Chapter OneGOD'S WORD FOR YOU
May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide,
make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in
love and founded securely on love.
During my vein's of ministry, I have discovered that most people
really don't like themselves. This is a very big problem, much
bigger than one might think initially. It is certainly not God's
will for His children to feel this way. Rather, it is a part of
Satan's attempt to ruin us.
If we don't get along with ourselves, we won't get along with other
people. When we reject ourselves, it may seem to us that others
reject us as well. Relationships are a vital part of our lives. How
we feel about ourselves is a determining factor in our success in
life and in relationships.
Our self-image is the inner picture we carry of ourselves. If what
we see is not healthy, not true to the Scriptures, we will suffer
from fear, insecurity, and various misconceptions about ourselves.
For many years, it devastated my own life.
God is a God of hearts. He sees our heart, not just the exterior
shell we live in (the flesh) that seems to get us into so much
trouble. Our Father in heaven never intended for us to feel bad
about ourselves. He wants us to know ourselves and yet accept
ourselves in the same way that He does.
Jesus came to bring restoration to our lives. One of the things He
came to restore is a healthy, balanced self-image.
GOD'S WORD FOR YOU
And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very
good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. And there,
was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
THE ROOT OF REJECTION
Rejection starts as a seed that is planted in our lives through
different things that happen to us. The devil Joes nor want to plant
just a seed of rejection. He wants to plant it deep so it will
develop into a root that will go way down and have other little
rootlets attached to it. Eventually these roots and rootlets will
become a tree.
Whatever you are rooted in will determine the fruit in your
life-good or had. It you are rooted in rejection, abuse, shame,
guilt, or a poor self-image-if you are rooted in thinking, Something
is wrong with me!-your "tree" will bear depression, negativism, a
lack of confidence, anger, hostility, a controlling spirit,
judgmentalism, a chip on the shoulder, hatred, and self-pity. It
leads you to say to yourself, "Well, the real me is not acceptable,
so I need to produce a pretend me!"
All the areas of your life that are out of order can be reconciled
through Jesus and the work that He has done on the cross. It
happened to me, and God can do it for you. Begin to believe it!
Don't settle for bondage, but he determined to be free!
Here is the good news-you can be delivered from the power of
GOD'S WORD FOR YOU
. God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy
Spirit Who has been given to us.
The Bible teaches us that the love of God has been poured out: in
our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. That simply
means that when the Lord, in the person of the Holy Spirit, comes to
dwell in our heart because of our tenth in His Son Jesus Christ, He
brings love with Him, because God is love (1 John 4:8).
We all need to ask ourselves what we are doing with the love of God
that has been freely given to us. Are we rejecting it because we
don't think we are valuable enough to be loved? Do we believe God is
like other people who have rejected and hurt us? Or are we receiving
His love by faith, believing that He is greater than our failures
We should love ourselves-not in a selfish, self-centered way that
produces a lifestyle of self-indulgence, but in a balanced, godly
way, a way that simply affirms God's creation as essentially good
God's plan is this: He wants us to receive His love, love ourselves
in a godly way, generously love Him in return, and finally love all
the people who come into our lives.
When God reaches out to love us, He is attempting to start a cycle
that will bless not only us but also many others.