This past weekend I had the pleasure to speak at a Women’s Retreat. The theme of the retreat came from the Isaiah 44:22 that says, “I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” I love this promise but how do you live it out daily? Here is what I shared with the women that day.
The sweeping away of our sins mentioned in this verse sounds so wonderful and easy like a calm ocean in the morning but our daily lives don’t often resemble that instead it looks more like a riptide – a battle between us and God.
Yes Lord I believe you have taken this from me but I really don’t want to give it up.
Yes I believe your word is true about who I am in you but I still want to beat myself up with my words and actions.
In James 1:5-6 it says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
This is what happens when you lack the wisdom and the understanding of who we are in Christ Jesus – we battle with the Lord and struggle to be who he truly created us to be.
So how do we live this “swept away” life daily so we can rest in his promises, wisdom and truth?
I believe you need to include these 3 daily actions into your life.
- Rejoice – First to the live the swept away life you want to rejoice in the Lord daily to show gratitude and to worship him. In the same passage of Isaiah, after he says he has redeemed us, it says “Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord had done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath.” I didn’t grow up in church so when I began to attend at the age of nineteen one of the very first songs I remember was “I Love You Lord!” It became such a beautiful song in my heart as I took some of my first steps with the Lord.
I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul, rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
In Your ear
- Rebuild – Next you want to rebuild your life daily on God’s word through time alone with him and with his people. Again in Isaiah towards the end of chapter 44, God tells them that they will be rebuilt and he will restore all their ruins. This promise wasn’t just for the Jewish people but also for you today. God has promised to restore your ruins (any past hurt or painful experience) and use it for a purpose. Personally, God used a marathon (yes an actual race) to rebuild my foundation and confidence in him rather than in the world where I had placed much of my worth and identity. I needed to build a consistent walk spiritually and physically to renew my mind and heart on him. It was a powerful journey and one I encourage others women to take through a powerful race event weekend called WeekendofWins.com .
A race may not be your thing right now but a great first step may be signing up for the Rise Up and Build Confidence Challenge. This 21-day challenge will empower you to put God at the center of your life and step into confidence, joy, freedom and peace.
Also, another great way to rebuild daily is picking up a copy of my book, “It is Finished, Coming to end of you so God can do something new” where I share my race story and other women stories who have been transformed through the experience the race and the book of Nehemiah. I released the book in 2013 and will be releasing a 2nd edition this summer. The 2nd edition will include more race stories and some additional content.
- Rename – Lastly, to live the swept away life you want to live in the new name God has placed in you when you received Jesus as your savior. When you accepted Christ, the Holy Spirit entered and gave you every spiritual gift from God including his full character (Ephesians 1:3). Therefore we can say with confidence, “I Am is in me!” Many times when the words “I am” are used they are followed by not so nice things we tell ourselves. This is not honoring to God or to yourself.
During the retreat, I lead a small group experience to help the women see and receive the Godly characteristics and good work others saw in them. Then, they constructed a sentence starting with the words “I AM” followed by powerful words like confident, courageous, authentic, loving, caring, supportive, connected then woman of God.
My personal statement I pray and affirm with God daily is “I AM an authentic, courageous and humble woman of God.” By remembering who I am in Christ, it allows me to be intentional in my day and how I choose to be with others.
If you desire to create your own powerful affirmation in him, think of characteristics you admire in others or ones you want to develop more. Also, pray and ask God to show you the words for you to include in your statement. When you have two or three words, create your sentence starting with “I Am” followed by your words then ending with woman of God. Let this become your daily prayer and intention for you day.
So to live this “swept away” life, you must be willing to rejoice, rebuild and live in your new name or identity in Christ Jesus. (1 Cor 5:17)