Avoid the T.R.A.P.S.

Day 1 of 7 • This day’s reading

Devotional

We all love walking into new seasons because they bring a renewed sense of excitement, expectation, and potential. Whether it's a new job, a promotion, a new relationship, or a new year, most of us approach new seasons with a plan to do better. We promise that this will be our season to get organized, to be more focused, to become more disciplined, etc, and before we know it, we fall back into old ways and familiar habits. We find out very quickly that the desire to improve is simply not enough. We need something, or better yet, someone stronger than desire. We need God.

Only God can transform us from the inside-out and ensure that our seasons are truly different. But we can’t become who God has called us to be if we don’t first believe we are who he says we are.

Many of us have allowed the world to influence and define who we are. We have fallen into the trap of placing our worth in the areas that culture values over what the Kingdom values. Here are the areas that we’ve identified that we most often tend to place our value and worth:

  • Titles
  • Relationships
  • Appearance
  • Plans
  • Social Media

Of course these areas aren’t inherently bad and in fact, many of them can be huge blessings in our lives and bring glory to God. However, we must be careful with how we navigate these areas so that they do not define who we are.

If we want to be the people God has called us to be, we must examine our relationships with these T.R.A.P.S and allow God’s Word to have the final say over our identity and worth. The more we are influenced by the Word of God, the sooner we begin to change and transform into who he’s called us to be.

Reflection:

  1. Which of the T.R.A.P.S. do you most often associate with your identity? Why?
  2. What do you believe God says about your worth and value?

Prayer: Lord, renew my mind and change my heart. Help me to see you clearly and help me to see myself clearly. Allow me to receive more of your love, kindness and mercy. Show me how to find all of my worth and value in you, Amen.