The voices are not true about your self-worth and final destination. Life is worth living because it’s all in the hands of God, our Loving Father.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom. 8:1). Everyone has issues, problems and makes mistakes. Hard times will come to us all. Just keep on living (Job 14:1, Luke 9:23, James 1:2).
Do you know the voice of Jesus? Well, here is the challenge of knowing who is speaking. Jesus said, My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27).
God has placed greatness into our lives and because of that, you are not a sorry person and your life is worth living. We are God’s beloved, made in His Glory, ground in His Love, Living on His Mercy and Grace. He is in us, around us, behind us, beside us, before us, under us, over us, through us. What more do we need?
God has given you His Holy Spirit to help you live life according to His perfect plan. He releases His power to us through several ways. One is through the fruit of the Spirit — God’s power and only God’s power enables us to exhibit love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, which reveal the character of Christ in us.
“Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, this is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, said the LORD of hosts” (Zech. 4:6).
How do you view yourself? Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity (1 Tim. 4:12) Discredit is to cause people to stop respecting someone or believing in an idea or person: Also the loss of respect for or belief in someone or something. And to give people reason to stop believing someone or to doubt the truth of something.
We should view ourselves just as God, our Loving Father sees, covers us in the precious blood of The Lamb of God (Jesus Christ). Don’t let anyone drag you down into a dark place with self–hate, having a spirit of inadequacy, condemnation, living in fear and unfocused. Matthew Henry’s Commentary says God has not given us the spirit of fear, but the spirit of power, of courage and resolution, to meet difficulties and dangers; the spirit of love to him, which will carry us through opposition. And the spirit of a sound mind, quietness of mind. Do you accept the views of that people have of you?
Limit your interactions with people that are unhealthy to have in your life. These are people who can’t stop correcting you without acknowledging their own issues past and present. And why behold thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considers not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, “Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye,” and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote (Matt. 7:3-5). How many healthy people do you have in your life?
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Pro. 27:17). Are you unhealthy to people? Can someone talk with you about their problems in life? Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16). You are not a sorry individual nor are you defeated in life.
Anthony A. Armstrong is senior pastor at Unity Christian Fellowship Church at Pine Bluff.
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