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  • Writer's pictureDr Dagbue

Elevate Yourself: Embrace God’s Version of You

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Understanding Self-Image and Its Impact

What is self-image? Self-image is the mental picture we hold of ourselves. It’s like a snapshot that reflects how we perceive our appearance, character, and identity. Our self-image influences our behavior, shaping how we respond to situations and interact with others. It’s a composite of our self-awareness, experiences, and feedback from those around us.

Self-Worth and Self-Esteem Self-worth refers to our intrinsic value as individuals. It’s closely tied to self-esteem, which is our emotional assessment of our worth. Imagine self-esteem as a personal rating system in our minds, affecting how we feel about ourselves. Key points about self-esteem:

  • Subjective: It varies from person to person.

  • Internal Feeling: More about what you feel than what is objectively true.

  • Development: It evolves based on experiences, feedback, and achievements.

Remember that self-image is dynamic and can change over time due to personal growth, new experiences, and shifts in life circumstances.


Navigating Feelings and Facts

Feelings are powerful, but they aren’t always accurate reflections of reality. When things seem bad or unfair, it’s essential to recognize that feelings don’t always align with truth. Often, our greatest growth occurs during challenging times. Most worries never materialize, and we are more resilient than we realize.


Gideon’s Transformation: From Insecurity to Leadership

The story of Gideon in the book of Judges illustrates how God can transform our self-image. Initially, Gideon saw himself as insignificant:

  • Judges 6:14-15 (KJV): “And the LORD looked upon him, and said, ‘Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?’ And he said unto him, ‘Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.’”

  • But God’s perspective was different. By the end of the story, the Israelites wanted Gideon to rule them:

  • Judges 8:22 (KJV): “Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, ‘Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.’”

The same God who saw potential in Gideon sees it in us too. He doesn’t measure worth by worldly standards but by His eternal purpose.


My Journey of Self-Image Renewal

There was a time in my life before I matured as a Christian. Despite the many achievements God had helped me attain at a young age, I consistently viewed myself through a lens of inadequacy. The mirror reflected missed opportunities, failures, and disappointment. The hope that once burned brightly within me now flickered with doubt about my future.

Comparison became my constant companion. I wondered why I couldn’t be like others, measuring my worth against unattainable standards. But then, something changed—I encountered Christ.

A New Perspective

As I delved into Scripture and embraced the truth, my self-image transformed. Here’s what I see now:

  1. Resilience: I recognize the person of resilience within me. God’s grace sustains me through challenges, and I no longer see setbacks as permanent roadblocks.

  2. Lifted by Grace: Grace lifts me beyond my limitations. It’s not about my achievements but about God’s unmerited favor. I stand taller, knowing I am loved and accepted.

  3. Growth and Hope: Growth is evident. I’ve learned that setbacks are stepping stones, and hope is my anchor. Each day, I move closer to the person God designed me to be.

  4. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Psalm 139:14 echoes in my heart: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” I repeat these words, affirming my intrinsic worth.

  5. Transformed Self-Esteem: Knowing the Lord has transformed my self-esteem and self-worth. I no longer measure myself against worldly standards; instead, I find my identity in Him.


Steps to Improve Your Self-Image

  1. Self-Awareness: Understand your current self-image. Reflect on your strengths, weaknesses, values, passions, and how you perceive yourself. Awareness is the first step toward positive change.

  2. Claim Your Identity in Christ: Dive into Scripture and internalize God’s view of you. Memorize and declare verses that affirm your worth:

  • Psalms 139:14 (KJV): “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

  • Revelation 5:10 (KJV): “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

  • 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV): “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

  1. Community Matters: Surround yourself with like-minded Christians who understand their identity in Christ. Iron sharpens iron, and fellowship encourages growth:

  • Hebrews 10:25 (KJV): “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

  • Proverbs 27:17 (KJV): “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

  1. Personal Development: Engage in activities that promote growth—read self-help books, attend workshops, and learn new skills. Faith comes by hearing and by the Word of God.

  2. Be Kind to Yourself: Remember that everyone makes mistakes and has flaws. Confess your sins, receive forgiveness, and embrace grace:

  • 1 John 1:9 (KJV): “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Conclusion: A Work in Progress

My journey from brokenness to wholeness continues. I am a work in progress, shaped by grace, resilience, and hope. The mirror now reflects redemption—a masterpiece in the making.

Remember, improving or changing your self-image is a process that takes time. your self-image is not static. Let God’s truth transform it. You are more than what the mirror reflects—you are a masterpiece in progress

Philippians 1:6 KJV  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ

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