Week 7 Day 48: Identity Crisis: Who am I? Worthless?
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
Ponder: Sometimes we are caught up in a pattern of blame, shame and guilt and we forget who we really are.
We forget that we are made in the image of God and God places incredible worth on us. We are His children.
Psalm 139: 13
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made! The Message
We forget that we are part of the body of Christ. When we talk about being worthless, we are calling God's design and Christ's body worthless.
1 Corinthians 12:27
You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.
Action: Just like when we replace a picture in a frame, we often need to have our thoughts re-framed by the truth of the Word of God.
What does this look like?
A circumstance has just happened, it might be that something went wrong, you failed, you sinned, whatever it might be and you begin to call yourself, "worthless" in whatever language you might use...the first step is to stop and recognize this lie of Satan and tell your soul, out loud, "No, I am a child of God, I am fearfully and marvelously made, I am part of the body of Christ and therefore have the same worth as anyone else in the Kingdom of God." If your "feeling" of worthlessness comes from acting out sinfully, be courageous, go to the cross, ask forgiveness and receive our Lord's grace and mercy. If you need to ask a friend's forgiveness, do so. Then practice moving on in the truth of His acceptance and love. One of the steps to do this is to maintain the consistency of time in His Word and prayer.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I need to change the thoughts I have about myself. Please help me "re-frame" these thoughts according to what You say about me in the Bible. I need Your help and transforming power and boldness to do this. I am so tired and desire You to take over. In Your Name, Jesus. Amen
Challenge: Listen to these words and think about how, when you read the Scriptures and pray, you are also doing good to the family of believers:
Galatians 6: 9-10
So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.
Think about what good things you can do consistently in the capacity God give you:
Reading the Word every day.
Praying for others.
Being grateful, thanking God every day for a new day to walk in and with Him.
Showing up at church or support group meetings. (you may be a blessing to others)
Asking God to show you how to be a blessing to others. Reach out to someone who comes to mind. This could very well be God reaching out through you to that person. Offer to pray for them.