Identity in Christ

Moving Past Self-Doubt — Video Devotion

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Identity in Christ, Video Devotion

Focusing–Intentionally–On Our Inner Beauty — Video Devotion


I’m diligent to train my daughter not to fixate on outer beauty, but do I protect my heart with the same diligence.

“You are so beautiful!” I tell my daughter as I fix her hair. She responds by telling me that being beautiful on the inside is all that matters. Then she says “silly mom, you taught me that!”

I was speechless. I taught her this, but have I taught myself? Do I see myself as beautiful? When my hair’s a wreck, my jeans won’t button, and wrinkles are popping up everywhere, how do I learn to see myself through God’s eyes?

1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight” (NIV).

Today’s society over-emphasizes outer beauty. Unfortunately this has become the norm. So much so that my daughter’s words about inner beauty seem somewhat foreign. She believes that inner beauty is most important. I’m thankful for the timely reminder that she gave me when I was doing her hair. I love that God speaks to me through my five-year-old daughter.

Next time you look in the mirror and are tempted to evaluate yourself against what the world says is beautiful, remember God sees you differently—He’s focused on what’s inside, and He’s working to grow that so that you more closely resemble Christ. So don’t buy into the world’s obsession with appearances as you learn to live Wholly Loved.

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Identity in Christ, Video Devotion

You Matter: Believing What God Says About You — Video Devotion

Worthless. Insignificant. Unimportant. Useless.

Has someone spoken those words over you? Have you spoken them over yourself? I know I have. Either way, they’re ugly words that can leave us feeling powerless-lies Satan is desperate for us to believe because they cripple our progress toward God.

But, with Scripture as our weapon, we have far more power than we realize.

Our Heavenly Father has never created anything worthless. We barely have to crack open the Bible to find proof that everything God made is intentional, unique and filled with purpose. Psalms 139:13 says: “For you formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” In fact, the Bible is teeming with statements about our value and worth in Christ. (I think God knew we were going to need constant reminders.)

While Scripture confirms that we aren’t worthless, the world determines our value by different standards. Let’s face it, we tend to judge ourselves by those same earthly standards! So, if we don’t stay close to God’s Word, where the truth is laid out for us, we can easily be burdened and wounded by earthly opinions, insults and lies.

I hold tight–no, I cling–to what God says about me in the Bible not only because it’s the truth, but because it’s there I find the power and strength to reject what the world says about me. Scripture is my ammunition against the lie that I don’t matter.

I relentlessly read these truths, speak them over myself, and write them down until they take root deep within me so I can wear them daily as my armor.

Isaiah 49 tells us that God has engraved us on the palms of His hands. Engraving is permanent, and it’s not easy or quick. In fact, it’s a task that is only completed if it’s worth it. I’m worth it, my friend, and so are you.

So, the next time you start to get sucked down by what the world says about you, open your Bible and immerse yourself in what God says about you, as you learn to live Wholly Loved.