Finding back the sense of Self Worth

Posted: March 28, 2017 in Story

Do you struggle with knowing your selfworth?

It was a surprise to realize that I had issues with my sense of self-worth and that I was struggling to have my self-esteem needs met. Biblically speaking “self” by itself is not really the right approach. ‘May ‘I’ decrease and Christ increase in me’ is what Bible teaches us. 

Self Esteem means -confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect and Self Worth means – the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person; selfesteem; selfrespect.

As described by the Psychologist Maslow in his theory of human needs, (the figure below is the Maslow’s need hierarchy theory), all of us humans have certain basic needs, starting off with the basic physiological needs of food, clothing, and shelter and going up the hierarchy to esteem needs on the second from top.  

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People who struggle with self worth have feelings such as these: ‘When someone criticizes me, I can’t help but feel that I really am incompetent.” Or: When people point out my mistakes, I feel like they are degrading me” or “If I don’t do as well as others, it means that I am an inferior person.” or “People will only respect me if I’m good-looking and/or successful.”  and thoughts like “I am not good enough” “I mount to nothing” etc keep confirming in their minds on and on., etc

Though it seems a bit crazy… but now I realize that being a rebel while growing had an advantage of making me feel good about myself! Coz that gave me the freedom to think that ‘I don’t really care what others thought about me. All that matters is I know myself and that settles it’! But as I was growing up, somehow… somewhere down the curvy path of life… I picked on this habit of making sure others would accept me. This sense of wanting to feel accepted is also there in the hierarchy of basic needs ‘sense of belongingness’. So to have this sense of belongingness, I unknowingly forgot my sense of selfworth and started to follow an invisible pattern of pleasing others and trying my best to make sure to be acknowledged as per the standards set by others, to be accepted as one among them! (...all these happening without my conscious knowledge, these were sub conscious levels of changes that I was adapting to)

Caught between two opposite thoughts:

Recently I have been caught up in the middle of a great storm which hit me left right and center with such massive force of affirmative thoughts that spoke to me that ‘I am not valued’, ‘I am not good enough’, ‘I am not successful’, ‘I am a failure’, ‘I am not efficient’ ‘I cannot do even the smallest task’ ‘I am not …. I cannot…’ and the list never seemed to stop. The amazing thing is that I couldn’t really discern these emotional thoughts that were subconsciously getting confirmed within me, causing me to feel the victim and making me have a deep sense of self pity. Horrible isn’t it? There was a pattern of things that was occurring which caused me to feel rejected, feel like a slave with no power, as one who lacked ability to decide for herself, and so on. Most interestingly, parallely I was also feeling positive, energetic, can take the whole world in my smile, good, free, coz this is my core character in which I tend to find my existence if you may say…..

Have you felt anything of the same sort? Do you feel you are not good enough? But you know that you are good, still you feel unworthy…. 

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How can you be saved?

To be saved we need nothing but FAITH. Your Faith will be tested. Faith will stand firm if the foundation is solid. Faith should not be superstitious but a strong belief of what Jesus did on the cross. Unshakable truth about the cross will give you a strong foundation of faith. A SOLID FOUNDATION is the knowledge of the powerful amazing magnificent work of salvation that happened on the cross. It was that power of death and resurrection that pulled us out from the dominion of darkness and transferred us in the Kingdom of God.Romans 5:8 ‘But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us‘ and gave us the right to be His children through faith.

So if you want to be saved, you will know that you are a sinner and that you want a life which is not entangled in the slavery of sin and that you need a Savior. And you believe that Jesus is the Savior and you now know how He became your Savior. So what are you waiting for… go ahead pray… There is a direction in the Bible on how to pray for receiving the free gift of Salvation in Romans 10:9-10 ‘If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.’

STEPS TO BE SAVED

  1. TRUE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT YOU ARE A SINNER
  2. TRUE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU NEED A SAVIOR
  3. FAITH IN JESUS AND HIS WORK ON THE CROSS (DEATH AND RESURRECTION)
  4. REPENT – REPENT OF YOUR SINS AND SHOW WILLINGNESS TO TURN AWAY FROM SINFUL WAYS. TRUE REPENTANCE IS HAVING AWARENESS OF BEING SINFUL AND KNOWING THAT IT IS WRONG. TRUE REPENTANCE IS A SIGN OF TRUE FAITH.
  5. CONFESS – CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH YOUR FAITH IN WHO CHRIST IS [THE SON OF GOD WHO CAME IN FLESH]  AND WHAT HE DID ON THE CROSS [DEATH AND RESURRECTION] AND YOUR NEED OF HIM TO SET YOU FREE FROM SIN AND DEATH.
  6. RECEIVE – RECEIVE JESUS AS HIS PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR. BEING ACCEPTED AS HIS DAUGHTER/SON, NOW BORN AGAIN THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST. YOU ARE A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST THROUGH FAITH.
  7. INVITE – INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO WILL BE WITH YOU GUIDING AND COUNSELLING ALL THE WAY TILL YOU REACH HEAVEN.

DOES SATAN HAVE THE POWER TO TAKE OUT OUT OF GOD’S KINGDOM?

NO! Satan does not have any power what so ever after you become God’s property. You belong to God now. You are in HIS Kingdom. You are apple of His eyes. Your name is written in His palm. You are His beloved child. He adores you. He sings over you. He loves you. He cares for you. He will NEVER leave you. He will NEVER forsake you. FORSAKING you is not at all possible once you are His child through faith because of His grace. So Satan does not have the power to make you backslide or take you away from God.

IF SO THEN HOW COME PEOPLE BACKSLIDE? OF IF GOD HAS TAKEN AWAY ALL CURSES WHY CURSE STILL OPERATE IN BELIVERS LIFE?

The answer to both these and many similar questions is just one. It is because of lack of knowledge about what really happened on the cross and what are your rights as a beleiver. You have been purchased with a prize that is the life of Lord Jesus. His blood was poured to clean you. He took you from the dominion of darkness and transfered you to the Kingdom of God. You are redeemed. All guilt and condemnation removed. He cancelled every written codes that was against you on the cross. He paid the full price for all your sins (right from the mother’s womb till your last breath). He set you free from the law. He set you free from curse. He forgave all sins and transgressions. All sins are judged already. No more sin against you (till you die) is pending to be judged. It is done It is finished on the cross. You are placed safely under HIS GRACE. You are citizen of heaven. Your citizenship is secured. You are a new creation through faith. You are a child of God. God has given you the right to call Him Father. He has accepted you making you righteous through Christ. He gave you His own Spirit to dwell with you. You are adopted by Him and He is not going to let you go. He loves you so much that He was willing to leave heaven to get you the salvation. He knows you are weak and may sin. But that doesnt surprize Him. He is loving and will help you give up sin and move towards a life reflecting His character. You will have the fruit of the Spirit when you are a true Christian. If you think you are not growing in the Spirit by reflecting the character of God atleast in small amounts .. you just need to check your faith. IS YOUR FAITH BASED ON THE TRUTH OF CROSS? FAITH IS ALL YOU NEED DEAR ONE!  JUST BELIEVE!

TO KNOW HOW TO LEAD A HOLY LIFE READ ON SAVED SERIES PART 7 – LIVING WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD

THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH

I would like to take a bit of time here to tell you about LAW.

Where there is no law –  there is no rules –  no breaking of rules –  and so no punishment.There was a street that connected 2 villages hundred years ago. Today the villages look like urban civilization with big buildings and busy people. That small street that connected the 2 villages now is a national highway. People who used to cross the street and was not punished, now have to wait for signal, follow traffic rules, etc. Breaking the traffic rule is an offence and is punishable. No more they can cycle freely, now they need to follow rules. Similarly when there was no law there was no sin. But when law came sin became evident. Romans 5:20. Galatians 3:25. Its purpose was to make us aware of how sinful we are and to lead us to the only way out of this punishment i.e, the Cross of Jesus.

Bible says the law is written in our hearts. Romans 2:15 ‘They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them‘. Read the rest of this entry »

We now are in this dark Kingdom of Satan. Unable to execute our will and unable to come out of the slavery. Then comes our Savior, Jesus Christ… He has an amazing rescue plan which will set us free from the slavery of sin and death. When a slave is bought by another master the slave becomes the legal property of the new master. That is what happened when Jesus bought us from Satan… The Beautiful Exchange [#hillsong]

The Legal Exchange of human beings from the Dominion of Darkness to the Kingdom of Light.

  1. The price to buy us from Satan was The Life of Jesus  ie The Blood of Jesus [Scripture says life is in the blood]
  2. We were indebted to sin and there was a law (explained in  part 5) at work in us. Those who sin will die (eternal death). Sin lead to Death – Jesus took our sins and was on the cross in our place and he died to fulfill the law of sin. Hence the law of sin and death was abolished in us through the death of Jesus on the cross
  3. How did we who were dead spiritually (spiritual death) because of sin came to life spiritually (eternal life)? Jesus rose from the dead winning over death and giving us life.

What happened when Jesus died on the cross and rose back to life? 

Jesus purchased us from the slave market of sin. Jesus delivered us from the Kingdom of Satan. HE HAS DELIVERED US COMPLETELY. He removed us from every condemnation and guilt. There is no judgement standing against us. WE ARE FORGIVEN COMPLETELY. For our past sins, sins when we were in the womb, sin that came through Adam, sins we did in the past, doing today and will do tomorrow. We are not sin proofed.. but we are forgiveness proofed!  Scripture says we were saved when we beleived, we are saved when we confessed that Jesus is Lord. REPENTENCE is a sign of true acknowledgement of the need of CHRIST and the need of SALVATION through Christ and such a person’s CONFESSION THAT JESUS IS LORD IS FROM A GENUINE HEART.

All sins are judged already on the cross. God will convict us when we do a mistake for us to grow spiritually more closer to Him.. in His likeness. He placed us under Grace. INSTEAD OF JUDGEMENT WE ARE NOW UNDER GRACE. EVEN FOR OUR FUTURE SINS. BLOOD OF JESUS HAS IMMENSE POWER TO FORGIVE US, TO DELIVER US. He has pardoned us freely, we don’t have to do anything to be saved. He has transferred us to the Kingdom of God. WE ARE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN AND GOD DOES NOT CHASE US OUT OF HIS KINGDOM WHEN WE DO ANY MISTAKE. JESUS MADE A COVENANT WITH US WITH HIS BLOOD. NO ONE CAN BREAK THAT COVENANT

FOURTH STEP TO BE SAVED : CONFESSING THAT JESUS IS LORD AND SAVIOR. 
HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION, THE ONLY SON OF GOD - JOHN 3:16

 

  1. REDEEMED – PURCHASED FROM THE SLAVE MARKET OF SIN
    1. Romans 3:24  – ‘and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus’
    2. Colossians 1:14 – ‘in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.’
    3. 1 Peter 1:18 – ‘For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors’
  2. DELIVERED FROM KINGDOM OF SATAN
    1. Colossians 2:15 – ‘And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.’
    2. Colossians 1:13 – ‘ For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves’
  3. CONDEMNATION REMOVED
    1. John 3:18 – ‘Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.’
    2. John 5:24 – ‘“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.’
    3. Romans 8:1 – ‘ Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus’
  4. ALL SIN  JUDGED BY THE SPIRITUAL DEATH OF JESUS
    1. Romans 4:25 – ‘He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.’
    2. Ephesians 1:7 – ‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace’
    3. Colossians 2:14 -‘ having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.’
  5. FORGIVEN ALL TRESPASSES
    1. Ephesians 1:7 -‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace’
    2. Ephesians 4:32 -‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’
    3. Colossians 1:14 -‘ in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.’
    4. Colossians 2:13 – ‘When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[a] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,’
    5. Colossians 3:13 – ‘ Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.’
  6. PLACED UNDER GRACE
    1. Romans 3:24 -‘and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.’
    2. 1 John 2:2 -‘He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.’
    3. 1 John 4:10 -‘This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.’
  7. TRANSFERRED INTO GOD’S KINGDOM
    1. Romans 8:16 -‘The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.’
    2. Colossians 1:13 -‘For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,’
    3. Ephesians 2:6 -‘ And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,’
  8. HEAVENLY CITIZENSHIP SECURED FOR US
    1. Luke 10:20 -‘However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’
    2. Ephesians 2:13 -‘But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.’
    3. Ephesians 2:19 -‘Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,’
    4. Philippians 3:20 -‘But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ’
  9. PLACED ON A SECURE FOUNDATION
    1. 1 Corinthians 3:11 -‘For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.’
    2. 1 Corinthians 10:4 -‘and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.’
    3. Ephesians 2:20 – ‘built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.’
    4. Colossians 1:15-16 -‘The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.’
  10. GAVE US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION
    1. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 ‘All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.’

MORE ABOUT GOING TO THE CROSS THROUGH THE PATH OF LAW…. read on in the Saved Series Part 5 – The Law that lead to the Cross

So far…… You know that you are sinful. You know that it is impossible for you to come out of sin by your own strength. You know that the wages of sin is eternal death. You know you are slave to Satan. You know that you need a Savior who can set you free from this slavery.

We now are in this dark Kingdom of Satan. Unable to execute our will and unable to come out of the slavery. We need a Savior. Who can be the Savior? This answers why many came and went… gurus, gods, incarnations, saints..etc They all explained to us many different ways to attain salvation but none (except the true Savior) could really give us a concrete answer for Salvation. Still humans are confused and not sure how and when they will attain #Moksha or Salvation.

Sin came to existence through Adam (the first human) who through disobedience brought sin to all mankind. No one is out of this curse of sin that came through the first man Adam. Adam was to rule over the earth but he was fooled by Satan and he sinned. Thus his God given authority was taken over by Satan. Sin was the cause of this initial legal exchange between man and Satan. Man lost his God given authority over to Satan and man forever became a slave to Satan.

For regaining the authority back to mankind requires a man who fulfills two basic criteria. (1) Should be human (2) Should be sinless.

Who else can fit these criteria? Do you know of any guru or saint or god who has never sinned? not even once? Lying, deceiving, cheating, murdering, adultery, etc is evident in many who came claiming to be god or guru or saints Myths has many stories of gods and goddesses. They could probably fulfill the first criteria of human birth but second criteria of being sinless could not be attained.

The Savior can only be God Himself who loves mankind to such an extend to come to earth be a human and be sinless. There is only one God who claim to be sinless. There is only one God who said I AM THE WAY. Many  came showing many ways to attain Salvation or Moksha but only the true living God said I AM THE WAY. That is why Jesus is our Savior. Jesus who is the Son of God was on earth as fully man and  fully God. [Romans 8:3, Hebrews 2]. So Jesus was a human thus fulfills the first criteria. Second He was sinless fulfilling the second criteria. Thus He was never a slave to  sin that means never slave to Satan. [Hebrews 4:15, 2Corinthians 5:21, John 8:46, 1Peter 2:22]

We know we have a Savior in Jesus. [Mathew 1:21, Acts 4:12, 1Timothy 4:10, 1John 4:14]

REPENTENCE

Why is repentence a process of salvation? Only a person who believes that he or she is a sinner who is bound to eternal death will show true repentence. Repending of their sinful ways, repending of not knowing the love of Jesus, repending on following the footsteps of Satan, repending of being a liar, a hipocrit, a lustful prideful person, a person who was selfish, self centric, a person who gave into substance abuse, and adultry, and so on…  and thanking God for the sacrfice of His only Son Jesus for his/her sins. A person who has understood the love of God will repent and will be willing to leave the past ways of life and follow the footsteps of Jesus his /her true Shephrerd. BUT NEVERTHELESS ITS NOT BECAUSE WE REPENT WE ARE SAVED, ITS BECAUSE WE BELIVE IN JESUS WE ARE SAVED. REPENTANCE IS A SIGN OF TRUE FAITH IN CHRIST WHICH IS INEVITABLE FOR A TRUE BELIEVER. Beacuse faith without deed is dead. Even demons beleive but they are not saved! Because their faith is not followed by repentence

THIRD STEP TO BE SAVED : REPENT OF YOUR SINS

Scriptures to read:

  1. 2 Peter 3:9
  2. Acts 3:19
  3. Acts 20:21
  4. Romans 2:4
  5. Acts 11:18

 

How did God rescue us from Satan and what happens to us once we are rescued. To know more read Saved Series Part 4 – The Ultimate Rescue

SINNER BOUND TO SIN

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Once you know that you are a sinner and need a Savior.. is when the real change starts happening in your life. Until a person is aware of his or her need of a Savior they are still bound in the darkness, thinking that whatever they have in life is because of some sin they did in the past life, or God is angry with them, or God does not exist or He has no time for them, or that they deserve this tragic life cause they are bad, etc etc. Rejection, loneliness, neglect,ignorance, pride, anger, offense, unforgiveness, bitterness etc will root in their soul and produce fruits in their behavior making them this mean person, or depressed person, or nagging person.. or whatever you want to call them… You can either identify this with yourself or one of your friends or family members. Even the most depressed person is extremely manipulative at times. So no one is a saint. Even the so called spiritual gurus who claim themselves to be saints has sin in their lives. [Ecclesiastes 7:20 “For there is not a single righteous man on earth who practices good and does not sin.”]  Who can escape from sin? Check your thought life .. there is sin in there too.

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Bible says that we were slaves and was rescued by God. [Colossians 1:13 For God has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves] [Romans 6:20 , John 8:33-36 ]

We were slaves to a king whose kingdom was the Kingdom of Darkness. Slave means a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey the master. So when we were slaves to the king of darkness who is Satan we were his legal property and was forced to obey his ways and rules. Satan was our master and we were his slaves. We need to understand this truth.

GOD’S COMMANDMENTS FOR US IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

God made laws and sacrificial offerings (for atonement of sins because He knew we would break the law) to make sure that we come closer to Him. These were the commandments of God. Exodus 20:1-17

  1. I am Your God, You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make idols.
  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.

If we take each commandment we know that we have broken all of them or few of them. Bible says if you break even one commandment you have broken all.

The Five Levitical offerings were:

  1. Burnt Offering :
  2. Meal/ Grain Offering
  3. Peace Offering
  4. Sin Offering
  5. Tresspass Offering

WHAT DOES SATAN DO

We were born in sin due to Adam’s sin that has made all mankind sinful. So we are slave to Satan to the Law of sin and death. He would make us do wrong by tempting us and then bring guilt in us so that we go depressed. We are/were his slave. That is why we felt compelled to do wrong. Then we became habitual and it became a character in us. Many of us nurtured behaviors that are cancerous to us. Though we knew it is wrong we had no control over its power to kill those in us. There were times when you would have finally accepted those behaviors in you and thought that you are an insane or a bad person. Slowly your self identity and esteem is being evolved as per the patterns you were getting into. So all of us are law breakers, sinners bound to be punished. The punishment of sin is eternal death. (Romans 6:23)

SECOND STEP TO BE SAVED : ALSO KNOWING THAT YOU ARE A SINNER BOUND IN SLAVERY, 
UNDER THE LAW OF SIN THAT LEADS TO DEATH, HAVING SATAN AS YOUR MASTER

CAN YOU CLEANSE YOURSELF FROM SIN?

The stain of sin is in your flesh, in your soul and in your spirit. Even if you think you can clean your self in your body by not smoking, not drinking, not abusing your body and you can clean your soul by cleaning your mind through positive thinking, meditation, etc But how can you cleanse the stain of sin from your spirit? That can be possible only by the Blood of Jesus that washes us as white as snow.

To know how to get out of this slavery read on the Saved Series Part 3 – The Savior

To know more about offerings Read on Bible History

 

LAYING A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR ETERNITY… STEPS TO BE TRULY SAVED

foundation

What does it mean to be saved? Are you in such a place from where it is not possible for you to save yourself? Why do you need a Savior to save you? Save you from what, where, who, why, when?

To realize the need of a Savior you should know that you are trapped and you are unable to come out of your wrongdoings. That is the first step towards being saved. KNOWING THAT YOU ARE A SINNER. The sin may not be as big as rape or murder, may be you have an ugly, unproductive thought life, lust and pornography might have entangled you, it has now become a pattern in your life. Or gossiping and finding fault in others have become a habit, or jumping from one relation to another, going from one breakup to another. Or you are a person with high pride and ego which makes you think you are superior to others, or you are extremely sarcastic due to the rejections you went through in your life… With all these struggles within you ..it feels like you are in an unending loop. Then you realize that you need to be saved from this loop of entangled sins or patterns and the constant guilt that pulls you further down. [You can read on patterns here: Do not be conformed to the pattern]. You feel helpless as the temptation is so strong that you end up doing wrong.

Bible says we are all sinners and if we think otherwise we are lying. 1 John 1:8, Romans 3:23 . Did you know we are sinners even from our mother’s womb?  Psalm 51:5. The first man Adam’s sin was so powerful that it caused the entire human kind to be sinful. (Romans 5:12) Sin is something from which we cannot run away or escape. It is there in us. Alive in us.. unless someone kills it forever! Who can set us free from the power of sin and the law that rules us? Those you sin are slave to sin and so are under a law of sin.  As long as we are slave to this sin we are under its law and according to that law the result is eternal death. (Romans 6:23) .

FIRST STEP TO BE SAVED : KNOWING THAT YOU ARE A SINNER

Do you know of someone in your life who claim that they have no sin? Ask them again… don’t they sin even in their thoughts? Have they never stolen a pencil from the school? a pin from office? Have they never lied at all?   (Mathew 5:28 , 1 John 3:15 )

The point I want to make is that we are all sinners and need a Savior.

The key attributes to identify the need of Savior:

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  1. Feeling trapped in a loop of habit / pattern
  2.  Entangled by the nature or habit
  3. Uncontrollable temptation to do wrong as if someone else is controlling your actions
  4. Constant guilt that eats you within
  5. YOU KNOW YOU ARE NOT A FREE PERSON.. BUT A SLAVE …. SLAVE TO THE POWER OF NEGATIVITY WHICH WE CALL AS SIN.

Do you think you need a Savior? If yes, continue reading the Saved Series.. Part 2 – The Slave and the Master

ARE YOU HANDSOME? ARE YOU GORGEOUS?

Posted: October 27, 2016 in Story

DO NOT CONFIRM TO THE PATTERNS OF THIS WORLD.. BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND.CONTINUES…

patterns

We have been way too long following a pattern that is in alignment with the world. We have set wrong standards for ourselves and feel inadequate if we do not reach those standards of living. For men if you do not have a car, or do not own a house you take it as a failure. For women if you do not have that slim figure, or those designer clothes you take it as failure. Today’s world lives in ‘Likes’ & ‘Shares’ & ‘Subscriptions’! Wake up! Do you not see that the number of friends on your social media or the number of ‘likes’ you get on your picture does not define who you are. You are not to be conformed to the patterns of this world. You do not require the approval of 100 likes to tell you that you are precious. God loves you so much that He was ready to leave heaven and go to the depths of hell for you. He loves you so much that He was willing to pay the prize for redeeming you. Your worth was His life on the cross. What more do you want? Know your worth darling. Know who you are. You are precious, You are adorable. Being fat, being thing, being dark, being fair has everything to do with the world, but not with God.

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Does God love you because you are handsome or you have the best body? Does God love you because you have the most amazing mansion and the best cars? Does God love you because you wear Gucci and Prada? Does God love you because you smell perfect? Does God love you because you have a thousand followers on your Instagram? Does God love you because you have the most amazing posts on your Facebook? Does God love you that no one can beat your smartness? Does God love you because of your skills and talents? Does God love you for your achievements and awards? Does God love you because you are an important person? Does God love you because you are most popular in your school? Does God love you because you come up with amazing strategies for business? Does God love you because you have the most beautiful smile? Does God love you because you have are an animal lover? Does God love you because you are a social worker? Does God love you because you make your home tidy? Does God love you because you are a good providing protecting husband and a good father? Does God love you because you are a good wife or a good mother?

Do you think God does not love you because you are not pretty or handsome? You think God hates you because you are an underachiever? Do you think God hates you because you couldn’t keep up with the promise? Do you think God hates you because your life is a mess, your relationships are broken, your marriage is a failure? Do you think God hates you because you’ve been rebellious all through your life? Do you think God hates you because you have been physically, emotionally and verbally abused and humiliated? Do you think God hates you because you are poor does not have enough money? Do you think God hates you because you have not paid your bills on time? Do you think God hates you because you are addicted to porn? Do you think God hates you because you are not able to come out of substance abuse? Do you think God hates you because you have never felt His love in your life? Do you think God hates you because you are the least favorite of your parents? Do you think God hates you because you are the most despised in  your circle?

These thinking patterns are of the world. The world has trained us in this way. It has set standards and benchmarks through ads on looks, hair, body, clothes, house, pets, family, teeth, car, … almost anything. But is that true? This body will fade away. It will sag, It will drag! You cannot hold on to beauty anymore. But sure you can improve the unfading beauty. The true beauty. The beauty of who you really are. Your spiritual beauty.

Bible says in 1 Peter 3 that ‘Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.’  Men are handsome when their is grace in their words. Psalm 45:2You are the most handsome of all. Gracious words stream from your lips. God himself has blessed you forever.’

Do you really think your scars and marks are ugly? Who determines what is beauty? Who gave permission to set standards of beauty? Do you despise a man’s inability to have sex as weakness when all he can think is how to run the family and pay bills? Do you despise a woman’s inability to look sexy as weakness cause all she is focused is to feed her children and be there for her family?

If you are someone who looks down on others because they are not the way you want them to look…….

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… you are an hypocrite if you say that you love the Lord on the cross.. who for our sins took the scars on His body. He still has the nail pierced mark and the strips on His back. Will you say that He is ugly or less handsome?

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My handsome one and My gorgeous one… You are precious and adorable. Set your standards according to the Word of God.  In Isaiah 53 God asks ‘Who has believed our report?’ Do you trust in the report God has about you or the world has about. Would you dare call yourself not beautiful or handsome anymore?

Stay beautiful and handsome in the sight of God .

All love

gina4jesus

Recently (for past one year and more) I’ve been seeing these double numbers whenever I check out the time. It’s either 11:11 or 11:22 or 10:01 or 10:10 or 12:12 or 01:01 etc. But very frequently 11:22 and 10:01

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Now a days when I see a 11:22 I’m like Oh! Okay! Its kind of getting normal. But wait a minute, what’s going on? Is it of any significance? I spoke to my sister-in-law who is my closest accountability partner she said 11 is the number of Transition. Then I was listening to a sermon randomly and there in it the preacher in between a sentence use the word ‘CHANGE’.. and I am all awake as if a lightning struck my heart! Something happened when I heard the word ‘CHANGE’

Now I don’t intend to propagate numerology in here that is abomination to the LORD. I have nothing to do with numerology, but sometimes these things take our attention a lot and make us wonder why! When I was watching this sermon, these double numbers were running in the back of my mind, and the preacher said ‘CHANGE‘ and it suddenly struck as if I got an answer to these double numbers! CHANGE

Its time to CHANGE! But why should change be denoted by similar number? Is it because it’s telling me that you’ve been too much into familiar territory or space and now its time for you to move out of your comfort! Wow! Does that strike a chord! It did in me..!

When we come to the knowledge of who God is and who we are in Christ which was beautifully illustrated by Pastor #David Asscherick in one of his sermons WHAT WONDROUS LOVE IS THIS He says that the message of the cross is’God valued sinful humanity more than His own existence’ in other words “God would rather go to hell for you than live in heaven without you” 

When you come to the Kingdom of Light from the Kingdom of Darkness there is a major transition that happens to your spirit and to you as a whole. Your sinful nature may not be changed, but your spirit just God saved!!!! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Now with your spirit in the new dimension of existence, that is heaven, is no more in the worldly order of living. Ephesians 2, especially verse 4 and 5 clearly indicates that God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. That is why Bible says in Romans 12:2 ‘Do not conform to the patterns of this world. Conform means comply with rules, standards, or laws. So once you are in Christ Jesus you are not to follow the rules or standards or laws of this world but you should be transformed (meaning make a marked change in the form, nature, or appearance of) by the renewing (meaning resume (an activity) after an interruption or give fresh life or strength to) of your mind. 

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CANNOT CRAWL ANY LONGER NEED TO FLY…. ALL TOGETHER DIFFERENT BEING!

That means your mind was interrupted when you got saved and you are now asked to do two things. One: Do not comply to the rules and standards of the world, and Two: resume your mind by bringing a marked change in the form, nature and appearance of who you are according to the new law that you find in the Word of God. The law is that of the Spirit (Romans 8) in other words we can put it as Spiritual Laws. Now since your spirit is transformed, your mind needs to go through a transition from following the law of the world to following the law of the Spirit!

How do you know what are the Spiritual Laws? You know it by reading the Word of God and spending time with the Spirit of God whose laws you are to follow. (You should read Romans 8 again and again. It is such a beautiful portion in the Bible!). Have you noticed people saying that after being born again life has become tougher? That is because their spirit is transformed but the mind is not transitioning to the spiritual.. its still in the world! 

We have been way too long following a pattern that is in alignment with the world. We have set wrong standards for ourselves and feel inadequate if we do not reach those standards of living. For men if you do not have a car, or do not own a house you take it as a failure. For women if you do not have that slim figure, or those designer clothes you take it as failure. Today’s world lives in ‘Likes’ & ‘Shares’ & ‘Subscriptions’! Wake up! Do you not see that the number of friends on your social media or the number of ‘likes’ you get on your picture does not define who you are. You are not to be conformed to the patterns of this world. You do not require the approval of 100 likes to tell you that you are precious. God loves you so much that He was ready to leave heaven and go to the depths of hell for you. He loves you so much that He was willing to pay the prize for redeeming you. Your worth was His life on the cross. What more do you want? Know your worth darling. Know who you are. You are precious, You are adorable. Being fat, being thing, being dark, being fair has everything to do with the world, but not with God.

Does God love you because you are handsome or you have the best body? Does God love you because you have the most amazing mansion and the best cars? Does God love you because you wear Gucci and Prada? Does God love you because you smell perfect? Does God love you because you have a thousand followers on your Instagram? Does God love you because you have the most amazing posts on your Facebook? Does God love you that no one can beat your smartness? Does God love you because of your skills and talents? Does God love you for your achievements and awards? Does God love you because you are an important person?

Do you think God does not love you because you are not pretty or handsome? You think God hates you because you are an underachiever? Do you think God hates you because you couldn’t keep up with the promise? Do you think God hates you because your life is a mess, your relationships are broken, your marriage is a failure? Do you think God hates you because you’ve been rebellious all through your life? Do you think God hates you because you have been physically, emotionally and verbally abused and humiliated? Do you think God hates you because you are poor does not have enough money? Do you think God hates you because you have not paid your bills on time? Do you think God hates you because you are addicted to porn? Do you think God hates you because you are not able to come out of substance abuse? Do you think God hates you because you have never felt His love in your life? Do you think God hates you because you are the least favorite of your parents? Do you think God hates you because you are the most despised in  your circle?

GET THIS IN YOUR MIND: Its no more  ‘tit for tat’ instead its ‘forgive and let go’. Its no more ‘what’s in it for me’ instead its ‘continue doing good without expecting return’. Its no more ‘Why should I be the one!’ instead ‘Do unto others what you want others to do unto you’. It’s no more ‘I am the boss, behave!’ instead ‘whoever wants to be the leader be the servant (servant leader)’. Its no more ‘I have a vested interest in it’ instead ‘Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.’

Now honey.. you better realize it fast that its time to CHANGE!

Love you.. Blessings

gina4jesus

Dear Daughter of the King…
Know who you are.. you are The King’s Daughter. Take your rightful stand… come out of the ashes of self pity and victimization. You are a victor in Christ…


If you are feeling humiliated, despiced, neglected… if you have lost respect in your own eyes… dust yourself up and rise up.. Whatever you are going through is to reveal your true identity..that is in Christ.. Coz Abba wants to remind you who you are…. His beloved!

Prayer:
“Abba… here I am before Your Glorious Love.. I no more will struggle to gain honor and respect from mortals. I only seek your approval in my life. Let my life be pure in Your eyes…. Abba… I am your Royal Diadam… precious for you.. loved and cherished by you… Let me learn to live in Your heart beat.. and sing along with You as You sing over me… Help me in recognizing and understanding my true value and give me the courage to respect myself.. Abba I love the way You have created me.. wonderfully and fearfully…. I love you..  “