For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).
Notice that today's verse of Scripture does not say that we are as other people think about us but that we are as we think about ourselves! Essentially, the opinions of others do not matter! We are who God says we are and who we think we are, not who others say or think we are!
In the book of Numbers when the 12 spies were sent to spy out the land God promised to give the people of Israel, 10 of the spies bought back a fear filled report to Moses saying that they could not take the land (Numbers 13:28-32). God had previously stated that He had (past tense) given the people the land. Nonetheless, the 10 fearful spies in the thirteenth chapter of Numbers said, "And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight" (Numbers 13:33). These negative thinking spies allowed the way they "thought" people saw them to determine how they felt about themselves. Again, we are not who people think we are or how we feel people may see us but we are who God says we are. Remember that God says you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37), you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), and that you are accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6). Receive it on today!
Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick...When he heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. John 11:3,6
Jesus was not concerned about what people thought about Him! In the eleventh chapter of John, we see the account of Jesus ultimately raising Lazarus from the dead. Although this miracle ultimately occurred, initially we see Jesus delaying going to heal Lazarus by staying two days in the place He was at when He heard Lazarus was sick. In fact, the Bible records that "Jesus loved Martha, and her sister" Mary (John 11:5). The Bible articulates the fact that Jesus loved Martha and Mary to illustrate the close bond He shared with them. It would stand to reason that when the sisters sent word to Jesus that their brother Lazarus was sick, that He would have rushed to heal Lazarus because of the love He had for that family. Nonetheless, Jesus was not concerned about what Mary and Martha would think about His delaying coming to them and knew a greater manifestation of God's grace would occur than a healing because Lazarus would die and Jesus would ultimately raise Him from the dead (John 11:43-44). Jesus did not go when the sisters wanted Him to go, but when His Father God told Him to go!
Similarly, we cannot live our lives based on the expectations of others! It can be tempting to try to live up to the expectations of a parent for example, a close friend, or spouse. We are to live our lives based on doing what the Lord alone leads us to do and not to please others! We must be strong enough in Christ and in our own identity to not be moved by the criticism of others when we don't live up to their expectations. Don't be concerned about what people may think of you on today but know that you are already accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6)!
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14, NASB).
Regardless of the difficulty you may be facing today, you are triumphant over it in Christ! God would never allow difficulties in our lives if He did not believe that we could triumph over them! The very fact that you are experiencing a difficulty means that God has prepared a solution in advance and that you can triumph over it!
The word "triumph" in the Greek is the word "thriambeuo" and it means "to grant one complete success" in the Thayer's Greek Lexicon. Your success is complete in light of what Christ did on the cross on your behalf. Remember, that Christ not only died for you but He died as you! His death was your death and His resurrection to new life is your resurrection to new life! The only thing that can prevent you from receiving and realizing the victory that you already have in Christ is an incorrect mindset, which is the reason the Bible admonishes us to allow God's Word to renew our mind (Romans 12:2). God is not concerned about the difficulties in our life because He knows that He has already made provision for your success so believe it, receive it, and watch it manifest!