Few months ago I was reading the book of Judges, and the story of Gideon caught my attention. When the angel came and said “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of Valor,” Gideon almost looked behind his shoulder to see whom the angel was talking to, with a look of complete bewilderment!
In the natural there was nothing warrior-like about Gideon and he certainly didn’t believe He could be One. Infact, when the angel met him, He was hiding in a winepress in fear of the Midianites who were ransacking Israel’s sustenance. It was right there in that insignificant moment that God decided to meet him, to completely turn him around and embolden him to accomplish one of the most impossible victories for Israel.
And He did it! With just 300 men on his side, he overthrew an army that seemed like a swarm of bees! If God be for us, who can be against us, (Romans 8:31) right?
Somewhere around the same time that I was learning about Gideon, I remember one evening, I was listening to a sermon on YouTube. One of the phrases that the speaker said, just jumped out and I just kept thinking about those lines over and over: “See yourself as God sees you.”
As these lines were running in my mind, my kids were playing in another room. After sometime, my little one brought a tiny little book from the library we have there. The size of the book was about the size of my palm. She wanted me to read it to her. I took the book from her hands and flipped the page, and to my utter amazement, the same lines that was playing in my mind, was in that tiny little book: “See yourself as God sees you!”
It was a teaching moment!
Day-in and day-out we hear a multitude of voices speaking fear and condemnation to TEAR us down. But look at Jesus! He is ALWAYS encouraging, ALWAYS guiding, and ALWAYS showing us Higher ground!
Chapter 1 and 2 of the book of Ephesians gives us a glimpse of how God sees us. Please do give Ephesians 1 and 2 a read, when time permits.
Chapter 1 talks about how God raised Christ Jesus from the dead and made him sit high above all principality and power (Ephesians 1:19-22). Chapter 2 talks about how WE are seated together with Christ Jesus in the heavenlies. (Ephesians 2:4-6)
If we are seated together with Christ, imagine the kind of authority that God has vested upon the church.
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19
See yourself as God sees you! We are righteous, Holy and Blameless in His sight, not because of ANYTHING we have done, but because of EVERYTHING that He has done on our behalf! Oh! The Cross, the Cross made ALL the difference!!
That reason ALONE is enough to give God Praise and Thanks, for all the rest of our days!!