What is my word for 2018? It’s ASSURANCE.

 

ASSURANCE was the first word that came to me as I prayed about “my word.” Does this mean safety or security? Not exactly, although safety and security are by products of God’s true rest and assurance. I’m talking about the rest and assurance that comes from truly knowing God. For me, these are unchanging truths that I can trust in to make the rest of our world make sense.

 

First, my ASSURANCE in Jesus RESTS in a FAITH that springs from His righteousness and the work that Jesus did to save me. If I can understand this first and foremost, the rest of my life makes sense. I take rest in knowing that He loves me, He has done everything to make me His own, His work is sufficient, and His love never fails. He has given me the gift of eternal life and made me right with God. He provides for all of my needs and spares nothing for my life. He is an almighty God, He has every resource at his disposal, He knows everything, and He works everything for my good and His glory. I have seen evidence of this assurance in how the Holy Spirit has worked in my own brokenness. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

 

Second, my ASSURANCE of my faith GROUNDS my IDENTITY. I am a broken sinner desperately in need of His great mercy and grace. That gift has been lavished and poured upon me. I am His child, I am lovely in His sight, I have a heavenly home, and this earth is just a fleeting stop in the span of all eternity. I can rest knowing that He safely guides my path, my life, and my faith.

 

Third, my ASSURANCE in my faith CHANGES my RELATIONSHIPS. I no longer seek the approval of man, but of God. This actually makes me a more compassionate, empathetic, and loving friend, wife, and mother. It changes the way I humbly approach differences in my relationships. I see myself as a broken sinner who has received priceless forgiveness, grace, and mercy, and I pray to extend that same grace to others.

 

Last, my ASSURANCE in my faith REFOCUSES my perspective on ETERNITY. I no longer keep a short-sighted view on life.

I see an eternal perspective, a greater purpose, a heavenly prize. I seek to move through my days relying on God to show me where He can use me for His greater gain. What can I do to show His power through me for an eternal gain for His Kingdom?

 

This journey on earth is often uncertain, and is most definitely not easy. Suffering and pain will be part of it; however, that suffering is how God builds up our faith, and how He assures us that He, too, endured earthly pain and trials. It is how He ASSURES us of His promises that He will never leave or forsake us.

 

I believe there is a reason that God tells us over and over to “fear not.” He wants us to rest in His finished work, seek His love, and rest assured in His sufficiency. Resting my faith and identity in Jesus grounds me in a life-giving faith providing unshakable assurance of His love for me. He is enough!

 

– Jill Bowdon

“A woman in her glory, a woman of beauty, is a woman who is not striving to become beautiful or worthy or enough. She knows in her quiet center where God dwells that he finds her beautiful, has deemed her worthy, and in him, she is enough.”

John Eldridge