God remains the strength of my heart.
Psalm 73:26 (NLT)
I sit in a darkened auditorium with my mom on one side of me and my daughter on the other. The three of us have come to hear Priscilla Shirer as part of her Fervent tour. She talks about who we are as women and all God created us to be.
She also shares that we have a very real enemy who would love to see our identity stolen and our purpose thwarted. Then she speaks words that are still ringing in my ears and heart: “What a shame it would be for the enemy to believe more about our potential than we do.”
She says that while we struggle sometimes to grasp the truth of who we are, the enemy does not. Even on our worst days, he knows we are daughters of God. He knows we are more than conquerors. He knows we can’t be defeated. He knows we are women of destiny with a power within us greater than we can even imagine. His only hope is convincing us to not believe the same.
As I look at my mother and daughter, I feel a sudden, fierce protectiveness. How dare he, I think. How dare he lie to them. How dare he try to steal their joy. How dare he try to make them feel like they are not enough. And I wonder in that moment if God feels the same about me. After all, we are His family, His girls.
Since that’s true, perhaps one of the greatest victories we can win for our Heavenly Father is to refuse to live in insecurity. Oh, we call it “humility,” but I think that may be just another deception of the enemy. True humility — the kind Jesus demonstrated — is fully knowing who we really are and then choosing to love and serve from that place. And holy confidence is an act of war against the enemy of our hearts.
We’re beautifully dangerous women when we know deep down we’re loved — because then we have the kind of courage that changes the world one heart at a time.
We are significant threats when we understand we have valuable gifts within us — because then we actually dare to offer them.
We are wild warriors when we realize we are stronger and braver than we’ve yet to see — because then we stop cowering and start swinging our swords.
So let’s stop beating ourselves up and instead start beating the real opponent. Let’s walk in truth and boldness. Let’s carry ourselves like beloved, strong, fiercehearted daughters of a mighty King because strength comes from remembering who God says we are.
The enemy already knows who we really are — let’s make sure we truly do too.
God, You are the One who created us. You are our strength, the source of our identity, and our hope for the future. You are the One who gives us victory. Help us hold on to the truth about who we are no matter what we may face. Amen.
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Bev @ Walking Well With God says
Wow! what a shot right between the eyes…the enemy knows my potential. Does he embrace my potential far more than I do? What a great battle cry (and we ARE in a spiritual battle always) to claim, with holy confidence, who we are in Christ!! I can relate to guarding others against the attacks of the enemy. Yes, how dare he? I need to guard my own heart and spirit with that same fierceness. I need to ask Jesus, “Tell the enemy no, not today!” The Lord promises he will fight for us if we call on Him and simply be still. If the enemy wants to take me out, He’ll have to go through Jesus first. God says I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that no weapon formed against me will prosper. I’m going out, today, with that confidence. Take that, creep!
I like that – he’ll have to go through Jesus to get to me!! Asking Jesus to stand guard over us all (as He does already) and protect us from the tricks of the enemy – we are dangerously fierce with Jesus by our side!
Katherine Mansur says
God says….You belong to Me!!!
Jenny K says
God says I am gentle-hearted. The prayer I am praying this week from my Gary Thomas devotional Sacred Parenting is “help me to receive your grace and help me to experience your gentle manner, so that I may pass on the loveliness of who you are.”
God says I am known.
God truly says I am his, beautiful, strong and worthy of his love because Jesus died for my sins and from that day sits as an intermediary along with the Holy Spirit.
I am trying to follow Gods path, his plan for my life (my Jesus led adventure) or God sized dream with finishing my Masters – it was God that carried me through and provided miracles of funding, opportunities that blew my mind. Now looking for the next step, a job, with each rejection I received has wounded me…thoughts step in about my worthiness of even being able to carry out the next step…it’s the enemy. Your post gives me hope I especially love your words of
We are wild warriors when we realize we are stronger and braver than we’ve yet to see —
It’s the yet to see part. It gives me hope and I feel connected again to God, does that make sense?
Jas, watch for what God is teaching you in the waiting. He is preparing you for something special, that He has prepared for you. Praying for you with anticipation.
Thank you for your prayers Gail it means a lot!
God says I am cherished.
SHARON A says
God says I am His. Powerful stuff!! Thanks.
God says I am his.
Ann Woleben says
God says I am His child.
God says I am significant. I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
Michele Morin says
“… one in whom He dwells and delights!”
God says I am loved.
Gods says I am wonderfully made.
Debbi McCarthy says
God says I am bold enough to speak His truth lovingly to the non believers in our family. May the opportunities abound.
Alice Tennison says
God says I can stand strong in any thing.
Karen Hollenbeck says
God says I am the mother He wants for my children!
Bonnie Columbia says
Wow, powerful message. Thank you.. God says I am loved.
God says I am loved and accepted. This has been two verses that He has been speaking to me in the past months. I was reading threw a list of “ who I am in Christ” and these were the first two scriptures. They were the only two I could remember on the list at the time. I said Lord help me to remember the other scriptures on the list, He spoke right to my heart and said “ these are only scriptures you need to know right now.” We sometimes think it needs to be the quantity we read but sometimes it’s just meditating on simple truth. He wanted me to know I am loved and accepted just as I am. Being a strong self critic He is slowing showing me I don’t need to perform or “ try harder” to just be who He created me to be! Thank you for your beautiful post reminding me we are more than conquerors! Amen!
Teri Kojetin says
Such a good messages. We had a message last night at our church’s women’s weekly meeting called Clothed With Courage. Such a blessing and encouragement to read this today!
Firstly- this is such a powerful devotional for me today. I so needed to read it and it has indeed filled my heart with fierceness & joy to start my morning! Thank you so much!!
Secondly- God says I am radiant. Often times when I look in the mirror I can see God’s light in my eyes and then he reminds me I am beautiful and I smile. It is my constant (and will be lifetime) goal to be a conduit for God’s light to shine onto others.
God says I am understood.
Joan Moore says
God says I am…….. His child!!!
Beautiful words of wisdom imparted to us today. Oh that we would live like daughters of the King on a daily basis. That is my heart cry!!!❤️❤️❤️
Elizabeth Stanley Trail says
God says I am called.
God says I am steadfast…
God says I am enough!
Thank you so much for this! I am in desperate need in hearing this. What a blessing you are.
Melinda S. says
God says I am Chosen
Christina Ocasio says
God says I am His❣
God says I am loved, not for who I want to be or try to be, just for who I am.
Melody G says
God says I am STRONG-mentally supported by His Holy Spirit, physically protected by the armor of His Word, emotionally cherished by His Father heart.
God says I am worthy! Worthy of better treatment, beginning w myself . I need to believe I am worthy before anyone else truly will.
God says I am His child and He will never leave me or forsake me.
God says I am a fearless warrior.
God says I am not condemned. Zep 3:15 & Rom 8:1-3
God says I am strong and loved
God says I am one of a kind.
God says I am enough…and I am perfect just the way I am.
LYNETTE HINTERMEISTER says
I am fierce with the strength He showers over and inside me!
God says I am the apple of my Father’s eye!
Kellie Johnson says
My “humility” has caused me to hesitate in stepping up and out with the gifts He has placed in me. In reality, my enemy is probably smirking because I am really demonstrating a lack of confidence in the Holy Spirit. God says I am His and that is enough. This spoke right to my gut today Holley, thank you.
Karen Corradino says
God says I am beautify made. I am strong, powerful, and made in his image.
Kelly Kiggins-Lund says
Holley, This is a wonderful devotion! You are talking about a subject, the enemy, that I feel is so important but often not discussed. We desperately need to remember that the enemy is real and doesn’t want us to give God the glory. It is so important to recognize this as you have just pointed out in your poignant devotion. Thank you for sharing! God says I am His beloved child!
God says, I am worthy!
Kathy Kiggins says
I am His!
God says I am treasured and adored, the apple of His eye.
Carie H says
God says that I am His, and that is enough.
What a reminder from today’s devotion. “The enemy already knows who we really are — let’s make sure we truly do too.” Why do we give the enemy the power to devour us while we are the daughters of God.
CG Phillips says
Holley, this is what I need, particularly on days when I feel I’m not “enough.” God says I am awesome!
Thank you for helping me to remember!!
God says I am accepted and seen.
God says I am beautiful!
God says I am chosen,
I am enough,
I am loved.
God says I am cherished! He treats me as if I am His only follower; he does this for each of us. We are honored to be sons & daughters of the King. I feel blessed to worship & follow Him.
God says I am FREE.
Julie Ellis says
God says I am loved, I am chosen, I am valued, I am created, I am called, I am crowned. I am beautiful and I say I am who He says I am.
God says I am freed!
You have no idea how much reading this means to me… I am struggling with not having a purpose and with not being useful… thank you for your wonderful words!!!
God says I am enough.
God says I am not forgotten.
Becca Stark says
God says I am confident.
Megan L. says
God says I am beloved.
Hannah de Leon says
God says I am seen! He sees me and and hears me!
Janet Williams says
God says I’m joyful. He reminds me immediately when I pretend to be who I am not! I admit my “rose colored glasses” can be very big and very pink adding to my lopsided view of reality, but I’m wonderfully made. Just because I’m joyful does not mean I’m not strong, bold and courageous. Thank you Holley. Have a wonderful Blessed Day Sisters!
God says I am able with Him.
God says that I am Courageous, Beautiful, Clothed in Righteousness, Worthy in His eyes, and Pain-Free and Healed! He says I am Called according to His Purpose!!
God says I am His. Beloved, cherished, and whole in Him.
Thank you for your Spirit filled empowering words today!
God says I am courageous!
Malinda Thompson says
God says I am freely forgiven, faithfully loved and forever His!!!!
Kathleen K. says
God says I am better than okay.
God says I am made for more.
God says that I am loved by Him. I am strong and I will have my identity in the Lord.
Becky Lowmaster says
Thanks so much for this encouragement Holly!!
God says I’m his daughter, freed from sin, forgiven, courageous warrior.
This is right on time as I have taken on a whole new responsibility with my weekly Bible study and it is so much out of my comfort zone! Last night, I prayed for God to help me through my insecurities and specifically mentioned things against the enemy. God says I am loved! I have heard this since I was a little girl but I have a hard time fully believing it in my heart because of past rejection by a former spouse.
Sherree Fischer says
God says I am stronger than I realize. Stronger not because I have physical strength with super powers, but, stronger because He is inside me and all around me fighting my battles.
Kristy Lynn Hanson says
God says I am uniquely designed, created with a purpose, chosen, redeemed, a mighty warrior, and His beloved!
What a wake up call that the enemy sees our potential oftentimes better than we do.
Rachael M Colby says
What an amazing quote! —Blessed by your words today, Holley. Thank you!
True humility — the kind Jesus demonstrated — is fully knowing who we really are and then choosing to love and serve from that place. And holy confidence is an act of war against the enemy of our hearts. —Holley Girth
God says I am His!
Wife, Mom, Friend
Passionate, Persistent, Prayer
Called to create with Christ
Beach bum, Artist, Work in Progress
Evangelist to the lost; Encourager of believers
But above all else, I am His! He is my identity, my reason for purpose, my passion.
“I’m my beloved’s and He is mine, His banner over me is love.”
God says that I am enough! Cherished, accepted, loved and adored! I choose to put aside my insecurities, my fears and look at His face to see my reflection in his eyes! I choose to believe that I am enough!
God says I am forgiven! What a powerful article – thank you for sharing! God has a purpose for me and can use whatever I’ve been through and done for his good & perfect plan. I pray that I will find that purpose and work to glorify Him, that I will submit to His calling and the Holy Spirit to work in my life!
God says I am loved.
Decades ago, I remember being confused by the enemy’s attacks. “Gee, he must be deceived thinking I am worth attacking?! Oh well, maybe attacking me can distract him from attacking someone who is really of worth to God.”
Especially when the attack and the rejection come through family and fellow Christians, it’s hard to feel loved or of worth. My core desire is to love and be loved. God continues to woo me. My prayer is that I will live out being His beloved this side of Heaven.
There is a song by the group Go Fish which is my anthem and prayer: “You’re My Little Girl.”
Lauren Griesmeyer says
God says I am accepted just the way I am………Lauren Griesmeyer
Diane Houghtaling says
God says I am a child of the Most, High God! I am highly favored, deeply loved and no weapon formed against me will prosper. Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world!
Dee Mueller says
God says I am His chosen child and to fear not.
This was an answer to prayer today.
God says I am created in Christ Jesus for good works.
Kathy Wilshire says
God says I am….secure in the center of His will.
Priscilla Reynolds says
God says I am capable. I need to believe in myself as much as He does. I have potential.
Shelley Scarborough says
Gods says I am enough
God says I am a light!
God says He loves me and knows my hearts desires.
God says I am His!
Kathy Loba says
My Father God say’s because Jesus is Victor , I’m Victorious in Him. No weapon formed against me can prosper. Let’s keep our tierra’s straight.
Beth Williams says
This world calls for perfection & looks on the outside only. God sees who we truly are. He knows our hearts & minds. Satan knows us too. He knows our weaknesses & tries to hit on them. He wants nothing more than to destroy us from the inside out. He whispers lies “You’re not good enough, smart enough, pretty, etc.” We are in a spiritual battle in the heavenly realms. A battle against good & evil. The only way to fight is with the armor of God tucked into our hearts & minds. We must guard our hearts & minds against his tricks & lies. I believe Satan & God know us better than we know ourselves. Many of us have a hard to believing what God says about us. We don’t see ourselves as beautiful beloved daughters of the almighty king. We fall into the trappings of this world & the devil. Let’s kick those stupid lies to the curb & start carrying ourselves like beloved, strong, fiercehearted daughters of a mighty King because strength comes from remembering who God says we are. AMEN!!
God says I have been created exactly the way He wanted me to be. I spent most of my life trying to turn myself into whatever the people closest to me wanted from me to the point where I have had to work hard to even know what my own God-given desires are. I’m finally realizing that He placed me here to please *Him*, and if that displeases other people, that’s ok.
Melissa Ens says
Thank you for these profound truths!
God says I am more than a conqueror through Him!
God says I am precious. He gave his life for me!!!!!! Be gone, Satan, who says I’m never good enough!
God says I am His child and I am chosen not forsaken! Thank You Jesus! I needed this today! God bless you all sisters ❤️
Dawn VanAntwerp says
God says I am His and nothing can ever separate Him from me!
Lourdes Agosto says
God says I am chosen people (I am loved), royal priesthood (I am capable), holy nation (I am forgiven), God’s special possession (I am valued). 1 Peter 2:9-10
I love this essay! Thank you! God says I am resilient.
Shannon Randall says
God tells me I am capable and am formidable when faced with the Enemy
M Harrison says
God says I am strong, loved and brave!
Kellina Curro says
God says I am enough!
Rachael C Yonko says
Gods says this is not the end of my story!!! I am brave! I am fearless! I am HIS! I am not alone!!!
Charlotte Miller says
God says I am . . . with you and will watch over you wherever you go.
Genesis 28:15 and Illustrated Faith Journal (my page today)!!!
Love this devotional and all the beautiful comments and affirmations of who God says we are. I have difficulty with trust, and realize it is unbelief not to trust what God says about me. I need to trust that He loves me and saves me and not allow the enemy’s attacks to override God’s truths in His trusted Word. He is trustworthy over all! He wants me to trust that I am His!
God says I am chosen! By His grace and mercy alone I am a Daughter of The King!
God says I am His!
Linda S says
Awesome post! Thank you SO much for those words of wisdom, a reminder of who we really are in Christ. Thank you! I need to share this with a dear friend who’s going through dark waters.
Martha Troxel says
God says I am His daughter!
God says I am enough
Judy Schellingerhout says
God says I’m more than a survivor! I am a carrier of His good news! He says I am His delight, His daughter, His bride!
Debbie G. says
God says I am strong. He makes me strong. I Peter 5:10
Jennifer Wyatt says
God says I am His child. I am loved and forgiven. My story isn’t over. He is always there when I need Him. I’m writing my story on my blog and began writing a book. God is good.
Christine Beck says
Thank you for reminding me the importance of what God says about me! of the strength that I have through Him! I so needed this today.
Bridget Hardaway says
God says I am His. I am proven because I am His. I am whole because I am His. I am beloved because I am His. I am perfected because I am His. Not in my own striving or trying but because I am His.
Elaine Pool says
God says I am HIS!!!
Nelma M.. Dakis says
God says I am significant. He made me realize that through the fact that He even loved me inspite of the ugliness, the weaknesses of my nature, – – that He sent His Son to even die for me, and now He’s faithfully seeing me through, growing me, molding me, and continually loving me.
Holley, thank you for this devotional article. Thank you for making me realize even more how significant I am to His sight, inspite of my unworthiness. Great is His love for us.
God says I am . . . His and so loved!