Thursday, October 16, 2014

How sure are you??

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Are you confident that Jesus loves you?

Beyond a shadow of a doubt sure?

Lately I have heard more than a few people state that it is easy to pray for others, but when it comes to praying for themselves it is awkward and just doesn't feel right.

When I first heard people stating their trouble, I was troubled.  You see, I talk to Jesus all of the time.  I certainly don't think I'm better in any way-please hear me say that.  My heart aches for anyone who feels unworthy to be transparent with Jesus.

I began to ponder this because it was so heavy on my heart.  What causes someone to doubt their worth so much that he/she feels so uncomfortable asking his/her Maker for guidance, help, or just a shoulder to cry on?

What traumas have hearts received that have caused them to hide from the One who sees their beauty, potential, and worth?

I know exactly what traumas - they are called life.  Life can be paired with rejections, harsh words, loneliness, betrayals, etc.  These things lead straight to feelings of unworthiness.

We begin to walk with less spring in our step and put on protective gear.  We may smile and appear to have it all together, but our insides are crumbling. 

I can write all of this because this used to be me.  I can identify with feelings of great unworthiness and loneliness.  I can relate to feeling like Jesus doesn't see me with my head hung low and tears streaming down my face.

We believe the lie - You aren't worthy.  We buy into the if only statements.
  • If only I were a size_____.
  • If only my parents would have loved me.
  • If only I hadn't repeated the same sin over and over.
  • If only I didn't fall to sexual sin when I was younger.
  • If only my marriage hadn't ended in divorce.
  • If only I were able to have children.
  • If only my spouse loved me.
  • If only my spouse wouldn't have had an affair.
  • If only I hadn't lost my job.
I could keep this list going and going, but you get the picture.

So here's the thing -
God does NOT see us the way we see us.  He sees a beautiful person whom He planned before He created the world.  He loves you with a heart bigger than our human minds can imagine.  He turns His back on sin, but please hear me when I say -HE DOESN'T TURN OFF HIS LOVE.

Below I have listed Scriptures for you to think upon, pray upon, and store in your heart as truths.  If you struggle with your worth, please copy these and speak them over yourself often.  Jesus gives you His words to wash you in His love.  Take them in and become what they promise.

Isaiah 43:1 - Do not fear, I have redeemed you, I have called you by name; You are Mine.

Romans 5:8 - But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us {you}.

Zephaniah 3:17 - The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in His love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

Psalm 46:5 - God is within her; she will not be toppled-

Hebrews 4:15-16 - For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.  Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.

Lastly, I heard something from a Beth Moore teaching session that has changed my heart towards God's love for me.  She stated that when she talks to Jesus, she no longer says, "I love you" to Him.  She now says, "I love you too" because He first loved her.  Isn't that beautiful??  It has changed the way I know He sees me.  It confirms to me that He does love me. 

Look around at all He has placed before you and know that He did it just for YOU.

Sending you all my love through this post-