Jas 2:23 “And the scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness”; and he was called the friend of God”
Would you believe that God, your Creator actually desires to call you friend. Well, already He calls you friend by the mere accepting of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. However there is a greater invitation into that title. Looking at Abraham’s life we see that the one way he pleased God was in trusting Him and taking Him upon His word for what He promised Abraham. That made Abraham a friend of God. Let God call you His friend by wholly trusting in Him and obeying His voice.
Isaiah 43:1 “I have called you by name; you are mine”
What a wonderful thing to hear God saying: “you are mine!”. He takes care of His own. He protects His own. He provides for His own. He deposits wisdom, outstanding abilities and much more to His own. I urge you to grab a hold of that and to start walking tall in the knowledge that you are backed by the Most High in your endeavours.
Jdg 6:12 “And the angel of the LORD appeared to him [Gideon], and said to him, “The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valour”
God referred to Gideon as to a bold and courageous man at the time when Gideon felt the opposite. He felt like a wimp. Gideon was called by God to deliver Israel from the hand and the persecution of the Midianites but Gideon did not feel like he had what it takes. What about you? Do you feel like Gideon? Do you feel like you are not good enough for what you believe God has called you to do? Well start agreeing with your Creator and see yourself like He sees you.
Mat 22:39 “And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself”
Loving self is not the same as selfishness. Biblically, self love means seeking the ultimate good for ourselves and others. You can never love others more than you love yourself; otherwise it is twisted and conditional. We love ourselves if we seek the kingdom of God because it is where we get the wisdom to succeed in life.
1Co 1:27 “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong”
Are you so self conscious of your weaknesses to the point where you have an exaggerated opinion of other people’s strength and talents? Moses had a speech impediment, yet God used him mightily to deliver Israel from slavery in Egypt. Trade your weakness for God’s strength. He wants you just as you are. In fact you have what it takes to be a mighty force in His hands.
Rom 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”
What is the internal judgment that you always pass at yourself? Have you ever heard the saying that goes: “We are our worst enemy”? Are you your worst enemy? Well, give yourself a break. Everyone messes up, disappoints others and self sometimes. But God through His son Jesus created a path for forgiveness. First He forgives us that we may also forgive others. Yet my challenge goes beyond that by asking you to forgive yourself. Refusing to forgive you wrecks the power and effectiveness of God’s grace.
Gen 1:31 “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good”
Today you might be feeling like does God really care about me? Do I really matter to Him? May be life blows and experiences have made you feel worthless or useless. I have good news for you. Your worth is not based on your abilities or lack thereof. It is based on this truth that God looked at His creation and said: “It is good” In God you are worthy. You are significant. You are special. Believe it!
Josh 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success”
By earthly standards we tend to measure our success in life by our level of education, by my strength of influence or by how much wealth I have. I am here to suggest to you that this kind of measure has no guarantees, for things can turn the opposite way at anytime in life. However Godly success is the wise choice because when troubles come, we know we can get back up again. That Godly success is to be rooted in His word.
2Co 5:17 “Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away; behold, the new has come”
Know that whatever personality you believe you have or have been made to believe you have, in Christ you are a new creature. Therefore let the fruit of the spirit be the measure of your personality. Isn’t that good news? I would say it is, because whatever has been dished to you by the world to form your personality, you can now go beyond that to embrace the personality we find in Christ.
Jas 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him”
The world teaches us to study and be of academic stature in order to be smart in life. There is nothing wrong in that. However as children of God we go beyond that. God glories in wisdom rather than intelligence. What is wisdom? Godly wisdom is the ability to apply Godly insight into your life situations. I challenge you to seek Godly wisdom today and start applying it in your life.