“It’s about who Christ is in me.”
Jennifer Kennedy Dean, Alter’d: Experience the Power of Resurrection, Kindle location 1130
Welcome to Speak Faithfulness!
This weekly podcast gives voice to the belonging, healing and wholeness of all God’s children. It exists to speak aloud the faithfulness of God by resting in Scripture and sharing the testimony of Christ revealed through us, His children, both now and in the past. We are opening our mouth for those unable to speak (Proverbs 31:8).
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 1:20, NIV).
Your host today is Anna Smit. She is continuing the series, Upon This Rock, focusing on the life, calling and redemption of Peter.
Today, Anna is resting in three words Peter spoke, when asked if he too wasn’t one of the disciples (see John 18: 16-18):
“I am not”
She considers how God redeems our “I am not’s” with His mighty “I AM”, as He grounds us in, and propells us forward through, the compassion of Christ at work in us. She reviews Peter’s and her own life to see how God strengthens us through His loving discipline and weaning to lay down our life to find it in Him (see Matthew 10:39). And she invites you to join her in prayer.
Please note, in this podcast, Anna shares of a recent friendship breakup. She shares of her friend’s inability to receive the truth she spoke, as well as her own inability to receive the truth her friend spoke and of God’s breaking to make them whole in Him. What she didn’t share is she did not speak the original Words God gave her weeks earlier because she was afraid that she would lose her friend. She refused to defend her friend from the enemy’s schemes, agreeing with the lies of the enemy above God’s holy Word. But God would bring it all to a head and bring about the breaking for her good and her friend’s, even in her disobedience. He would not allow her to deny the finished work of the Cross and bathe in self-righteousness and shame. He turned her to His Promises of eternal healing and wholeness in the breaking of His Body.
Praise be to God that He is the God who keeps no record of our wrongs. While Anna kept a record of her friend’s wrongs and her own, falling into pride and shame, God moved within her to lead her to repentance. Anna’s friend and Anna are covered by God’s grace. Now, when Anna looks at her friend and herself, she sees Jesus in them both. May God forgive Anna for keeping a record of her friend’s and her own wrongdoing, rather than embracing the grace and forgiveness God has so freely extended to them both.
May you be blessed in the Great I AM today:
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