God values our uniqueness. You were designed to shine and have good success as an original. Each person on God’s team who has been called into a relationship with The Father through His son Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit is an original themselves. Each one of us are so important to God’s operations and there is no need for any of us to try to be a CopyCat to any other Christian or being.
Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 (NLT version)…..Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world that are usually selfish and often corrupting. Wise Christians decide that much worldly behaviors are off limits to them. Don’t be a “CopyCat Christian!” You will never be good as the original, so why be one? You can pretend to have the value of the original but their phoniness makes them less valuable or worthless. What is in you must be real and deep or it want last. Paul told the Corinthians in Cor 11:1….”Be imitations of me just as I am of Christ.” In everything we do we must keep our actions in line with what God wants that it may glorify Him!
The problem is not in duplicating but in whom or what we are trying to duplicate. 2 Timothy 2:15 reads (NLT version)…..”Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive His approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who currently explains the word of truth.” We must be duplicators of God not others. Less imitation of others and more of God’s discernment.
We must keep our actions in line with what God wants. Discernment and wisdom is the key. Prob. 3:13 reads (NLT version)…… “Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.” Keep praying and reading His word, being obedient to what God says. Seek to get His approval not the approvals of others!
We are made to shine in the image of God. We are made to have good success in being ourselves. There is no need to copy or want to be someone else. Just because you are intrigued by someone doesn’t mean you try to be who they are. Flattery is a compliment but when it turns into wanting or trying to be someone else who is called and gifted at what they do, then it is a form of jealousy, it becomes a comparison trap and the spirit of competition will be present. When this happens, it is no longer flattering! It is a Jezebel spirit. You are fearfully and wonderfully made just like anyone else. Be great at being who God made you to be. You are special to Him too!😊
For years I prayed about a situation that I was going through. I cried and cried. I prayed and prayed. Deep down inside I knew the who, what, when and why. But I prayed because I just needed that real assurance of what I felt. It was a very hurtful situation but I still remained hopeful.
After years of praying, I finally received my answer. Although I prayed for an answer, it was still painful to hear. Painful but it was healing for me. It brought closure on something that I hoped and prayed for a long time. And as much as I wanted to and tried to change it, deep down inside I knew I couldn’t fix it by myself. It was time to let go of “It Is What It Is!”
It Is What It Is…….The answer that helped me accept a rejection that was hard to explain. It referred back to the past in which I can not change. When it was said to me, I knew no matter how I felt, one didn’t care . They were saying screw it and that I was irrelevant.
It Is What It Is……..Answered a lot of questions for me. It confirmed exactly what I felt no matter how much it hurt. It made the present situation acceptable and able to bare. Whenever someone shows you how they feel about you, believe them!
Being reminded of the unalterable elements of life, It Is What It Is was ones’ way of demonstrating apathy and unwillingness to evoke change. It is not of interest to them. So, I just had to accept it no matter how much it hurts.
An apple can never be an orange. A dog could never be a cat. That Is What It Is! Those are things we cannot change. It Is What It Is is often used when one is faced with a challenge who failed to overcome it and explained away the situation as an inevitable and unavoidable force of circumstances.
It Is What It Is helped me to see certain things in life with a different perspective. Although those words hurt coming from someone I really love, I realized it was better for me to accept it than trying to hold on to something that one didn’t care about. I’ve accepted how one feels and I’m learning to move on. Not at all easy because when I love, I love hard!😊
The ability to use words is a unique and powerful gift from God. The words we speak have power. Our words are more powerful than we give credit. The bible says in the book of Prov. 18:21…..”Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Speak carefully , we cannot put back the words out of our mouths once they are released, rather good or bad.
The words we say can put a smile on someone’s face or bring tears to someone’s eyes. We know how good words spoken makes us feel and we also know how bad they can hurt us. I know and understand personally how words good or bad can make you feel. I’m sure anyone can relate. I have been often told “I am a blessing.” Those words are very comforting, inspiring and encouraging. I was also told “I was a disgrace and I will never amount to anything.” Those words broke my heart and crushed my hopes. They did not feel good. Our words are more powerful than we give credit. The bible says in the book of Ps. 141:3…..”Set a watch , O Lord, before my mouth, keep the door of my lips.”
God is keeping track of every word we say and our words can come back to haunt us when we stand before The Lord. The words we speak will justify or condemn us. The bible tells us in the book of Matt. 12:35-37……”A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things, an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you , that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give in account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” We’re not perfect but once we know that the words we speak into being, comes from somewhere so deep inside, we should start to question ourselves.
The words we use reveal who we are on many levels. Avoiding “Word Wars” is very wise because speaking fewer words is better. The more you speak, the more you are at risk to say. Sometimes saying nothing is better than saying the wrong thing. The bible tells us in the book of Ecc.6:11…..”Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?”
Words are a container for power. We need to choose them carefully. There is a heart-mouth connection with words. We can encourage one another with the words we speak that builds hope and restores dreams. Words are a creative force. Job 6:24-25 says……”Teach me and I will hold my tongue and cause me to understand wherein I have erred how forceable are right words.”
You and I are two different people with some of the same similarities.
You and I were created in His image. You and I were uniquely designed by God. You and I have lives that matters. You and I were created with a purpose. You and I were created with eminence. You and I are respected the same and loved unconditionally. You and I are God’s workmanship created to produce good works. You and I have great value because we were designed in God’s image.
You and I are two different people with the same similarities. We were created differently in a very unique way. That is the way God made us. And even though He made us uniquely different, he loves us just the same, equally and unconditionally. His love is in us. You and I are His “Beloved” ones. He wants us to “Be-loved” by one another. In spite of our flaws, our uniqueness or our distinctioness….You and I were created with His love!
Just because You and I are different doesn’t mean we’re less than one another. You and I are amazingly great! In spite of our sharp distinction we are equal before God and should be treated as image-bearers of our Creator. You and I need to be one in Christ. We are His children. He is in charge of You and I. His love unites You and I so we can be in perfect harmony with our Father. Christlike love requires sacrifice and cost. It is more than doing what is easy. It requires a crucifying of selfish agendas and it involves willingness to care for someone even when there is no possible selfish advantage in doing so. The family of God, the unconditional Christlike love is so much grounder , deeper and profound. You and I look different but when you look deep down inside, you will see we are all made in His image.😊
God knows all of our hearts. 1Kings 8:39 says…”Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place and forgive and do and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all children of men. God also knows our hearts from afar. Psalms 139:1-3 says…”O Lord thou has searched me and known me.” “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.” “Thou compasseth my path and my lying down and art acquainted with all my ways.”
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance but The Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel says….”But The Lord said unto Samuel look not on his countenance or on the height of his stature because I have refused him, for The Lord seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outward appearance but The Lord looketh on the heart.” God can see things about you that no one else can see. The deep things, hidden things, the inner thoughts and desires that no one else have any idea about. We can’t assume we know a person by looking at outward appearance. Let’s look at the apostle Peter for example. He had serious slip ups but his heart was still after God. He wanted to do the right thing but his intentions did not follow through. King David committed murder and adultery. He was in need of a new heart after committing these sins. He prayed and asked God to help him. Psalms 51:10 says….”David said this prayer, “Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me.” Because David’s heart was to messed up to fix it in his own power, he prayed that God will “Create” him a new heart. And even though King David’s reactions were not pure, his motives were. Having pure motives aligns you in righteousness and godliness. I can remember a time in my life when I was in a particular situation and although outwardly the situation looked bad but in my heart I knew my intentions were good and motives were pure. Even though the situation looked horrible, God knew my heart.
Your heart is extremely valuable. It is the essence of who you are and the core of your being, it is your authentic self and the part of you that solely connects with God and others. Your heart is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 says…”Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Your heart is the source of everything you do. That’s why Solomon says “above all else.” You have to make it your top priority. Your heart overflows into thoughts, words and actions. And your thoughts, words and actions becomes habits and character which determines your destiny. That is why it is imperative that you guard your heart.
Your heart is a loving organ. When I love, I love hard! That doesn’t mean that I am weak! I believe in unconditional love. Love is powerful and one of the greatest blessings we can have. 1 Timothy 1:5 says…”Now the end of my commandment is charity out of a pure heart and of good conscience and of faith unfeigned.” Our goal should be that faith would be known to be pure and what it is deeply felt. And when this happens God’s love shows.
Our Creator knows us better than we know ourselves. If there is an area in your heart that needs fixing, God can fix it! But just as King David did, we must come to him in repentance and humility. We all have sinful nature. Without the sincere motive to walk a straight and narrow path with The Lord, we will experience continual longing for things outside the will of God. This is why God looks at the heart. Proverbs 27:19 says….”As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects man.” Actions reveal spiritual maturity but the heart reveals our deepest intentions. God sees those issues within us that no one else can see and yet He still pours His unconditional love upon us. That is true love straight from the heart of God!😊
John 3:16 says…..”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
God shows us the first step of His love by giving. God sacrificed His only Son so that we, who put our faith in His only Son will not spend eternity separated from Him. His love is so amazing. His love for us has always existed before we made promises to experience His love. He knew we would need His love before He sacrificed and gave His only Love for us.
God is Love and His Love is unconditional. His Love is not based on feelings or emotions. He loves us because that’s who He is…LOVE! He loves us on purpose. He didn’t get stuck with us but He chose us. Ephesians 1:4 says….”According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” God saw us through Christ. We are His children. We have been accepted and we are forgiven.
Love is how we treat one another. Love doesn’t hurt! It is us who mishandle and abuse the gift of love, which it was given to us by the One who is Love and gave it to us first. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8…..
Love is patient……”Love doesn’t Agitate” Love is kind….”Love doesn’t Hurt”
Love does not envy…”Love is Comfort” Love does not boast…”Love is Joy”
Love is not proud….”Love is Humble” Love is not rude…”Love is Gentle”
Love is not easily angered…”Love is Peace”
Love keeps no record of wrongs….”Love Conquers” Love doesn’t delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always preserves. Love never fails but where there are prophecies they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
To have a real encounter with God, is to love the way He loves. When faith and hope are in line, you are free to love completely because you understand how God loves. 1 John 4:16 says……” And we have known and believed the love that God hath for us. God is love and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.”
Without love all moral and intellectual gifts are valueless, the more excellent way is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 says…..”Three things will last forever…..faith, hope and love…..and the greatest of these is love.” (Life Application Bible) Love endures forever. Love is the greatest of all human qualities and is the character of God Himself.
God’s love is amazing. We don’t deserve His love, yet we receive it anyway. His love paved the way for our relationships especially to God. God’s love is fuel to our assurance that we can love the way He loves. Let us do a better job in our homes, churches, schools, workplaces, relationships, in our hearts and simply the places where we are in life showing His love. We have to be Christ’s faithful servants in order to help further the Kingdom and glorify Christ our Lord! His love is in us. We see His great wonders at work. We should display His love through our lives more. Love is the call He has given us. His Holy Spirit is in us to empower and enable us. 😊
There was a point in my life where I felt like I was in a shell all bandaged up from wounds of mourning, crisis, depression, calamities, heartbroken, rejection, desolation, betrayal and hopelessness. I was so afraid to come out of my shell because I didn’t think I would survive another injury. Then one day I began to cry out to God for help. I began to read Isaiah 61:3…..”To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of The Lord, that He might be glorified.”
I began to slowly come out of my shell. My wounds became bruises and the bruises eventually became scars. Some of my scars have recently open back up to bruises again but I continue to read Is. 61:3 and give my heart to God daily so that I will not get wounded but “Beauty.”
You may feel like your life is insignificant right now but sometimes things that appear meaningless just need the right climate to grow. Sometimes painful experiences causes beauty to come forth. Your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts. The bible tells us in 1 Sam.1:7, Hannah wept and did not eat because of her barrenness. Peninnah provoked her all the time. But God heard her cry one day, came and turned her mourning into joy. She became pregnant, birthed a son and his name was Samuel. In the life of Hezekiah, he was sick and near death. Isaiah 38:3 says, God delivered him and added 15 years to his life.
God knew you and I would be burnt by life experiences but He also knew He would replace that burnt out mess with something beautiful. He’s going to take your difficult situation and give you beauty. You can be healed. God has a plan and Isaiah 61:3 reveals that The Lord came to heal the broken-hearted. He’s going to pick you up out of the ash pile of life and make something beautiful out of you.
God makes all things new and restores the broken beautifully. His love is unconditional and it’s bigger than ourselves, that empowers us to heal and let go. Give him your heart daily. He will give you “Beauty For Your Ashes.”:)
Here are more references that will help……….
*You are Beautiful……Psalms 45:11 *You are Unique…..Psalms 139:13
*You are Loved……..Jeremiah 31:3 *You are special….Ephesians 2:10
*You were Created for Purpose……..Jeremiah 29:11
*You are Cared For…….Ephesians 8:17-19
*You are Lovely….Daniel 12:3 *You are Precious…..1 Corinthians 6:20
*You are Strong….Psalms 68:35 *You are Important….1 Peter 2:9
*You are Forgiven…Psalms 103:12
*You are a New Creation……2 Corinthians 5:17
*You are Protected…..Psalms 121:3 *You are Empowered……Philippians 4:13
*You are Chosen……..John 15:16
*You are Family………Ephesians 2:19