The creator of a thing knows the purpose of a thing. Knowing who God says you are and acting like who he says you are is a key to peace and maturity.
When Jesus began his public ministry it started with his cousin, John the Baptist, declaring that Jesus was the prophet of whom all prophets had been waiting for. After John baptized Jesus in the Jordan river, God spoke through the sky saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased”.
Jesus received confirmation of who he was in two different ways, but from the same creator. When Jesus went into the desert for forty days he was tempted by the Devil and his self-knowledge of who he was is what prepared him to deny the powerful temptations of Satan.
Do you know who you are? If not, then get to know Jesus and he will tell you who you are made to be.
Scripture references: Matthew 3:13-17, 4:1-11
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On Mother’s Day, Evan reminded us that God said moms are honorable. In the Ten Commandments honoring mom makes the top five – and it’s the first commandment with a positive promise. Jesus references it when he teaches the rich young ruler, as found in Matthew 10, and Paul quotes it again in Ephesians 6. God takes the honor of motherhood so seriously, that he warns us in Proverbs 30:17, “the eye that mocks a father and despises a mother’s instructions will be plucked out by ravens of the valley and eaten by vultures.”
Honoring mom is easy to say, but not always easy to do. God commands us to honor our moms and he holds motherhood in a place of great honor.
Moms, from day one your identity has been one of honor. You may not feel like that today and you’ve certainly have had days when you would passionately disagree, but God declared it. With all the things you want to improve, with all the comparisons and perfect pictures of motherhood you see in other women or on Facebook or Pintrest, with all the reasons why you know you should not be given a place of honor, God says you are honorable. You forever hold a place of honor in the sight of God and he will defend that honor.