Friday, May 30, 2008

D-E-S-I-G-N: Who Am I? Part 1

I have been thinking a lot about that question, "Who Am I?" and this subject of DESIGN. I have often thought, "God, why did you make me like this?" For so long I have wanted to be like so many other people. I am not sure why or from where this has come. Wounded ness? Pride? The world, flesh or devil? I don't really know.
I sensed the Lord say to me one day, "John, you are growing in self awareness". As my soul has been healing and restoring, I have not looked out so much to others. I am seeing more clearly how and why God made me. There are so many levels to a human being. It is so true that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I have thought of at least 21 levels.
1.    We were thought of and designed before the foundation of the world.
Jeremiah 1:4-5 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, [5] "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
2.    We were seen and formed uniquely in our mother's womb.
Psalm 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. [14] I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  [15] My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, [16] your eyes saw my unformed body. 
3.    Our parents were assigned to us
4.    Our gender was established
5.    Our race and nationality was set
Acts 17:26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
6.    Our time in history
Acts 13:36 "For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed.
7.    Our number of days and time of death
Psalm 139:16 All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
8.    Our brothers and sisters
9.    Our birth order
10.  Our temperament
There are many assessments to help us understand the way God made us and understand other…DISC; MBTI; Rightpath; Strength Finder
Understanding your MBTI (Myers-Briggs)
http://www.personalitypathways.com/type_inventory.html
We will look at the next 11 in Part 2.
What about you? Do you know who you are and who you aren't? It is a great place to be when you accept your God given DESIGN.

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