7 Ways To Improve Your Self Image

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Do you feel misunderstood?

Do you feel there is nobody who understands you?

Do you disapprove of how your look. . .physically, mentally or spiritually?

Do you stay within your comfort zone. . .because of how you view yourself?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions. . .then I need to introduce you to my Image Consultant. . .as He has a unique way of looking at and dealing with people.

Here are two quotes that underscore your need for a makeover by an Image Consultant.

“People act like the person they conceive themselves to be.”  Dr. Maxwell Maltz

“A person cannot consistently perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way they see themselves.”  Zig Ziglar

Now here are seven things my Image Consultant wants you to know.

1. You were created in His image.

Genesis 1:26 says:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

The Message Bible translation says:  “God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature. . .”

You were created to be the master of the universe.  The Living Bible translation of Genesis 1:26 says:

“Then God said, “Let us make a man—someone like ourselves, to be the master of all life upon the earth and in the skies and in the seas.”

2. God has and is continually proving His love for us

One of the ways to prove you love someone is to give them something precious . . . which may or may not be expensive.

The uniqueness of the gift. . .whether or not it cost the giver anything. . .determines, in many cases, the true value of the gift.

John 3:16 in the Amplified Bible says:

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.”

God loved you and I so much. . .that He gave. . .the thing most valuable to Him.  A gift unlike any other.

Romans 5:8 in the Amplified Bible says:

“But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.”

Now that’s what you call real love. . .the love of One closer than a brother.

3. You’re one of His Kids.

Your Heavenly Father. . .your Daddy can defeat every foe.  You are one of His kids. . . never take that for granted or treat it lightly.  I could cite numerous verses but I’m only going to give you three. . .all from 1 John.

1 John 3:1-2 in the Amplified Bible says:

“SEE WHAT [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him.

“Beloved, we are [even here and] now God's children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God's children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.”

1 John 4:7 in the Amplified Bible says:

“[Loving One Another ] Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.”

1 John 5:1 in the Amplified Bible says:

“EVERYONE WHO believes (adheres to, trusts, and relies on the fact) that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah) is a born-again child of God; and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him (His offspring).”

4. God has plans for you.

Jeremiah 29:11-13in the New International Version says:

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” 

I remember the very first time I ever read: “For I know the plans I have for you.” It was in my Thompson Chain Reference Bible.   My sprit leapt. . .because for the very first time I fully realized that God had plans for Harold Herring.

I want you to take a moment and realize that God has plans for you.

In fact, I encourage you to personalize the phrase.

Contemporary English Version of Jeremiah 29:11 says:

“I will bless you with a future filled with hope--a future of success, not of suffering.”

The Word of God says “I will bless (Your Name) with a future filled with hope. . .”

Jeremiah 29:11-14 in the Message Bible says:

“I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned outplans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. When you come looking for me, you'll find me. "Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed." God's Decree. "I'll turn things around for you. . .You can count on it.” 

5. God provides for every need you have

Let’s look at three verses in Philippians 4.

Philippians 4:6 in The Living Bible says:

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.”

When we commune with our Heavenly Father. . .He always. . .always provides for and empowers us to achievements beyond our natural mind and/or abilities.

Philippians 4:13 in The Living Bible says:

“For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.”

Philippians 4:19 in the New Living Translation say:

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”

6. God never wanted you to feel unloved and unappreciated.

I’m going to read Ephesians 1:3-6 in the Message Bible.

“How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.”

Now I’m going to read this verse again and I want you to find the seven reasons God wants you to feel loved, appreciated and highly valued.

“How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.”

7. God will not condemn what He created.

Romans 8:1 in the Amplified Bible says:

“THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.”

God chose not to condemn us to an eternity of damnation. . .but rather He gave us a choice of the abundant and eternal life.

Let me ask you a question. . .

If God isn’t going to condemn you . . .do you really think anybody else should have the right to?  Absolutely not!

According to Strong’s Concordance the root word for condemnation found in Romans 8:1 means:

“to give judgment against, to judge worthy of punishment; to condemn.”

When it comes to CONDEMNATION one scripture immediately comes to mind.

John 3:18 in the Amplified Bible says:

“He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation--he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ's name.]”

Now that we understand how our Image Consultant views us. . .we need to consider several other things.

First, a lack of a proper, Biblically-based, scripturally sound self-image will leave you: insecure, jealous, fearful, selfish, guilty, angry and a victim.

None of these feelings, emotions or thoughts are of God. . .so they shouldn’t even be a part of your thought process.

Second, a poor self-image will render you ineffective for the Kingdom of God.

Third, recognize that you can improve your self-image.

These two verses are confirmation of your ability to change how you view yourself.

Ephesians 4:24 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God's image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.”

Colossians 3:10 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it.”

Fourth, never confuse who you are with what you can do. . .or what you’ve done.

First, create a written list of what you’ve done so far in your life.

Someone once told me they hadn’t done anything of note in their lives.  I asked a couple of questions and determined she had a dog that she loved very much.

I asked:  “Don’t you think how you’ve cared for that dog is important to it?”

She said “Yes” and I said, “That’s a great place to start with a listing of the good things you’ve done.

Second, create a list of your strengths and weaknesses.  Write down how to maximize the former and minimize the latter.  And pay more attention to your strengths and the weaknesses will not hinder you.

Third, improve you self-image by increasing your skills.  Get involved in a structured personal growth and developmental program. . .otherwise known, as renewing your mind.

Fourth, create a positive confession about your self-image . . . speaking only the pure, the powerful and/or the positive over your life. . .or when talking to yourself or in describing yourself to others.

Fifth, as I stated earlier, never compare yourself to anyone else. . .nor use their behavior as a model for your own. Everyone has their own set of gifts.

Sixth, realize that you’re never alone.

Hebrews 13:5 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]”

Seven, allow God to solve your self-image problem.

You’re not the first one to have a self image problem and certainly not the first one God’s ever had to help get over it. In Exodus 3:4-10 when the Voice in the Burning Bush called Moses to lead the Children of Israel out their Egyptian bondage. . .he allowed his poor self-image to cloud his response.

Exodus 3:12 in the Amplified Bible says:

“God said, I will surely be with you; and this shall be the sign to you that I have sent you. . .”

Then God goes a little further in Exodus 3:14 in the Amplified Bible when He says:

“And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you!”

The reason this should be the last day you ever have a poor self-image is because the great I AM is with you. . .and he will never leave, nor forsake, nor abandon you.

Indeed, He is in you!  Ephesians 3:16 in the Amplified Bible says:

“May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].”

Now that’s something to shout about.

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