It was the morning of the women’s conference, and the Lord woke me up at 5:30. For the past couple of weeks I had made the choice to surrender my life to the things of God and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me in “Spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Teaching me who I was in him. I had settled my heart to cast all my cares on the Lord each day, refusing to worry about the stupid things I always seemed to worry about.

I was no longer afraid of getting in front of a group of women who might judge me as they inspected me. I didn’t care in the least bit. Seriously. I can’t explain how or when it happened, but clearly the power of the Holy Spirit pushed out all those nagging areas of insecurities and doubt. He redirected my focus more so on him than on anything else.

Speak the truth, Kristi. Get up on stage, and tell the women the truth, I heard the Lord say to my heart early that morning.

When I got on stage, I poured my heart out to the women. I talked about what the Lord had done and was still doing in my life. I talked about every insecurity and flaw, and I even talked about my many areas of regret—such as the years I had walked in self-righteousness rather than humility, hard-heartedness rather than compassion, and anger rather than forgiveness.

But most important I talked about the power of God and how in spite of our issues, mishaps, mistakes, and misguided images of ourselves, the power of God will never fail to transform us if we just let him. The key to change lies within each of us: Jesus Christ resides inside of us to empower us!

How do you generally feel, think, and speak about yourself, and does it align with God’s Word? It’s time to ask God to reveal the areas within your heart that need some fine-tuning and maybe a good dose of truth.

NOW TAKE IT, SPEAK IT, AND LIVE IT!

Read what the Bible says about who we are in Christ, and commit one or two verses to memory. Here are just a few suggestions: John 1:12, Romans 6:6, 1 Peter 2:9, and Colossians 3:1.

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