Happy Monday you guys, this week is going to be a great one I just know it! I chose not to post this last Monday because I wanted to process and expound on this topic in a deeper way. A little update, if you haven’t seen my last video I uploaded on my channel about chasing perfection please go watch it. It was a bit hard for me to upload because vulnerability is not always pretty but I want you to know you are worth it! You are not alone in this chase for perfection and I believe the Lord wants to set you free just like he is doing for me.
Self-Love; a very popular topic right now is circulating and it seems to be just another technique for more companies to make money selling bath bombs, essential oils, and anything else that helps you feel better. And to some degree, I agree that it is very important to take time to slow down, rest and invest in yourself. You may be single and trying to juggle college and a full-time job, or you may be a stay-at-home mom who pushes every day to ensure your family is happy and taken care of. Wherever you are in this season I encourage you to slow down and take time for yourself. If that means investing in a Lush bath bomb and having a relaxing spa night go for it. Whatever makes you come alive! I personally enjoy going for walks, and listening to worship music. It grounds me and reminds me of the presence of God.
Self-Talk. Now this one is a different spin off the above topic. But you’ll find that they intertwine in many ways. I am not able to grow and practice self-love if my thoughts toward myself are not in line with who God says I am. For example, I won’t be in the mood to go for a relaxing walk if I have been agreeing and receiving the lie that I am not clean enough, responsible enough. I will probably come home and tidy up the 4-5 things that are “out of place” in my home and then Pinterest research how to be more organized. Everything begins with a thought. And each day the enemy throws lies at us with a root saying that we are not good enough in some way, form or fashion. Like always I can go off on a different tangent but my point is, we have the authority to speak the word and remind the enemy who’s in charge. 1 Corinthians 15:57 says, “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” God has given us his Word and entrusted us with it.
I am growing in this daily! I have not “made it”. And contrary to what you may believe about that person on social media, neither have they. Everyone is tempted by doubt, insecurity. It’s part of the fall of man, but what you do with that insecurity is what matures you. I’ll be transparent here, I am growing in the area of loving my body where it is right now. It is a daily, no, moment by moment choice to speak life and remind myself who I am in Christ. Not only that, I have to remind myself who is Lord. I cannot allow this idea of a “perfect physique” or ideal weight to be an idol in my life any longer. I have to tear down and surrender that mindset to Jesus. I will save the rest of that for another post so stay close. But I want to assure you, you’re not alone! You may not be dealing with body image, but whatever the insecurity is in your life. You are not alone and the Lord wants to reach down and pull you out of the pit!
One thing I started last year was writing out daily confessions to declare over myself. Most of these are scripture based and a couple are just positive things I want to continue to declare over my mind and heart. The word cannot return void and I believe that as I declare these over myself consistently that my mind will latch onto the truth and not let go, sort of like a bulldog. And you know, they say repetition is the best teacher. I want to be teachable and learn the word inside and out. If it is my life manual, it should be the source that I run to in any situation; good or bad. These confessions are similar to the ones I used last year but some are new.
I encourage you to take these scriptures and even add some of your other favorites and declare them over yourself as frequently as possible. It takes me about 2-3 minutes to read these out loud each day and that’s a small investment of time to receive amazing results in my life spiritually.
2018 Daily Confessions
I am the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21
I take all thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
The same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in me. Romans 8:11
I am an overcomer by the blood of the lamb and word of my testimony. Revelation 12:11
I walk in divine life every day of my life. Romans 8:9-11
I live the abundant life. John 10:10
I am a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
Because I am righteous, I am bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1
I have been given the victory through Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
Greater is He who is in me than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
I have been given everything I need to live a Godly life because I know him. 2 Peter 1:3
As I love and am faithful, I have favor with God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4
God’s grace is sufficient for me. His power is made perfect in my weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9
I am hungry for the Word of God. Matthew 5:6
I am a passionate intercessor. Ephesians 6:18
My identity is not found in views, subscribers, my appearance or the number on the scale but is found in Christ. 1 Peter 2:29
I am free from the opinion of man.
I am free from the spirit of condemnation. Romans 8:1
I am growing in the area of surrender today.
As I draw close to God, he draws close to me. James 4:8
I have been given the words to speak by the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 50:4
I am a co-heir with Christ and am qualified to share in the inheritance. Romans 8:17, Colossians 1:12
You are dearly loved by your heavenly Father and he wants to see you grow but also he wants to encounter and meet with you! I believe that as you read these scriptures that chains of bondage and lies will be broken down. And you will be refreshed and reminded each day of His steadfast love and everlasting kindness. May your mind be renewed as you remove the negative self-talk and replace it with the truth of who He says you are!