What If You Believed the Truth?
What if we really believed all that God said about us? What if we traded all the negative things people say or the lies we believe about ourselves and traded then for the truth? What if we really believed God was our father? What things would we attempt if we really believed God was with us all the time?
These are questions I pondered but I am not the only one that has thought about them. Years ago, Psalms recorded David’s thoughts about what God said about him. Psalms 139:13 -14 states, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb, I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know them full well.” (NIV) Do you believe those words about you? They are truth, but I have to admit, I have not always believed them. I had to exchange the lies I believed about myself for what God’s word said about me. I did not see myself as someone carefully made for special purposes and I sure did not feel wonderful. I have ministered to many people share with me that they felt the same way about themselves.
Deuteronomy 14:2 says, “ for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.” (NIV) Often times
life experiences lead us to believe that we are not special, no one treasures us or that the God that created us has chosen us. I remember being the last one chosen on the school kickball team in 4th grade. That event of getting picked last, impacted a little girl 45 years ago. It took me over 20 years to see myself as special and chosen by God, as well as others.
Romans 9:20 states things plainly. It says, “But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, “why did you make me like this? Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?” (NIV) These are strong statements about us not questioning God in how he made us and the purpose we are called to. Each of us has a very unique purpose here on earth. I will never be president of our country but that does not mean I am not important or special or that the purposes I was created for are not valuable.
For years, I knew about God, went to church, studied the Bible, but I did not see God as my father. A series of challenging events occurred and I was in a place of only having God to really depend on to press on. It was in that dark time, I began to see God’s kindness, faithfulness, love and that I was really his daughter, made in his image. Deuteronomy 32:6 asks the question and declares who God is, “…Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?” (NIV) In the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6, Jesus included you and me when he said, “Our Father, in heaven, hallowed be your name…”(NIV) God is our daddy and we are his kids.
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Kathleen is a native of the Hill Country and is a writer and speaker. She is passionate about helping people discover their value and worth. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her blog on www.themaxwellminutes.blogspot.com