Through His Eyes

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

For years I have struggled with my self-esteem. I can’t remember learning how to write my name or when I learned how to count to ten (not sure if anyone can).  However, I do remember telling myself at a very young age that no one would ever love me and that I was a mistake. Crazy right? As I got older, I started making mistakes.. going through life doing what I wanted to do.. which eventually added to my list of flaws. So now, on top of the self-esteem problem, I just knew that God could never use me for anything. No one could ever love me.. & God could never use me.

If you asked me what I saw when I looked in the mirror. My answer would have been simple; unworthy & not good enough. Trying to get rid of that mentality on my own was impossible.

Reading my word one day, I came across the scripture in Psalms 139: 14″fearfully & wonderfully”.. at that moment, a lightbulb went off.

I realized His vision was completely different from mines. God saw what I couldn’t see.. Max Lucado explained it perfectly: ” God sees us with the eyes of a Father. He sees our defect, errors and blemishes. But He also sees our VALUE.

I began to search the scriptures trying to find any passage about who He says I am and how He sees me. Now don’t get me wrong; I still struggle with seeing myself through His eyes. However, now I am ready for this battle with my thoughts and feelings. All these years, I’ve been showing up to the battlefield without any ammo. I spent so many years telling myself lies about who I am.

Now I can speak life (the WORD) over myself :

1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. ( I am royalty)

John 1:12 – Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (I am a child of God)

2 Cor. 5:7 –Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone; the new has come. (My past is gone. I have been made new in Christ.)

Romans 8:35-39 – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Nothing that I did in my past and nothing that I can do in my future can separate me from my Father’s love. I am loved)

John 15:16 – You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. (God can use me to bring Him glory .)

God doesn’t make mistakes. I was created in His image for a purpose. If you struggle with your vision, like me. Remember that you are worth so much to Him that He sent His ONLY Son to die for our sins. Search the scriptures and start speaking life into your life, and I promise your vision will begin to change!

Seeking Christ

Seek those things which are above

An excerpt from a passage I have read multiple times.

The definition of seeking is to want or desire. The synonym of seeking is tireless.

If I was raised with Christ, I should tirelessly desire and want things above, where Christ is. By setting my mind on the things above, I am no longer just a fleshy being; I am a spiritual being. How I move and operate should no longer be on my accord but according to HIS will and plan for me.

Romans 8:10 tells us that if we live according to our flesh, we cannot please or satisfy God. A perfect example of how our life is no longer our own. By accepting Christ, we had to die! And now, our life should be completely hidden in Christ. Luke 9:23 states that for us to come after Christ, we have to DENY ourselves, take up our cross DAILY, and follow Him.

Denying ourselves can be hard at times, and sometimes the enemy likes to remind us of who we use to be before we started killing our flesh daily. However, do not listen to the lies and allow yourself to be pulled back in. You are no longer that person!

II Corinthians 5:17 reminds us that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become NEW!

I am no longer the same. YOU are no longer the same. No matter how many lies the enemy tries to feed you, no matter how much doubt may come from those who USE to know the old you. You are no longer the same; Our father has made you new. We are elects of God ( God’s elect “ἐκλεκτός” (Ek-lek-tos) in Greek means God’s chosen.

If I tirelessly desire the things of Christ and deny myself daily, my life will no longer look the same because I am a new woman. No longer do I walk in guilt and shame of my past, now I walk in love! Continuously giving Glory to God, doing nothing of myself but everything for His Glory!

Your life will be a testament to others. They will begin to see that we are His by the new fruit that we bear. Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

Remember to seek Christ & deny the flesh every day throughout this new year.