In our study of self-worth and significance in God, we want to now turn to the issue of why we struggle. Why is basing our identity upon what God says about us SO difficult? The reason is because of the flesh.
But here we get into trouble. What is the “flesh” that the Bible talks about? Is it really a “sin nature” or what? We begin discussing this issue as a preliminary look into renewing the mind.
Finding our significance in God is a journey … a journey into love. This isn’t an instance of love … this is a journey. That means we work this out, step by step, in real life.
Journey Into Love
We have spent several weeks talking about the problem in the fall of man and The Lie. Now I want to start getting into more of what the Answer is. If you listen to my show, I’m sure you know the Answer … Jesus … God … the Trinity … the Gospel. But how do we implement this? We talk about the first perspective of this … seeing your life as a journey … a journey into love.
Toxic love, unhealthy relationship, toxic relationship, and bad relationship are all different names for the same thing as I see it.
Toxic love is a sickness in the hearts of the participants. It is a union of unhealthy and needy individuals. It is a parasite of the human spirit. It uses another person’s weakened spirit to survive. It is an emotional cancer that destroys the healthy parts of a person until there is nothing left except an empty shell– unless its progression is stopped!
A person in a toxic love relationship can fool themselves and their partner into believing that they are protectors, givers, nurturers, or enlighteners. The condition of the relationship is one of uncertainty, anger, neediness, insecurity, and suspicion.
The fact that man has believed The Lie and fallen results in chaos in his life … he no longer knows who he is … he is divorced from any value he had, since his relationship with God was to be the fullest expression of his worth.
Today, at the end of the twentieth century, the race of man is still partaking of that original lie … that man can find his self-worth outside of God.
Father God? Or Daddy God? A listener recently wrote me and mentioned how they had their “father’s shadow” looming over their lives as they dealt with their self-worth.
I can relate. Being raised without a dad, and even having some disturbing encounters with him at an early age, I struggled with seeing God as my Daddy. He was simply “The Father” which was cold and distant. I share about why seeing God as your Papa/Daddy is a huge step toward establishing self-worth in your life.
The Significance Journey … to learn a new self-worth based on what God says about you isn’t easy. We’ve built up years of “stinkin thinkin” that just doesn’t go away over night.
The lie of the fall in the Garden of Eden was that man could live independently from God, govern his own life, control his own destiny. Join me to learn about the original blueprint of man … join me on the significance journey.