How many of us have trouble seeing ourselves the way the Lord sees us?
God has created us to be His children. Through His word, He has spoken truth over our lives. But it’s easy to forget who we are and replace the truth with lies from the enemy. The enemy is there to steal, kill, and destroy, and he starts by breaking us down from within! So many times we are looking and preparing for outside attacks, and we forget to be diligent about keeping our mind and inner voice pure. Soon doubt, fear, self-pity and other negative beliefs run rampant and become our new identity.
I love the old tale that reminds us how influential our inner-self talk can be:
An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.”
“One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
“This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The old chief simply replied,
“The one you feed.”
The enemy wants us to be in bondage to our negative self-talk. He wants to feed the parts of ourselves that separate us from God. The enemy breaks us down and puts a wedge between us and our Heavenly Father. If we are in bondage and do not feel worthy, we will be less likely to come before the Lord. But the truth is that no matter what, we are never worthy of God’s love, and because of grace, He gives it to us anyway.
Whether we are worthy or not, we must renew our minds daily with God’s Word and take captive our thoughts in such a way that honors the Word of God. The way to renew our minds is to tell ourselves things that God says about us and to recognize and fight against the voice of the enemy.
We are like a gift. And when we unwrap gifts, we feel excitement and joy! We see the worth of what’s inside and feel honored to receive it. We must learn to see ourselves in the same way, because when we unwrap ourselves the way the Lord sees us, we can live a victorious life!
Speak God’s truth over your life this week by using the Scripture below…