I was feeling down one day and having a conversation with God. I asked Him a question which I now do not remember but I remember His answer clearly. He said whatever it was, was because I did not see myself the way He sees me.
I wonder how many of us have the wrong self image and how many of us have believed the lies of the enemy and let that get in the way of what God is trying to do in us. How we see ourselves matters. At the beginning of this series I talked about how we should not measure what God is asking us to do by what we think we are capable of doing. It’s about time we stop seeing life through the lens of our inadequacies or imperfections.
We are fully known by God, as we talked about last week. God knows what He put in us but most times we spend our lives limited by the weights the enemy put on us. It’s time we lay down those weights, those lies, those wrong thought patterns. It’s time we silence the voice of the enemy telling us we are not smart enough, strong enough, tough enough, pretty enough, tall enough or whatever it is he has been saying to you. We need to start listening to who God says we are. I am reminded of the story of Jesus in Matthew 16:13-17 which says:
“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.”
Jesus was quick to discern that what Peter said came from the Father. He didn’t care who the other people said He was but He quickly laid hold of who the Father said He was. Likewise, we need to be quick to realize when the enemy is speaking to us and also quick to hear when God speaks to us so we can lay hold of who He says we are.
When we are in Christ Jesus, we are forgiven (Isaiah 1:18; Hebrews 2:24; Ephesians 1:7). We are God’s children (1 John 3:1). Our identity is found in Jesus not in what we can or cannot do (Galatians 2:19-21; 2 Corinthians 5:17). We belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20). We are accepted (Ephesians 1:6 NKJV). We are loved with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). We can do all things (Philippians 4:13). We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:31-39). We are victorious (Deuteronomy 20:4; 1 John 5:4).
It doesn’t matter what people think of you or say about you, what matters is what God says about you. He is the author and the finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:1-2) and He who has begun a good work in you, will carry it out to completion until the day of Christ (Philippians 1:6). Let us boldly step into all that Jesus is calling us to knowing who we are and whose we are. We are sons and daughters of the King.
Love and blessings,