YOU ARE INFINITELY VALUABLE!

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What Makes You Valuable

Do you know how valuable you really are? Do you know how valuable and special you are in God’s eyes? Do you know how much He delights in you? Do you know how valuable you are to the Kingdom? God has put gifts and talents in you that He wants to use to bless others and glorify Himself. What is it that makes you so valuable? What makes YOU so special?

  • You are created in God’s image (Genesis 2:3).
  • God has declared that you are valuable in His Word (Psalm 49:19).
  • God has demonstrated your value by His actions when He sent Jesus to die for you (John 3:16).
  • The Holy Spirit lives in you (I Corinthians 10:19).

What Your Value is NOT Based On

Sometimes we forget how valuable we are. When people treat us badly, or when we fail to live up to God’s, others’ or our own standards, we lose our sense of righteousness and slip into condemnation. The truth of the matter is that no matter what happens to you or around you, no matter what you do or don’t do, your worth and value is a constant: infinite. Your worth and value will NEVER be based on these things:

  1. Performance
  2. Physical attributes
  3. Popularity with people
  4. Income
  5. Intelligence
  6. Vocation
  7. Socio-economic status.

I know this seems elementary, but we do sometimes let these things affect our worth and value. If we do not identify the phenomenon when it’s happening, before we know it, the devil will have tricked us out of God’s free gift of a continuous sense of “OK-ness” and acceptability called righteousness.

Your Value is the Same No Matter What

I have a demonstration I like to do when I do workshops to drive this point home. I’m not sure who came up with this, but It’s a great illustration. I hold up a $5 bill and ask who wants it. Everyone clamors for the money, of course. Then I crumple it, throw it down, step on it and then ask who wants it. Everyone in the room is still willing to take it. Then I make my point and say, “Sometimes, just like this $5 bill, we get beat up and crumpled in life by people who reject us or circumstances that are difficult. But no matter what happens to us, our value, just like this $5 bill, is still the same.” Therefore, you must not let what happens to you define you or be used as a gauge to measure your worth and value. God is the only one who can accurately determine or declare your value because He is sovereign, and He is your Creator. No one else’s opinion matters.

When people reject you and fail to appreciate your worth or what you bring to the table, Jesus tells you exactly how to handle them in Matthew 4:13: “Do not cast your pearls before swine. Do not throw what is holy to the dogs.” When people can’t or won’t appreciate you or your worth, Jesus says to limit your exposure to them. We need to go where we are celebrated not tolerated. Know this: Your God created you and He celebrates you. He has people He will send your way who will recognize and appreciate your gifts. You just need to make sure that no matter what happens, who shows up or who doesn’t, you always know that your worth and value is stable, secure and constant. You are an awesome creation of God Himself and worth more than you can ever imagine. No one and nothing can ever change that.

What do you do when the devil tries to attack your worth, value and righteousness? Leave a comment below.

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KEEP YOUR MIND STAYED ON GOD WITH A MENTAL ADJUSTMENT

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Unfortunately, I have high blood pressure. I have tried everything to normalize my pressure readings without meds.  I read that some people have had success by going to a chiropractor and having their spines adjusted.  It sounds far-fetched, but at this point I am willing to try anything. Therefore, as a last resort I am now seeing a chiropractor, Dr. Robinson of Wards Corner Chiropractic, who says he has treated patients who started out with high blood pressure and they no longer have hypertension.

The Problem: “Subluxations” of the Mind

I went in for my consultation after having my initial x-rays taken. The doctor explained to me that “subluxations” or misalignment of the bones in the spine can cause pressure on the nerves leading to certain organs of the body and cause them to function improperly. Chiropractic care is about consistently using gentle pressure to make “adjustments” to the bones of the spine and force them back into alignment.

The other day I was reading Isaiah 26:3 which relays, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.” I like to think we keep our minds on God by keeping our minds aligned with the Word of God. That means that we must meditate on the Word.  In doing so, we maintain perfect peace. However, if we allow our minds to get out of alignment with the Word of God, and we have “subluxations” of the mind, we lose our peace. When we lose our peace, we are unable to hear from Gold, then we become spiritually disoriented and our lives don’t function properly.

The Solution: Mental “Adjustments”

The bones of our spines need an “adjustment” when they are out of alignment. When the nerves are free of pressure from the bones, then the body can heal itself. Likewise, when our minds go “out of alignment” and we start to lose our focus on God, we need a mental “adjustment.” We need to gently force our mind to get its focus back on God and His promises, then we will regain our peace.  Through proper focus on the Word, we also can obtain healing for our souls and bodies.

Eventually with regular spinal adjustments, the bones of the spine slowly start to maintain their configuration and are less likely to move out of place. In the same manner, if we learn how to regularly adjust our minds and keep them stayed on God, we begin to be able to stay focused on God for longer stretches of time without getting distracted by people, circumstances, and Satan’s ploys. Thus, the periods of time when we lose our focus will lessen in frequency.

Therefore, we need to make sure we address the “subluxations” of our minds moment by moment and stay focused on God. If we are successful in keeping our minds “aligned” we will continuously think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report as the Apostle Paul instructs in Philippians 4:8.Thus, whenever you lose your peace or find yourself full of fear and anxiety, be determined to make the necessary mental “adjustments,” and pull your mind back into alignment with God’s Word. Keeping your mind stayed on Him will make all the difference.

What do you do to help keep your mind to “aligned”? Leave a Comment below.

 

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USE YOUR SPIRITUAL WEAPONS EFFECTIVELY

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I Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” One of the best stories I have found to illustrate the weapons we have in our spiritual arsenal is in II Chronicles 20. When Jehoshaphat heard that three armies were coming against him, he and the people of Judah brilliantly exemplified the use of spiritual weapons to obtain a crushing victory. Whenever you are in a difficult situation, pull out these powerful spiritual weapons that were used to defeat their enemies:

  1. Prayer. In verse 3 of II Chronicles 20, when Jehoshaphat heard the armies were coming against him and his people, “he set himself to seek the Lord.” The first thing you should do when you run into difficulty is PRAY. Make that your first line of defense.
  2. Fasting. Secondly, Jehoshaphat “proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” When you are facing an enemy, and you don’t have any idea how to get the victory, turn your plate down and seek the Lord’s direction. Fasting will help you to gain clarity as to what God wants you to do.
  3. Praise and Worship. In verses 6 and 7, Jehoshaphat worshiped God for his excellent attributes and praised Him for the past victories that he had experienced. In verse 21, singers went out before the army and praised the Lord. When we praise and worship God, we remind ourselves of His power and how faithful He really is, and it also becomes a means by which we are able to foil the plot of the enemy.
  4. Confession of the Word. In verse 17, Jahaziel the prophet decreed the Word the Lord had spoken to him: “The battle is not yours but God’s.” In verse 17 He declared, “The Lord will be with you.” When you get in a tough situation, decree and declare what God has said in His Word. When you speak forth what you want to happen according to your Father’s will and plan, He will make it happen (Job 22:28).
  5. Obedience. In verse 21, when Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah finished fasting and praying, God gave them an instruction to follow which became their battle plan. They were to appoint singers to go out before the army and sing, “Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.” They did what God told them, and the armies coming against them turned and attacked each other. Thus, they used the weapon of obedience to defeat their enemies.

When you are up against great odds, and it looks like you can’t win in the natural, that’s when it’s time to pull out your spiritual weapons. You will surely win the battle if you pray, fast, praise and worship God, confess the Word, and obey God’s instructions. Be sure to use everything the Lord has put at your disposal and you will defeat the enemy every time.

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TO WORK OR NOT TO WORK: MOMS, THAT IS THE QUESTION

 

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I recently  watched The 700 Club and there was a segment on the program regarding working moms vs. stay-at-home moms. The comment was made that whether moms stay at home or go to work, both categories of women feel some measure of guilt.  In other words, those women are in between the proverbial rock and a hard place. I know that I don’t have children, and I can’t begin to truly understand the pressures that come with the one of the most important jobs in the world. However, I do know that the Bible states there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Therefore, when guilt and condemnation are present, that’s a dead giveaway that Satan has reared his ugly head.

What Did God Say?

The truth of the matter is that each family situation is different. From a spiritual standpoint, when it comes to staying at home or going to work, the question is, what did God say? If God told you to stay home and raise warriors for the Kingdom, then you should stay home without reservation, guilt or condemnation and expect Him to provide for your family’s needs. If God told you to go to work because He wants to use your gifts, talents and skills to impact the world in some profound way that you cannot if you stay home, then by all means, go to work. Do the best you can to care for your family, and don’t let the devil beat you down with guilt and condemnation. It is NOT God’s will to tell you to do something and then have you to live in guilt and condemnation while you carry out His instructions. That is the enemy’s way of keeping you spiritually off balance. In either situation, once you make your decision to go to work or stay at home based on God’s directive, you must trust Him to make everything turn out alright as you strive to give your best effort on a day to day basis.

The Stay-At-Home Mom’s Perspective

On the 700 club segment, I learned that stay-at-home moms may sometimes feel guilty about not contributing financially to the household. Maybe things are tight financially, and they feel if they were out working, their husbands wouldn’t have to work so hard. Maybe they feel that they have so much to get done as a stay at home mom, and they may feel guilty if they don’t get as many things done during the day as they would like. After all, being a stay at home mom is a massive full time job, and dependence on God is key. If you are giving Him your best, then expect Him to kick in with His supernatural power to make the difference in the areas where you feel you are insufficient.

The Working Mom’s Perspective

I also learned from the television segment that working moms feel guilty about not spending enough time with their children. They may not be able to make every ball game or every recital because their schedules will not permit it. They may feel that they aren’t able to manage their homes as efficiently and effectively as they would like. However, again, the key is dependence on God. You are only one person. Do your best, and then depend on the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, witty ideas, and supernatural ability to do whatever you need to do in Christ to make it all work. Also, realize that God is able to bless your children and help them to turn out OK if you will make it your business to encourage them to have an intimate personal relationship with Him.

Condemn Condemnation

Whether you work or stay at home, if guilt and condemnation are plaguing you, you must cut yourself some slack in Jesus name. You must not condemn yourself, and you must reject the temptation to receive condemnation from others. If you want to condemn something, condemn the devil’s condemnation! Condemnation never makes you perform any better anyway. Being gentle with yourself and talking to yourself like you would talk to any one of your girlfriends is the best way to motivate yourself and protect your self-esteem in the process. You must be your own best friend and always be on your own side.  If you don’t learn to admit and accept your imperfections and weaknesses, ask God to fill in the gaps, and trust Him to do it, the devil will continue to keep you trapped in a cycle of guilt and condemnation.

What you must come to grips with is that you will never be the perfect mom whether you stay at home or go to work. Therefore, you must do the best you know how and depend on God to take up your slack. Most importantly, you must refuse to live in condemnation. That’s not healthy for you or your family.

If you have children, Is staying at home or going to work a struggle? How do you feel about the topic? Dad’s feel free to weigh in also. Leave your comment below.

 

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