Road to 31 Devotional - Day 31 - “You Know Me”
Listen to “You Know Me” off of my new mixtape https://soundcloud.com/jeannie-ortega-2/you-know-me?in=jeannie-ortega-2/sets/road-to-31-mixtape-jeannie
I think the biggest deception in life is thinking that you are some kind of foreigner, stranger or outcast to God, your creator. Religion has caused this great divide between God and people. Like – unless you are living this perfect life than you are not worthy to have a relationship with God but that can’t be farther from the truth. Jesus came to have a relationship with us and He solidified that relationship by letting us know that He knew we were not perfect. It’s why He died for our sin, breaking that divide and letting us know we can accept His sacrifice and have full access to Him.
For many years, I looked at God as this far away being in the sky that I looked to for help. Or some statue that I could light a candle to and hope for a miracle. I didn't have true relationship, it was ritual and a slot machine kinda interaction, sometimes I get something out of it, sometimes I didn’t.
Going to a Christian church really opened my eyes to something deeper. The atmosphere of faith really allowed for the Spirit of God to meet every person where they were in an intimate way. I remember when I first realized you could personally feel God – I wanted the whole world to know it. It’s part of the reason I lost my record deal and was labeled a Jesus freak lol. Every studio session I went into, I became a mini preacher. Wasting studio hours trying to lead all of my big-shot producers to an intimate relationship with Jesus lol. But could you blame me? For years I was this broken little girl that ran away into the music industry to find my identity but now I was God’s girl. The more I got to know Him, the more I understood myself, my worth, my imperfections, my very existence. I wanted everyone to discover that about themselves also, I still do!
“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”
“And you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority.”
Once I started reading the Bible and discovering who I really am, my life began to shift. The things that use to crush me didn’t even faze me anymore, I was whole in God. I knew that even the bad things would work out for good because I knew who was in my corner. I strengthened myself in His truth and that’s how I fought off the lies of the devil. It was a game changer!
My eyes shifted off of the natural things and into the spiritual. Having your eyes fixed on God is soooo different than having them on yourself. For example: Having your eyes on you – you know when hard or bad things come there’s a 50/50 chance the odds will turn out in your favor. Having your eyes on God, you know that 100% of the time He will be victorious over the situation. He’s God! So if you put your trust in Him you got it in the bag every time and having that confidence is dangerous to the kingdom of darkness.
“...If God is for us, who can be against us?”
1 John 5:18
“We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.”
Having that knowledge is truly powerful. I remember walking around the streets of N.Y. feeling bulletproof in the spirit. I knew who I was and whose I was, I dare someone come try and tell me different. Oh and believe me, the world does try and scream at you different things BUT as real as I was, I know knew that God was even more than that!
Now, at 31 years old – a woman of God, a pastor’s wife, mother to two babies in heaven, a media personality, a leader, a righteous rebel for Jesus and so much more I sometimes am tempted feel unworthy to do most of the things I do. As we stepped into to this new season of starting a church and going out into the world to make disciples in Jesus name, God spoke to me this one word that has both empowered me and liberated me – God Knows Who He Chose!!!
So from me to you – if He could use a broken girl from the hood, if he could use a puny shepherd boy to king, if he could use an orphan girl to save the jews, if he could use drunkards, thieves, and a killer to spread the love of Jesus – then He could use you to change the world! He knows me and you our job is to know who we are in Him <3
Declare this over your life:
I Am a Child of God!
I Am Made New!
I Am Complete in Christ!
I Am Forgiven!
I Am Free from condemnation!
I Am Made New, The Evil One Can Not Touch Me!
I Am Strong!
I Am Courageous!
I Am More Than Conqueror!
I Am Loved by God!
I Am Accepted!
I Am Secure!
I Am Significant!
I Can Do All Things Through Jesus, Who Strengthens Me!