I recently read Emily P. Freeman’s book The Next Right Thing and at one point in the book she asks, “What does God look like to you?” Have you ever asked yourself that question?
I have to admit that as I thought about it, I was a bit surprised with the thoughts roaming around in my brain. Sometimes I think God isn’t very pleased with me, and like a man who is angry whenever I screw up, which is plenty often, thank you very much.
Am I Right? ?
After I wrote down how I see God, I decided that I needed to look in my Bible to see if my view of Him is correct, or a big, fat lie. But then, I got sidetracked and put down my journal, and forgot to look for verses, which right away made me feel, once again, that God was horribly disappointed in me.
A day or two later John and I decided to go see the movie Overcomer, which, by the way I highly recommend. During that movie, the principal of the high school challenges one of her students to read Ephesians 1-2 and write down everything God says about her. I figured it might be good advice for me, too.
What Does God Say About Me? ?
Here are just a few of the things I wrote down:
- I am loved.
- I am chosen.
- I am forgiven.
- I am saved.
- It gave God great pleasure to adopt me.
- I am God’s masterpiece.
Once I had a clear view in my mind of how God sees me, it was much easier to change my perception of Him.
God is so good! Right when He knew I was struggling He orchestrated a way to tell me how much He loves and cares for me. I would encourage you today to read through Ephesians 1-2 and write down what you see God telling you in these verses. There’s so much more there.
And, if you happen to struggle with your view of God, or His view of you, you might want to write down what you read in Ephesians 1-2 and post it on your bathroom mirror. That way, you’ll have a reminder to read every single day.
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:15-19