Updated: May 12
“For we are His workmanship [His own masterwork, 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
Our view of ourselves is a very powerful force. How we see ourselves is how we are going to do life. It is how we are going to treat people. It is how we show up in our families, on the job, in the church.
All of us tend to think that we’re okay and it’s everyone else who’s all screwed up. But usually, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Others have their flaws, we have ours.
Self-image is the conceptualization we form in our minds about the kind of person we are. We all draw a mental picture of ourselves, and it’s a picture that tends to remain relatively stable over time unless we take deliberate steps to modify it.
How we see ourselves is based on what do we see and think about ourselves. If I was to ask you to describe yourself would those around you describe you the same way?
Many times how we see ourselves is not always the real truth. We can think we are so on top of everything or even see ourselves less than but is the view correct?
Dr. Seuss, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are a guy who’ll decide where to go.”
Our view of ourselves and our life steers our lives. It can be an adventure or tragedy it’s all about how you see yourself.
1. How you see and view yourself is the image or view you approach challenges or avoid them.
“But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are too strong for us.”
Numbers 13:31 AMP
Listen to this report. How do they view themselves?
They make the first statement, “We are not able to go up against the people.” The way they viewed themselves puts limits on them. They believe they don’t even have a chance to advance or overcome because of the way they view themselves.
Think about this thought, your view of yourself has taken you out of the game of life. How many opportunities have given up simply because of the way you view yourself.
We say things based on how we see ourselves. I am not strong enough to do that, I am not smart enough to achieve that level. I don’t have the education level to go for that promotion. I am very shy that’s why I can’t speak or lead that group.
Notice what they said, “They are too strong for us.” How do they know how strong they are?
How do you come up with these views of what you can or can’t do or be?
What they did was lowered their image of themselves which enlarged the Canaanites. They became so strong in the view of the Israelites because of their view of themselves as weak.
If you see yourself as weak everything else will appear to be stronger. If you only see your flaws and imperfections you can not see your beauty or strengths.
If something looks impossible to you you won’t even try or attempt.
2. The view or image you see of yourself now is how you see your circumstances. You share your fears, phobias, your limiting beliefs.
So they gave the Israelites a bad report about the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we went, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.”
Numbers 13:32 AMP
Everyone is waiting on their report. They show back up with a bad report. Why is it called a “Bad Report?” God spoke and told them of this amazing lad that He was giving them as an inheritance. It flowed with the increase, abundance, so much wealth for everyone.
God said it is good and go possess it, they say no they are too strong we can’t. Anytime you see the opposite of what sees and says it is a bad report.
God says this is good and we say this bad. God says you can and we say we can’t, this is bad. God says to go forward and we say no let’s stop this is bad.
How many times have you shared something as bad to others and now they won’t even try or attempt it because of your view or image of it?
I asked someone do you like sushi? They went on and on about how nasty it was. I asked them have they ever tried it, they said no. How did they get their report of how nasty sushi is? From someone else, but they believed in their report without ever trying it.
What a very limiting way to live.
3. The way you view yourself is the view you give others of yourself.
When we see ourselves as valuable and worthy people will generally see you and treat you in the same manner you see yourself.
It’s like a lion tamer said when going into the lion's cage. If you show fear the lions will sense it and pounce on you. When you show authority
“There we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim), and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
Numbers 13:33 AMP
4. Healthy View: GOD VIEW NOT A HUMAN VIEW OF MY SELF.
So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Genesis 1:27 AMP
Many times our views or images of us have to do with how we view our looks or what we have or have not accomplished. The natural way we view ourselves is many times wrong and flawed. It can create false or negative images of ourselves. Our world is fixated on the outside and most people do not take any time to develop a healthy view of themselves from the INSIDE OUT.
God declared we are created in HIS OWN IMAGE. And in the IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD, HE CREATED HIM.
HERE IS WHERE A HEALTHY, PROPER, BALANCED VIEW OF OUR SELVES SHOULD COME FROM. NOT HOW WE LOOK, NOT WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED, NOT WHAT OTHERS SEE AND SAY ABOUT US.
OUR VIEW SHOULD BE A GOOD VIEW. MY IMAGE MUST BE HOW AND WHAT GOD SEES. HOW GOD VIEWS ME.
God loves me. The Bible says we are His children. We are his belief. We are the apple of His eyes.
For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”
Psalms 139:13-14 AMP
God was totally into creating you and I. He formed us. He knit us together in our mother’s womb. God did not just throw us together. We were not a mistake to God.
Notice a healthy image and view of ourselves will see this characteristic within us. Giving thanks and praises to God.
An unhealthy view of ourselves shows our twisted and warped images and views about ourselves. Healthy view and healthy images founded on God's Image of me and I choose to develop the God View And God-Image of me. A healthy view sees me thankful, grateful, and praising God.
I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE.
“I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well.”
Psalms 139:14 NCV
We are Amazing. We are wonderfully made. We are wonderful. WHAT YOU HAVE CREATED IN ME, BEING ME IS WONDERFUL.
5. YOU KNOW THIS AND BELIEVE THIS TO BE TRUE OF YOU.
AND MY SOULS KNOWS IT VERY WELL. AMP
I KNOW THIS VERY WELL. NCV
YOUR ALWAYS WITH YOURSELVES, SO YOU MIGHT AS WELL ENJOY THE COMPANY.
Get your healthy view and God image of you involved in what your God purpose is.
“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
A recent poll conducted by the American Psychological Association found that one-third of Americans are extremely stressed out. Finances and work were the top stressors, leading to increased health problems, bad relationships and reduced productivity. Forty-one percent of people under such high levels of stress recognized a negative impact on their self-image.
Positive self-image may help people manage work-related stress loads. Employees with good self-esteem and emotional stability generally have more motivation to perform well at work. On the other hand, research has shown that people with a negative self image have poorer work performance, lower quality of life and worse relationships.