The communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
— Philemon 1:6 (KJV)
Adapted from the resource Ending Your Day Right – by Joyce Meyer
Your faith is shown and built up when you focus on all the good things that are in you through Christ, not when you’re acknowledging everything that’s wrong with you.
The enemy wants you to spend every waking moment focusing on and talking about how awful you are. He’s constantly trying to redirect your focus from who you are in Christ back to your weaknesses and past mistakes. He wants to deceive you into believing that your faults make you worthless, but nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus paid the highest price—His life—to redeem you and be in a relationship with you, which means you’re immeasurably precious to Him!
Even if you’ve struggled with self-esteem in the past, I have good news: you can learn to accept yourself, and even love yourself in a healthy way! How? By deciding right here and now not to entertain one more negative thought, or allow one more negative word about yourself to come out of your mouth. As you start acknowledging the strengths and grace that God has placed in you, you’ll start to walk in them more and more each day.
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me not to focus on my weaknesses and struggles and mistakes. Thank You for placing strengths in me and for the amazing gift that it is to be Your child, and for teaching me more and more each day what it means to be in Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.