YOU ARE THE ONLY FINE GIRL/BOY! (PART 2)

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Welcome back to the continuation of our journey in self-discovery and embracing a godly mindset. Today, we delve further into the profound journey of aligning our self-perception with God’s divine perspective. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, you can find it here.

 

In this segment, we’ll unpack practical strategies and spiritual insights aimed at helping us perceive ourselves through the lens of God’s truth. As we anchor ourselves in His Word and embrace the identity He has ordained for us, we embark on a transformative path of self-realization and spiritual enlightenment.

 

Let’s dive into tackling the challenges of self-doubt, gracefully navigating criticism, and cultivating a mindset deeply rooted in God’s perspective. Through reflection, prayer, and vulnerability, we uncover the layers of our identity with hearts filled with gratitude and humility.

 

Now, let’s delve into practical strategies together on this journey of self-discovery, setting healthy boundaries for self-care, and reflecting on our personal growth as we strive to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. Together, let’s unlock the transformative power of embracing our true identity in Christ.

 

Seeing Yourself Through God’s Eyes


Choosing to follow Christ and dedicating our lives to Him involves significant responsibilities on our part as well. Taking up the choice of being different, the light in a world full of darkness (lacking knowledge of God), we are accepting that we are ready to aim to be consistent in becoming who God says we are. Moreover, despite all the tough opposition we may face.

 

Now, let’s explore the significance of affirmations.

 

The Power of Affirmations for Cultivating a Godly Mindset

 

Frequently, we underestimate the power of affirmations. Our words possess the power to build or destroy, echoing God’s creative power through speech. This highlights the significance of affirmations in shaping our identity in alignment with God’s truth.

 

Therefore, we too should understand that part of being created in the image and likeness of God means that God has given us the power and authority to be people who can partake in bringing change with Him.

 

Firstly, beginning with ourselves. For, if our minds are not renewed, our hearts are not molded, and our will conformed to God’s can we be able to view ourselves as God does? Is it even possible to see people as God does? Furthermore, will it even be possible to live in the purpose God has for you successfully?

 

Limited knowledge of God and our identity in Him hamper our effectiveness as believers.

 

Moreover, comprehending the Bible isn’t merely a collection of words; it’s a source of life and truth. So, when we are confessing it with faith, we are recharging or reviving ourselves.

 

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” – John 6:63

 

Word of God = Life

 

Hence, why we should find it dangerous when we are not daily meditating and ensuring to live out the Word of God, through His Spirit, our helper. The Word of God is the nourishment we need to live healthily.

 

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” –Matthew 4:4

 

When we are filled with the Word of God, it makes it easier for us to speak life into our lives. For as the scripture states, what our heart is full of is what will come out of our mouth (Luke 6:45).

 

This indicates that we will naturally speak what our hearts are full of. Dwelling in the Word empowers believers to confess God’s truth regardless of the challenges they encounter.

 

Consequently, when attacks may arise against our identity the Word will be our reminder as protection from evil contamination. We will find that despite living in a world where many struggle with knowing their identity, we will be confident. Feeling no shame to confess only what God says over our lives and not accepting to believe in words people confess over our lives.

 

As we journey through self-discovery, integrating positive affirmations into our lives can yield significant benefits. Affirming the truths God speaks about us reinforces our identity in His eyes. Additionally, let’s explore overcoming self-doubt.

 

Overcoming Self-Doubt with a Godly Mindset

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Self-doubt poses a significant obstacle that we will be faced with when on this journey of uncovering and walking in our true identity. For Satan knows that if we are full of doubt. We won’t be a danger to him, for when we live in doubt, we cannot move as God desires us to. That we can make many mistakes in living out our purpose.

 

Conquering self-doubt is essential for cultivating a confident self-image. Let’s delve into practical strategies and inspiring stories that demonstrate how faith can lead to triumph.

 

David and Goliath

‘David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”’ – 1 Samuel 17:45-47

 

David, estimated to be a teenager at the time (around 16-18 years old), volunteered to fight the Philistine giant, Goliath. Despite others, even his older brother, belittling him as they did not believe he was qualified to do so, for he was not in the army and was a shepherd boy.

 

However, He did not see that as a reason to stop him from going ahead and facing off against Goliath. With just a sling and stone.

 

Looking into the life of David, a revelation is found; if we are confident of our God and who He says we are. Who He is to us, whatever giant we may be faced with, will be nothing to fear. Even if the whole world is to be against you, you are to stay true to yourself. Transitioning to another crucial aspect, let’s examine navigating criticism with grace.

 

 Navigating Criticism with Grace: A Godly Mindset Perspective

 

Criticism is often unwelcome, yet inevitably part of life. Hence, it’s crucial to approach it correctly.

 

Navigating criticism with grace involves discernment, and separating constructive feedback from harmful opinions. Discover how responding with love and understanding can be transformative.

 

Sometimes, resorting to defensiveness or shutting people out in response to negative criticism can exacerbate the situation. Note that we are looking at it from the perspective of an unhealthy reaction.

 

We may do this because we fear that we are being trampled upon, our value is being overlooked, and that we are accepting what is being said. Therefore, we act out in such a way to protect ourselves.

 

What if I told you that by taking that stance, you’re unwittingly submitting to what you oppose? How so? When we are confident in the identity God has given us, we can discern what is not aligned with it.

 

We can discern if what is being said intends to destroy or build us up. Moreover, when you are completely embracing the identity, the knowledge of having to walk in love dictates reactions to such.

 

Godly Consultation

 

We understand to first consult God, whether He agrees with it or not. Remember to be mindful that God speaks through man. Hence, He may want to help you by using them as a vessel. However, the person has the free will to obey God in accomplishing it as God desires or not.

 

God may reveal insights to others to assist you, but their delivery may falter. They have not spoken with the wisdom of God, but the flesh. This is not to say that God did not send them, but that they failed to do their mission correctly.

 

Now, when we are led by the Spirit and consult God, we will discern that God wanted to advise us, but man did not do it in the manner that would please God. Moving with such wisdom is a way of protecting our hearts from negativity that can aim to derail us in our journey of identity in Christ.

 

A scripture that would help is James 1:19-20.

 

“My dear brothers and sisters, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.” –James 1:19-20

This scripture serves as a reminder to not be quick to submit to the ways the flesh may want to act towards criticism, but rather by taking a godly approach. It may not be easy, but we need to train ourselves to submit to God’s ways.

 

Cultivating a God-Centered Mindset

 

To perceive ourselves as God does, we must cultivate a God-centered mindset. Cultivating a mindset centered on God’s perspective is an active process. Let’s explore daily practices that reinforce this perspective, creating a solid foundation for self-discovery.

 

Meditation of the Word

 

As we have already established, daily (both night and day) deep reflection on the Word of God is pivotal in fostering a godly mindset. As we meditate the Lord is stripping us of any mindset that does not align with His, for His Word gives us insight about what is right in His eyes.

 

Prayer

 

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” -Ephesians 6:18

 

“But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,” -Jude 1:20

 

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” -Romans 8:26

 
Prayer in the Spirit

 

As believers, prayer is primarily about maintaining communication with God. Moreover, it entails not just praying in the flesh, but being led by the Holy Spirit. Yes, we may have our needs and desires that we want to bring forth to God, which is not wrong.

 

However, when we come to understand that prayer should not originate from our flesh but from being one with the Spirit, we realize that even when we bring up those needs and wants before God; it is a prayer that God sees fit for the moment.

 

For example, have you ever had moments when you intended to pray for certain personal things that concerned you but found yourself having different prayer points?

 

May it be the healing of the sick, salvation of unbelievers, the Body of Christ as a whole, nations, your community, family, or just different aspects of your life. This is because the Holy Spirit knows what God expects you to be praying about.

 

Praying in the Spirit ensures that we are growing in our relationship with God. Becoming more focused on alignment with God and His will. We learn more about our identity and God’s purpose for us as individuals. This also builds up a mindset of wanting to be concerned with the affairs of God and not only our desires.

 

Fasting

 

Fasting is a way of humbling ourselves before God. It is a way of acknowledging that it is all about God first. As King David stated in Psalms 35:13, “I humbled myself with fasting, and my prayer was genuine.”

 

Doing so along with meditation and prayer is a powerful tool. One thing fasting does is boost our sensitivity to the spiritual realm. We deny our flesh what it desires and submit to the Holy Spirit. Moreover, our prayer life should intensify.

 

Additionally, our spiritual condition becomes evident during such moments. Sometimes certain mindsets do not change until we add fasting into the mix. Temptations that were hard to overcome became easier to resist. Gaining authority over the flesh empowers us to resist demonic forces attempting to influence our lives negatively

 

Fasting brings deliverance and strengthens us as believers. It brings us closer to God, for it removes what could have been hindrances to drawing closer to God. It aids in our transformation process.

 

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What do we Listen to? Shaping Your Godly Mindset through Selective Hearing

 

What we listen to plays a role in building a certain mindset, good or bad. Inspired by the scripture Romans 10:17 which states, “So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.”

 

This verse serves as a reminder that whatever we are listening to is extremely important as believers wanting to be transformed by God. When we listen to things that do not help build up our faith in Christ, we are allowing hindrances to build up and with time we will realize that we are distant from God.

 

Our media intake, including music, films, and conversations, influences our mindset and spiritual alignment. Therefore, we need to be quick to discern what we should be allowing ourselves to listen to.

 

However, of course, there are situations whereby we just happen to be exposed to what is not holy for we reside in a world that doesn’t prioritize the purity of God. Hence why, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are always making sure to download the Word of God into ourselves daily so we are not contaminated.

 

What do we allow our eyes to see?

 

Exposing our eyes to what we should not, will play a role in the mindset we have too. Exposure to polluted imagery leads our thoughts astray, deviating from what is righteous.

 

It becomes bothersome because, at the most random times, those images will be popping up in your mind, disrupting the godly atmosphere you want to dwell in.

 

Therefore, we should be careful with what we allow our eyes to see. Before watching something we should ask ourselves, is this something God will be okay with? God knows and sees all I do. Does this please Him and positively add to our relationship?

 

Obedience to God

 

To have a strong mindset rooted in the Word of God, we have to ensure that we walk in obedience to God. Obedience proves that we are not merely saying we want to think like God but do not do what is required to get to that level.

 

It will for sure not be the easiest thing to do as there is still the mindset, and habits, that we are used to present. But, the more we discipline ourselves to be obedient to God, ask help from the Holy Spirit, and take the necessary steps, we find that our mindset is being replaced with God’s.

 

We must humble our hearts before God, prepared for His correction. Frequently, our fleshly desires lead us to normalize behaviors that contradict our convictions, prompting excuses.

 

But I urge us to understand that just because we are ignoring does not mean we are right before God. Just because we are ignorant does not mean that the sin we are committing is no longer a sin.

 

Therefore, we should pray to always remain hungry to grow in the Word of God and to abide by it.

 

“Look: to obey is better than sacrifice,” -1 Samuel 15:22

 

Shifting our focus, let’s explore the role of gratitude in self-discovery.

 

The Role of Gratitude in Self-Discovery

 

Maintaining a grateful heart is crucial. It allows us to position ourselves correctly before God. It shows that we appreciate who God is and see the beauty in His creation (Psalms 106:1-2).

 

Gratitude plays a pivotal role in fostering self-discovery. Through reflection on God’s blessings, we can uncover layers of our identity with a heart full of thanksgiving.

 

Embracing Vulnerability in Your Journey Towards a Godly Mindset

 

As we venture into the journey of a godly mindset, it will require us to be vulnerable. Although God knows us best, we still have to make the willing decision to come as an open book before Him.

 

Strength arises from vulnerability. By embracing vulnerability, we open ourselves to deeper connections with God, our authentic selves, and even those around us.

 

Having the heart to be willing to have all our flaws, fears, secrets, all of who we are before Him. So He may do the great work which He alone can do. Having the heart to be willing to expose all our flaws, fears, and secrets before Him allows us to experience His transformative work. This vulnerability underscores the importance of setting boundaries to safeguard our emotional and mental well-being from potential harm or exploitation by others.

 

Setting Boundaries for Self-Care

 

Protecting one’s mental and emotional well-being involves setting boundaries. Let’s delve into the necessity of establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries for self-care.

 

Deciding on a godly mindset involves establishing healthy, godly boundaries for personal growth. We have to be confident in knowing what can be hindrances to this journey and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit put up the necessary measures.

 

This involves recognizing when to decline activities or relationships that sap our spiritual energy or divert us from God’s intended path for our lives. It also involves prioritizing time for rest, prayer, and reflection, guarding against burnout and spiritual depletion. By setting boundaries rooted in God’s wisdom and discernment, we create a space where our spiritual growth can flourish and our connection with God can deepen.

 

Conclusion

 

As we draw this exploration of self-discovery and embracing a godly mindset to a close, let’s pause for reflection. Take a moment to acknowledge the progress you’ve made on this journey of personal growth and spiritual enlightenment so far. Consider setting new intentions and reaffirming your commitment to living out God’s purpose for your life.

 

Remember, this journey is ongoing—a continuous process of deepening our connection with God and aligning our lives with His divine perspective. As we navigate challenges like self-doubt and criticism, let’s lean on our faith and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

 

Prioritize self-care by setting healthy boundaries and making time for rest, prayer, and reflection. By nurturing our spiritual well-being, we empower ourselves to live more fully in God’s truth and purpose.

 

Thank you for joining this journey. Confidently embrace your identity in Christ, knowing who you are and whose you belong to.

 

Together, let’s unlock the transformative power of living with a godly mindset.

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