I guess it was because of where I was today (as in working with 3 and 4 year olds), that I remembered this quote from the conference over the weekend (okay, I know that I said I was through recounting the wonders of this event, but I KNOW that there is even more amazing things that I heard that hasn't even begun to settle in my spirit....) "When you know WHO you are in Christ Jesus, then the devil will stop using you as play-doh!"
Now, I have to tell you that I am a play-doh lover! I love the feel and the smell of play-doh and I love to watch kids play with the stuff. It is soft and squishy and you can do so many different things with it. And if you have one of those fancy play-doh machines you can create everything from snakes to spaghetti. I guess that the smell must also be enticing to kids, because almost everyone I have ever seen play with this stuff, puts some of it in their mouth. Good thing that it is non-toxic! I love how you can mix the colors together and create a totally different color. Yep, it's great stuff.
When I was thinking about this quote and play-doh in general, I realized just how true this is. I don't want to be so soft and squishy that satan can manipulate me into whatever he wants. I don't want to be so easily changed that I can be mashed together with someone else and turn out a totally different "color" than I was meant to be. And isn't it also true, when we are allowing satan to use circumstances, all that we are experiencing FEELS a lot like what the play-doh must feel, going through those pressing machines. We feel pressed and stressed and pulled in so many different directions. And sometimes it feels like we don't even recognize ourselves. And then suddenly, we wonder how we even got to the place that we are in!
So I will be reminding myself each and every day, of exactly who I am in Jesus. I want to meditate on the teachings that I heard from this conference. I plan to spend much more time in the Bible, since that is where we can KNOW who Jesus is. And in all of that I will be praying that the Holy Spirit will reveal to me that truth - who I am in Jesus. Then I can be sure that satan can not punch me down or change my color or my shape. Because I am made in the image of God. I have the Holy Spirit within me to empower me. And I have Jesus. End of story.
Jesus, would you please write this truth into all of our hearts tonight. Help us to grasp with a clear mind and spirit, of who you have made us to be. Holy Spirit, quicken this revelation in our spirits so that there is no way that satan can use us as his play toy. Thank you for these "bursts" of remembrance of wonderful nuggets. And Holy Spirit, thank you for helping me solve my big problem from yesterday. Amen