- Religion and Philosophy
How to Value Yourself
When you look into the word, you can discover that God may see you differently than you see yourself. You are His most prized possession and you are a creation of God. I remember the first time that I heard a preacher say that to put yourself down is to put down God's own creation. I had never thought about it like that until that day. Since then, I've tried to speak well of myself. You are literally one of God's creation. In the beginning, everything that God created was good. But man was created uniquely in the "image of God." God's image is our image, even in the broken state that the world is in. God sent His son to the cross not only to save us from our sins but also to give us back everything that had been lost in the garden of Eden. If you're ever wondering if God can fix a mess that you made, even if it was intentional, look back at the garden. This was probably the biggest intentional mistake in history and yet God made the decision before-hand that He was going to have a relationship with us. Not just a relationship in which we do what He says but one in which we obey out of a love for God and we understand that every command that He gives is spoken in love. Through this relationship with God, He can reveal to us aspects of who we are that we didn't even know existed.
Before we can receive our new identity in Christ, we need to be done with our old identity. We need to be willing to let go of what we thought was true and allow God to mold us into what is actually true about our identity. When we feel weak, we have the ability to be strong in Christ (Ephesians 6:10). When we feel sick, we are healed by His stripes (1 Pet. 2:24). When we are depressed, we are joyful in Him (Nehemiah 8:10). Again, this is not a type of reasoning, it's truth about who we are in Christ. If you use a line of a reasoning, you'll have to convince yourself that what you're believing is true. If it's already a truth, then it still may take some time for that truth to set in. But as soon as it does take root in your heart, the fruit in your life will be an automatic byproduct of taking care of that seed. There won't be a forcing of things coming to pass in your life but instead it will be a natural flow coming out of what you are feeding your heart.
Speaking out loud who you are in Christ can help keep you aware of His presence and of the power encapsulated in His truth. Especially on those days when you don't feel like a "true Christian." It's amazing how God created different aspects of our bodies to be interwoven with one another. Our brains take in information, our hearts receive it and (sometimes) act on it, and our words tie everything together to create a smooth story. Our words not only reveal what we truly believe but they also help to reinforce what we don't fully believe already.