“Halt, who goes there?”

It’s an old army saying. Anyone on guard duty had to ask the person approaching to identify themselves. So how do you, how would you identify yourself if asked?

Many people are choosing to identify or re-identify themselves according to who they believe they are. A man can identify as a woman. Someone else may choose to identify as neither male nor female, just as a person. People want to break away from stereotypes, values and labels and request we value and accept them for who they believe they are or who they have chosen to be.

Amazingly, when we become Christians, we begin to identify ourselves differently. So often how we see ourselves is damaged by bad experiences, labels, negative values and hurtful stereotypes. Jesus longs for us to see ourselves as simply loved by him, loved by God. He values us, loves us so much he died for us.  We can hold our heads up with the dignity and grace of being a child of the living God. This is not a label, it is our liberating identity.

If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Halt, who goes there?”

There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.