I realise this is the season of Lent and whether or not you have jumped on board with the whole denying-self routine, here are a few things I’d like you to consider, as part of your journey as a victorious overcomer.
How about denying yourself the “luxury” of thinking about yourself in negative terms?
How about taking the time to meditate on those scriptures which build your confidence about who you are in Christ?
How about you making a quality decision to oust from your consciousness, the malignant lies of the Enemy?
Proverbs 23:7 tells us in no uncertain terms that as a person thinks (habitually) in their heart, so that is who they will eventually become.
Are your predominant thoughts and habitual thinking focused on what other people think about you?
If so, how is that serving you, particularly if most of the time those thoughts and opinions undermine, rather than raise your self-esteem?
Why not take this season of Lent to minister some spiritual self-care and love?
Begin with how you perceive yourself!
Have you ever been treated as if you are a person of no value?
How did you respond?
It is easy to take on board the negative opinions of others (e.g. ageist, racist, sexist) but I am here to tell you today that there are only two opinions in this world that counts – God’s and yours!
Now if God feels you are worthy enough for him to send his Son to this earth to die for you, then who are you, in fact, who is anyone else, to think or say otherwise?
My dear friend, you are of value!
Stop dwelling on the unkind behaviour or negative opinion of others, which are (or were) designed to undermine you.
The Bible is FULL of God’s positive thoughts and ideas, towards and about you.
Here are just a few thought seeds to sow in the garden of your heart:
I AM created by God with infinite care and love
I AM loved by God with a love which never changes!
I AM chosen by God and precious
(1 Peter 2:4)
I AM so loved by God that he has adopted me into his family
(1 John 3:1)
God has so many wonderful thoughts about me they cannot even be counted
(Psalm 40:5; Psalm 139:17-18)
God’s innumerable thoughts towards me are thoughts of peace, and they give me hope for my final outcome
There is a banner of love over my life, which speaks of Christ’s undying love for, and commitment to me.
(Song of Solomon 2:4)
Just before Jesus was driven into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil, he received God’s ringing endorsement:
This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.
Child of God, you are much loved.
Believe it. Accept it. Declare it.
You are loved and you are valued. End of!
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
A God-Seeker in His Secret Place (Psalm 91:1)
- On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest), how valuable do you feel in terms of God’s economy?
- What steps will you take to raise that value (presuming you have not scored yourself a 10!)?
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