Often, when we are in the process of being elevated to a greater position in our lives, something from our past will try to revisit us. The thing(s) from the past that will try to revisit us may be old associations that have run their course, former unproductive mindsets, past fears, or past regrets. All of these things are designed to keep us from stepping over into the Promised Land that God has given us! After the Children of Israel were delivered from slavery in Egypt and were on the verge of stepping into the Promised Land, their past mindset surfaced that stemmed from their former captivity. They reasoned that they could not possess the land God had given them because they saw themselves as grasshoppers so the people currently inhabiting the Promised Land saw them as grasshoppers as well (Numbers 13:33). The truth was that the people in the land saw the Israelites as conquerors (Joshua 2:9). The old defeated image that the Children of Israel had of themselves surfaced as a distraction so that they would not step into all that God had promised. Unfortunately, they did not take possession of the Promised Land (Numbers 14:28-30). It was their choice! What old relationships, images, or mindsets are you harboring on today as God is trying to take you into your Promised Land? Release all these negative things from the past so that God can take you into greater heights and you can possess the land He has promised you!
And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:12
In this day and age dominated by social media, it is easy to become susceptible to seeking validation from others. Whether consciously or subconsciously, our sense of self-worth can even feel tied to whether we have an ample number of likes or followers on these social platforms. The most important validation we can receive is the validation that comes from within however!
During creation, God had no one around to validate the marvelous things He made. Nonetheless, God said within Himself, "It is good." The validation God received came from within and not from external approval or sources. Similarly, after Jesus's baptism, Jesus heard a voice from heaven that stated, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17)! The Bible does not record that anyone else necessarily heard the voice but Jesus heard it and His approval and validation came from no one but God!
We too are created in the image and likeness of God! We also can be assured that we are complete and whole whether or not we are receiving the applause and acceptance of people. Remember that you are complete today regardless of whether anyone affirms you and then you can rest in the validation that comes only from within!
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!