Do you know who define you and how you define yourself?
Your past doesn’t define you, the money you have in your bank account doesn’t define you as well as your education. It is crucial that we know who we are not according to our background and where we came from. Let Christ define you and change the way you view yourself.
First, we must know the thoughts of God about us that is found in Psalm 139:13-14 that says, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book, they all were written. The days fashioned for me when as yet there were none of them.” God knew exactly what you’ll become before you were born out of your mother’s womb. He knows your strengths, weaknesses, and your temperament.
Secondly, we must know that God’s plan and thoughts He has for you is not for evil according to Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know that thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you a future and a hope.”
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Thirdly, whatever the enemy had stolen away from you, God will it restore double to you. Isaiah 61:7 says, “Instead of your shame you shall have double honor and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land, they shall possess double.“
Then we must stop making excuses like the lame man who has been crippled for thirty-eight years as the story illustrated in John 5:1-15. We don’t really know much of the story why the man had been lying there for that long but we’ve only given a synopsis that he had been there in the Bethesda along with the great multitude of sick people. When Jesus had passed by Him, Jesus went straight to the man who had been dealing with infirmity and asked the question, “Do you want to be made well?”
When the man replied as you read the story, he came up with the excuse of saying as soon as the water is stirred by the angel someone else would get in before him. Therefore, he wasn’t able to get into the pool. This sounds like an excuse the same way with us that when our mind is formed to a certain way, we can come up with a variety of excuses and we limit ourselves due to fear, insecurity or we make our past mistakes cripple us to move forward and take a risk in life.
I used to live with a victim mentality that made me less than valuable or less than capable of trying things that were uncomfortable. I had to face those limiting beliefs about myself and it all starts in our mind. The way we view our self starts with our mind. We must learn to recognize the negative narrative we tell ourselves or believing other people’s judgments about us.
I had to tear down the lies of the enemy convincing me that no one would marry me and I will always be a victim. Whenever I look at myself in the mirror I feel disgust and I feel the sense of guilt and shame that ultimately led me to being suicidal until God had revealed who I am in Christ.