You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord know it completely. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:1-4,14
When you look in the mirror what do you see? Better yet, who do you see? How do you speak to yourself about you? The harshest words ever spoken to you may have come from someone else, but what matters most is what you say to yourself about you. Sounding like a mind twister? That’s because it is. You see, others will only confirm what you’re already seeing or saying about yourself. I have been through a lot in my life. But, if I don’t tell you, you’d never know by just looking at me. Where did that confidence come from? I’m glad you asked! The answer is real simple. I found my identity in Christ and His Word; and you can too.
In the Psalm we read today, it speaks of the Lord knowing and searching us. Whenever you see the word know/knew in scripture it’s always speaking of intimacy. To search out, or for, means, the One doing the searching is meticulously and painstakingly going beneath the surface to reveal something hidden. This searching is not meant to expose but reveal the very best of what is hidden. You see my brothers and sisters, we can always find the worst in ourselves, but the Lord; knowing what He has created us for, is always looking to bring out the best in us.
If you align yourself with the Truth of God’s Word, you’ll find that the estimation you have of yourself is worlds apart from who you really are. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Yet, you may be saying, that’s easy for me to say because I don’t know what you’re going through now or have gone through. Fair enough. But how do you get from where you are to where you need to be? How do you go from low self esteem to confidence and assurance? You begin with the Source.
In the same Psalm it reads: How precious to me are Your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand-when I’m awake, I’m still with you. Read that again slowly and reflectivity.
No matter what others have said to or about you, no matter what YOU have said about yourself, God your Father, God Your Creator, thinks you’re off the charts AMAZING!! He thinks you’re the BOMB!! Drop the mic Somebody!!!
This is why I said, you begin with the Source. When I discovered who I was in Jesus Christ; my self esteem and confidence went through the roof!!
I’m on God’s mind? His thoughts towards me are precious and not judgmental? I’m fearfully and wonderfully made? I wasn’t an afterthought in the mind of God? He knows when I sit and rise? He cares about how I think about myself? Children of God! You have been bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ! You mean that much to Him!! You were worth dying for!! (1 Peter 1) The Bible is replete with God’s affirming love for you. Replete: filled or well supplied. Look in that mirror one more time and tell yourself who and Whose you are!
I’m exhausted, my heart rate is pumped, thinking about what I just shared. 💃🏽
Let’s pray. Father! Ummm...I don’t know how to put into words what I’m feeling right now. I’m so overwhelmed by your love for me. I will never fully comprehend how much I’m loved by You, but help me to see myself the way you see me. Your Word says in Romans 8 “Therefore, there is NOW no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” I will choose moving forward to speak well of myself because I’m created in Your image, and You Lord, do not create inferior products. In Jesus Name. Amen
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10🙏
Written by permission of the Holy Spirit.