Building Your Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is based on and regulated by one’s self image.  A negative self-image yields low self-esteem, which in turn, prevents or diminishes one’s creativity.

I.         Recognizing Who You Are in Christ

A.  You are a child of God and saved from eternal death in hell. (Romans 10:9; 8:16-17)

You are heir of God, like Jesus is an heir.  As an heir, Jesus Christ received eternal life in God’s presence; grace and mercy; divine protection; and God’s glory.  But just as Jesus Christ suffered on the cross, we will suffer through trials and tribulations, which may be in the form of false accusations, persecution, and grief.   However, these trials and tribulations are designed to strengthen us by totally trusting, depending, and relying on God – the source of our strength.  These trials/tribulations, also help to build our confidence in God, knowing that He will surely deliver us.

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)

“Out of my distress I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free and in a large place.” (Psalm 118:5)

B.   Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:  marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalm 139:14)

You are of value to God.

II.         Walking in the Recognition of Who You Are in Christ

A.           Walking in Victory (Refer to 4 D’s of Victory Message

B.            Approach Life issues with a Conquering Attitude

“Yet amid all these things, we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

“For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.”

(I John 5:4-5)

“And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to life even when face with death . . .” (Revelation 12:11)

C.            Confess Words of Victory not words of Defeat

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it.” (Proverbs 18:21)

Examples of words of defeat are:  Suppose someone asks you how are you doing today?  You respond saying “I’m hanging in there.”  These words are “words of defeat” because hanging implies that you are hanging onto life by a thread, and you can fall at any time.  You have no foundation and you lack strength because you have no source of strength.

So, the next time someone asks how you are doing, respond with words of victory and power that line up with the Word of God.

(For example, I am blessed and highly favored by God).  Ephesians 1:4-5, Romans 8:29-30

III.         Depending on God’s Word for Encouragement

A.  God can deliver you out of all things

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore, will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness – trusts and relies n Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no never].  He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.  With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16)

“Wait and hope for and expect the Lord, be brave and of good courage, and let your heart be s tout and enduring.  Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.” (Psalms 27:14)

B.   Requirement of waiting

“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power: they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to sun], they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” (Isaiah 40:31)

C.   God is source of strength

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“. . . the joy of the Lord is your strength”. (Nehemiah 8:10)

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Karmen A. Booker is a Christian Author, and has published several books, that include:

“Seeking the Face of God”- This is a dynamic collection of Christian poetry that is sure to encourage you to reach greater spiritual heights.

“Life Enrichment Kit” – A Discipleship Manual that can be used by Pastors, Ministers, and Small Bible Study Groups. Focuses on 8 Major Themes that are critical in Discipling Others to live a Holy Life before God (Jesus Christ): * Salvation / Baptism * Stewardship * Fellowship / Witnessing * Spiritual Growth * Heart of a Servant * Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts * God Wants You to Prosper * Prayers – Spiritual Warfare – Healing Prayer – Prayers for Children

“The A B C’s of Ministry” – This book is designed to help, motivate, and strengthen you, who are called into the ministry, to strive for integrity and excellence, unto the Glory of God, in fulfilling your call to the ministry.

NOTE: These books can be purchased through my Blog – www.WomenDestinedforGreatness.wordpress.com/ministry-resources

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