Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2, NLT* (emphasis mine)
“When you know who you are in Christ, there is less room for the spirit of rejection to take root.”
I heard this recently, and it got me thinking. Some people are self-aware. They have a healthy view of who they are, and are secure in their own identities.
Others, myself included, are self-conscious. We have too sharp a view of our failings or weaknesses, and a clouded understanding of our good points.
Reject a self-aware person and they’ll know it’s really your problem. Reject a self-conscious person and they’ll take it personally. And agree with you.
Better than either of these is to be God-conscious. The Bible tells us who we are in God’s eyes: loved but condemned without Him, loved and accepted with Him. If God accepts us, knowing and redeeming the very worst of who we are, why is it often so hard to accept ourselves?
God says we are: loved, saved, accepted, adopted, delightful, clean, equipped. And more. Feel free to add to the list in the comments.
God who formed and redeemed us, when we feel or think or fear we are less than You say we are, help us take control of those thoughts. Help us reject them with the sword of the Spirit: Your Word. And help us raise the shield of faith by choosing to believe Your Word.
The David Crowder*Band‘s song, “Shadows,” reminds us to keep our confidence firmly in God.
*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Empowered, set free, delivered, healed, made the righteousness of Christ….thank you, Janet, for giving us so much to think about!
Beautiful descriptions, Ruth Ann. Thank you.
I just read a post from Ann Voskamp that ties into this so very well. She writes “The first tactic of the enemy is always to distort your identity. And it’s only when a woman knows her real identity that she can really defeat the enemy.” The full post is here: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2013/05/the-ultimate-girlfriend-gift/