Don’t Criticize Yourself

<strong>Don’t Criticize Yourself</strong>

Most of us don’t realize that as followers of Jesus Christ, we should not criticize ourselves or even think negative things about ourselves!  Does that surprise you?

This is a lesson the Lord had to teach me, and one that He also needs to remind me of from time to time.  It’s a favorite tool of the enemy to get us thinking disapproving things of ourselves, but we must not do it

Here are some of the Scriptural reasons to help us to understand the deep, spiritual  importance of this:

  1. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  (Gen 1:27 NIV)

Every human being on earth, whether Christian or not, has been created in the image of God.  Since that is true, EVERYONE deserves to be treated with respect—including ourselves!

  • I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  (Ps 139:14 ESV)

Since, each human being was given life by the Lord, each individual is a wonderful work of the Lord.  We would never contemplate criticizing one of God’s works, would we?  Then why do we think it’s okay to think pessimistic thoughts about ourselves?

  • . . . everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made.  (Isa 43:7 NASB)

We have each been created to bring God glory.  Our thoughts are much better ordered and employed to meditate upon God and to think worshipful thoughts about Him. Also, it is productive to think of ways to bring Him glory and honor.

  • Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  (1 Cor 6:19 NKJV)

We, as believers, do not belong to ourselves but we belong to God.  Each Christian is a temple of the Holy Spirit.  Just think about the enormity of that honor.

  • . . . and to clothe yourselves with the new nature, which was created according to God’s image in righteousness and true holiness.  (Eph 4:24 ISV)

Our ‘new nature’ since salvation is the one that has ‘put on Christ.’ (Rom 13:14; Gal 3:27)  Our born-again spirit was sealed by God in righteousness and true holiness.  There is nothing within us that we are able to criticize because we belong to God.  Glory to God!

Meditate upon how very important you are to the Lord, and the fact that you belong to Him.  God is with you. Rejoice in His truth!

Preach on the Housetops

Preach on the Housetops

Good day!  As a believer in Jesus Christ, what is your calling or assignment in life?  Well, I’m sure it’s multi-faceted. 

You’re called by God to be a loving and faithful spouse (if married); you’re called to be a loving and responsible parent (if you have kids); you’re to be a good steward of all that God has given to you; you’re to bring glory to God by being a good, diligent worker; AND you’re called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

As you can see, we all have multiple responsibilities to fulfill in life.  Not the least of these responsibilities, as a servant of Christ, is to share the Good News of the Kingdom of God with everyone as we have opportunity.  We need to stir up our resolve from time to time to actually fulfill this crucial responsibility.

Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.  (Mt 10:27)  When the Holy Spirit teaches us something through the Scriptures, He would like us to meditate upon it and pray over it; and then share it with others.  In other words, “broadcast” it to the neighborhood.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  (Mt 28:18-20)

We are given the assignment to preach and to make disciples of all nations!  Of course, the Lord will honor our support of our church ministry both in working as a volunteer and in our financial giving.  The Lord also considers us as taking part in preaching the gospel when we financially support ministers, evangelists, and missionaries who travel throughout the world sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

It’s also a good idea to set a goal of some sort—known only to ourselves and God—of how many people we would like to share a testimony with in a given period of time (i.e., a month or a year). 

Any testimony that we share with someone gives them a glimpse of the love and faithfulness of God to us.  Our testimony also demonstrates that we have a strong, personal relationship with Jesus, our Savior; so it is clearly a powerful tool to use.

We’re called to preach on the housetops!  Be blessed!

 

The Word of God

The Word of God

For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective].  It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.  (Heb 4:12 AMP)

This verse of the Bible from the Amplified Version is quite clear on the penetrating, discerning power of the Word of God.  How often do we think about the truth that the Scriptures are imbued with God’s power?

Because they are, it is vital that we make use of the Scriptures as a tool, a medicine, a comfort, a basis for praising God, and as our weapon.

The Scriptures were fashioned by God to:

  • Accomplish their task (Josh 21:45; 23:14; Isa 46:10,11),
  • Stand forever (Isa 40:8; 46:10-11; Mt 24:35; Mk 13:31; Lk 21:33; 1 Pet 1:23-25), and
  • Never lie (Num 23:19; 1 Sam 15:29).

There are many mysteries connected with Christianity, but one thing that we can be sure of is that God honors and upholds His own Word.  Do a little studying into the various Scripture references cited above.  You’ll be impressed. 

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.  (Ps 33:11)

We do well to highly value the Scriptures.