For years I defined myself by what I imagined others thought of me. Having seemingly failed to succeed in music, I truly believed I was just a mediocre musician who had nothing special to offer. As a divorced woman, I thought I was disqualified from ministry. I had long forgotten my childhood dreams of performing as a violinist and traveling to Great Britain and Ireland. Fortunately though, God had not forgotten! Little by little, He turned my life around by sending people to speak truth to me. As I began to believe who God said I was, the doors to my destiny started opening.
Everything that God does on earth begins with His Word. He spoke the world into existence. He spoke, and the Word became flesh and walked among us. And now, through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God’s Word can become flesh in our lives! Only as we come into agreement with who He says we are, will we become who He made us to be. Change in our lives begins as we change what we say about ourselves.
Every day we are bombarded with voices telling us who we are and what we should do, and every day we must choose which voices we listen to. Are we going to believe what others say about us, what we say about ourselves, or will we believe what God says about us?
The Lord doesn’t see us as the world does, and He doesn’t judge us by our outward appearance. God saw Gideon hiding from his enemies in a winepress but called him a “mighty man of valor” (Judg. 6:12). God saw a gangly shepherd boy named David who was the least of his brothers but called him “a man after His own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14). When these men believed who God said they were, they were able to accomplish mighty things!
Even Mary had a choice between believing God’s voice about her identity or heeding the voices of fear and condemnation. When the angel told her she was chosen to bear God’s Son she said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). Though others would look at her and only see a pregnant, unwed teenager, she boldly called herself God’s servant. As she chose to believe the Lord’s voice, the Word quite literally became flesh within her.
When God looks at you, He is not seeing your weakness, your shame, your mistakes, or all the things you are not. Instead, the Lord sees the amazing possibility of Himself in you. He already sees His power flowing in you and His glory shining through you. God will do in you beyond all you could ever ask or imagine if you are willing!
Today I encourage you to come into full agreement with God’s plan for your life. Like Mary, His Word will become flesh in and through you as you say, “Let it be to me as You have said!” Take a moment right now to read this personalized version of Isaiah 61:1–3 out loud, placing your own name in each verse.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord in on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to . He has sent me to bind up , to proclaim freedom for and release from darkness for , to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor for and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort , and provide for in Zion’to bestow on a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair. will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.
May you begin to see yourself as God sees you. As you fix your eyes on who He is in you rather than who you have been or what you have done, the Lord will bring His vision for you to life!
Father, thank You that by sending Jesus to die for my sins I now know that I am valuable to You. Help me see myself as You see me and to believe Your word for my life. Let it be to me as You have said! In Jesus’ name, amen.
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