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People tend to perceive God based on the image of who they think they are in relationship to God.

9/3/2014

Shortly after I  gave my life to the Lord, I met a pastor’s wife who mentored me for about 6 months. One time she shared this story with me.

She was talking with a priest one time when she brought up the subject of believers hearing God. The priest remarked, “Oh, don’t you hate it when that happens? Its always the same. All He ever does is criticize!”  Surprised and somewhat disturbed by his remark, she replied, “Oh my goodness, I don’t hear Him like that at all!”

People tend to perceive God based on the image of who they think they are in relationship to God. 

1 John 4:16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Compromise

8/30/2014

We should not deceive ourselves. Compromises that we make because of the “weakness” of our will, are, in actuality, self-centered rebellion against the word of God. In reality, our will is only “weak” to do the will of God while it is “strong” to do our own will.

James Chapter 4 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

About that self-esteem…

8/27/2014

Recent studies indicate that inflating students’ self-esteem in and of itself has no positive effect on any objective aspect of their lives. One study has shown that inflating self-esteem by itself can actually decrease grades. (Baumeister 2005)
The concept of self-improvement has undergone dramatic change since 1911, when Ambrose Bierce mockingly defined self-esteem as “an erroneous appraisement.” Good and bad character are now known as “personality differences.” Rights have replaced responsibilities.

A revolution has taken place in the vocabulary of self. Words that imply responsibility or accountability—self-criticism, self-denial, self-discipline, self-control, self-effacement, self-mastery, self-reproach, and self-sacrifice — are no longer in fashion. The language most in favor is that which exalts the self — self-expression, self-assertion, self-indulgence, self-realization, self-approval, self-acceptance, self-love, and self-esteem. (Ruggiero, 2000)

So then, what should our self-esteem be founded in?

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27