By Brennan Manning
Many Christians suppose damaged and offended yet do not believe they could exhibit those genuine emotions round others—or to God. So we wear a masks to conceal our id. emotions of embarrassment and disgrace make us conceal from the one that actually loves us.
Author Brennan Manning encourages you to enable cross of this demanding, unreal impostor way of life and freely settle for your id as a toddler of God. locate the remainder that you just lengthy for as you develop in personality and settle for His lordship.
Includes dialogue questions.
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Additional resources for Abba's Child. The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
10 (emphasis added) We learn to be gentle with ourselves by experiencing the intimate, heartfelt compassion of Jesus. To the extent that we allow the relentless tenderness of Jesus to invade the citadel of self, we are freed from dyspepsia toward ourselves. Christ wants us to alter our attitude toward ourselves and take sides with Him against our own self-evaluation. In the summer of 1992 I took a significant step on my inward journey. For twenty days I lived in a remote cabin in the Colorado Rockies and made a retreat, combining therapy, silence, and solitude.
Instead of being nonplussed at the extravagance of God’s love, in place of heartfelt gratitude for the sheer and unearned abundance of His gifts, a shameless sense of satisfaction about my accomplishments and a secure feeling of spiritual superiority invade my heart. The impostor is baffling, sly, and seductive. ” My greatest difficulty these past years has been bringing the impostor into the presence of Jesus. I am still inclined to flagellate the false self, to beat him mercilessly for self-centeredness, to get disheartened, discouraged, and decide that my alleged spiritual life is merely self-deception and fantasy.
But behind the glossy delivery, Carlton’s vacant stare reveals that his words do not inhabit his soul. Stardom has eroded his presence with Jesus. Intimacy with God has faded into the distance. The whispering of the Spirit has been drowned out by deafening applause. Buoyed by success and the roar of the crowd, the Olympic hero moves easily from table to table. He ingratiates himself with everyone—from the waiters to the movie stars. Back at the Red Roof Inn, Moe eats his frozen TV dinner alone.