Seeing Yourself The Way God Sees You!
This week, after hearing recommendations from a couple of friends, and one of my favorite YouTubber, I decided to check out the book “The Secret”. I had actually grabbed this book from the library a few weeks prior (I’m sure its overdue – yikes) but for some reason it gave me a strange vibe.
Anything with the word ‘secret’ in it makes me wary. I consider myself a warm, friendly and kind person but I am also naturally cautious. I always listen to that inner voice and right now it was telling me that this book was not for me. Have you ever had that feeling, maybe not with a book, but with a movie or a show on T.V? You get this sense that perhaps this is not the best thing for you to be engaged in right now.
Some people call that feeling their gut-reaction, an intuition, a hunch or a ‘feeling’. I call it the Holy Spirit. I believe the Holy Spirit is alive and working IN us and FOR us – guiding us, protecting us and helping us to become the best versions of ourselves.
This post is not meant as a negative review of “The Secret”. Since I didn’t read the entire book I cannot give a good judgment of its contents. I do know, however, that after reading about 20 pages, I knew this was not MY book. Why?
Well, throughout the few pages I did read, one constant and recurring theme is the emphasis on ‘You’. Now I know you are amazing and wonderful and brilliant. I know you are brave, strong and wildly engaging. I know you are a force to be reckoned with. But despite all your superb qualities, there is not much you can do without Him.
Yup, even the most intelligent, creative person in the world, would not be here if not for the gifts received by God.
I truly believe that God has given us everything we have. All that we accomplish is not solely because of ourselves but because of His everlasting mercy, forgiveness, mercy and boundless love.
Reading through the book did make me come to a realization; that our thoughts do have power and what occupies our minds can become our reality.
Without really realizing it, I have always talked to myself about how much God loves me. I have convinced myself that I am God’s masterpiece, His most prized possession.
When we look in the mirror we should see a women who is the apple of her Father’s eye. We should believe that He is always near us and that He stands ready to bless us and those we love.
That is not to say that we go around all proud and pompous and do whatever we want because God is with us. No! But there is a calming peace that comes when you see yourself the way God must see you.
If we all walked through our world – namely, our family, our work, our church, our neighborhood – knowing that we are representatives of God in those places and with the knowledge that He is guiding our steps, imagine what the world would be like.
Imagine how you would mother your children if you believed in your heart that God has given them to you for a reason, because He knows you have something within you that your children need.
Imagine how your attitude at work would change if you knew in your heart that God has put you in that place and in that working environment, with those people because He wants you to share the gifts you have with them.
Imagine how you would greet eachday if you believed that God is directing your steps and that each day is an opportunity for you to see His guidance at work.
But how do we develop that belief in our own hearts? That belief that we are favored by God and that He loves us deeply and only wants good things in our lives?
Well, a close relationship is certainly necessary. As with any relationship we need to spend time with Jesus in prayer and to listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Each morning, I play Speaking God’s Favor Over My Life prayer, whether its in the background while I’m making breakfast or I chrome-cast it to the TV so my kids can listen as they play or get ready for the day. It is such a powerful reminder of who we are and who God is in our lives. I urge you to listen to it and to fit it into your daily life. It really has blessed me and I hope it does the same for you as well.
As you listen to this prayer I invite you to bring the words and declarations into your heart so that you can refer to them again throughout your day.
Repeat your favorite line to yourself, especially if you are dealing with a challenging situation or if you’re afraid.
And remember that you are deeply loved by your Father. He cares for you. He sees all that you are going through and is with you always.
I challenge you to start a new conversation with yourself throughout the day. Try having a more Jesus-centered dialogue reminding yourself of who you are and whose you are.
When we change the way we talk to ourselves and fill our minds with the Word of God and the promises He has made to those who follow Him, we will do amazing things.
Will you try it today? I’d love to know, what is your Jesus-centered mantra? Please share below.