What Do You Believe About Yourself?
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“To walk in truth with healthy bones, every “Who told you that?” needs tracing back to God in Scripture, and, if incongruent, it needs tossing.” -Beth Moore, The Quest
It goes all the way back to the garden. “Who told you that?” was the question God asked Adam and Eve after they told God they were naked. (Gen 1:3-13)
Of course, God already knew the answer. Eve had believed a lie from the serpent. She and Adam both ate from the tree they were told not to touch. Disobedience to God didn’t make them just like God (as the serpent said it would). Instead, it brought sin into the world, creating a barrier between humanity and God, between the holy and the broken, a barrier that could only be overcome by the ultimate sacrifice and redemption, through God’s son, Jesus Christ.
And that’s just what happened. God sent his son Jesus to earth, to live a perfect life, to die on the cross, to be raised from the dead and taken to heaven, breaking down the barriers between God and man.
Because of Jesus, humanity now has a way that we can, once again, approach God. Unashamed and sinless, clothed in Christ, we take on a holiness that is not our own- but from Jesus. He changes us, making us more like him.
Yes, we’re still in process. We still sin. Until we meet Christ in heaven, we’re still going to be dealing with sin. The earth has not yet been redeemed to the way it will be. But those who have accepted Christ’s work on the cross and his forgiveness need to remember that their sins are covered: past, present, and future.
Dear Christian, do you know what this means?
It means that we need to guard ourselves against the lies that would have us not living in the full, wonderful, and beautiful reality of who we are in Christ.
Do you feel too ashamed to approach God? Do you feel unworthy? Who told you that?
What do you believe about yourself?
If you believe lies, they’re going to pull you down. They’re unhealthy. Look instead, to the Scriptures and see what God says about you.
God has made a way for you to come to him. He loves you and he wants to have a relationship with you. He sees you as he sees his Son. Because you are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus.
The following 5 Scriptures are just a sampling of many that tell you who you are in Christ (ESV):
1. You do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
2. You are a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in you.
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own," -1 Corinthians 6:19
3. You are complete in Jesus Christ.
"and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority." -Colossians 2:10
4. You are pure.
"All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure." 1 John 3:3
5. You are chosen of God, holy and dearly loved.
"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience," - Colossians 3:12