Over the last few weeks I have been reading books on being thankful, learning to live up to my full potential and who I am when no one is looking. I have been learning and putting the things I’ve been taught into action.
In one of the books I’m reading is a whole chapter on “because of whose I am” and it really stood out to me. I became a Christian at the age of 7. I was in the music ministry from the age of seven until the age of thirty-two. Over the years I have heard messages on “because of whose I am” but I never thought enough about it to put the power of that statement into action.
I meditated on this short, powerful statement over the last few days and prayed about it. Today I thought I would look at it through the lens of someone with autoimmune disorders. And of course, the day I decided to write about this topic, I am having a flare, but it is not going to stop me.
Because of Whose I Am…
I know this flare has come to pass.
It is here right now. It is causing me pain and extreme fatigue. I body feels like I have cried for about two to three hours. I haven’t but that is how my body feels. Because of whose I am, I know this flare will not be here long. I may have it for a day or two, but then like the clouds parting and the sun shining, I will be back to my normal.
I have God’s favor.
You have granted me life and favor, and Your care has preserved my spirit. Job 10:12
I love knowing that I have the favor of God. He wants to see me succeed. He wants to see you succeed. He wants to bless us in all areas of our life. I am learning to put my faith in him more and more, because he wants what’s best for me.
I will not fear.
The Lord is my light and my salvation. Should I fear anyone? The Lord is a fortress protecting my life. Should I be frightened of anything? Psalm 27:1
I have never had a fear about getting the diagnosis that I had autoimmune disorders. I have never had a fear that any of the disorders would get out of hand. When each diagnosis came along, I read about what the symptoms were and started working on a strategy to deal with them as they would develop. Some of those things I tried worked and some didn’t. I have trusted that God would see me through each episode and I am grateful when they are over. I appreciate the days I feel good much more than I used to.
I love this verse:
God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled. 2 Timothy 1:7 (CEB)
Did you read that verse? God didn’t give you or me a spirit that is fearful! He gave us a spirit that is powerful for the days that we feel weak. He gave us a spirit of love so that we can love those who seem unlovable. He gave us a spirit if self-control. He didn’t give us a spirit of total control, the type of spirit that tries to control other people, but the spirit of self-control. That is also one of the fruits of the spirit.
God’s got my back.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? Romans 8:31 (ASV)
Have you ever had a day where it feels like everything and everyone is working against you? No matter what is going on in my life I know that God is always for me. He is rooting me on. He is comforting me and he is guiding me.
When I am weary he is my strength.
Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He doesn’t grow tired or weary. His understanding is beyond human reach, giving power to the tired and reviving the exhausted. Isaiah 40:28-29
I like to think of God reviving me when I am exhausted is like how a hot shower feels when I am sick. I feel so much better after the shower. I feel more alive and fresh. I’m ready to take on the world.
When I feel alone he is with me to the end.
6 Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and he won’t abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:6 (CEB)
It can be easy to feel alone when I’m dealing with my autoimmune disorders. I can tell by the responses to the questions I asked in my autoimmune survey that others feel the same way. It is wonderful to know, that when we feel this way around others that we are truly not alone. The verse above is a promise, he will not let you or me down and he will never abandon us.
Nothing can remove God’s love from me.
Nothing is able to come between us and the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom. 8:35–39). “Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38–39).
I love having this assurance. Even on the days that I’m cranky and I am not filling myself with good thoughts and I may not be as nice to others as I should be, I know that there is nothing I can do or anyone else for that matter can do that can take his love away from me.
So there you have it. When you are feeling afraid, weak, tired, unloved, alone, and that no one has your back, God is there, in your corner. He’s got this!