Sunday, July 22, 2007

You are special


“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-15

To knit means to ‘weave something into being’. It is making something from nothing. Weaving (or knitting) involves much attention and care because a slight mistake will distort a potentially beautiful piece of artwork.

Picture this: Even before your parents planned to have you (maybe they did not even planned it at all!), God already had in mind that He wants you to exist. God begins to draw his plans, going right into your future, finishing His perfect plans for your life, and then comes back to the beginning and starts to work. And for the next nine months that you were in your mother’s womb, God carefully knitted you into His perfect plan. From your looks to your personalities to your talents and giftings right to your ministry, God begins to knit them all into being. Then you came into the world, and your Creator looks at you and with one satisfied look and said :”That’s a perfect piece of work I have done today. This child is set apart and s(he) will never be snatched away from My palm.”

So many of us do not realize how important we are in God’s eyes. We think that the very fact that we are here on this earth is just another accident or coincidence. We forget that we have been so carefully and passionately brought into this earth, totally set apart for the Lord.

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5

God said that before we are born, He had already known us. Even before anyone knows about us, God has already reserved in His mind a perfect plan that is going to unfold in our lives. That plan is special because God has created you to be unique. When God says that He ‘knows’ us, He did not say that He ‘knows about’ us. God knows us in such an intimate way, better than anyone else.

It is time we embrace the truth. For too long we have believed in ‘truths’ which are nothing but lies. When God sets someone apart, the devil is all out to launch an attack over that life. You see, the devil does not want us to enjoy the fullness of our destinies in Christ. The devil knows that he has to start while we are young and vulnerable, so that that will shape our future and thus aborts God’s plans for our lives. But always remember that we are always safe in God’s hands.

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” John 10:28-29

That is God’s assurance. No matter what the devil can do to destroy us, God will never allow it to happen. But we need to know and accept ourselves just as God does. If we are so valuable in God’s eyes, if God cares so much to carefully dictate our lives, if God will care so much to protect us and preserve us against all harm, then there must be something in us that God is trying to bring out.

But you see, so many of us fail to enter into the fullness that God has for us because we fail to see ourselves as God sees us. We fail to realize the beauty and perfection in God’s creation – US. Perhaps people have told you that you are ugly. Perhaps you have been told by someone in authority over you that you are dumb and you cannot amount to anything. Perhaps you have been singled out by your friends because they think that you are weird. But remember, no one is weird, and yet every one of us is unique. Note the difference: God made us unique. But as these words begin to plague our lives even at a tender and vulnerable age, it begins to shape the person in us. The child in us is damaged. Inferiority begins to set in and devours the destiny that God has for us. We begin to think that if that is what people think about us, then we must be not worth loving at all.

But have we forgotten about what GOD says about us? Who is bigger – God or men? It is high time to get into the truth about who we really are. There is so much that God has in store for us, only waiting for us to embrace it. It really does not matter what people think or say about you, because when they see the work of God in your life, they are going to turn to you. Yes, the very people who have insulted you and despised you will be put to shame.

We need to take a step of faith to believe that we are precious in the eyes of God and He has got something wonderful in store for us. That is the truth. If God loves you enough to die for you, then He must have loved you enough to bring you through every circumstance. It does not matter if people approve of you, because God is delighted in you.

So stop believing that you are nothing but trash. Stop believing that you are second best. Stop settling for the inferior because you believe that that is only what you deserve. God says that you deserve the very best from Heaven because you are His child.

You have got so much potential in the Lord. Begin to see yourself as God sees you. Be free to be the person that God has created you to be, and not trying to be like somebody else. Repent and ask for forgiveness from God because you have believed in the lies of the devil. Then ask God to reveal to you His plans for your life, and embrace it. You will be amazed at how God can use you to shame the wise.

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