How we see ourselves affects everything. It affects how we act, what we think, what we say, how we carry ourselves and how we live our lives. It affects how determined or driven we are, how passive or controlling we are and how we treat others.
I was reading about the woman caught in the act of adultery in John 8, and a picture like this was included in the devotion:
I felt an immediate connection to that picture. I can really relate to what it is trying to convey. The woman was going to be stoned. I can relate to all of it. I was never caught in the act of adultery, but I have dealt with strongholds in my life that make me look at this picture and be able to see myself.
I was thinking about all of this while looking at this picture the other day, and the Holy Spirit spoke something so clearly to my heart.
He said, “That is not who you are!”
I know that I’m not that woman, but it took seeing this picture to realize part of me was still stuck back there. I have been set free from so many strongholds, and I am now walking free of them. A large part of my ministry is based on ministering to women who deal with these same strongholds. I realized when the Holy Spirit spoke to me that in my attempt to minister to other women and in my relating so easily to what they are going through, I have kept my mental image of myself as being the same as the woman I was before. It’s almost as if I have still looked at myself as this woman…except that I have been on my best behavior. But God has done so much more than that! God has healed my heart in numerous ways, and it took seeing and connecting to this picture to realize that I need to change the mental image I have of myself.
Have you given your life to Christ and seen changes come into your life? If so, have you changed your mental picture of yourself to who you are now and who you are becoming?
How often do we stay stuck with the same problems out of an identity that has never been renewed?
In order to continue becoming the people God created us to be, we must see ourselves as Jesus does. He doesn’t see us as the people we used to be, and we can’t afford to either! If you have given your live to Christ and you are letting Him change you from the inside out, you are not who you used to be! You need to see yourself as the person you are becoming in Christ. This will help propel you into the destiny He has for you, and it will also propel you into deeper healing in your heart.
What does an accurate picture of myself look like now?
For me, it no longer looks like this:
The picture I had designed for my website is a much more accurate description:
Isn’t it amazing what Christ can do with a life surrendered to Him?
What is the mental picture you have of yourself?
Does it match the one God has of you?