Get rid of the negative life labels
When you have lived life controlled by negative life labels it can seem impossible to look above all of the mountains of mess and see the beauty of who you are. I call the negatives my “nots and uns”; standing for the labels following you’re not. You know those don’t you? You’re not good enough. You’re not smart enough. My list could go on for miles. The uns follow the same pattern, but I will spare you that list.
As a daughter of Christ, I know that I am not supposed to believe the negative labels and believe only the positive. The challenge is allowing my soul to believe the positive. My mind gets it. I can tell myself over and over not to believe all of the awful things that I was told and believed over the years. But genuinely believing doesn’t come from the mind. It comes from a much deeper place within. Belief comes from the soul.
God’s word is bursting with good news, great labels, and incredible hope. He speaks to promises and treasures He has for us. So why do we struggled so much to accept what God says? Why are we so willing to allow the negatives of the enemy to destroy our self-worth? I wish I had an easy answer to the questions, but even a woman who has been saved by the amazing grace of God for more than a decade cannot answer the puzzle.
Make a list of God’s character traits
What I can tell you is that I have become a list maker. I read scripture passages, and I make lists of God’s character and what He says about mine. I make lists of how He blesses me, and how He has changed me. Then, place those lists in a conspicuous place where I will see them frequently and then I read them to myself aloud.
Today’s list comes from just seven short verses of scripture. Only 7 produce this list. So can you imagine what the list might look like for someone who reads an entire chapter or even an entire book of the Bible in the course of a day or a week? Ephesians 1:3-10 is the source for this list. I think once you read it, you too will agree that it is time to allow the list from God’s word to gain prominence in your life and for the uns and nots of life to be thrown away forever.
Here we go!
- Blesses me with the blessings of heavenly places
- Chose me before the foundation of the world
- Desires that I am holy and blameless before Him
- Predestined me to be adopted by Him through Jesus Christ.
- Blessed me with the gift of Jesus.
- Redeemed me through the blood of Jesus.
- By grace He forgives me.
- Lavishes me with His grace.
- Makes His will known to me.
- Has a plan for me.
- Brings all thing together for me on earth and in heaven through Him.
Do you see it now? Feel like you’re not worthy? Well, get rid of that label! God chose you before the foundation of the world. Feel guilty? In God, you are declared holy and blameless. Feel like no one wants you around? God loves you so much that He predestined you to be adopted by Him! He has given you the highest, most lavish gift anyone could ever give! His Son Jesus Christ. Talk about love!
My dear one, you are so valuable to God that He created you, sent His Only Son Jesus to die for you, and then if you are willing to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and walk filled by the Holy Spirit, He has bought and paid for you by the blood of Jesus!
God has a plan, a purpose, and a promise for your life
No more negative labels! No more beating yourself down with negative talk; God has a plan, a purpose and a promise for your life. It doesn’t matter what anyone in this world says to you or about you. It only matters what God says. The Creator of the Universe loves you! All Mighty God adores you. You matter to Him, and dear one, you matter to me. So maybe it’s time for you to start making that list of all of the beautiful things God tells you in His word. I truly believe it will change your life and your labels.