What do you see? How do we see yourself and your life? Where are you going and why are you here? These are pretty important questions which we often don’t ask ourselves enough or if we do we struggle to find the answers.
When you read the bible you will discover that what we see and think about ourselves is really significant to how we live our lives and how effectively our faith works.
When the Israelites were standing on the edge of the land God had promised them they hesitated and then completely stopped on their journey. Why? Because when faced with the question of how they saw themselves they were confronted with the reality of their poor self image, weaknesses and fears.
Before them was a land “flowing with milk and honey”; a good land as far as the eye could see. God had spoken and had promised He was with them but all of that didn’t matter because apart from a few men, all of them felt incapable of taking the next step to possess the future before them. The inhabitants of the land terrified them and they were paralysed with self doubt and fear. They said, “we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in theirs.” (Numbers 13:33)
The reason the Israelites were so terrified to step into their future and to go down and fight the giants in the land so that they could possess their dream of having a home of their own after years in slavery wasn’t because those giants were so big, it was because they saw themselves as so small and powerless. It was what they were in their own sight that defeated them.
The same can be true for each one of us. It’s what we are in our own sight that will make all the difference. If, in our own sight we see ourselves as weak, powerless, and a failure then the devil will take delight in running all over us, we will remain stuck in our past, and end up living out of and believing every negative word and thought spoken about us. If we keep seeing ourselves in this way we will never step into all that we are capable of and called to be. We will sadly become like the generation of Israelites who apart from two men and their families spent the rest of their lives wandering around in a barren desert simply existing and waiting to die. (Joshua 5:6)
We must ask ourselves, “how often do I miss out on the unique and special life that God has planned and created for me because I don’t take the time to discover who God made me to be, and what He is saying about my lives?” Too many people never take the time to find out and instead live stuck in their painful pasts, fears, confusion, ailments and complacency, far from the plan and purposes God has for them.
Today if you recognise you are not strong in who you are in your own sight and see yourself as a “grasshopper”, and someone who fails or is stuck in your past then begin to change that by:
- Choosing to give your life into God’s hands and spending time everyday getting to know Him and reading what He has to say about who you truly are by His words to you in the bible.
- Asking God what His plan and purpose is for your life. He created you and thinks good thoughts towards you everyday.
- Reject anything that doesn’t agree with what God says about you in His word and visualising, thinking and speaking about yourself succeeding, being loved and accepted, having great relationships, being healthy and whole and seeing your prayers answered.
Through consistently thinking and speaking the thoughts that God has about us we will soon start to see ourselves as God sees us, and our identity will be found in His truth rather than a lot of self doubt, fear and lies We will see ourselves as we really are in Jesus; loved, joyful, free, victorious, healed, and a whole person with all the love and power of heaven behind us.
Begin today and start to see and think of yourself how God does because, “the truest thing about you is what God says is true”
“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)
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. (Philippians 4:13)
“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)
Prayer: Lord help me to see myself as you see me. Thank you that I am forgiven, healed, and whole with a amazing future ahead of me and that I have all I need in you. I refuse to see myself as a “grasshopper” any longer, and today I’m taking the steps necessary to become all you made me to be. In Jesus name. Amen.