How Knowing God helps you to know yourself

The connection between God awareness and self-revelation.

Have you ever wondered why you are who you are? Why you act and feel the way you do?

Do you desire to have a better understanding of yourself?

Whilst there are many different routes that we can take to understanding ourselves, I believe the hardest, yet most fruitful means is through having an awareness of God.

This is the practice of learning to hear the voice of God and learning to distinguish His voice from the other voices in our life.

We will never fully understand ourselves until we learn to see ourselves through God’s eyes. It’s only then that we can come to a true self-revelation of who we are.

You can learn more about God awareness in an earlier blog I wrote 5 Things I learnt when I asked “What is prayer?”

3 ways God sees you differently

# 1 God knew you before you existed.

God knows you better than you know you. Not only that, God also knows who you will be in 10, 20 and 30 years from now. God made you, designed you, moulded you, breathed life into you and He set out a plan and a purpose for you.

# 2 God doesn’t focus on your flaws, but he doesn’t ignore them either.

God is not condemning you because of flaws in your character or personality. God is always offering a way out, a way forward and an option to grow and flourish. He doesn’t see you as a mistake, but he also isn’t scared of addressing the areas in your life that you are afraid of dealing with.

# 3 God sees you as righteous and holy.

When you came to Christ and you where forgiven of your sins, you became completely new. We forget this or miss being taught who we are in Christ after salvation. God doesn’t look at the old man, He sees a new man.

Romans 6: 6-7 says: “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”

We often assume God thinks lower of us than we do, but he is thinking much higher of you than you could ever believe.

How to see yourself through Gods eyes

Reading scripture in the presence of God

Something I have learnt is that we cannot separate reading scripture from the tangible presence of God. Often, the two are pitted against each other but we need both.

When I read the bible whilst in a posture of worship and praise and when I’m open to the Holy Spirit, there is a feeling of richness in the words that I’m reading.

We often talk about being ministered to as being ‘fed’ – I’m currently doing a Daniel fast and something about doing this has meant my time in the Word has been so rich, it almost feels as though it has physically filled me, that it has satisfied my physical hunger.

If you want to see yourself the way that God sees you, read His Word within His presence. Read the promises that He has declared over you as if they were spoken just to you. Read about Jesus dying on the cross and feel the joy that He feels knowing He did it to redeem you. Because He loves you. Because he wants a relationship with you.

God is drawing close to you. Let His perception of you be what shapes your perception of yourself.

If you want to learn more about the presence of God you can read this article   

Happy praying,

 

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