All things were created through Christ. John 1:3 That means you and me. We are fearfully and wonderfully made! Ps. 139:14
Some wear this PROUDLY on their chest, and rightfully so! But for some — maybe you — you don’t feel, or see this wonderfulness in yourself.
Matter of fact, you may cringe at who you see in the mirror everyday, and chuckle at the idea of being fearfully made. You may be FEELING remnants of depression…
You may not deem yourself or your capabilities more than average, or you may tend to point out all your faults instead of your assets, talents, and GIFTS God gave you.
Maybe you think you’re not SMART, attractive, or coördinated. You can’t do anything right. You are often a disappointment to people, and hold yourself in bondage to all the past mistakes you’ve done.
You don’t feel good enough for God.You can’t see him forgiving you of your sins, and therefore are living ostracized from the abundant life of Jesus Christ. You look at the anointing of others, and successful operating ministries, and see how BLESSED they are, how they get the limelight.
You think any efforts you make for God, are insignificant, and cannot make the same impact in the Kingdom of God like theirs do. So why bother? You may try to BE like others because you can’t find your identity in God, nor his presence that resides within.
This is NOT a good place to be! You are wondering around aimlessly in the wilderness!
You may have held on to some names and criticisms of others spoken to you in the past, and believed them. I once was teaching a class of young socially maladjusted children from 6 – 11 years old. When I complemented one young boy on a picture he was coloring, he REFUSED to believe me.
Eventually after trying to convince him of the beauty of his picture, I asked him why he didn’t believe me, he told me it was because his family told him he was NO GOOD and CAN’T DO ANYTHING RIGHT!
How DEVASTATING! I had to give him a little PEP talk on how that was not true, and to never believe those words again, no matter who spoke it! And he said OK. I tear up every time I think of that boy, and hope he remembers our talk.
There may be pain that was planted in you from young, that still resides deep, deep, down today. Past and unthinkable traumatic experiences may have set the BAR on who you are all your life.
You tend to speak negativity more than you speak life. Especially to something being fruitful and prosperous in your life, simply because you have never seen it happen before.
If any of these scenarios sound like you, GOD IS WAITING FOR YOU. He is waiting for you to change! To be transformed in your thinking, to discover who you are, and are meant to be, and to carry out his PERFECT will for your life. Romans 12:2
So how do you get there? How do you get to this place where God wants you to be, yet can’t get past how you feel and think about yourself?
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. James 4:8
Relationship with God must be valued, and effort put in for it to grow. He wants to encourage us, empower us, strengthen, guide, and give us the ETERNAL Hope, Faith, and LOVE that we are meant to live with. But we must draw close first!
Our thoughts cannot be in the middle of ourselves and God. We must take the focus off of ourselves, and eliminate all the negative, demeaning, insecure, and self loathing that we have, and onto his PERFECT GRACE. One of my favorite scriptures:
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalms 147:3
Day in, and day out, until everyday by default, we face God and look to him for what we need. The WORD of God will elevate our faith Rom. 10:17, prayer will change things, and when we STRIVE for a pure HEART, we will see the BEAUTY of God in everything — even ourselves! Matthew 5:8
God has a dwelling place for us, that will keep us safe and protected. Psalms 91 We don’t have to continue to think the way we have about ourselves, about what we look like, what we can do, and because of what happened in our past.
We can revel on what God’s WORD says about us, even if we don’t yet believe it, or feel it.
We can speak it with our mouth, continually CONFESSING his Goodness and Lordship over our life, and stand strong in FAITH and HOPE that if God says he will do something, he’ll do it!
The beautiful thing is that we’ll start to change…we will begin to transform like the WORD says we will. Others will see it, and we will see it too. It may take some time, but it will happen if we stay committed to the WORD, and understand that this is the EXISTENCE that we MUST live, and the inheritance we have received from Jesus Christ.
Often prayers aren’t answered, deliverance does not take place, and things come to a halt in our lives because God is waiting for us to change our thinking!
To think better about ourselves than we have been thinking, speaking, and behaving. To think better about who we are in him, and to LIVE like it!
We are meant to grow more and more like Jesus. Even from a young boy, JESUS very much knew who he was in God, and what he was meant to do. Luke 2:49 This is what God wants for us as well!
Whether we deem ourselves worthy or not, God is waiting for us to transform into the Royal Priest and Priestess that we are — in Spirit and in Truth. We are meant to shine, and to make a POWERFUL mark in this world, but first, we need to know who God created us to be.
By Sandra Turton | Founder, Ministry Leader, and Blogger of Sandra Turton Ministries