“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.'” (Romans 8:15 NKJV)
Once upon a time, there was a toad. It was the ugliest toad alive. Then one day, a handsome prince named Jesus came along. He said to the toad, “You have received the Spirit of adoption by whom you cry out, ‘Abba, Father.'” Immediately the toad cried out, “Abba, Father!” In an instant, the toad became a beautiful princess.
A little far-fetched?
Did you know some people wear a mask of self-hatred? It may be someone you know, someone you love, someone you see as beautiful. When she looks in the mirror, she sees an ugly toad. She sees someone repulsive, someone she thinks no one would want to be around.
The mask is held tight by the bonds of fear, especially fear of being exposed to people. She thinks if people get to know her, and see who she really is, people will hate and reject her.
Rather than risk that pain, she puts on a toad mask to hide behind. Then silently, often unconsciously, she pushes others away; or she withdraws into herself, so others can’t get near. She figures it’s easier to hate herself and push others away than to risk the pain of self-discovery and rejection by others.
What happens when people speak the truth to her, and pray the truth over her? When her spirit hears the trust enough, she may begin to ask God to help her accept the truth in her heart. Once she accepts the truth, she confesses it with her mouth, “Abba, Father!” The toad mask breaks off, and she discovers who she really is: The beautiful daughter of the Most High King.
So … a little far-fetched? Not at all. It’s a true story. I once wore the mask of self-hatred. In fact, I clung to it, desperately. It was my shield against pain. Jesus took my mask away, and HE became my Shield and Protector. Now I know who I am. I’m a beautiful daughter of the Most High King!
Father, thank You that You have made a way, by Your Word, for us to know the truth of who we really are. Thank You that You have given us Your Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Thank You for loving us. Help us to love others so they will know Your truth of who they really are. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thought for the Day
What does it mean to you, that you are the precious and valued and beautiful son or daughter of the Most High King?