“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” Proverbs 23: 7.
How do you see yourself? Your perception about yourself is the sum total of your value. It reflects how you see yourself, how you value yourself, and it form your opinion about the issues of life. Interestingly, you can only go as far as your perception can take you, in life. In other words, if you see yourself as a success, as a victor or as a conqueror that is what you will become. You are the way you are today as a result of your perception about yourself.
Of course there several factors that can make you form the wrong perception about yourself. Such factors could be fear, betrayer, failed marriage, economic downturn, sickness, racial discrimination, abuse etc. However, the word of God admonish thus: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12: 2. You must make deliberate efforts to renew your mind with the word of God. As you study the scriptures, you are metamorphosed, transformed into the same picture it shows you.
Our true identity is in Christ. Refuse to see yourself the way the world sees you or by your past experiences or failures. It is only God’s word that can show you who you really are. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” 2 Corinthians 5: 17. You are not your mistakes. So do not let them define you or form the wrong perception in you. Rather see yourself as a new creation, a victor, holy and as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 3: 18 says “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” See yourself through God’s lenses, the scriptures. The world and its system will paint the picture of you as a failure; as poor, weak, confused, sick, depressed etc. Therefore, focus your gaze on the mirror of God’s word that is able build in you the right perceptions to change your life.Again, for you to be able to form and maintain the right perception about yourself and others, you must walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” Galatians 5: 16. Walking in the Spirit means living by the word of God. Let it form and control your thoughts, opinions, and contemplations. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” Philippians 4: 8