He will never be able to remove either.

“Have we made bad choices? Yes, of course. But we can go forward from this moment making a good choice, a greater choice, a wonderful choice.”

We can remember our past without dwelling on it. We’re not who we were. We’re loved, and armed.

What can we do to remind ourselves of this?

There are two ways James does this in his life. One of them is to stay in Scripture.

“You have to meditate on that over and over and over and over again.”

The other is to stay in fellowship.

It’s impossible to read the label when you’re standing inside the bottle. This is why fellowship, why having people in your life that can tell you the truth, is so important. You have people you can go to.  We need the Susies and the Jims in everybody’s lives to come along and go, ‘You forgot what was on the label, didn’t you? Well, let me tell you.”

Don’t be deceived. We are loved by God and we are armed by His Word.

Key Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Isaiah 43:18-19

Featured Songs: The Maker by Chris August; Glow in the Dark by Jason Gray; Live Forever by Matthew West

Highlight : Armed and loved

Novel talk: The 5 times I met myself

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