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Organizing the Inside – Day 158 Lord, Where Did All These Labels Come From?

3The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.” Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.”

5So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. 6His name was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. David said, “Greetings, Mephibosheth.” Mephibosheth replied, “I am your servant.” 7“Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!” 2 Samuel 9:3, 5-8

8Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?”

What is your response when God wants to give you a place of honor?
It is very difficult for many Christians to receive the honor and forgiveness God has to offer. We have been made worthy through Christ’s finish work at Calvary. Yet, many times when God offers us His love, forgiveness and honor we remind Him of our labels, which in some cases we’ve had since childhood. We bring with us labels that we have carried all our lives and God wants us to accept the place of honor He wants to give. At times we use all those labels we’ve been tagged with as the reasons why we aren’t good enough to move forward with what God has for us to do.

When God opens a door in your life
When God tells you to come in and dine with the King; and He’s moving you to do more for His kingdom, forget about your labels.  Forget about what they called you in grade school or told you about yourself as you were growing up. Maybe people told you things like, “Oh aren’t you cute, you’re so shy.” Maybe you’ve been labeled as stupid, or told your voice was too loud, or too soft, or that you’re always messing things up.

Mephibosheth was afraid to meet David.
His first response to David’s offer to join him at the king’s table was, “who …a dead dog like me?” In other words, Mephibosheth felt no way, I’m not good enough for such honor. His first response was to consider not what the king wanted to do for him, but to consider how he felt about himself. This type of self-doubt will keep us from living the abundant life God has planned.

Tear off those old labels.
When God wants to give you more, and wants to take you to new levels in your life, you have to rip off the labels of the past. Realize who’s calling you, and who it is He is calling you to be. Jesus paved the way, for us to become members of His royal priesthood. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 This has absolutely nothing to do with something we’ve done to earn it. God elevates us to a place of honor because of His love for us and what Christ did.

What labels have you carried since childhood?
Those labels don’t define who you are. Regardless of whether you’ve worn them for so long that somehow, they’ve become strangely comfortable. The only labels you should wear are the ones that God has given. Organizing your labels is a great way to get organized on the inside. Here’s an exercise that will help.

  1. Take a minute to consider those things you’ve come to accept, that are untrue.
  2. Make a list; write down those untrue labels that you have carried for far too long.
  3. Once you’ve made your list, look it over carefully, as you allow the Word of God to shine light on the truth about your list.
  4. Then get a red marker and in big red letters write UNDER THE BLOOD.
    It’s time you and I get rid of the old labels that we’ve been carrying.
  5. Start a new list that’s all about God’s truth. Write things like, I’M MORE THAN A CONQUEROR.
  6. Finally, agree to only accept what God says about you. Reject any label that doesn’t agree with the Word of God.

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