My husband and I drove to Cleveland this weekend to visit family. On the way there, we started listening to a comedian by the name of Micheal Jr. This comedian does a segment on YouTube titled, “Break Time”. Basically, he stops his show, takes a break, and chats with his audience. At the end of each YouTube video he shares a message inspired by the people at his shows. Pretty cool, right?
During one of the many Break Time videos my husband and I watched on our three hour drive to Believeland, Michael Jr. discussed the topic of Blind-spots- things about ourselves that others may see, but that we do not. This of course prompted me to immediately pause the video and ask my husband, “what are mine?”
His answer was painfully insightful. He said that whenever there is something hard going on in my life- my instinct is blame myself. Not only will I blame myself, but I will name all of my so called “flaws” in order to prove my point. You know, just in case there was any doubt that whatever went wrong isn’t all my fault.
This truth hurt, but it made me think of all the times I’ve done this. If I am having conflict at work: “I’m not assertive enough”, “I’m too quiet”, or “If only I had done/said this” etc. At church: “I can’t speak”, “I have nothing to say”, or “no one likes me”. At home, well, my husband can probably share those with you better than I can… he knows the list well and he hates it. “You’re too hard on yourself” he tells me over and over again. I guess that’s why it’s called a Blind-spot. It’s glaringly obvious to everyone but myself.
I had compiled a list of all of the ugly things people have said about me over the years and it became all I could see when I looked at myself. I made this list a part of my identity, but I realize now (thanks, Sam!) that those “flaws” are not who I am. Maybe you have a similar list, maybe you’ve been wounded so deeply by the words of others that every time you fall on hard times- those words are an echo in the back of your mind: “You’re not smart enough”, “You’re not pretty enough”, “You’re not enough”. Well it’s high time you see yourself for who you really are… for who God sees when he looks at you.
We are held to a standard of grace (Thanks, Jesus) that leaves room for error. We do not have to be perfect, and we most certainly do not need to belittle ourselves when we fall down, even if it’s only to beat others to the punch (Lord, have mercy). That is not humility. Humility is recognizing that we are who we are because of Christ- not who others say we are or who they’ve made us believe that we are… but who God created us to be, even if we’re not there yet.
My insecurities were rooted in lies from Satan and the only way to combat those lies (I feel like all my posts keep coming back to this) is with the truth.
In that spirit, I would like to share this truth list with you. I encourage you to read it out loud. Memorize it. No… learn it by heart.
- I am complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).
- I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
- I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
- I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14).
- I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (1 John 5:18).
- I am holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:16).
- I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5).
- I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
- I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
- I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
- I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18).
- I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons, to speak with new tongues. I have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm me (Mark 16:17-18; Luke 10:17-19).
- I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him Who created me (Colossians 3:9-10).
- I have given, and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men give into my bosom (Luke 6:38).
- I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
- I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).
- I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).
- I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
- I am God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23).
- I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).
- I am a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
- I am a spirit being alive to God (Romans 6:11;1 Thessalonians 5:23).
- I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind (2 Corinthians 4:4).
- I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22,25).
- I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).
- I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37).
- I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
- I am a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4).
- I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
- I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).
- I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19).
- I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
- I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
- I am His elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and longsuffering (Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12).
- I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7).
- I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
- I am redeemed from the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty (Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Galatians 3:13).
- I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7).
- I am called of God to be the voice of His praise (Psalm 66:8; 2 Timothy 1:9).
- I am healed by the stripes of Jesus (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24).
- I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12).
- I am greatly loved by God (Romans 1:7; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4).
- I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).
- I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7).
- I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (Philippians 3:14).
- For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
- It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).
You are loved!