God’s Way Ministries International
FOCUS SCRIPTURE: Psalm 139: 14 (KJV) “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
“Take Another Look”
It has been said that we can be our hardest critic. There are times when we struggle to see much of anything good about ourselves. Monday’s focus instructed us to take a look in the mirror, today we must return to the mirror to examine ourselves from a different perspective. In a day and time where society constantly displays visual images of what the perfect “look” and body type is, we can clearly see why we judge ourselves so harshly. We’re not smart enough, we’re too short, too tall, too thin, too fat, too light, too dark . . . and the list goes on.
Today’s focus comes from a place I was delivered from after years of being in the grips of Satan’s attack. I plummeted from low self-esteem to almost no self-esteem. It was not until my day of reckoning came when I literally heard God’s voice tell me that if I saw nothing good about myself then I was judging His creation. On that day, my life made a complete turnaround. It was not a day too soon! God makes no mistakes in anything that He creates and He creates it exactly the way His envisions it. From the color or your skin, to your bone structure, to the texture of your hair; He had a perfect picture and a purpose for how He created you.
God wants us to have a healthy balance both spiritually and naturally of how we perceive ourselves. Our lack of achievement and fulfillment of purpose is attributed to our personal feelings. We serve a first-rate God, but we classify ourselves as a second- rate citizen. And we subconsciously conduct ourselves according to how we feel. Your inward feelings about yourself will eventually manifest themselves outwardly.
ACTIVITY: Today it is critically important that you ask God to show you how to view yourself as He sees you. Start by selecting some of your best features and then thank God for them – your eyes, your hair, your hands. They are there, look for them and WRITE THEM DOWN! Next search out your talents, gifts, anointings, . . . those things that you know you do well. Maybe your laughter brightens up a room; perhaps you have the gift of baking, cooking, or decorating. Is your special gift in working with the elderly or children? Search deep for as many as you can find. Thank God and praise Him for each and every one and WRITE THEM DOWN! What you have deemed insignificant, God is telling you it is GREAT and He wants to use it even more! You did not just stumble upon them and they are not there by happenstance. Last, make a list of those negative things you WILL NOT say about yourself again!
PRAYER: Father in the name of Jesus once again I thank you for the mirror. Please forgive me for every critical thought or action I have made unjustly against myself. I recognize that in criticizing ME, I have criticized YOU! For that I am sorry. You see me as beautiful and wonderful, help me to see myself the same and then let my actions be governed accordingly. When others look at me, I want them to see You shining brightly and boldly because I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I am your marvelous work!