I Choose You

 

“We cannot have a change in behavior without a change in the way we think.” 

Steve Backlund 

Christmas celebrations have come and gone, but the pleasant memories still linger in my mind. One of my favorite Christmas songs is called “I Choose You” by Matthew West and Jayme Thompson. The lyrics are addressed to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Even though others saw her life as ordinary, God still chose her to bring the Savior into the world. “I have called you to leave your fears behind, to walk by faith and not by sight. Mary, I know it’s all a mystery, My hand is leading if you’ll only believe.” 

Like Mary, you may consider yourself ordinary, but God sees you as extraordinary, because you’re His child. God chose Mary to give birth to the Messiah, and He chose you to _______ in 2018. He’s given each of us an assignment-not because we’re worthy, but because of His worthiness. A few years ago, the Holy Spirit brought tears to my eyes when He whispered, You were created for greatness.  

Mary became the mother of the Son of God because she believed. She declared, “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38) What promises of God do you need to believe? What if we made New Year’s declarations, instead of New Year’s resolutions?  

Declarations build our faith and increase our anticipation to see God’s goodness. Our faith is determined by what we believe. But like a cold car that needs a jump start, declarations warm our faith up.  

I used to struggle with God’s call to write, thinking I wasn’t creative. Then I began to say out loud, “I am a creative writer because the Creative One lives in me.” Eventually, my head knowledge of that truth, dropped down into my heart and revelation turned to faith. 

Declarations help us to believe God has chosen us. When faith is released, we are then able to fulfill God’s destiny. Start 2018 by making New Year’s declarations and believe God’s promises for your life. He chose you for greatness! 

What we believe is the determining factor of whether our lives move forward or backward. We can have a ‘Super Christian‘ pray for us, but ultimately our own beliefs are the key to spiritual advancement.” 

Steve Backlund 

Relevant Reflection: 

Make a list of God’s promises for your life and declare them out loud. 

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