I am reading a rather interesting book. My friend Scooper talked about it a few days ago and I knew it was one I had to read.
The book? ABBA’s CHILD
And just the book I need to be reading now.
I love how the author (Brennan Manning) refers to Satan and his lies as THE IMPOSTOR. Ah, such an appropriate word for the one who wants me to see myself as something other than The Beloved, Abba’s Child.
Some of the author’s quotes about the impostor are:
The impostor is what he does.
The impostor is a liar.
The impostor is attentive to the size, shape, and color of the bandages that veil my nothingness.
The impostor demands to be noticed.
Tap. Tap. Tap.
Any of this sound familiar?
Any of this feel like the lies we buy into every day?
"Satan’s greatest psychological weapon is a gut level feeling of inferiority, inadequacy and low self-worth."
"It is one thing to feel loved by God when our life is together but what happens when we come face-to-face with the human condition?"
When our life falls apart?
When bad things happen?
Manning goes on to say "the spiritual life begins with the acceptance of our wounded self. The person who encounters God with naked trust"
The person who knows that God loves us sin and all.
Just the way we are.
"It takes a profound conversion to accept that God is relentlessly tender and compassionate toward us just as we are – not in spite of our sins and faults, but with them."
May you see yourself as Abba’s Child today.
Laughed over, loved, sang over, and wooed.