PrayerConnect for February 9, 2016
Godly Self-Esteem and Self Perception
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3).
The unsearchable wisdom of God chooses to become a man to identify with our frailties. Elohim in the plurality of His majesty positions Himself in the earth material realm as a man that is rejected by the Jewish religious system. They esteemed Him not. Judas sells Him for the price of an ox or injured slave.
God transcends to such a level to help us believe He can relate to us when we wrestle with self-esteem and believing in ourselves. He knows what it is like to not feel esteemed by His peers and loved ones. So He tells us, “I know your thoughts. My thoughts for you are not evil” (Jeremiah 29:10-11).
Jesus conquered low self-esteem by Calvary’s finished works. He that knew no sin became sin that we might be the righteousness of God. This is why He says we can boldly come before His throne to obtain mercy because He expects us to claim authority over what He won for us!
Self-Esteem and Self-Perception Go Together:
- It starts with using God’s Word to reshape our self-perception. We raise our self-esteem by embracing with obedience God’s Word into our character and will for daily living.
- We increase the fear of God by meditation, worship, and His Word with the intent to obey. This increases our confidence according to Psalm 25:14.
- Our self-perception and thinking go hand-in-hand. For what a man thinketh…so he is. So now we must match our self-perception with our thinking. We must agree with God’s Word. Remember, Jesus fought all of this and He expects us to boldly claim authority over every familiar spirit or generational curse in this area. Philippians 4:8 says, “…think on these things…” It takes discipline to coral your thinking into the DNA nature of Jesus Christ. Our thinking can be greatly affected by impossible circumstances, or negative people, or the assault of evil against us. Yet Jesus came to identify with our frail moments of wrestling with self-confidence. He defeated and judged that spirit by Calvary’s blood and death! Our greatest battle today is the war on the mind. Paul said, I think myself happy! This is why he said our mighty weapons must pull down the strongholds of wrong thinking every day in order to fight the carnal self-esteem issues of the flesh and mind.
- Our perception and thinking dictates how we talk. We sow with our words. Our speaking must line up to our thinking and our self-perceptions in order to have the esteem of Jesus Christ. For the power of life and death is in the tongue. We must speak in agreement to God’s Word.
- Lastly, esteem is connected to how we act. So we go from perception to how we think to how we act. These three areas shape our esteem of Jesus and His Word. Now we are getting into worship, fasting, and going into the enemy’s camp for the saving of the lost. He empowers us with boldness because he conquered low self-esteem.
Pastor Don Rogers, Guest Writer