We touched on Our Mess Saturday at WOWW. We all start out a mess in some way but WE ARE NOT A MESS. We have messes, we have to deal with messes, we might even be going thru a mess or messy situations, but we are not a mess.
Our Identify should never be identified to a mess or anything like that. Our identity says we were created in Christ Jesus. You and I were created in the Image of God.
Many times we will self sabotage our success, our health, our relationships, our walk with God based on a wrong Image. Let’s look at the 3 Selfs. Self Concept, Self Image, Self Esteem.
1. Self Concept
“Who do you think you are?”
Your self concept determines the way you think, the way you behave, and the way you perform at every activity. Several hundred questions you answer to get this. What kind of mother? What kind of employer, How well do you sing, how well do you dress, your self concept is acts like a regulator or control mechanism. It governs how well you perform. Remember You Are Who You Think YOU ARE.
QUOTE: the world forms its opinion of you primarily from the opinion you have of yourself.
2. Self Image
Your self Image is simply the belief system you have adopted about yourself. It has been figured out that most people fail to succeed not because of lack of abilities but because of a failure-oriented self image.
Dr. Martz in book Psycho-Cybernetics said, “The key to changing a personality and performance is not in changing a person’s physical face; it lies in changing the persons “Mental” Face, his inner mirror or the way YOU SEE YOURSELF.
When you change your thinking……….. WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR THINKING, you change your beliefs; When you change your beliefs, you change your expectations; When you change your expectations, you change your attitude; When you change your attitude, you change your behavior; When you change your behavior, you change your performance; When you change your performance, YOU CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!!!!
3. Self Esteem
“How much do you like yourself, or how good do you feel about being you.” The power of this is the Emotional. Your self esteem is the person you keep telling yourself you are.
“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].” EPHESIANS 2:10 AMP
We are His workmanship—His own master work, a work of art.
Masterpiece means— an outstanding work, achievement, or performance, the most outstanding piece of work of a creative artist, craftsman, etc. an excellent painting, book, piece of music, etc., or the best work of art that a particular artist, writer, musician, etc. has ever produced.
Listen to what God is saying about you. You are an outstanding work of art by God.
This is your image, this is your esteem, this is your your concept. This is the mirror you must choose to see yourself through.
CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS— THIS IS HOW THE MASTERPIECE IS CREATED. REBORN FROM ABOVE—SPIRITUALLY TRANSFORMED, RENEWED, READY TO BE USED.
HERE IS THE MASTERPIECES PURPOSE. IF YOUR A MESS, YOU CAN ONLY PRODUCE MESSES. GOD CREATED YOU TO BE REBORN FROM ABOVE. WE ARE IN THIS WORLD BUT WE ARE NOT FROM THIS WORLD.
SPIRITUALLY TRANSFORMED. Remember we want to move from change to transformed. Many people change back and forth. Up and down. Committed and giving up. This is a cycle that does not produce power, peace, success, joy, blessings, etc. Changing is like a merry go round, it is moving and spinning, but at the end of the ride you still in the same place and dizzy.
RENEWED : to make like new : restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection as we renew our strength in sleep, : to make new spiritually : REGENERATE : to restore to existence : REVIVE, : to make extensive changes in : REBUILD : to do again : REPEAT, : to begin again : RESUME
READY TO BE USED.
FOR GOOD WORKS. YOU ARE NO MESS. MESSES DO NOT SO GOOD WORKS. THIS IS THE PROCESS OF GOD TO GIVE YOU THE LIFE HE DESIRES FOR YOU.
GOD HAD THE PROMISED LAND A LAND FLOWING WITH INCREASE, WEALTH, PEACE THE WHOLE TIME FOR GODS PEOPLE. THEY END UP IN IN BONDAGE AND SLAVES. THIS IS A MESS. GOD SENDS MOSES TO LEAD THEM TO FREEDOM. OVER AND OVER THEY KEPT TRYING TO GO BACK TO BONDAGE. THEY KEPT TRYING TO GO BACK TO LACK. THEY KEPT TRYING TO GO BACK TO PAIN. THEY KEPT TRYING TO GO BACK TO BROKEN.
There image of themselves and their situation caused them to see themselves as lacking, defeated and weak. They kept wanting to give up because it was easier to their mindset than to believe and receive. Think for a moment, we find it easier to give up, give in or quit what we granted by God than believe and receive the promises of God.
God has set up this great life for you and I. It is all based on faith, belief,trust, and obedience. God says its all up to you. Choose be intentional or let life choose for you or let fear choose for you, but you will have to choose.
Remember the land. God gave us this amazing piece of wealth producing property. You mind. It will grow stuff. It does not care what seeds you plant, it will grow them. What ever you plant in your mind and gets into your heart you will produce.
Remember the Israelites seen God do supernatural wonders, but seen them did not get into their beliefs. They kept changing back and forth. I believe, I don’t believe, back and forth.
MARK 9:23-24. “Jesus said to him, “[You say to Me,] ‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes and trusts [in Me]!” Immediately the father of the boy cried out [with a desperate, piercing cry], saying, “I do believe; help [me overcome] my unbelief.””
Jesus was showing him how to produce the results for Gods promises. ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE FOR THE ONE WHO BELIEVES AND TRUSTS IN ME.
THE FATHER WAS SO DESPERATE FOR HIS SON TO BE DELIVERED AND HEALED BUT HE JESUS BROUGHT HIM FACE TO FACE WITH WHAT KEPT HIM FROM RECEIVING.
HE COULD NOT RECEIVE BECAUSE OF HIS BELIEF. YOUR BELIEF NOT WHAT YOU SAY YOU BELIEVE BUT GUT LEVEL DEEP DOWN.
CHOOSE YOUR PATH CAREFULLY.
“which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].” EPHESIANS 2:10