And God said, let us make man in our image, and after our likeness: and let them have dominion. Genesis 1:26
Refusing to listen to the lies of the enemy is one of the ways to see yourself properly or as God sees you. Often, the enemy will bring accusations of past mistakes or failures to our remembrance. If we meditate on these mistakes long enough as opposed to the Word of God, we can often feel condemned, guilt ridden, and unworthy to receive from God. God makes it clear though that our righteousness is based on our faith in Christ (Philippians 3:9). Our righteousness is not based on our performance, but on our acceptance of Christ and what He did at the cross in terms of giving His life for us. God is clear that He won't even remember our sins or iniquities anymore (Hebrews 10:17). That means if you have committed some sin even a second ago, God has forgiven you of it. First John 1:9 makes it clear that if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If He has forgiven us of sins we committed a second ago, then surely He has forgiven us of sins we committed months or years ago! One of the biggest tricks of the enemy is to make you feel condemned. The Bible aptly states that the enemy, Satan, accuses us "before our God day and night" (Revelations 12:10). If the enemy accuses us before God, certainly he will attempt to accuse us in our minds. Consequently, we cannot be ignorant of Satan's devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). We need to see ourselves as God sees us in order to receive from Him. It is impossible to receive from God when one feels condemned because people who feel guilty tend to run from the presence of God because they did not feel worthy enough to come before Him. We are created in the image and likeness of God though as I indicated on Monday. Jesus never saw Himself as condemned despite the accusations hurled at Him from the enemy from groups such as the Sadducees and Phraisees. He saw Himself in the image and likeness of God. It is written that if God be for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31). Do not meditate on the negative accusations the enemy sends through others because God sees you as pure and His opinion is the only one that matters anyway!