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We are kicking off The Best Hidden Skill That Can Change Your Relationships Series with Part I: Knowing the Lord. I think this the most fundamental aspect of getting to know yourself. Knowing who we are in Christ will help us understand basic aspects of our human nature. We can also grasp the depth of our uniqueness and how we can use it to further His Kingdom.
Know Your Creator
Learning His Character
Many of us, including myself, do not intuitively begin to inquire about God when thinking about our own self-awareness. We even read the Bible with us in mind, seeking to better understand ourselves versus learning more about who He is and His nature. The Lord is our creator and He formed us purposefully. Therefore, learning the character of God is a fundamental aspect of self-discovery.
In Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds Jen Wilkin wrote “the knowledge of God and the knowledge of self always go hand in hand. In fact, there can be no true knowledge of self apart from the knowledge of God. He is the only reference point that is reliable.”
I absolutely love this book because it changed my perspective on bible study in a profound way. Women of the Word teaches us to read the bible with the intention of learning about God before any other motive. This means that the focus is on God first before healing, wisdom, or any other agenda. God’s character is revealed through the stories of the Bible. His word shows us that he is a God of love, integrity, mercy, and peace. I could go on and on about who the Lord is, but I encourage you to explore Him for yourself through bible study, and most importantly by developing a one-on-one relationship with Him. In order to know ourselves, we must first know our creator and who He created us to be.
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Knowing Him leads to knowing you
It is impossible to know who you are as a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, worker if you don’t know who you are as a child of God. God created all of us for a special purpose. He created us to love us, and in turn, we are called to love Him, love ourselves, and love others. Furthermore, we were created to honor and exalt Him with our lives. How do we honor God? By practicing obedience, worship, trust, and most importantly taking on His character. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead you, and in time you will bear much fruit (Galatians 5:22-25). Once we have given our life to Christ and have begun to learn His ways then and only then can we begin to be truly introspective.It is impossible to know who you are as a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, worker if you don't know who you are as a child of God. Click To Tweet
The Lord formed us all as unique individuals. We each have a distinct calling on our lives, that no one else can carry out. Which means we all have different personalities, spiritual talents, passions, testimonies, and skills. God gave us all distinct characteristics so that we can serve Him and expand his Kingdom. We’ll discuss different ways to learn about ourselves in the third installment of this series. Armed with the knowledge of God’s character, love, and truth we will begin to transform into powerful, intentional women full of purpose.
Walking in freedom
Growing in Christ Jesus will change how you see the world and yourself. When we honestly know the Lord we are forever and continuously changed back into who we were called to be in Him. Our true selves are revealed. Your past and the heartaches become part of your testimony. And you are released to walk into the spiritual woman God created you to be for His glory.
I hope you were able to grasp the importance of knowing who God is, and how that knowledge relates to knowing yourself. Self-awareness is so fundamental to developing relationships, because if you don’t know yourself how can you truly relate to other people? You will inevitably learn things about yourself as you go through relationship seasons. However, I challenge you to seek that knowledge out independently of your relationship status. Next week we’ll take a look at embracing your story.
With lots of love,