SELF-ESTEEM, GOD’S WAY, 13.05.19
SELF-ESTEEM, GOD’S WAY, 13.05.19
Although lack of self-worth and low self-esteem should be problems exclusive to non-believers, there are, unfortunately, many of God’s people who, due to previous bondages, wounds, and wrong choices, suffer likewise. Whether it is through failure of the Church to carry out ongoing deliverance ministry, the individual’s holding back from the Lord’s healing touch, individual fear, rebellion, or lack of faith, and thus failure to surrender in those areas, many believers remain in some form of bondage. Many are wounded. Many are hurting. And many suffer from poor and damaged self-images, self-esteem, and thus lack a sense of self-worth.
“They saw themselves as grasshoppers” (Num.13:33). How they viewed themselves determined what action they would take. Because they viewed themselves as grasshoppers, they gave up, in fear, failing to claim the land that God assigned to them. Thus, they short-changed themselves from having what they would have liked to have, just as so many short-change themselves of opportunities in life due to lack of confidence, feeling of unworthiness, and low self-esteem. So many of God’s people have short-changed themselves of God’s best because of deeming themselves unworthy, and losing out on opportunities because of doing so.
If God hadn’t pushed Moses (1 Cor. 1:26-30), when he felt inadequate, the job would not have gotten done. Moses lacked confidence, had low self-esteem, and tried to get out of doing what God asked him to do. Moses even argued with God, attempting to sidestep the assignment: “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”(Ex.3:11). But God can choose whoever He wants, and He will enable that individual to do the job, as Yahweh assured Moses: “I will certainly be with you. . . .” (Ex.3:12); in the same way He will be with us. Once one can see themselves as having been chosen by God, for Jesus/Yeshua said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you” (John 15:16), it changes everything, for we have been adopted “as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (Eph.1:5), we must surely realize that we are privileged people. What more does one need in order to feel special?
Believers struggling with self-concept are being seduced into using New Age self-help assists, subscribing to the latest positive self-talk formulas, using little quips/sayings devised by the minds of humans. God has made provision for all our needs in His Word; and His Word is far more effective than words devised by human minds. Not only is His Word more effective, it is offensive to Him that His people would look to other sources rather than subscribing to His Word, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb.4:12). In addition to that, He made provision for His own, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, that we would be empowered to overcome in all situations.
Let us look more closely at how we can apply God’s Word to our own life, and personalize His messages/promises/principles:
1 John 4:4: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
1 Cor.6:19,20: “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? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Paraphrase/personalize: “My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who lives in me. Because the Father gave Him to me upon my believing in Him, now I am His, no longer my own. Therefore I will glorify God in my body and my spirit, by the power of His Spirit that dwells within me.”
John 1:12: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
Gal.3:26: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Rom.8:14: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
1 John 4:16: And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”
Paraphrasing/personalizing: “I claim my right as a child of God, because I believe that Jesus Christ/Yeshua Ha-Mashiach is the one and only SON of GOD. Therefore I am a son/daughter of God the Father, a child of the King, and I can KNOW that He loves me, because God IS LOVE.”
Gal.3:29: “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Rom.8:17: “and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.”
Paraphrase/personalize: “And not only am I a son/daughter of the King, but that makes me an heir to all God’s promises, a joint heir with Messiah Himself.“
Rephrase and speak into your own life by believing in who God says you are, and begin to ask the Father to enable you to see yourself through His Eyes, so that you can love your own self as He would have you do, not in a prideful, boastful way, but in a true sense of valuing who the Father created you to be, from the perspective of the value attained through His Love for you, appreciating the value you have attained by virtue of His love for you – i.e., that you need not do/perform in any way in an effort to earn His love. God’s love for you is unconditional; He will not stop loving you, nor will He withhold His love from you, even when you disappoint, violate, and wander away from Him. You may grieve His Heart when you do those things, but you will not lose His love, neither will He give up on you. All you have to do is confess, repent, ask for forgiveness, and return to Him.
Learn to make personal application from God’s Word; it is His Word to each one of us, after all. As Henry Blackaby writes, “God’s plan is for a love relationship with you” (Blackaby, p.31). If you believe that, then get into The Word of God, and go to work. Take up the Sword of the Spirit and claim your worth. Yahweh/Yeshua equipped us with HIS WORD, and with HIS HOLY SPIRIT so that we could be overcomers, walking in victory. Now, take up your Cross, deny yourself daily (Lk.9:23), and DO it!
Henry T. Blackaby, & Claude V. King, Experiencing God, 1994, Broadman & Holman Publishers.
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