Our basic human needs are to feel loved, accepted, worthwhile and meaningful. If these areas are not fulfilled for us, we suffer in a pit of negative emotions.
Satan uses these inadequacies to tempt us to sin. These legitimate needs, in the devil's hands, cause us to marry the wrong person, work in an unfulfilling career, add more busyness to our schedule, etc. all in an attempt to validate these areas of our soul.
Our attempt at a solution only makes our life more hectic and unfulfilled, however; until we come to realize that our sense of self-worth is not based on what we do or who we are.
Our relationship with Jesus Christ is the only valid means of having our soul's needs met. When we call out to Him, He answers us and strengthens us with His holy boldness (Psalm 138:3).
He may use people to bring us this needed validation, He may supernaturally supply our needs, or He may even teach us to validate our own soul.
God directs us, each moment of our day, to use our spiritual gifts and to exhibit His fruitful nature (Galatians 5:22-23). Then, we find supernatural fulfillment by edifying others.
Sadly, people often go to the grave having never used their gifts by the Holy Spirit's direction. Satan's lies convinced them that they were not good enough, smart enough, spiritual enough, young enough, mature enough, old enough or enlightened enough to be used by God.
As we find our true identity in Christ, we learn to accept our self just as we are; knowing that in the sanctifying process God's Spirit is transforming us with the mind of Jesus and conforming us into His image ( 2 Corinthians 3:18). He fills us with God's divine character - the fruit of His Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Father God, show us the reality of who we are in You. Our Christian walk is Your masterpiece. Christianity is not what we do, it is who we are in our very core nature - something that cannot be embraced or discarded with any change of mood or human decision (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10; 1 John 3:1-2; 1 Peter 2:8-10).
Help us to visualize our self as children of the King, servants of the Most High and eternal God, and stewards of all that You give to us. We want to walk in Your freedom in Christ, as well as in powerful victory over our flesh, the devil and the world. We give You all of the praise and glory that is due to Your name.
Thought for the Day:
We can realize our potential in Christ by walking in the Spirit and loving God by obeying His precepts all the days of our life; then we love one another in the same manner that we love our self. - Mark 12:30-31