Whoever belongs to God hears what God says… John 4:47 (NIV)
Belong (according to Webster dictionary)
= to be the property of a person or thing
= to be attached or bound by birth, allegiance, or dependency
= to be an attribute, part, adjunct, or function of a person or thing
Knowing who we belong to is very important because it will shape our identity and how we view ourselves.
When I first got married, I had the tendency to ask my husband’s permission if I could eat something that he bought for the house. That’s because growing up, I stayed with my aunt and I did have to ask permission if I wanted something. I did not feel that I belong to her family, she was just my guardian. That view carried on into my marriage.
One day early on in our marriage, my husband looked me in the eyes and asked me, “why are you asking permission to eat something that you want? Everything in the pantry and fridge belong to you as well regardless of who bought it.” What he said that day was like a revelation to me. I now carry his last name, I am entitled to his protection and care.
The Bible tells us that God created us in his own image and we belong to him, we are who God says we are.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
“I shaped you first inside, then out; I formed you in your mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
“You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
When negative thoughts flood your mind, remind your soul that you are a child of God, and you are who God says you are.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27