“For you are of God little children, and you have overcome them, because greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
A negative self-image is not ‘of God’ and was not birthed from Him. How we view ourselves spiritually and naturally will determine how far we go along the journey to the blessed hope God has set before us.
Viewing one’s self as inferior, less than, unworthy and insignificant is the downward path that leads to failure and despair. There’s no future at the end of that road. I’d like to encourage you to change your focus from yourself to God.
When one focuses too long on failures, perceived faults etcetera, it makes it easier to put on the mantle of hopelessness and worthlessness rather than the garment of praise and thanksgiving.
God wants us to stop looking at our self-made image (or the image Satan has prepared for us) and turn to Him. It’s His view of us that is true and His alone. Only when we view ourselves through His eyes can we see clearly. Let’s take a look at what God’s word has to say about who we really are:
• We are the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21KJV)
• We are made perfect through Christ Jesus and are being made holy every day we live (now that’s an awesome reason to praise God for another day!) (Hebrews 10:14 NLT)
• We are so precious to God that he watched in anticipation as we were formed in our mother’s womb. The word of God says His eyes are continually on the righteous and his ear attends (wait on) their plea! (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 34:15)
He said he chose us out from the entire world to be his own special son/daughter. We were adopted into his family – we are of the chosen (the elect)! The creator of the universe chose us – how could we be anything but special? God sees something in you and me that he desires. Think about that!! (Romans 8:30, James 2:5, Ephesians 1:5)
When negative thoughts and reasonings (untrue conclusions arrived at by lies planted by Satan) tell us we’re nothing – look to God’s word for the truth. Remember, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life so let’s choose to live a life of truth rather than believe a lie constructed for our destruction!
God loves us for no other reason than it pleases him to do so. He doesn’t love us because we earned it. He doesn’t love us because we’re worthy or because we’re perfect – we won’t reach perfection until death. He loves us because it gives him great pleasure. He takes pleasure in you!
Lift up your head. Square your shoulders. Wipe your eyes, turn away from the false image Satan has constructed and turn toward the image of Christ and walk in the sunshine of His great love. Do you dare? Of course! After all we are of God!
Words for Reflection: Change your focus and God will change your life!