Paint A New Picture
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. – Joshua 1:8
In order to see lasting change in your life, you have to paint a new picture of yourself on the inside.
For example, let’s take a woman who may be thin now but who has been heavy in the past. She will return to her original weight, and maybe more pack on more pounds, if she doesn’t change the image she has of herself on the inside.
Take a moment and ask yourself a few questions: When you look in the mirror, what do you say to yourself? What do you say to yourself when you are frustrated or mad at yourself? What do you say to yourself before you go to bed? What do you say to yourself when you are alone?
These questions will give you a good indication of what is going on inside you. They will give you a better understanding of the image you hold of yourself.
Do you say that you are stupid? Lazy? Ugly?
That’s okay because most of the comments we make about ourselves are comments that we have heard someone else say about us. We have internalized these remarks and allowed them to shape how we see ourselves.
However, God doesn’t see us this way.
He loves us, faults and all. He loves us unconditionally. He doesn’t stop loving us because we mess up, say something wrong or accidentally hurt someone.
We are His children. He sees us as kings and priests, as over comers, as blameless and sinless through the shed blood of Jesus on the Cross. We are the apple of His eye.
We must paint a new picture of ourselves on the inside.
This starts by repenting. Repent in the Greek is the transliterated word, metanoeo, which means simply to change one’s mind.
Repentance isn’t keeping a tally of our sins, and in our prayer time, bending down before God and confessing every sin.
No, Jesus died and took all your sins-past, present and future at the Cross. God forgave us of all your sins before you committed a one.
In the original Greek text on I John 1:7, it says that once you accept Jesus, Jesus’ blood that was shed on the cross is continually cleansing you whether you confess your sins are now.
Many people point to I John 1:9, which says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” and say “See, we have to confess our every sin.”
However, I John 1:9 was never written to Believers but to those who didn’t know Christ.
In fact, making a list of your sins and focusing on your sins all the time, only reinforces the old picture inside of us.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:34, “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.”
We have to change our focus from our sins to who we are in Christ, that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
If you focus on right believing, that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, then you will be find your picture inside changing.
As a bonus, you will also find that as you believe rightly, you will begin to do what is right because right believing leads to right living.
It is the act of changing our focus, to focus on the good-that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus-and what Jesus did for us and who we are and can have because of it.
As long as we are focused on the bad, who we are and what we have done in and of ourselves, we will always revert back to that picture that we have of ourselves inside.
How do we paint a new picture, though?
Locate all the Scriptures that reveal who you are in Christ and what you can have and do because of Jesus’ shed blood. Try the mini-book, “In Him” by Kenneth E. Hagin.
Write them down on 3 x 5 cards or on in a notebook.
Confess those Scriptures every day over yourself three or more times a day. Say things like “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” and “With God is on my side, whom shall I fear?”
Every time you say something negative about yourself, correct yourself by saying one of the confessions on your list.
Try to work your confessions into your conversations with yourself and others.
Take one of the confessions and meditate on it. This is the Hebrew transliterated word, hagah, which means to utter, speak, mutter.
Speak and visualize that one confession every morning when you wake up, when you have a free moment during the day and before you go to bed.
As you do this, the picture inside you will change. Your image will be reset. Then you will be able to live the more abundant life Jesus speaks about in John 10:10.
Remember, though, this is a gradually process. This is a continual process, but if you ask God to help you, it will be shorter time before you see results.
– Annagail Lynes
Have you received Jesus as your Lord and Saviour? Do you believe Jesus died to pay the price for your sin? That He was raised from the dead? Then just pray aloud, “Lord Jesus, I repent of all my sins. Come into my heart and be my Lord and Saviour.” If you believed in your heart and confessed with your mouth, you are Born-again. Let us know if you prayed this prayer.
Annagail Lynes is the author of several ebooks, “Dating God’s Way,” “Who Are You Hanging With,” “The Heart Of God Devotional” as well as three novels. Find out more by visiting http://return.to/kindlebooksbyannagail or for a list of used items for sale, go to http://escape.to/hiddengembookstore. Also subscribe to her free weekly ezine that includes Biblical questions answered, Bible quizzes, articles, devotionals and classified ads at http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/christianconnectionzine
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