People whisper YOU are not good enough. Bosses say YOU are not qualified for the next level. Fear says YOU can’t possibly handle everything as a single parent. Doctors say YOU won’t make it. The world says YOUR family is not affluent enough. Teachers say YOU are not as smart as the others. Statistics say YOU will never succeed because of your past.
Then the mind begins to wonder, “Could they be right?”
How often do we shrink into a place of mediocrity that affirms the predictions of people, bosses, fear, doctors, the world, teachers, and statistics because we don’t know who we are?
But…what if YOU heard the truth? What if the words spoken about YOU empowered YOU? Instead of mediocrity, could there be words that would produce excellence in YOU? Our Father says things about YOU and me that people, bosses, fear, doctors, the world, teachers, and statistics rarely recognize. I am grateful that our God does not look through their lenses; instead, He looks at YOU through eyes of love.
When He sees YOU, this is what He says:
I have always loved YOU. (Jeremiah 3:13)
Nothing can separate YOU from My love. (Romans 8:38-39)
YOU are forgiven. (Ephesians 1:7)
YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
YOU have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
For YOU are My workmanship, created in Me for good works, which I prepared beforehand that YOU should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
YOU are more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)
YOU have been redeemed (released, freed, delivered, rescued, saved) from the curse of the enemy. (Psalm 107:2)
YOU are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 & 1 Peter 2:24)
I have not given YOU the spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
I am YOUR Shepherd; YOU shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
I know the plans I have for YOU, plans to prosper YOU and not to harm YOU, plans to give YOU a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
There was a time in my life when it was hard to believe these things about myself. Those very things spoken by people, bosses, fear, doctors, the world, teachers, and statistics had inadvertently been internalized.
If this is where YOU find yourself, I pray that the scriptures above become YOUR confession and this song by Bishop Paul S. Morton becomes YOUR prayer. The song is titled, I Am What You See. It penetrated my heart from the first moment I listened to the words. A portion of it says:
Help me to see me, the way You see me. Sometimes I see pain Lord, when You see victory. I see where I am Lord, You see where I shall be. Open my eyes, help me believe I am what You see.
Today, I pray that you are encouraged! Please Share Your Heart by posting a scripture that inspires or uplifts YOU. Feel free to copy and paste one from above. Post here on my blog, my Facebook page, or YOUR Facebook page. YOU never know how it will impact someone’s today or change their tomorrow.
Next Week…..And sometimes “Y”!!!!!!!! Get ready!