Who you are in GOD’S EYES.

I am your creator. You were in my care even before you were born. – Isaiah 44:2 

How do you look at yourself? If it doesn’t line up with what God says, it isn’t truth.

In the world we live in today, it is so hard NOT to be hard on ourselves. I found myself constantly trying to, what I thought, was “better” myself in every single way. I would constantly be trying to change the way God made me from my appearance right to my personality and interests.  Nothing was good enough.  I would see someone with a certain body type and think “I wish I had that instead of mine.” I would see someone with long, thick hair and automatically hate my own. I would even see personality traits that I didn’t have, such as being more “bubbly”, and  feel I would have to change to be more like that EVEN THOUGH it was not my personality.

I remember reading the bible one day and had such a revelation that my heart just hurt. It dawned on me of how much that must hurt God to see his child constantly say they aren’t good enough. That his CREATION wasn’t good enough.

Imagine you had a child. You are so proud of him. You look at that child and think “Wow, I created him.” You are absolutely astonished by his beauty, inside and out. As this child grows, you watch him cry himself to sleep every night. You ask him “why?” and he goes onto tell you every little detail about himself that he doesn’t like, from appearance right to personality traits. Those exact same ones you admired about him. He just all in all believes that he is just a failure. Wouldn’t that just tear your heart out?

When we look at ourselves in this way, we are basically saying “God, you blew it.” In his mind, he is so proud of us. He spent time to create every little detail about us and couldn’t wait for the world to see it! We were his project he worked hard on and we are saying “This isn’t good enough.”

I remember a few years ago, I spent 6 months making something similar to a scrap book for a loved one. Each day, I would work on it and spend countless hours on this project alone. It wasn’t just time that was spent… I put my whole heart into it. I would determine how every little detail would be to make it just right. I wanted it to be perfect. The day came where I could finally give this gift to that person. How exciting! Now imagine- I’m standing there watching them unwrap their gift with so much anticipation and excitement. They finally have it opened, look at it, and say “This isn’t what I wanted.” And threw it in the trash…. Imagine how hurtful that would be. It would be heartbreaking.

I feel that God feels the same way when we tell him his creation isn’t good enough.

Thankfully, the person got emotional with SO much excitement about this “creation” I had made.

Now, imagine that is how we looked at ourselves? How GOOD God must feel if we were just proud of his creation and THANKED him for it everyday? What a blessing that would be.

In order to change this mindset that we have on ourselves, we need to start looking

at who God says we are:

I am a new person. My past is forgiven and everything is new. ( reference- 2 Corinthians 5:17)

I am righteous and holy. ( reference- Ephesians 4:24)

I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life. ( reference- Colossians 3:4)

I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. ( reference- Colossians 3:12; Thessalonians 1:4)

I am a child of light and not of darkness. ( reference- Thessalonians 5:5)

I am chosen to share in God’s heavenly calling. ( reference- Hebrews 3:1)

I am part of Christ; I share in His life. ( reference- Hebrews 3:14)

I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. ( reference- 1 Peter 2:5)

I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.  ( reference- 1 Peter 2:9, 10)

 

Having Faith in Everyday Life

Faith. Something we have all been told about,  but often never put it to use.  I see it like this;  If you have a winter jacket and its -30 outside and you don’t wear it, what is the point?
It is our decision whether or not we are going to put it to action. Faith without works is dead (James 2:14)
“Don’t put a limit on God.”
We need to stop using God like we do a spare tire, for only the times we are in desperate need. By doing that, we are putting a limit on him.
It’s like saying “Hey God, I need you for this, but everything else in my life – don’t worry about it. I got it. I don’t need you for that.”   It is equivalent to calling God a liar if you “say” you believe what He says and then continue to not trust Him.
This isn’t a message to say, “Hey you! Obey God and have faith in Him! How dare you!” but rather it’s a message saying “You have no idea how blessed and full your life will be if you actually use this tool called faith.”
It all starts with looking at what the Word says:
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
Matthew 6:27-29 “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.”
1 Peter 5:7  “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
Think about anything you are going through in life. Say you were starving and you needed money for food and I said to you, ‘come and work with me for the day and at the end of your shift I will pay you $200 so you can eat’, what would you say? You would probably be SO happy that there is finally that opportunity and answer, and you would be so eager to work for the day pushing yourself through it with anticipation for your reward.  No one promised you it would be easy… I mean, that is another full day you would have to go without eating. You would have to struggle a bit… but once you get over that hill, it will be worth it. But wait! What makes you so sure that once you have finished that shift, I will actually give you the money? Faith. That is it.
Imagine how worry-free our lives would be if we applied that kind of faith in God.   That is exactly how God wants us to trust Him and we  should trust Him with all of our heart and not lean on our own understanding. (Prov. 3:5)  Even when we do not have the end result yet, we can see the end result when we put our trust and faith in Him knowing that He is taking care of it.
We need to realize how great God is and how much we need Him.  We need to fully rely on Him and not be so independent of ourselves. Then we will see what only God can do.
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

OUR LIFE PURPOSE.

If I were to ask  you, “What is your life purpose?”  What would you say?

Think about that for a moment… Think of your true answer. A lot of people would say “my purpose is to love my family”, “to work hard and achieve my goals” or even, which I feel is the most common answer, “I just don’t know.”

Yes, of course you can say your life purpose is to love your family or be a hard worker, but do you really think God placed you on this earth for that reason? THAT is the reason you must have been created? Once you start looking at the bigger picture,  you will realize, it is not about you. At all.

Life is not about your happiness, your desires, your family, your career or anything that ties back into your own personal fulfillment.

It is about God.

Don’t get me wrong here, I am not saying God doesn’t want you to have any of these things. God wants to bless us more than we can ever imagine, but in order for that to happen we need to start at the root and realize our purpose is not for us, but for HIM.

I use to always focus on things I wanted to do and who I wanted to be and it took me all my life to realize that leads to a dead end and you will forever be searching for fulfillment if you keep going by what you want to do. God has such an amazing plan for our lives and the more we keep detouring down our own path, the longer it is going to take to get to the destination of where our true happiness and purpose will be.

For everything, absolutely everything,

above and below, visible and invisible,…

everything got started in him and find its purpose in him.

Colossians 1:16

 

God planned your life before you were even born. You didn’t even have any input whatsoever. To discover your identity and purpose, you need to get to know Jesus. Lucky for us, God, our creator, gave us a manual. The bible. If you don’t read the manual, how will you know your purpose?

When I think of it that way, I think of a child with a doll house. The kid creates all these characters, their careers, their purpose to why she created them in the first place and so on. She is the inventor. Imagine for some strange reason the dolls decided to come to life and mess with her whole plan? She is thinking “What are you even doing!?  I didn’t create you for that!” Being the creator, she can easily just take back their existence.. Which I mean, she probably would.. I know I would be like “Who in the world do you think you are?!” And then start popping their limbs off or something but thankfully I am not our God and God is a lot more merciful than that. He created us.. We go against it. .. And no matter what, he still is standing there with open arms saying “Please, just come home.” God’s mercy just astonishes me.

If you truly want to seek fulfillment in life, you need to reach the goal of being the person God wants you to be.

“Well, how do I know what he wants me to be?” We are so lucky to have Jesus as our example to live by.  He even told us through our manual ( the bible) –

Matthew 22:37  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.”

Love. The answer is so simple.

Seek God first and the answers will come.

Matthew 6:33  “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”