When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, He said, The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.  Judges 6:12

In the Bible we are told the story of Gideon, who lived at a time when the Israelites were suffering terrible losses at the hand of the Midianites. The people of Israel were living underground to survive. Israel was broken, beaten and helpless—bankrupt emotionally, spiritually, and economically. (Maybe you feel like that today. If so, pay attention, because God shows up.)

            Gideon is a father about 30 years old working in a hot, stuffy cave, beating out wheat, hoping to feed his family, and an angel approaches him and says, The Lord is with you, Mighty Warrior. Gideon’s response is pretty much: “Who me?! I don’t think so!” The “mighty warrior” was crouching fearfully in a cave hoping to keep the Midianites from seeing him and God comes to him and says, “That’s not how I see you.”

            Have you ever asked God how He sees you? When God speaks our value, we tend to resist Him. Why? It’s not humility; I think we stubbornly refuse to believe Him, because the negative feels so true. The problem is that we tend to consistently behave in a way that supports our beliefs about ourselves. God says in His Word that you are loved, chosen, holy and blameless before Him. You are His adopted child, and you are delighted in. What if you saw yourself that way? What if you truly believed that God is for you and loves you passionately? How would you act? What would your attitude be?

            Josh McDowell, who has had an incredible ministry through the years, grew up with an alcoholic, abusive father. He wrote: When I began to see myself as God sees me, instead of clinging to the portrait passed on to me by my parents, teachers, and peers, I was able to live beyond my limitations. My sense of identity has been transformed. I am not a defective reject. I am a beloved child of God, redeemed by the blood of Christ, and equipped by the Spirit for His service. (From the book, See Yourself As God Sees You).

            You will not wake up one day feeling better about yourself; you must begin to ask God to help you see yourself the way He sees you, and then every day you choose what you will think. This is one of the keys to spiritual greatness: see yourself as God sees you. Will you begin to believe God, mighty warrior? He’s for you; He believes in you; He has a plan, and it is good.

            *Ask God how He sees you. Wait for an answer.

Thank You, God, for who I am. Thank You for loving me unconditionally, counting me worthy of Your love. I want to see myself today as You see me. I yield my limitations, my past, my doubts, to You. Speak Your truth over me.

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