I recently had the awesome opportunity to attend a training on inner healing prayer. One of the focuses of this particular type of healing prayer is to continually ask God for His perspective on a given event in our life or to ask what His truth or opinion is about us. This is a real paradigm shift for most people, and one I feel led to make a habit in my own life (though as someone who really enjoys figuring things out for myself, laying that down and simply asking God for His opinion on something instead of immediately forming my own…well, that is going to cause some growing pains, I believe!).
What continues to stick with me is this: we all need to get into agreement with God about what He says about us. Too often, we are in agreement with the enemy and don’t even realize we are doing it. We focus on what we perceive as lack or shortcomings and decide, subconsciously perhaps, that those shortcomings say something about who we are. Have you ever caught yourself thinking or saying things like:
“Nothing ever works out for me.”
“Well, you know, I’m not exactly much to look at.”
“I always finish last; I can’t get ahead no matter what I do.”
“I’m such a failure!”
“I’m really nothing special.”
This is not what God has to say about us! God tells us we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10), chosen and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12), able to do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13) and much, much more! We have a choice. We can agree with what our circumstances tell us, we can agree with what the enemy wants us to believe (which is always a lie) or we can agree with God who doesn’t just speak the truth, He IS truth. Getting in agreement with God’s truth about us sets us free from the lies of the enemy that keep us stuck in discouragement, insecurity, bitterness and fear. When we agree with God’s truth about us, it truly does set us free to boldly and confidently do the things He calls us to do. It also frees us to enjoy us; to like who we are the way God created us to be. If God rejoices over us shouldn’t we enjoy who we are as well? If God is joyful about the good plans He has for us, shouldn’t we also be joyful and expect good things?
Ultimately, we give power to whomever we choose to be in agreement with. We can feed the negative lies of the enemy or we can feed our faith. If we feed negativity we will reap negative things, but if we feed our faith we will reap the blessings of God!