Do you ever feel weighed down by all of the “I am ____” statements floating around in your head? By the “You are ______” statements thrown at you by others?
Yeah, I understand. We are pretty good at stealing our own joy and allowing ourselves and others to tear us down.
Let’s be real. “I am fat.” “I am so not as pretty as ____.” “I am a ball of anxiety.” “I am no fun to be around.” “I can’t make friends.” “I am afraid of everything.”
And, well, you get the point. Throw your own “I am _____” statements in there to apply it to yourself.
Lately, God has been showing me that none of those statements hold truth to them. Not at all. We have the power through Christ to dismiss those statements or to let them resonate within us. I am pretty darn good at tearing myself down, but God has shown me that if I choose not to tear myself apart constantly, than I can embrace the joy He gives me.
In Philippians, Paul is writing a letter to all the saints in Philippi. Paul’s first imprisonment was in Rome and his letter to Philippi followed this imprisonment. Philippians 1:15-16 states “To be sure, some preach Christ out of envy and strife, but others out of good will. These do so out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel”
A little background, while Paul was in prison he preached the gospel. He did not allow himself to tear himself down with “I am” statements. He could have easily declared “I am a prisoner, unworthy to preach the gospel.” Yet, he knew that was not the case and did not allow himself to wallow in that. He stood and rose to the occasion. In that season of his life, the prison was his platform to preach the gospel of Christ. People mocked him. They were ugly to him. People disrespected Paul and the name of God, but Paul did not let it phase Him. He held tight to God, knowing that he was on a mission to do as Christ led him to do, to spread the gospel.
Do you see what I mean? The connection? Paul is a wonderful example to us on how to do away with our “I am” statements and how to dismiss the “You are” statements in order to find joy in our lives. Paul did not bother with the people mocking him because he found joy in spreading the gospel.
So, why do we do it to ourselves? Why are we so hard on ourselves? Why do we wallow in the negative when there is so much joy God is offering us if we just take hold of it?
It’s a tough concept to grasp. I am learning right along side you. So friend, I encourage you to take Paul’s words and read them over and over and over again until you understand the connection. And them keep reading them. Ask the Lord to bring you joy and to deliver you from the bondage of these negative statements.
One of my favorite ways to connect with the Lord is through praise and worship, singing to Him. It’s like I can almost touch Him his presence is so real. The song that He has used to really bless my life here lately is “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship. Fitting right?
Friend, I want you, God wants you, and I am sure so many others do as well, to start building yourself up with positive “I am” statements.
I will start us both off, and then you finish the list for yourself. Hang it somewhere where you will see it regularly to serve as a reminder of your renewing of your mind.
I am a daughter of the one true king.
I am loved.
I am beautiful.
I am full of purpose.
I am _______.
Sister friend, I love you and our good good father loves you. Remember that always.