Fresh Hope – 14th August 2018

One of the most heart-breaking things is when people don’t see themselves the way God sees them. The enemy loves to rob people of their confidence, because when He has their confidence and self-worth, he has rendered them ineffective and powerless. They are no longer operating at the capacity that God designed them to.

If you make yourself a cordial drink, the more water you add to the cordial, the more diluted the drink becomes. The more water added, the weaker the flavour, the less effective the taste. The enemy is out to dilute our flavour. He will do whatever it takes to water us down and become a weaker version of who God made us to be.

He will cause us to use the opinion of others, or our comparison to others, as our measuring stick to how valuable we are. We will ponder on and relive negative words spoken over us, partner with lies, and forget the truth of God’s thoughts towards us. We let media and the world decide where our worth sits. Our following, our body, our personality, our level of intelligence, and our income – these are the rulers by which we measure our worth… and God says, “ENOUGH!”.

If I took a fish – designed in such wondrous detail for an underwater environment, and placed it on land, then valued the fish’s worth on its ability to survive on land, it would fail miserably. Yet we do the same with ourselves. We aren’t designed for this world, yet we measure ourselves based on our ability to succeed in a world we are not actually made for. We were made for more. Scripture says, we are ‘citizens of heaven’ (Philippians 3:20), we are ‘aliens and strangers’ to the ways of the world (1 Peter 2:11), ‘…we are not of this world’ (John 17:16).

Our challenge is to not conform our thinking to such low standards. We must challenge every lie we have towards ourselves. I heard it once said, ‘We cannot afford to have one thought in our head about ourselves, that God doesn’t have about us’. That is why Romans 12 says, ‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind’.

Take a break from social media if you have to, step away from people who don’t see you the way God sees you and find people who do, speak out the truth of God until you believe it deep down. Start speaking truths like this over yourself:

“I am a child of God” (John 1:12).

“I am no longer a slave to sin” (Romans 6:6).

“I will not be condemned by God” (Romans 8:1).

“My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit’ (1 Corinthians 6:19).

“ I am a new creature in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

“I have been set free” (Galatians 5:1).

“I am God’s workmanship created to produce good works” (Ephesians 2:10).

“I have been made complete in Christ” (Colossians 2:10).

“God supplies ALL my needs” (Philippians 4:19).

“I have been chosen of God, and I am holy and beloved” (Colossians 3:12).

These aren’t just positive phrases, these are powerful realities and freeing truths from God for YOU! You are who HE says you are!

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Emma Burchell

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