Your Vision: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You
Is your self-image perverted by the deception and condemnation of the devil? Have other people and the flawed standards of the world given you a defining image of yourself?
How exactly do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as a perfected, unblemished, child of the most high God or someone that needs a lot of work?
These are not easy questions to answer, but most people have some sense inside as to what kind of person they are. Some people see themselves as essentially good, with perhaps a few flaws. Others seem to focus only on their flaws and throughout life suffer under poor self-esteem. Then there are those who seem to portray a sense that they are perfect and have no room for improvement (although inside may be tremendous turmoil and doubt).
For most people these images are based on the standards set by the world and its flawed systems. But they are all distorted images compared to how God sees us. Almost no one sees themselves in the image of God, but that is what He said we are!
God’s system for abundance calls for seeing yourself through His eyes. But how in the world can you find out what God thinks about you? Well, since Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to us – as individuals, it seems possible that He would tell us how He sees us – as individuals. If you haven’t already found out, you will find that the Bible is the most magnificent personal letter you will ever receive; one in which God tells you how He has specifically crafted with His very hands, every part of your being and breathed the essence of His very Spirit into yours. And He gently tugs and pulls at you to grasp hold of His reality for you.
But there is a catch. Something that you must realize. God tells you plainly throughout this letter that you cannot continue into His intended and glorious level of abundance and blessings with your current self-image.
So now let’s see how God really feels about you. Let this revelation sink down deep inside and meditate on it day and night.
You see, God created you specifically for this appointed time and for a specific purpose. You are neither an accident nor a random birth in a long line of evolutionary mutations (evolution is such a lie from the pit of hell). You have a specific reason for being born and God longs to reveal that to you.
He created you in His own image which is, obviously, without flaws. It is an image of splendor, majesty, strength, and beauty.
Splendor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
He is quite simply the very definition of beauty and He has created you with the capability to reflect that image.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
God created beautiful and wonderful people to be like Him. You are made a beautiful, wonderful person. No matter what you might look like and how you behave right now, you have inside of your very being the likeness of God. He wants you to begin seeing yourself as He sees you, beautiful, wonderful, and full of splendor and majesty. He formed you, including your inward parts:
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
Notice in verse 16, that God knew who you were going to be before you were formed. He graciously wrote about you in His book from the very beginning.
Isaiah 44:24 (NIV)
“This is what the Lord says—
Your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:
I am the Lord, who has made all things,
who alone stretched out the heavens,
who spread out the earth by myself.”
In a wonderful verse, God tells us that He alone made us and that this was a work as glorious and wonderful as His handiwork of stretching out the heavens and spreading out the earth. When you look up into the heavens at night and ponder the wonder of creation, know that God made you too to be a wonder crafted by a Master Designer.
2 Corinthians 3:18
“Everyone who is called by My name,
Whom I have created for My glory;
I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
God made you for His pleasure and glory. So He doesn’t want you to live in a broken down, defeated life. He wants your life to glorify Him. God doesn’t make junk. So right now, this day, begin to see yourself as a beauty of creation, made in the image of God.