Friday, March 30, 2012

My God Image

I have realized something about myself. Unless I am rooted in Christ and constantly in His word, I am pretty shaky when it comes to my " accomplishments and achievements". Let me explain. Social media, support groups, friends, church, pintrest, and blogs open up the doors for so many avenues to be used by God, through God but if my identity is in any of those things listed above the minute someone does not comment, recognize or pay tribute or a craft on pintrest becomes just a pin and never a production my self worth begins to fall.

Call me honest, or putting myself out there but I think that so many of us fall into this category and we hate to admit it. I share because this blog serves as a journey to my avenue, to see my spiritual growth as well as the growth of my family. This has been something that the Holy Spirit has been bringing to the forefront of my heart each and every day. This year, has been a tough year for Spiritual growth. I am thankful for the growing pains because it means that the Holy Spirit sees that I'm ready for it; I need to grow so that I can grow into a new level.

Lately, however, I have felt a huge disconnect from certain areas of life and I really believe that this is God working out my self image.....removing it from me and replacing His image into my heart. When I look in the mirror, regardless of who is saying what or not saying- I see Christ. When I am having a harried day with my kids and look at a blog that is full of tranquility and peace and begin to compare that God-image rises up in me and yells " NO!".

When my self esteem begins to waver because of what I feel I am not doing enough of, being enough too, failing in  this area, etc my God Image rises up and says, "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6

I am a child of God, I have been bought by the blood of Christ, I am a new creation, God knit ME in my mother's womb, I AM fearfully and wonderfully made, I am not bound to sin but God made him who had no sin, to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God...."

You will NEVER feel good enough, you will never do enough crafts, games, reading lessons, spend enough time with friends, give enough ON YOUR OWN STRENGTH! 

Hold me now, I feel the Holy Spirit moving! But by the strength and power of the HOly Spirit mighty things will come forth through you. Remove from selfish ambition- this includes any self image and worth that is carried and replace it with my garment of Praise- that my light would shine through in the dark places. You will  not reach out when you hold onto self. Self is not of me, but humble yourself so that I may be exalted. 

Mothers, wives, friends- our image is in CHRIST! The old has passed away, behold the new has come. He makes all things new. Stop living in the lies that the enemy has placed on you. " You will never be as good as her, you will never do as much as her, your friends are not interested in you, why doesn't anyone call you..." These are lies to isolate and cause division. This is how the enemy works, with thoughts and lies.

Behold, I have created your for greatness for might for power- IN MY NAME. No longer walk with your head held low, but I have created you for such a time as this. Your image as a mama is rooted in ME, your image as a wife is rooted in ME, your image as a friend is rooted in ME- You are rooted in ME.  John 15: 1-11

1“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3“You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8“My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. 

Praise God, He totally just hijacked my blog- Praise God, my heart is overflowing with joy right now at the truth that I shakily typed as the Holy Spirit flowed through my heart. This is totally meant for me, but I believe that God has allowed me to have this forum because it is intended for so many more. Walk forward oh Daughter of Christ- " Daughter your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed from your affliction." Mark 5:34


Ariana said...

This spoke directly to my thoughts and feelings I have been having and was literally crying about moments before I opened this post.I stumbled onto your blog through someone elses blog, Cant even remember which one. Thank you for allowing HIm to speak through you. Thank you for the time you took to write this so that I might read it.

Holly said...

Hi Amanda, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check out my blog for info/rules.
I'm so thankful for you friend, and I love reading your blog. It helps me feel close even when we are far.

Amanda said...

Thank you Holly! I just saw this and will def check out the rules! Thank you! Ariana, the HOly Spirit is amazing! I just felt so heavy in my heart and I'm thinking, if this is so heavy on my heart then use me and speak through me. I'm so thankful that the HOly Spirit spoke to you too! God is amazing!

Heather@Cultivated Lives said...

AMEN! I needed to read that today. Thank you my friend!