Today’s post is taken from Joyce Meyer’s “Everyday Life Bible”.
Here she talks about the importance of maintaining balance in all things and specifically the way we see ourselves as it a such a foundational issue.
If you have ever grappled with self image, (which I think every human has at some point or the other), and if you’re still struggling in any area of your life, read this, meditate on it, read again and again, say it to yourself, go to the scriptures she mentioned, and allow the word of God to minister to you.
The way we see ourselves is the most important thing in life, and a healthy self-image only comes by seeing ourselves the way God sees us. By ourselves, we are flawed humans; we make mistakes, others speak or channel negative energies into our lives, and many things attack our self-image daily. We have to feast on God’s word to keep the diet balanced and not be shaken by any other thing.
KEEP YOUR BALANCE- (JOYCE MEYER)
Maintaining balance in all things is so important! If we do not, we open a door to satan, who roams hungrily seeking to devour us (see 1st Peter 5:8). I want to share some thoughts that will help you stay balanced in one particular area of your life- your self-image.
Of course, there are many other aspects of life that need to be kept in balance as well, but I want to focus first on self-image because it is such a foundational issue.
In order to develop a balanced, healthy, God-centered self-image, incorporate the thoughts below into the way you think about yourself.
- I know God created me, and He loves me.
- I have faults and weaknesses, and I want to change. I believe God is working in my life. He is changing me bit-by-bit, day-by-day. While He is working on me, I can still enjoy myself and my life.
- Everyone has faults, so I am not a failure just because I am not perfect.
- I am going to work with God to overcome my weaknesses, but I realise that I will always have something to deal with; therefore, I will not become discouraged when God convicts me of areas of my life that need improvement.
- I want to make people happy and have them like me, but my sense of worth is not dependent upon what others think of me. Jesus has already affirmed my value by His willingness to die for me.
- I will not be controlled by what other people think, say or do. Even if they totally reject me, I will survive. God has promised never to reject or condemn me as long as I keep believing (see John 6:29)
- No matter how often I fail, I will not give up because God is with me to strengthen and sustain me. He has promised never to never leave me or forsake me (see Hebrews 13:5)
- I like myself. I do not like everything I do, and I want to change- but I refuse to reject myself.
- I am right with God through Christ Jesus.
- God has a god plan for my life. I am going to fulfil my destiny and be all I can be for His glory. I have God-given gifts and talents, and I intend to use them to help others.
- I am nothing, and yet I am everything! In myself, I am nothing, and yet in Jesus I am everything I need to be.
- I can do everything God calls me to do, through His son Jesus Christ (see Phillipians 4:13)
As I mentioned earlier, there are many other areas where we should strive for balance. We should maintain the balance of work and rest, eat a balanced diet, never spend more than we earn, and enjoy people but also have solitude. Although we want to please people and have their approval, we must put God and His will first in our lives at all times.
If we do not maintain balance in our lives, satan will take advantage of the door we have opened. Check your life, and if you find areas out of balance, ask God to help you make whatever adjustments are necessary.
Taken from – The Everyday Life Bible by Joyce Meyer
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