“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.“ Ephesians 2:10
The Bible clearly demonstrates how valuable and significant we are to God. He says we are like a poem, a thing of grace and beauty. We are original. We are one-of-a kind. We are so precious to God that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins (Romans 5:8). We’re told we are God’s own possession, chosen for the praise of His glory and we have an inheritance in heaven with Him as His children. God made us like kings and priests and crowned us with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5, Revelation 1:6). We matter because we are His most prized and priceless treasure!
When we are awakened to Jesus Christ, the Son of God and He becomes our Savior, it is truly the starting point of being alive. We begin an amazing journey into the spiritual realm of potential that God arranged for His children. It is His will for us to prosper, be in health and to discover the dreams planted in our hearts (III John 1:2). We are designed to live by faith. Faith is the connection with the invisible for our total provision and continuous supply.
Reflected appraisal is a term used in psychology to describe a person’s perception of how others see and evaluate them. This process begins at birth. If we were given positive reflected appraisals when we were young, the result is a positive self-concept. If the reflected appraisal was mostly negative, our self-concept suffered. The messages we receive about ourselves during the process of reflected appraisal can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
God’s perception is our true identity. We are who He says we are. Parents, teachers, religion, disappointments, hurts or anyone viewing us can influence our perception. Past conditioning forms the perception about yourself and others. These perceptions are generally false. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (II Corinthians 5:17). When we are awakened to God, the objective is to live by faith (Romans 1:17).
Faith that Works by Love
Let God’s Word replace all human iniquities toward lack, fear, doubt or self-pity. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2.
It requires action to change our beliefs. Stop talking about mixing faith with God’s Word and start doing it. Everyday speak God’s Word in a personal, present-tense way to yourself and to your circumstances. Instead of talking about offenses, stop being offended. “…and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Romans 10:19). Instead of talking about prayer, practice being instant in prayer. “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation (life), continuing steadfastly in prayer.” (Romans 12:12).
It’s not the size of the challenge, it’s the mental size of how we think of it. It’s not the thing that causes emotional stress, it’s what we believe about God and His Word, ourselves and life events.
Do not judge yourself or another as insecure, unworthy, invaluable, weak, insignificant, incapable or less than. Do not negatively judge yourself or another based on behavior. Do not judge life as difficult. These negative, power stealing judgments are NOT how God sees us. Memorize Romans 2:1 and obey it immediately!
Continuously believe and speak that it is God’s will for you to prosper and be in health (III John 1:2). Repetition solidifies revelation.
Practice having a time set aside to write and speak what you want like you already have it. Prayer is not talking to a reluctant God. It is opening ourselves to His provided provision. Speaking words of faith immediately releases a magnetic vibration that moves God’s unlimited substance toward us, forming it into an abundance of supply.