How do you see yourself right now?
Spend a few minutes and think about it. What thoughts do you have about yourself today.
Many people find themselves basing our self-worth on how others see us and our accomplishments, feel shame from our past, defining value based on looks, or setting unrealistic standards for ourselves.
I lived this way from when I was a child to just a few years ago. I had no self-worth. If people brought me down I thought I deserved it. Because I was a horrible person and no one wanted to be around me.
But then I realized it didn’t have to be this way. Other’s opinions of me didn’t matter I knew who I was on the inside.
If we only could see ourselves as God sees us!
I want to bring some thought patterns that act as roadblocks to thinking-and living the way God desires.
In 1- Peter 1: 15 tells us about how we can prepare our minds for action. Adjusting our thinking to scripture is the foundation of being holy in all we do.
I must be loved or approved by every other person in my life. Wrong. If we are living to make sure the others love us, we give them permission to evaluate us based on when we do-we give people the power to determine our self-worth.
When we leave home, many of us have internalized parents who are now voices in our heads that tell us what to do. Have you ever been in. Situation where you hear your parents saying, You shouldn’t do that, or I told you what would happen.
But what if your parents have told you that you will never amount to anything or don’t even try. It can go either way.
Many are so concerned about being loved that we give the opposite sex or a person we think highly of the right to evaluate our self-worth. Or, we might sacrifice our own identity to get attention and acceptance even to the extent of pretending we are someone else because we think the opposite sex won’t be impressed with the real you.
Some might deny themselves food to lose weight to try to fit in with the body images portrayed in magazines.
We may even feel pressure from our church community to measure ourselves to certain stereotypes. If we live to please our church community, we may find ourselves negating the interests or gifts that God has given to us.
Our identity is found in Jesus Christ. It is rooted in his freedom-giving mercy. Our identity is that of a child of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. Our spiritual inheritance is one of forgiveness, a intimate relationship with Jesus, and hope of spending all eternity enjoying fellowship with God.
These truths assure us of God’s unconditional love, and of the intimacy, security, and hope we find in him. None of this is based on what we do. It is grounded in what God has already accomplished through Christ.
In 1 Peter 1 3-4 says Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Christ Jesus. In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection that can never perish, spoil or fade- kept in heaven for you.
My past history is an important determiner of my present behavior because something once strongly affected my life, it should definitely continue to do so.
Do you feel controlled by a secret? You may have something happen to you that you have revealed to no-one, or you feel shame about certain aspects of the family you grew up in, or maybe you have sinful habits your embarrassed about, such as gossip, lust, pornography, or a critical spirit. Maybe you’re ashamed of something that has been to you.
If you don’t deal, with issues in your past, they will continue to control you. But they don’t have to. You can deal with your pass sin, family histories, as well as past violations to you body and minds.
Conviction always separates from our identity from our own behavior. Shane links these two. Wrong behavior taints our image of ourselves. Good conviction alerts us to the fact that we have done something that goes about internalized values.
Bible conviction is a God given emotion that “red flags” a behavior and tells us it is a rebellion against God. It gives us an “unctions” to confess our sin and experience the love and forgiveness that God has provided for us from Jesus.
1 John: 1-9 tells us if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Any feelings of guilt that come after we’ve confessed our sin are not from God, but may be from our or from satan. We all have to live with the consequences of our sin, but God does not punish us for sin. God disciplines us to get us back on the track so we can continue to experience God’s love and plan for our lives.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm youJeremiah 29: 11
God word says in John 16:33. Here on earth you will have many trials and tribulations, but take heart; I have overcome the world.
These trials and tribulations are to help us grow, to refine us and make us stronger. God tests us and refines us like silver.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Your workmanship is marvelous. This is how God sees us.