Day 20 – Self Image
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself” “There is no greater commandment than theses.” – Mark 12:31
How you see yourself and love yourself will determine if you will be able to love others the way God wants you too. Most of us struggle with self image and I believe the reason why we have a hard time loving others, is because we really don’t like who we are and what we have become. To help you change this negative perspective of yourself, you must ask, “How does the Father see me?”
In order for you to love yourself biblically, you must see how the Father sees you, it’s the only way. One way to receive this heavenly perspective is to search the scriptures; another way is to spend much time with the Holy Spirit. We can’t get around these two important ingredients if we want to change our earthly perspective to a heavenly one. To really have intimacy with the Lord you must know how He feels about you. Once you receive this truth and you allow it to renew your mind, you will see change in your attitude and how you treat others.
The game changer for me is the presence of God. In order for God to change the lenses I see myself with, I have to spend time with Him. If you can understand the importance of this, your life will never be the same. Growing up, my earthy father had a saying that got on my nerves but was full of truth, “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are!” It’s a shame that it took me many years to actually understand that I picked up habits good or bad from the people I surrounded myself with.
Bottom line, when you spend time with love you will become love. God is love, and when you spend time with Him you start becoming like Him. Spend some time with love today and allow His love to change the way you see yourself.
Prayer: Holy Spirit help me change the way I see myself. Give me revelation on how the Father sees me and how He feels about me. Lord, change the lenses I see myself with so I can love people biblically. In Jesus name, Amen!
FASTING TIP: Be aware that you may encounter opposition from the devil. Don’t give in. Continue on your fast, God will strengthen you.
ADDITIONAL READING: Romans 8:1-39
Schedule a time to spend time with the Holy Spirit. You must be intentional and please remember that the devil will do everything to stop you from doing this.
A) Start by putting on worship music.
B) Shut the cell phone off, including the TV
C) Close your eyes and ask the Holy Spirit to come in power
D) Slowly read the additional scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit
To give you revelation.
E) WAIT AND BE STILL and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you.
RECIPE: Minestrone Soup
8 cups vegetable stock
1 ½ cups of garbanzo beans
2 cups red kidney beans
½ cup carrots
3 medium tomatoes (or 1-14 oz. can of unsweetened, unsalted Italian tomatoes)
½ cup fresh parsley sea salt
1 cup cabbage, ¼ tsp. oregano, ¾ tsp. basil
¼ teaspoon thyme, ½ cut celery, ½ cup onion
1 clove garlic
1 pkg. spinach noodles, cooked
Soak garbanzo and kidney beans overnight, drain and rinse. Peel and dice tomatoes. Cook and drain kidney and garbanzo beans as per directions on pkg. Mince garlic and parsley. Chop carrots, onion, celery, cabbage and garlic and sauté in water or soup stock over medium heat 5-7 minutes. Stir in cooked and drained kidney beans, garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes, and minced herbs. Bring to a simmer, then turn heat down and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in cabbage and parsley with lid partially on for about 15 min. or until cabbage is tender. Add more soup stock or tomatoes as needed. Serve over noodles