1 Peter 5:10 New International Version (NIV)
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Put into the fire I have come out perfect, whole and complete thanks to the grace of God. A few weeks ago I had a very therapeutic conversation with my cousin regarding years of feelings that I had towards her and other family members. I held a personal grudge of jealousy because I wasn’t blessed with good looks, a small figure and my parents we not affluent by any means. I used to believe that my life in comparison to theirs was less interesting which, always made me feel left out when we had family functions. My vernacular wasn’t expansive and my life experiences were, in my mind, not worthy of addressing because I felt I didn’t have the educational background to offer the wisdom I carried. Due to those feelings I fell silent. I believed that my looks and what I lacked was enough for me to stay in the shadows so no one would ever notice me. The conversation we had lifted and removed years of low self-esteem. Thanks be to God my cousin reminded me to declare daily to myself that I am perfect, I am whole, and I am complete.
I am 37 years of age and up until I was 37 I lived believing that I was ugly. I agreed with others that made fun of me and as a result I assuredly held my head down. Low-self-esteem is a hereditary curse of the enemy. It places a stronghold over your thoughts so that you walk with your head low and your outer reflections feed off of how you feel inside. People around you will make fun of you and even when they aren’t you believe that they laugh at you due to how you look. We are in a spiritual war I know this is true from experience and more so, the word of God has also stated this truth to help guide us in this valley.
Ephesians 6:11-12 New International Version (NIV)
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Now set free I want to help others proclaim what is true. Out loud every day, every mirror you pass proclaim with conviction: “I am perfect, I am whole, and I am complete.” The instructions from the word of God warns us of what we truly wrestle with. God does this because he loves us. I serve a loving God that gives instructions and warnings to his people so that when we are confronted with conflict we know what is true. Your life doesn’t have to be restrained by lies of the enemy. My objective for the coming New Year is to build tactics against the devil by remaining equipped with the full armor of God. The word of God, prayer, fellowship and keeping my personal relationship with my heavenly Father strengthened are most important in my life. Also, administrating the Will of God is my goal for the remainder of my life. I have a heart that seeks God’s will and I know that part of His will involves me loving others as I love myself. We are perfectly made in the image of God believers and non-believers. Chiefly, God provided a way to fight against the sins we are chained to and that name is Jesus Christ. I am a believer and I declare in Jesus’ name that you are free from the strongholds of privation, free from the strongholds of low self-esteem, free from the evil one and it is all by the grace and mercy of God.
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