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Many people have problems in life that are nothing other than a poor self image, or a Question of Identity.
This is by no means something new. It is as old as time itself.
For many people it is a major crisis situation that is as crippling as a debilitating disease. It can rob someone of their joy. It can cause much heartache for loved ones. It can induce physical illnesses and it can stop anyone who succumbs to it from entering into the provision, blessing and work of God.
If you have this problem, read on.

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him. Romans 12:1-3.

You can adopt a biblically based identity by changing the way you think and speak. What you say, will determine what you will become. This is much more than merely having a positive manner of speech. Anyone can do that. Positive affirmations are great and wonderful things that many people from diverse backgrounds and persuasions have, but there is much more to it than merely saying good and inspiring things. Athletes can hype themselves up with such statements. The business world, particularly enterprises that advocate sponsorship into businesses that seek people wanting to supplement their incomes, those who would like to work from home or hold various presentation style parties where product orders are taken conducts a wide range of meetings all designed to stimulate whatever it is that they want stimulated.
The positive affirmation is a common denominator. I am sure you have come across some of them. I did. I was in them too.
These things may or may not have varying success but what is more important is the real success story of your life. You are a winner. You are the victor. You are the conqueror. You do have a bright and rosy future. The determining factor is in getting from where you are now to where you want to be later.

One of the ways to do this is to see you the way God sees you.

I once had a tremendous inferiority complex. I often felt so bad about my skinny appearance, or my pimples, or my lack of this and that. I often felt so ashamed, afraid of people, angry or exasperated with myself that it almost wrecked my life. I could not hold a meaningful conversation with others and was often left out of many things as a result. Sometimes I cried with the sheer frustration of my supposed inadequacies, self-consciousness and inferiority complexes.
One day, I met Jesus and my whole life was turned around. I had been given a fresh start and once I started to see what God had done for me and where I stood with Him, my whole approach to everything in life changed.
The day came when I could look at the man I saw in the mirror and confidently say, I like you! You are a good man. You are a success. God loves you. I love you. I could never do that before.

The change came when I did several things.
I started by seeing what God did for me and began to accept it. I saw in the word of God who I was and what He a said about me. I saw in the word of God where I stood and I saw in the word of God what I could do and become. I identified with all that God said about me in His word. If it was there, I believed it and lived it.
I asked God for understanding and to give me scriptural evidence of what I now felt in my spirit and He honoured that prayer. What I have learned and experienced has transformed my life. I share some of these things with you, knowing that it will help and bless you.
Robert. 

When Paul wrote to the Church, he instructed us not to have too high an opinion of ourselves. Pride and ego are problems that stemmed from Lucifer.
We see in scripture that Satan was once a very beautiful being. He was an angel. He is now a fallen angel, but you and I are Sons of God! Satan knows this and hates us, but do not ever forget that he is already a defeated created being, whereas you and I are blood washed adopted sons of the living God!
Never... ever give him credit in any form whatsoever. He is under your feet according to Romans 16:20.
The bible speaks of the devil this way-

Your pride has been brought down to Sheol along with the music of your harps. Maggots are spread out {like a bed} under you, and worms cover you. How you have fallen from heaven, you morning star, son of the dawn! How you have been cut down to the ground, you conqueror of nations! You thought, "I'll go up to heaven and set up my throne above God's stars. I'll sit on the mountain far away in the north where the gods assemble. I'll go above the top of the clouds. I'll be like the Most High." But you've been brought down to Sheol, to the deepest part of the pit.
Isaiah 14:11-15.


When Jesus said that He saw Satan fall like lightning fall from Heaven in Luke 10:18, please look on this as the time in which he was expelled from Heaven. He was kicked out because of his pride and is still as proud as ever.
Paul's letter is thus very important for two reasons. One is to warn us not to become proud and arrogant, egotistical and power hungry, but the other reason is to have a correct Godly self-opinion. Know who you are. Know where you stand in the economy of things. Know your Kingdom rights and privileges, responsibilities and limitations, but above all acknowledge that you are a son of the living God (no gender implied) who is a joint and equal heir of all things in Jesus Christ with the Blessing of Abraham as your inheritance.

The Devil is set in his ways. God created him as a beautiful being, giving him complete freedom of will, which he exercised.
You too have freedom of will. The choice processes you make in life will determine your eternal destiny and always remember that God will not violate your freedom of choice. Many times in scripture, He tells us to exercise this right, saying to make a choice. Sitting on the fence is not an option. There is no neutral zone. You belong in one camp or another, regardless of opinion or feelings, sentiment or religious views. Either you belong to God, having been blood washed and redeemed with your sins forgiven and adopted into the Kingdom, or you are in the Devil's camp. The bible is very clear on these issues.

 

Satan exercised his right of self will and chose unwisely. He wants to usurp the throne of God. He cannot do that of course, so has applied strategies to keep us from entering into what he can never possess.
One way of doing this is to lie to us and to steal truth from us, for if we do not know the truth, we are doomed to failure and its ultimate destiny.
One way of achieving this is to either make us feel as he did... proud and self-opinionated, which leads to problems or to apply the reverse psychology by getting us to think that we are not worthy, not good enough, unwanted, unloved, insignificant, weak and powerless, unable to do a thing in life, with no hope of a future... all lies!

It is a strategy Satan employed from the beginning and continues to apply.

For those of us who have seen what God says, we are not ignorant of the Devil's devices and once we apply this truth, we overcome. We do that by the word of God. We do that by applying the blood of Jesus. We do that by the confession of our mouths and we do that  by our testimony.
The following reveals the truth...

In the image of God

We are special to God! Created in His image and likeness, we have the privilege and ability to accept His free and lavish gifts as a matter of choice. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this. Psalm 139:14.

When God created everything that exists, He declared that the results were good. We see this in Genesis 1:4,10,12,18,21,25.
He then created man and something was different! On the Sixth day, He declared it Very Good! See Genesis 1:31.
To have a correct opinion of yourself, you must see and understand that you are indeed unique and special... a man or woman who looks like, acts liks and talks like God! Wow!

Let this sink in for a moment, because this is a profound truth that will liberate you! This is why the Devil hates you and why he is trying to put you down!
Look again at what God did-

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.” God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I now give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the animals of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.” It was so. Genesis 1:26-30.
 

You are designed to be blessed!
You are designed to be fruitful!
You are designed to multiply and fill the earth!
You are designed to subdue and have rulership!
The Hebrew language described man as being fashioned as if poured into a God-shaped mould... a statue or a carbon copy!

God did something wonderful. He squeezed a lump of clay and made a statue that looked just like Him and blew hard into it to produce life. It was just as if the first thing this being saw was God's face inches away from his own!
Little wonder that the Devil is jealous of you... yes... jealous of lil'ol'you!

Hallelujah. Give a shout. You're special.

God had created Adam in His image and likeness with the power of speech and self determination. No other being, whether fish, birds, mammals, reptiles or whatever has such ability. All of nature's creatures act by instinct. They possess a degree of intelligence, but nothing like man, to whom God gave delegated authority to rule and reign as absolute lord over planet earth. It is as if Adam was god (with a lower case) to which Jesus alluded in John 10:34. See also Psalm 82:6.
We are told that God planted a garden in which He placed man.

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Genesis 2:8.

 

There are two interesting words there. One is Planted! When someone makes a garden, it is not usually simply thrown together in any haphazard manner, but deliberately designed beforehand with a specific design or intention. God had a plan! He did not simply throw seed out any old how, but had a specific intention, deliberately choosing the pattern and design and then put the man whom He had formed there for a specific plan and purpose.
The second word is Formed. The Hebrew word is Word: ‏יָצַר‎ or yāṣar, which describes an act of squeezing something into shape or a deliberate form as a potter does with clay. We come from the elements of God's creation, minerals and salts of all kinds that are deliberately gathered together, to be mixed with water and squeezed into a pattern or shape... a God shaped shape called man.
Previously in chapter one, several different words are used, signifying intent or plan. One word in particular is Create, used when we are told that God created man in His image and likeness. This word is ‏בָּרָא‎ Bārā' and in the context of this message, it means that God made something that was unprecedented. It was so unusual... so breathtaking that it caused the angels to marvel.

Hebrews 2:5-8 says-
He didn't put the world that will come (about which we are talking) under the angels' control. Instead, someone has declared this somewhere in Scripture: “What is a mortal that you should remember him, or the Son of Man that you take care of him? You made him a little lower than the angels. You crowned him with glory and honor. You put everything under his control.” When God put everything under his Son's control, nothing was left out. However, at the present time we still don't see everything under his Son's control.

 
The translators gagged at this. As with the angels, they could not comprehend the enormity of what God had done. The original texts state that God made man a little lower than the gods and could not comprehend it, inserting Angels instead. Please notice that we are not God's... but as gods. Notice the use of the lower case.
This fact is what made the devil madder than before... more envious, with jealousy oozing from him and he immediately plotted against it. He always does this as we shall see latter.

We often gain a false or incorrect impression of things, often by lack of understanding or revelation, or by how religion has mixed things up. The garden was a beautiful place. It can be looked upon as an image or a type of Heaven and this is where God put the man. Look carefully-
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. Genesis 2:15.

 

Notice my emphasis. God took the man and put him into the garden. The words used are strong, perhaps suggesting that God created the man somewhere else and then picked him up and put him down into the garden.
Later we see that Adam gave names to all of creation on this wise-

And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field... Genesis 2:19-20.
 

He placed Adam in the Garden, but caused the animals to parade past Adam as if in a procession and stood back to see what the man did.
He had previously given Adam delegated authority to rule and reign on the earth and this was Adam's first act of rulership!
Adam was God's Vice-regent on planet earth. He was the man! He was in charge. He was in charge!

Look now at something powerful. God had put Adam inside the garden with specific instructions. Other than fulfilling them, he was in total control over the planet. God's requirements were to have dominion; to multiply; to be fruitful; to RE-plenish the earth and to tend the garden. The only negative command was not to eat the fruit of one tree! Look at this further.

And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. Genesis 2:15.

 

Adam's job was simple. It was to... Live well and prosper, and keep the Devil out!
As a husbandman whose labor was sweet, simple, easy and of no burden, Adam had to be a keeper of the garden. He did not have to engage in hard labor and eat by the sweat of his brow. The hardest work he had to do was to reach out and pick one piece of fruit when he was hungry!
He did however have to keep the Devil outside...

The Hebrew word for Keep is ‏שָׁמַר‎ Shāmar.
It means to guard, watch, observe, keep, preserve and act like a Watchman. It describes the act of hedging  something about as with thorns.
It meant he had to guard and to protect the place.
It was not a difficult task, because God had made him to be lord on earth! He had the power and the authority to do this.

Somehow... the Devil got in! Adam had basically failed before that snake got to Eve. The enemy was supposed to have been kept out of the garden, but in some way... somehow, he crept in and started to talk! I suppose that it does not really matter how. The important thing to know is that it happened.
All you need to do in your own life is to keep that hedge of thorns around you as Adam was supposed to have done.
If you do not, then this is where those negative things start! This is where all of those insidious thoughts and negative things I spoke of at the beginning of the page germinate.


The Devil starts to whisper his lies in your ears. 

The snake was more clever than all the wild animals the LORD God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must never eat the fruit of any tree in the garden'?” Genesis 3:1. 

Did God r-e-a-l-l-y say that? Are you sure? What if...?
Listen now! God had just told the man... not the woman not to eat that fruit!
How did the serpent know what was said?
Why did he come up to the woman and not to the man?
Where was Adam? He should have told that slimebag to stay out and not let him near his wife! He should have told Eve, Don't listen to those lies. Devil... get outta here now, or I'll stomp you into the ground.

As I look at this, it seems obvious to me that the mam had already abdicated his throne in his heart and all the devil had to do was to obtain the title deeds. The more he spoke to the women, the more she doubted what God had said. It continued unabated until she listened to the lie rather than the truth. Does it matter if it was an apple or a grape; an orange or a watermelon? The issue is that the  word of God was questioned.
When you doubt the Word of God... when you question its veracity... when you are not sure of its absolute authority; you will fall for anything and believe a lie. At that point in life, you are doomed to fail and this is when the evil starts to play games in your mind. He drops a seed of doubt then runs to let you stew in your own juice.
What you can do about it is a matter of personal choice and the following information will help you.

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We have a champion

The bible teaches us that Jesus was just as human as you and me, but He never sinned!

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16.
 

He was exposed to the same things that you and I have to deal with... including the doubts and such things that can cause us to lose heart... doubts of our role relationship with God and doubts of your very worthiness to even exist. Never think for a moment that He was able to do what He did because He was God. He came here as a little human baby, born under a cloud of doubt of His very legitimacy. Many people thought that He was in deed illegitimate. Many people thought that He was mad. Many religious people thought that He was possessed by the Devil.
I was having a little pity party one day about how I was being treated by my peers in the church and the Lord softly told me, Welcome aboard Son. They did it to me and they will do it to you! We are not immune from such things, but how we handle them is what matters most.

I want you to see that Jesus had to go through the same stuff you are going through and He won! Our Champion won and showed us how we can win too!

Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit as he left the Jordan River. The Spirit led him while he was in the desert, where he was tempted by the devil for 40 days. During those days Jesus ate nothing, so when they were over, he was hungry. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread." Jesus answered him, "Scripture says, A person cannot live on bread alone." The devil took him to a high place and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant. The devil said to him, "I will give you all the power and glory of these kingdoms. All of it has been given to me, and I give it to anyone I please. So if you will worship me, all this will be yours." Jesus answered him, "Scripture says, Worship the Lord your God and serve only him." Then the devil took him into Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest part of the temple. He said to Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, jump from here! Scripture says, ?He will put his angels in charge of you to watch over you carefully. They will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot against a rock.'" Jesus answered him, "It has been said, 'Never tempt the Lord your God.'" After the devil had finished tempting Jesus in every possible way, the devil left him until another time. Luke 4:1-13.


Please notice several key factors that may be common to all of us.
  • Jesus was tempted, but He never sinned. Being on he receiving end of temptation is not sin, but yielding to it becomes sin.
  • This happened immediately after something great had happened. He had just been baptized; the Holy Spirit came upon Him and God the Father had given His seal of approval. Sometimes the devil comes in immediately to steal the seed sown in your life. There may also be occasions when all hell seems to break loose just before your breakthrough. If you have just received a word; a promise; a prophecy and the like from God, do not be surprised if the evil one immediately swoops down to try to steal that precious seed.
  • On every occasion the Devil tempted Jesus, the Lord merely quoted the word. Herein is your key to success.
  • The Devil wanted to take preeminence as usual, to take the worship rightfully due God for himself.
  • The Devil attacked through the weakest point, which at that moment was physical weakness and hunger.
  • The Devil said that the kingdoms of the world were his. He was right for Adam had given them to him. The kingdoms of this world refer to dominion and rulership... not ownership. The world system is what he owns, but he does not own the world.
  • The Devil tempted Jesus with an opening statement... IF. He casts doubt on the word of God to you. He wants you to start wondering and questioning things... to become unstable... to make you start thinking negatively about ourself and what God is to you. That... is all he can really do, you know.
  • The Devil left Jesus for a season, which means that he never stopped trying.
Jesus won... all the time and He won by conforming to the word of God. He did not listen to the lies; the gossip; the bad reports; the facts about things but listened to what God said about things, then did what the word said. He heard the gossip and slandering of course. He heard the bad reports like Lazarus is dead, but knew what God's word had told Him!
The facts might tell you that you have a physical ailment because of the symptoms, but facts are not always truth. The truth in this instance is that By the stripes of Jesus... you are healed.
Whose report do you listen to?
To defeat this junk in your life... do what Jesus did and speak to the mountain of fear, doubt, negativity, lack, poverty, insecurity and insecurity right now.
You're not alone. Jesus did it. So did others. If they did it...so can you.

After being pressed about by the Devil, tormented in mind and weak in body, the bible says that Jesus emerged triumphant... full of the Holy Spirit and power and went straight to work! He went to church and quoted Isaiah 61:1-3 and then said... I'm the one!

Get a word and start speaking it. Jesus did!

We have just seen that the tempter tries to undermine your authority and self confidence, but remember that he is a con man and always a liar. If he cannot trick you, he has lost. You may be able to withstand a direct frontal assault so to speak but he can try to get at you through others, especially those you think should understand and be with you. I have found that this happens more often that some of those who I thought I could rely on are the ones who let me down most... even in the church!
This is not being critical. I love the church and the ministry, but we are all still human. If we have not yet had a revelation on something, we simply do not know better. After all, we can only walk in the present light we each possess, but if God has revealed something to you, then there is no excuse!
Jesus faced this in His own ministry. His own family thought that he had lost the plot. Jesus had brothers you know. Mary married and she and Joseph had their own family, but Jesus...? There was a cloud over His legitimacy. Mary was pregnant when she married Joseph and people gossip!

This started from day one in His ministry. I just shared how He preached in the temple, using the text of Isaiah 61. Look again at this.

"The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, "Is this not Joseph's son?".
 

Right in the church on His first publicly recorded sermon, serious attempts were made to make Him wonder about His calling and validity. They said, Who do you think you are? What gives you the right to preach? Jesus... you are deceived. You are mad.

I've been on the receiving and of that stuff folks and it does hurt! It does make you stop for a moment, but never yield to that, for it is designed to make you want to quit!  
Look again at questions on His authority and self-esteem.

Then they came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to Him. And they said to Him, "By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?" But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one question; then answer Me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things:  The baptism of John ? was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me." And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From men'" ? they feared the people, for all counted John to have been a prophet indeed. So they answered and said to Jesus, "We do not know. "And Jesus answered and said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." Mark 11:27-33.

Never think that the devil does not believe in the authority of Jesus Christ. He does and he has always challenged God's authority, so is it any wonder that he challenged man's authority in the garden of Eden or the authority of Jesus in the wilderness?  Adam and Eve did not handle things correctly, but Jesus did!
The First Adam failed, but the Second Adam proved that it can be done. He never went about proving a thing and neither do you. God will vindicate you. His word will vindicate you. I know from personal experience that this is true! If you honour God... He will honour you.
You do not have to prove a thing, even if it looks bad, for in so doing, you may only add fuel to the fire and achieve nothing.

Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed. 1 Samuel 2:30.

Sadly, because people do not know the truth and apply it, far too many of God's people have suffered unnecessarily from an identity crisis for six thousand years, but things have changed. After you finish reading this study, you will know the truth. You will know that God really does say about you and then be able to make a quality decision if you so wish to be freed from this thing once and for all.

Acts 19:1-12 tells us about Paul’s visit to Ephesus where he found some disciples of Jesus. He asked them if that had received the Holy Spirit and they knew nothing about Him. Paul then asked about baptism and all that they knew was the baptism of John, which was the message of repentance. They were then baptized as believers and the Holy Spirit came upon them. They spoke with other tongues and also prophesied. You can see more about this by clicking here >>>.
Paul stayed there for three months and ran into religious folk who opposed him in all sorts of ways. Little has changed to this day, so what I am sharing with you may describe what you are experiencing now.
Paul severed relationships with those people and continued on with his ministry there for two years. The bible says that God wrought some extraordinary miracles through his ministry, making me think that if there are extraordinary, there must be ordinary miracles—if one can call a miracle ordinary!
What happened next is where I want to take you.


Acts 19:13-17 describes how certain religious people practised exorcism (the casting out of evil spirits), but there is a problem. They had seen Paul do this and tried to mimic him. They tried to cast the things out by saying,

We adjure or charge you in the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches to come out!

The Name of Jesus is great and mighty, causing every knee including evil spirits to bow to Him according to Philippians 2:9-11, but it is not a magic wand that can be used indiscriminately. Those who have delegated power of attorney can use it, but if you do not have that right or privilege you cannot!


They had heard about Jesus, but they did not know Jesus. They had no intimate relationship with Him and there are many people like that in churches today!


There were seven men who were sons of a man called Sceva who tried this and it backfired on them! All seven tried to command one evil spirit out of a man and it responded, saying, I know who Jesus is. I know who Paul is. I also know Peter, or James or John, but who the heck are you? That evil spirit violently attacked them.

When Jesus was walking down the road, evil spirits saw Him and cried out in fear. Even in the early days of His ministry, they recognized Him, but He forbade them to speak. See Mark 1:34.
We need not fear them, provided we are in right relationship with the Lord. He has delegated His authority to us, stating that we can cast those things out in His Name, but I want you to see that we are known in the dimension of the spirit.
When God told Moses about the Passover in Exodus chapter twelve, He said that the shed blood had to be personally applied to each and every home so that when He saw the blood, He would pass over the home. God is looking for the Blood friends. It is the precious blood of Jesus who was our Passover Lamb. If that blood has been personally applied to you, there is a mark on you that every spiritual being can see.
The day you repented of your sin and invited Jesus into your life... you became a marked man or woman.

Jesus I know. Paul I know. Robert I know. (your name).............. I know. There is no need now for you to have feelings of insecurity or not being worthy. Isn't that great news?

So you think that you are special and that you are the only one with problems—you think that you are a nobody and that God could never possibly want you or use you for anything? What could I do? I do not know enough! I am not qualified! I’m too fat or too thin; too tall or to short.
Think again. You could be just the right person in the right place at the right time, even if it is only to hold someone’s hand or let them cry on your shoulder for a moment. I mean… anything is possible with God if you can only believe.

Jesus told us in Matthew 10:29-32-
Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's leave (consent) and notice. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows. Therefore, everyone who acknowledges Me before men and confesses Me [out of a state of oneness with Me], I will also acknowledge him before My Father Who is in heaven and confess [that I am abiding in] him.

God cares enough for you to keep a running total of how many hairs are on your head and if one falls, He not only readjusts the count but knows which one fell out!

What I want you to see also is that if you are in a covenant relationship with Jesus, He will talk about you to the Father! Imagine that! Imagine the two holding a conversation and Jesus notices you… yes YOU and tells the Father, See Robert (or your name) over there? He’s one of Mine. He is special to Me.

Come on now. Think about that.
How about Lazarus? John chapter eleven describes him in fine detail. He is called a Certain man… who had a sister called Mary and a sister called Martha and they lived in Bethany and Jesus loved them. How detailed is that? Don’t you think that God knows your name and address? Of course He does.

Well, Robert, God couldn’t use me, cause I’m…

Quit that now!

Moses was a stutterer and God used him!
Gideon was not the greatest warrior but God used him.
David was a puny pimply-faced boy that his own family despised, but God chose him.
Noah was a drunk, but God used him.
Sampson was a womaniser but God used him.
There was a certain man fetching water and we do not even know his name but Jesus knew him and he was the man who helped Jesus eat the last supper.
Philip was having a revival, but God sent him to one man.
Saul was a murderer, but God chose him, changed his life and name and this man gave us most of the New Testament.

I could continue, but like Esther… you could be the very person God is looking for at a special point in time for a specific task that no one else on the planet could do.

Hebrews 12 tells us that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, all of them are cheering us on. You can do it. You are not alone. 

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What we can do

What is probably the most important part of this page is what follows.

I want to share a few points about what you can do when you start thinking all of those negative things about yourself. The bible talks much about the power of the word of God in our mouths.

The word of God is creative. Everything in existence was created by the spoken word. In Genesis alone we repeatedly see the phrase And God Said. When God said something it happened and it will always happen. I did some research and the word Speak has around 1450 occurrences. What you say must be important.

What I have shared with you is much more than merely hyping yourself up. It is a principle that helps you align yourself with the truth that is found in God's word. He has done everything He possibly can for you, but as it is with the free gift of salvation that every individual person chooses to accept and become born again, it is a personal thing. If you are not sure of your position with God, then please do something about it today. Visit the salvation pages for more information. The links are sound in the menu bar at the top of the page.

I cannot do it for my wife and she cannot do it for me. We can and do stand with each other and give support to each other. We often tell each other things like, "I believe in you".

God believes in you.

You have to believe in yourself. I trust that the things I have only touched on (there is so much more) will help.

Thank you for sharing your time with me today.

Robert 

Keep walking by faith

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