Category Archives: Identity in Christ

You are never again without love

You will never again go a day without God’s love!

His love is real. His love is present. His love is overwhelming. His love is yours. He loves you for you, inspite of your shortcomings. But are you walking in His love for you or do you need a fresh revelation of His love for you?

You kissed my heart with forgiveness, in spite of all I’ve done.
You’ve healed me inside and out from every disease.
You’ve rescued me from hell and saved my life. You’ve crowned me with love and mercy and made me a king.
You satisfy my every desire with good things.
You’ve supercharged my life so that I soar again like a flying eagle in the sky!
… Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness…”
(Psalm 103:3-8 TPT)

A revelation of God’s love places your life on a path that leads to favor and blessings. A life where He will set you on high in places with authority and feet to claim more territory for Him. A life where you will have more than enough, for yourself and for others. A life filled with strength, power and health. A life where your words, your actions and your ways will be a testimony of Jesus for others. Your life may be the only Bible people ever read but as you live it embraced by the love of God, it will be worth everybody’s read.

Are you missing any of these aspects in your life?

Do you need a touch-up on your revelation of His love?

Well, let’s start with a picture of how it looks. Imagine a dry river with a single yet desperate stream struggling its way through  dry and rocky riverbed … that is our need.

Now, imagine a strong flood of water gushing its way along a river that tries everything within its ability to keep it contained within its bank but fails. The water overflows and nourishes not only the river itself but all the areas surrounding it and with whatever it comes into contact.

Now when you look at the ocean, you can see no end to it. That is the same as God’s love, there is no end to it. When you look at the ocean, you know there are fish and an entire other world of life happening within it, but you may not always see it or feel it when you swim in it, yet it is there and it is beautiful. Only when you dive deep into the waters and put on special goggles do you see the clear and spectacular display of its presence. So it is with God’s love. It is always there. As you swim in the busyness and reality of life you may not always see or feel it but it is still there. It takes a conscious choice to focus and look for it. And when you find it, it will amaze you with its beauty and spectacular presence.

Never doubt God’s love just because you do not always see or feel it. Know it is there and pray that God will reveal it to you as you continue to go your way every day.

Maretha Retief

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{Psalm 91:2} – In your Father’s embrace

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”   (Psalm 91:2 NKJV)

We live in times where I believe we need divine protection more now than ever before. Do you see the need? If you do, let not your heart be troubled about this, but stand firm in your protection in Jesus.

We see again in verse two different names of God that reveal who He is. Let’s have a look:

The Hebrew word for “LORD” is Yahweh that refers to God who is self-existent, always present with His people. Yahweh is our holy God with a holy purpose for His people.

The descriptive names of God as refuge and fortress remind us of God’s promises that He will watch over us and keep us safe.

In the Old Testament God dwelt with His people in a tent in the wilderness and later in the temple in Jerusalem. In the New Testament it is revealed that God does not merely dwell with His people, but within His people through the presence of His Holy Spirit.

The Bible often refers to God Himself as our dwelling place or in Hebrew Moan. Closely linked to this imagery is the idea of God as our Refuge (Machseh) which means a shelter from storms and danger. It pictures God as the One to whom we can run for safety and security. We find this same imagery in Israel’s Cities of Refuge where people who accidentally killed someone could flee for protection (See previous post on Jesus revealed in the Cities of Refuge).

God is also compared to a fortress (Metsuda) and to a strong tower (Migdal-oz) where God serves as a hiding place or safety tower where we can run to Him and find comfort in His protective arms.

I once read a story that took place in 1998 where a tornado roared through Birmingham, Alabama. One girl and her twin sister were attending a youth group at church when the tornado struck their town. As the tornado hit the church, they began to sing, “Jesus loves Me”. Terrified, they yelled for their father who was the associate pastor who ran towards them; dropped to his knees and covered them with his body. The tornado ripped the church building apart. After the storm subsided, everyone came from their hiding place. All seventy of those at the church survived. Everything for miles had been flattened by the tornado, except for the exact part of the church where the girls and the other members of the church had taken refuge.

This story creates a vivid picture of what it means to find refuge in God – first the protective gesture of the father, shielding the girls’ bodies with his own and the protective walls of the hallway, which was the only part of the church still standing after the storm.

The last name we see here of God is “My God” and the Hebrew word is Elohim. This is the first name used for God in the Bible, He is the one who began it all, the Creator of everything. He is the One who made you – wonderfully and in His image. He crafted you with the finest detail. In Him we declare our trust, how can He not protect us, the ultimate beings of His creative works?

The next time you feel threatened by danger, circumstances or a person, run to God as your refuge and fortress. Call on His name and you will be safe.

Maretha Retief

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{Psalm 91:1} – Have you found your place in His shadow?

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1 NKJV)

Fear … a familiar emotion we probably face more than we want to. God knew about the fears we will face and gave us His key to protection in Psalm 91. Let’s start unlocking the door as we unpack the hidden treasures found in each verse.

Our position

The starting point that gives us the access to God’s divine protection is found in our position. The Hebrew word for “dwell” is yashab and means to sit down, to remain, to settle. God wants us to rest and enjoy His protection. As believers, we are seated in Christ at God’s right hand (Ephesians 2:6; Hebrew 1:3). We are no longer standing or working, but seated as we access and receive the blessings of Jesus. Because of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on the Cross, He completed the work for us and therefore we can dwell – rest in the in the secret place of the Most High. A place where the enemy cannot see or reach us.

God’s names

Note the different names of God that are used here. The first is Elyon (Most High) and the second is Shaddai (Almighty). El Elyon means “Highest”; “Exalted One”; “Most High” God Most High” and emphasizes that God is the highest in every realm of life. El Shaddai means “God Almighty” who is the One for whom nothing is impossible. It can also be literally translated, “God, the Mountain One” who is strong and unchanging.

These names reveal a lot to us in and of ourselves. Our present challenges or circumstances may appear insurmountable, but when we rest in the presence of El Elyon as the possessor of heaven and earth (Genesis 14:19) and abide under the shadow of El Shaddai, the All-sufficient One, we begin to see that our challenges are no longer so intimidating at all.

The secret place

The secret place of the Most High is our position in Christ – a place of intimacy and closeness. Once we accept Jesus as our Savior, we become hidden in Christ – the safest hiding place. When the enemy tries to tempt us, he first has to find us in Christ. Even when we fall, we do not lose our position as we remain in Christ. This is because our position is not based on what we do, but because of what Christ has done for us. Our righteousness in Christ is a gift (Romans 5:17).

The shadow

To abide under the shadow of someone means you need to be close to that person. This again speaks of intimacy and closeness as well as protection. It is a place where you do not feel the heat of the persecution. It is a place of coolness and rest. A position we obtain because of our personal relationship with Christ.

How do you access this position of divine position?

The position in the secret place and the shadow of God is available to each one of us as His children. You do not have to reach a certain spiritual level before you can access it. It is automatically yours because of your position of righteousness in Christ (1 Corinthians 5:21). Receive it and make it your own.

As you look upon what is happening around us or if you are currently facing intimidating circumstances, I want to encourage you to meditate on Psalm 91:1 and declare it over yourself and your family every morning. Also, hold on to the truth of your righteous position in Christ, which means you have God, the All Mighty and Most High as your personal bodyguard and provider of rest and peace.

Maretha Retief

Illustration credit: Jeanne de Villiers

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Your ultimate purpose

In one of my recent posts, Do You Serve a Purpose? we established that we all, in our own unique way, serve a purpose in God’s bigger picture and every day we are crafting away at our purpose. But have you find yourself asking, “Why am I here?” Maybe you asked, “What am I living for?” Is it possible that some of us are merely existing, drifting from one day to the next?

No matter in which category you find yourself, one truth remains, you, like me, have one significant call from God – to live with this one ultimate goal in mind!

“… to live is Christ…” (Philippians 1:21)

God initially created everything with one goal in mind and that was to worship Him. But Lucifer, as His most glorious angel allowed pride to get the better of him and instead of fulfilling his main purpose of worshipping God, he desired to be worshipped in God’s place. So instead of living the ultimate life in God’s presence, he destined himself to defeat.

When God created man, He still had the same goal in mind for us, to worship Him. When God hit Egypt with the ten plagues, He instructed Moses and Aaron with the announcement of every plague to Pharaoh to “tell him: GOD’s Message: Release my people so they can worship me.” (Exodus 8:1 MSG). Paul understood this higher purpose in life as he confirmed that his aim in life was to magnify Jesus – both in his body and in his death (Phil. 1:20). Everything else in his life was controlled and guided by this one ultimate goal God had for man, including Paul, to magnify God in everything.

What is the value of having such a high purpose:

  • It gives us a purpose for each day.
  • It provides excitement as the journey with Christ is full of surprises.
  • It helps us to determine our priorities and to understand what is important and eliminate any pursuits of lesser importance. If what we do, do not magnify God, there is no reason doing it.
  • It promotes a life of complete trust and dependance on God as we realise we are nothing without Him and the only way we can truly enjoy peace and prosper is by His hand.
  • It is a life where we walk hand in hand with the Holy Spirit for His guidance.

We know that God only has good plans for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11) and everything good He began in us, He will complete (Philippians 1:6). As we walk our daily lives, we ought to make Jesus our aim for each day. For some, to live means knowledge, to others it means sports, or wealth or power or pleasure, but if we wish to live on the highest plane God destined for our lives, God gave us the way to it: to make Jesus our ultimate and only goal.

How do we do this?

Faith-based hope: We choose to have hope based on our faith in Jesus. Our circumstances should not steal our hope. Because we know that Jesus is in control and declare Him as the Lord over our lives, we can have hope.

Intimate relationship: A relationship is based on communication and therefore we can talk to God through our prayers anytime in any place. As we wander with Him in close fellowship and commune with Him, we are giving Jesus the time and place He deserves.

Partnership with the Holy Spirit: As we understand the importance of the Holy Spirit’s role in our lives and co-operate with Him in obedience, we are magnifying Jesus as we acknowledge that we know best through His guidance and our own efforts remain limited unless it is inspired through Him.

Serve: Like Jesus came to serve, so we should serve Him and His purpose. The form and shape of our serving might differ, but as we serve Jesus and through His guidance, man, our lives speak of His place in it.

You have a high purpose. If you let Jesus have the place that belongs to Him in your heart and life, you will discover the true joy and freedom embedded in His high purpose. Accept Him as the Lord over every single aspect of your life and He will amaze you.

Maretha Retief

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Do you serve a purpose?

A holy callingI am going to start with this one thought: “You are still here!” and leave it with you for now.

We have all been created with a deep desire to matter. We want to feel like we matter and that our birth was not an accident but that we are here to serve a purpose. So, do you serve a purpose?

In the greater scheme of your life, you have been created to serve a holy calling:

So brethren, consecrated and set apart for God, who share in the heavenly calling,…” (Hebrews 3:1 AMPC)

In the picture of God’s puzzle for His children, you serve a definitive purpose for the unique piece that you are in His puzzle. Your life is about perfecting that divine piece to fit into His greater picture. Your heavenly calling, the purpose for which you are on earth is not a one day event or even seasonal, but it is a “one day at a time” process and when God calls you back home and you look back, you will see it clearly. For some it may be a very clear purpose and they start serving it from a very young age, but for the most of us, we serve it one day at a time, from one season to the next until God completed His good work in us. So yes, whether you realised it or not, whether you see it or not, from God’s perspective, you are serving a purpose.

The purpose that God has for your life is not merely mediocre, but entails good plans that will prosper you and that will bring hope and not sorrow (Jeremiah 29:11).

Apart from the overall purpose that God has for our lives, we are also crafting at it one day at a time. Every day that you wake up because of the God-inspired breath that is breathed through your being, you are busy working towards your ultimate purpose. Do you perceive each day in that light? If not, why don’t you start doing it from now on?

Every day is a day of you serving your purpose. You do not have to have a well-known ministry or changing hundreds of lives a day to be serving a purpose, but wherever you find yourself, whether at home, at work, with your family or whoever or whatever God brings across your path, deal with them in serving His purpose and your impact starts right there. And that is good enough.

God does not look at numbers to determine whether we are serving a purpose. He looks at our hearts and our obedience on the little tasks He sends across our paths every day to serve His kingdom. Did you realise that?

I would like to challenge you to start looking at each day as a day to impact for God. It may be through a serving hand, a smile, and encouraging word or even through a waiting period but start seeing each day as a day that you are busy crafting away at the greater purpose God has for you. Even though you may not be able to see any evidence thereof at the moment, do not stop. Take it one day at a time. It is never too late to begin, whether you are still at the beginning of your career or building a family or whether you have been around and are at a time where you begin to look back to see what you have been building. Just do it.

That brings us back to the fact that you are still here. God is not done with you and He is still busy serving His purpose through you. You matter to Him in a way you may never understand and He cannot bear the thought of you feeling worthless, as in His eyes you have so much worth. His thoughts about you is about impact, but not just any kind of impact, but impact for His kingdom – one day, one person and one act at a time.

If you have been feeling a little worthless or unappreciated lately, I pray that God will fill you with a fresh knowing that you matter and that every day you are serving His purpose wherever you are and in the smallest things that you do.

Maretha Retief

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Have you forgotten the way He sees you?

Have you forgotten how He sees you?You are so lovely!… These are the words spoken to you and about you!

I know I am so unworthy – so in need …You are so lovely – like the fine linen tapestry hanging in the Holy Place.” (Song of Songs 1:5 TPT)

Verse 5 begins with the Shulamite woman that acknowledges her darkness and unworthiness before the King. As sinners we are sometimes black of sin, yet nevertheless amiable in the eyes of Christ, black in the account of men, but desired in God’s esteem. As believers, we are black in ourselves, but lovely in Christ, with the glory and beauty that He puts on us. Our lives, our circumstances, our thoughts may be black outwardly, but we remain glorious within. We are sinners, yet saints. Our own righteousness are as filthy rags, but we are clothed with the robe of Christ’s righteousness. No matter how dark and unworthy we feel or our circumstances appear, we are lovely in the eyes of Jesus.

Imagine Jesus sitting in front of you, holding you by the hands and speaking these words into your heart:

My dearest one…
Let me tell you how I see you –
you are so thrilling to me.
To gaze upon you is like looking at one of Pharaoh’s finest horses –
A strong, regal steed pulling his royal chariot.
” (Song of Songs 1:9 TPT)

You are adored and admired in His sight. You are from the finest royal bloodline in Jesus. The beauty you display in Jesus’ eyes is uncomparable. Once you have received these words, see the promise of radiance and holiness that the Holy Trinity – God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus promise to bestow upon you:

We will enhance your beauty, encircling you with golden reins of love. You will be marked with our redeeming grace.” (Song of Songs 1:11 TPT). Your presence will speak of God’s holiness, you will be radiant and the footsteps you leave behind will speak of the redeeming grace of Jesus that flows through your life.

Just as Jesus is always the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow, so will the way He sees you never change.

You are beauty itself to me. Your passionate eyes are like gentle doves”. (Song of Songs 1:15 TPT)

The new creations that we were made in Christ have brought us to a new beautiful life where we are the definition of beauty through the grace of Christ operating through us. The reference to doves is significant as it points us to the Holy Spirit. Jesus applauds us here as we see Him with spiritual revelation as we perceive the glory of the Cross in the perfect work He did for us.

I would like to leave you with these words of adoration from Song of Songs 2:2:

Yes, you are my darling companion. You stand out from all the rest. For though the curse of sin surrounds you, still you remain as pure as a lily, even more than all the others.” (TPT).

Jesus walks hand in hand with you wherever you go. He never leaves your side. You are made to be extra-ordinary. You are made to be diferent and to rise above the ordinary. We may have been born into a sinful world where the curse of sin surrounds us, but Jesus wore a crown of thorns on the Cross, that speaks of the curse of sin and through His complete and perfect work on the He took the curse of sin away. And now we are pure as lilies. Lilies are symbols of purity and Jesus reminds us that in spite of the sinful world we were born into, our inner beings remain pure because of His redeeming love that cleansed us and transformed us to holy and radiant beings in His sight.

May these words today be a reminder to you of how precious you are in the sight of Jesus, the Lover of your soul.

Maretha Retief

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Have you put on Jesus’ jacket?

Putting on Jesus' jacketAre you in a season in your life where you are believing God for something? Maybe it is for that perfect job, a financial break-through, a child, a companion or for direction. A waiting season brings along its own challenges, but hidden in the waiting is the key that will help you to wait with an expectation knowing that something good is coming.

The Bible says:

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. (Romans 3:22 NLT)

We are made right with God. He does not see our shortcomings and all the reasons that will justify not receiving what we are believing for. God sees every reason to give us what is good to us, because He sees us through His beloved Son, Jesus. In Christ, we have His righteousness and in His righteousness, we have access to everything He has – riches, peace, favor, grace, provision, protection, love, purpose, holiness and much more.

Righteousness is like putting on a jacket. When you wear a jacket, it has buttons, pockets, an inner, a collar, etc. You do not have to get them in addition when you buy the jacket; it is part of the jacket that you get to wear. It works the same with our righteousness in Christ. Through faith we put on Jesus’ jacket of righteousness and in it is all the blessings of God, including your provision, protection, purpose, grace and much more.

God reminds us in Matthew 6:33 to use our faith for one thing:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

So, I would like to challenge you to re-think what you are believing God for, what it is you are exercising your faith for. Instead of having faith for that job, a financial break-through, protection or whatever it may be, have faith in God for His righteousness. Believe God for a fresh revelation of your righteousness in Christ, because as you begin to walk deeper in the knowledge of your right-standing in Christ, you will know that you have protection, provision, peace and whatever it is that you may need. If you use your faith for that one thing: righteousness, ALL things will be added unto you. You will no longer need to exercise your faith for other things as you will know that in Christ you already have it.

What is even more amazing is that God does not only provide for us in proportion to what we think we need, but “… God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NIV) As we know there is no end to God’s riches and therefore there is no end to His supply to us in Christ.

Put on Jesus’ jacket of righteousness and press into Him for a greater revelation of your righteousness in Him and let your life become a testimony of Matthew 6:33 as you see how His love and favor overflow in all aspects of your life.

Maretha Retief

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Have you forgotten your Father?

Have you forgotten your Father?Lately, the Lion King has been a favorite in our house for our almost three-year old daughter who cannot wait in the afternoon when she gets back from school to watch “leeutjie” (the Afrikaans translation of lion). Never paying much attention to the movie as I would sit with her, there was this one scene that got my attention and I knew there was a deeper meaning in it for me.

Yes, even in an animation story, God can speak to us.

It is the scene where Simba has become a young adult lion and was wandering far away from home. He blamed himself for his father’s death and did not think he was worthy to take up the position of king as he was born to be as he no longer saw himself worthy of it. During his wanderings, the baboon, Rafikki got hold of him and got straight to point by reminding Simba that he was lost and have forgotten who he is and who he was called to be: “It is not me who does not know who I am, it is you! You do not know who you are…” Simba was upset and told Rafikki that he is wrong and wanted to know how did he know who Simba was how and Rafikki responded, “Oh but I know, you are Mufasa’s son…” and those words made Simba stop in his track.

Rafikki reminded Simba that he is lost because he has forgotten who he has inside him. Rafikki took Simba to a nearby pond and told him to look in the water and he will see the reflection of his father. At first Simba was quite blasé about it and only saw his own reflection in the water and said as much to Rafikki. But Rafikki did not give up, he persisted and encouraged Simba to have another look, but this time look deeper … and Simba saw. He saw the reflection of his father and could hear his father saying to him: “Simba, you have forgotten me. You do not know who you are because you have forgotten who I am…”

Simba was shocked because how would he forget his father? But it was not about having the memory of his father but about knowing his position and identity as a result of whose son he is. In that moment Simba remembered that he was the son of a king and he has a duty to take up his rightful place as the king of the animal kingdom. From that point, where Simba understood his identity because of who his father was, there was nothing stopping him from stepping into his destiny.

It was like as if I could hear God saying, “My child, life gets busy, life happens and sometimes the things that happen are not even our fault but we hold ourselves accountable for it and even go a little off track. But at the essence of it all, the only reason why we feel lost or overwhelmed is because we have forgotten who our Father is. If we will remember who we are in Him, we will remember who we are meant to be and what our position in life is supposed to be. We will find our purpose and our joy again and we will be surprised at the blessings and promises that await us on the other side of that realisation.”

Jesus reminds us of the same truth in John 14:7 where He reminds the people that if they know Him, they will know His Father. He is one and the same as His Father.

I do not know where you find yourself in life, but if you have been feeling a little lost because of circumstances or maybe you are overwhelmed by the everyday demands, I would like you to join me to stop for just a moment and ask yourself the question? Have you forgotten your Father and who you are and have in Him — Your provider who supplies you in all your needs, Your protector, Your Comforter, the Author of your life that only have good plans for you, Your answer to every question you may have, Your solution to every problem?

Take one minute and put every thought aside and just remember this: you are the beloved child of God, your Father, your Daddy God, who loves you beyond words and who is the outcome for your current circumstances, who will provide for you in every need and who has a destiny for only you to fill. Then let Him fill you with a fresh sense of peace and purpose so that you will be able to get up and start moving again in your purpose from the very next step you take.

Maretha Retief

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Let me tell you a little about yourself …

Let me tell you a little about yourself ... You are that beloved one that looks in the mirror and pure bliss reflects in the mirror.

You are that beloved one that was created in the image and character of your wonderful, loving Heavenly Father, who represents everything that is pure and good.

You are that beloved one that is distinguished from others in every part of your being – your looks, your purpose, your voice, your dreams and your calling.

You are that beloved one that was formed with perfection and no detail about you was unintended or went unnoticed. You are who you were meant to be.

You are that beloved one that was made in the wonder and fearfulness of your loving Father. Everything He does is good and wonderful. He makes no mistakes.

You are that beloved one that is mounted up in the glory of God. You are born to rise and grow in His majestic ways and to operate in God’s matchless power.

You are that beloved one that is a display of God’s wondrous works.

You are that beloved one that is in right standing with God and who cannot be shaken, because you are who you are because of Jesus in you.

You are that beloved one that can face any trial that may cross your path and you will rise above it because you are not alone. Your God is with you in everything you do.

Do you recognise yourself yet?

This is only a drop in the ocean of who you are as there is so much more to you.

You are that man or woman whom God has called for a purpose that is unique. A purpose crafted and shaped only for you to fulfil. You are so loved that God spent the time when He designed you to equip you with everything you need so that when His time comes for you to flourish in His way, you would be ready and willing.

This is you, if you did not know, meet the new you because that is God in you.

This is not my opinion of you but God’s opinion of you. His Words says:

I confess Thee, because that [with] wonders I have been distinguished. Wonderful [are] Thy works, And my soul is knowing [it] well. (Psalm 139:14 YLT98)

THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). (Romans 5:1 AMPC)

… be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God} Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will ] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! … (Hebrews 13:5 AMPC)

Are you ready to accept who you are and start walking victoriously with Jesus Christ by Your side?

Then pray with me:

Lord Jesus, You are the Lord of my life, My Savior. I surrender to you all that I am and all that I have. Thank you for who You made me to be and for the wonderful works of Your majesty that is displayed through me. Help me to treasure that and to walk in my divine identity and destiny and to not be fooled by a matter of mistaken identity because of what I see in the world around me or because of my circumstances. I am fully Yours and declare today that You have the right over my life. I am taking Your hand today Lord and I am declaring that my walk is with you. In victory we will stand and through Your grace we will rise to Your higher grounds. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Maretha Retief

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A life surrounded by Christ

A life surrounded by Christbut in the depths of my heart I truly know that you have become my Shield; You take me and surround me with yourself. (Psalm 3:3 tPt)

Can you imagine a life where you are surrounded with Christ? A life where people look at you and do not see your shortcomings and weaknesses but Christ and His fullness embracing your entire being.

For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him with favor as with a shield. (Psalm 5:12 NASB)

A life where people here you speak and all they hear are the graceful Word of God that touches the deepest parts of their beings. A life where people observe your actions and first see God’s hand over your life and the great works He is doing through you. A life where everything about you is about God and little about you.

A life that is impossible to obtain through self-effort but which is completely in your reach as you allow yourself to be hidden in Christ in all you say, do or think.

Can you imagine such a life? Would you like to have such a life?

You can.

In Christ you have become the fullness of Christ already as you are one with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17). Christ is in you and you possess every good thing He has. His greatness is in you. His presence is in you through His Holy Spirit. His existence is so great it is impossible to have Him in you and to keep Him shut inside. As you allow Him to work through you He embraces your entire being. He is in us because we are in Him.

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. (1 John 4:13 ESV)

If we go back to Psalm 3:3 and the words, “You take me and surround me with yourself” paints a beautiful picture of God that comes to us and closes us in His embrace in presence. The Father’s love that cannot be denied. He shields us with His entire being that all that can be seen is Him. What greater shield than God Himself could you have?

For anyone to get to you, they have to go through God first. When you are looked upon, people will notice there is something different about you. You will be looked upon and the presence of God will be evident. When you are hidden in Christ this way the enemy will not see you. The attacks he attempts to send your way will fail as they will not prosper against as you are clothed in Him and the armor He has given you (Ephesians 6).

Maretha Retief

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