Changing our thought life can be challenging. Many of us go through life feeling unworthy or not good enough, because we have listened to and taken to heart what others may have said or may have thought about us. We base our feelings on the imagination of our own mind. But our worth is not measured by what others think, feel or say about us. Our worth is measured by what God thinks, says and feels about us. He valued you so much that he gave his son! That makes you priceless!
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone that believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
When we come to know who we are in the heart of God, and his love for us, the way we think will change our destiny.
"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Mark12:30
We can not love God with our whole heart if our heart is continually divided with the cares of the world. One of Satan's greatest tactics is distraction. If he can get us distracted and keep us in that place, then he can keep us from knowing our created value by the father.
We have all been hurt or offended by someone. But taking offense is a choice we make and in many situations we would really like to give them a piece of our mind. When instead we should be giving them the love of Christ in us.
"Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love." Ephesians 4:2
We sometimes wrap offense around our waist and carry it wherever we go. Even though sometimes it is heavy and can cause pain, we carry it as a form of protection. When we take offense, it is impossible to be humble or gentle. You can not produce what you don't have. Don’t let what you’ve been through become your way of life. Learn from it and grow. What is in you will come out of you. A house that is fully occupied has no room for offense. Stop letting all that is going on around you dictate what is going on within you.
People are not our enemy. Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spirit of darkness.
"Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world." Ephesians 6:11-12
There was a woman who was brought to Jesus, she had been caught in the act of adultery. But when Jesus saw her, he said “the one without sin, can be the first to cast a stone.” John 8:3-11. By saying that He not only disqualified them, but he qualified himself. Because He was and still is the only one without sin. Therefore He could have killed her. But he didn’t. Instead He said “I do not condemn you. Go and sin no more.”
If we can’t find it in Jesus we shouldn’t want it in us. Don’t ever let the sin against you, produce sin in you.
Stephen was an example of God’s grace. While he was being stoned to death for doing no wrong he said “Lord do not hold this sin against them.” Acts 7:54-60
When I see the nail scarred hands of Jesus, I think of the pain and suffering, I wonder how could a man that did no wrong, be beaten, abused, spit on, hung on a cross, have so much love that He would say to the Father, “forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 (NLT)