~Who You Really Are~
"As a man thinks in his heart so is he" (Prov 23:7).
The way we perceive ourselves affects who we are, what we do and what we accomplish. Sometimes we hear this referred to as Self-fulfilling prophecies. A child grows up hearing, "You're no good, you can't do anything right." The child starts to believe what is said and doesn't try to do any better and they become a failure. They weren't a failure to begin with, but because they were continually told that they were, they believed it, and lived up or actually down to the expectation.
We often look at visible/natural things to form our self-image and importance, but God looks at our potential and the plan that He has for us.
Let's look at a man in the Bible who wasn't accomplishing anything until he saw himself the way God saw him.
To paraphrase this, Gideon was threshing wheat in a wine press because he was afraid of the Midianites when the Angel of the Lord appeared to Him and said, "The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor! (12)" Fearful Gideon obviously didn't believe that the Lord was with him or that he was a mighty man of valor because he answered, "O my Lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, 'Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?' But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.(13)"
Of course God's plans don't change nor does the way he sees us change. Then the Lord turned to him and said, "Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you.(14)" We see that God stuck to His plan, a plan that saw Gideon as mighty and victorious and not scared, yet Gideon didn't grasp this. He rebutted the Lord, "O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest n Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.(15)" Again Gideon looked at what he could see with his eyes. Undaunted the Lord again answered, "Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.(16)"
Finally this started sinking in. Gideon began to see himself the way God saw him. To make a long story short Gideon led 300 men in battle against over 135,000 men and won with the Lord's help.
Had Gideon's view of himself remained the same he would never have gotten over his fear. He would have remained ineffective. Gideon had to quit looking at what he saw and he needed to start looking at what God said.
That is the same with us. We often see ourselves much different than the way God sees us. When that happens it leads to fear, ineffectiveness, and low self-esteem.
Romans 3:4 "Let God be true but every man a liar".
If you see yourself different than how God sees you then you are believing a lie.
We must keep our guard up. There are so many lies out there that we can fall into the trap of thinking or saying them about ourselves and about others. Yet the Bible says, "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers" (Eph 4:29); and, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are of a good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise worthy think on these" (Phil 4:8).
Why must we be careful what we speak or how we think? Because, "There is one who speaks like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health" (Prov 12:18); and,
"For as a man thinks in his heart so is he."
Let's look at some of the lies we face from the enemy today and also the truth, the way God sees us.
Lie: I am not loved !
Truth: You are loved. In fact the almighty creator of the universe loves you so much that He gave up His only Son to die for you.
John 3:16 "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".
Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love towards us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us".
Lie: I was a mistake !
Truth: You may have surprised your parents, but you never surprised God. God had a plan for you before you were even born. You are His workmanship, a special creation created for a purpose.
Eph 2:10 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them".
Lie: I am not important, I am worthless!
Truth: Something is as valuable as the price paid for it. Your are worth more than all the gold and silver in the world.
1 Cor 6:20 "For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's".
1 Pe 1:18-19 "Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot".
Lie: I'm a failure, I can't do anything right !
Truth: You can do all things and overcome all things with the help of Jesus.
Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".
Romans 8:37 "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us".
If you are born-again you are a ,,,
1. Child of God.
John 1:12 "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name".
2. Temple of the Holy Spirit
1 Cor 6:19 "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in
you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own".
3. Friend of Jesus.
John 15:15 "No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all these things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you".
Look at what the Word says about you, speak what the Word says about you. Don't accept the lie that
Satan is trying to feed you. You are who God says you are not what circumstances say you are.