Believing what God says and thinks about you
As human beings, we have a tendency to be our own worst critics. Sometimes our self-critiques have the potential mess with our self-esteem. The more we feed into these negative self-perceptions, we begin to have a distorted view of ourselves .
I’ve had times in life where I struggled with negative thoughts about myself. These thoughts would lead me to seek the approval of other people that I inadvertently would dismiss what God thinks and says about me. What’s so wrong about this is that Jesus Christ thought about us before we even came on the scene.. He died on the cross so that we could live a life free from sin. He showed such love through His sacrifice (John 3:16). He accepted us, esteemed us and approved us by his sacrifice.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.Jeremiah 29:11- Holy Bible, King James Version
The scripture referenced above tells us that God is sure of His thoughts towards us, and that his thoughts concerning us are good and full of hope.
I was going through a challenging season in my life where I felt insecure. I knew I had family and friends that cared for & supported me but this dark cloud often covered the love, care & support I know that my loved ones have for me. I remembered the words God had spoken to me in times past, I remembered the scriptures that made me feel so special but even then I couldn’t bring myself to believe that even the words God spoke to me were really for me. I was blinded by my failures, inadequacies and shortcomings. I was at a place where I couldn’t wholeheartedly receive any encouragement because I felt I didn’t deserve any… This was an attack of the enemy.
The scripture for this blog (John 10:10) reminds us that the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. Here came the enemy to steal my joy, kill my self-esteem and destroy my destiny.
During this challenging time, I remembered Jeremiah 29:11. Though it’s a scripture I’ve read and heard referenced many times. I read it and tried to pull myself out of the dark place I found myself in. That same day no matter where I went (on social media, on bible gateway, etc.) The same scripture was there. It was at that moment I knew God was speaking loudly. He came to my aid and it was in that moment I chose to believe what God says and thinks about me.
As you are on this journey through life, I want to encourage you to Trust God & hold on to His unchanging hands… Hold his hand a little tighter when you go through those bumpy terrains… Hold his hand a little tighter when you’re in the valley. Just hold on to Him & don’t let go.
When you choose to believe what God says and thinks about you, there is liberation. You feel the chains of expectations and pressure begin to fall off & you begin to walk in HIS confidence. On this journey how refreshing it is to be reminded that God thinks well of us.