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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:26

Finding Yourself

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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Psalm 48:14:“He is our God forever

and ever, and he will be our guide until we die.”

 

 

Do you remember heading off to college?  Maybe that’s what you’re doing right now.  Many young people look at college as a chance to be out on their own, to come out from under Mom and Dad (until you need some money!), to make your own mark and well… find yourself.  Some people even later in life say they need some time away from it all so they can find themselves.  Have you found yourself or are you still looking?

 

We spend so much of our lives looking for ourselves in all the wrong places.  Through other people (boyfriends or girlfriends, husbands and wives), through success in school or at work, through groups and organizations that tell us “we can help you find the best you”.

 

Listening to my little girl’s ipod as I walked the other day, I realized how many songs that appeal to young children talk about people not understanding them—“what if no one can see the great in me?”  As the innocence of a child begins to be chipped away by the world’s standards, it’s easy to question who we are, and if we don’t search in the right places, that uncertainty can stay with us into and throughout adulthood. 

 

Read God’s Word and you’ll discover who you are!  You are humble, trusting, generous and forgiving.  You are His child, His choice, His messenger--you are the Temple.

 

 

2 Chronicles 29:4: “Purify yourselves, and purify the Temple of the Lord, the God of your ancestors.  Remove all the defiled things from the sanctuary.”

 

 

I love the song lyrics, “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.”  In 2 Chronicles, the 29th chapter, Hezekiah is reopening the doors of the Temple of the Lord!  This is BIG, considering Hezekiah’s dad, King Ahaz, had shut the doors so no one could worship there and then set up altars to pagan gods in every corner of Jerusalem.  That’s what Hezekiah grew up under, for 25 years, watching his father set an example of worshiping pagan gods and turning his back on our Holy Father.  Did that shape Hezekiah’s opinion of himself? No. Hezekiah knows who he is because he knows his true Father, he knows the Holy One. 

 

 

2 Kings 18: 5-7: “Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel.  There was never another king like him in the land of Judah, either before or after his time.  He remained faithful to the Lord in everything, and he carefully obeyed all the commands the Lord had given Moses.  So the Lord was with him, and Hezekiah was successful in everything he did.”

 

 

You’ve heard the expression, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” meaning a child is often like his or her parent.  That can be true in many ways, but it doesn’t have to be when the parent has made terrible choices!  You don’t have to fall victim to generational bondage---look at Hezekiah.

 

Hezekiah ordered the people to purify the Temple by removing all the defiled things in the sanctuary. Now that we have the gift of the Holy Spirit indwelling us, we are the Temple.  When is the last time you took an inventory in order to remove anything defiled in His Temple, His Sanctuary?  Clean out what you know isn’t of God and clear the way for a full sense of knowing who you are in God.  Then just as the Levites did under Hezekiah’s orders, rededicate yourself, the Temple, to God. 

 

Psalm 48:14: “He is our God forever and ever, and he will be our guide until we die,” makes it clear that we will need God’s guidance throughout our lives and we can count on him being there.  If you ever question whether you’ve found yourself, know and trust that it’s a lifelong search, and He’s there to guide you every step of the way.  Keep your eyes on His road map, keep yourself pure to feel His ever presence, and trust that when you’ve found Him, you’ve found you.

 

 

Psalm 91:14-16:  “The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me.  I will protect those who trust in my name.  When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble.  I will rescue them and honor them.  I will satisfy them with a long life and give them my salvation.’”

 

 

You are rescued, you are protected, you are in His constant company, you are honored, you are satisfied, and YOU ARE HIS! Have you found yourself or are you still looking?

 

 

 

 

 

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