Sunday, August 23, 2015

{Glory Art} Scripture Challenge #15, Christ-Esteem

Note: Please click here to see today's Glory Art {Tip}. 

The Study
How many times have you heard someone say to you or about someone else "You have low self-esteem." "Oh, they have low self-esteem." What is self-esteem? Well, wikipedia says:

"Self-esteem reflects a person's overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self."

That definition surely is self-focused. As Christians, we are to be Christ-focused. So how does that effect us? Let me give you an example. My daughter that attended Army Cadet Initial Entry Training this summer had the opportunity to speak to a pastor while at her training. She told him that she was scared, that she wasn't good enough for training, and that she was not physically fit compared to others. The pastor told her that her problem was that she was looking to herself for each training event instead of God. Obviously her self-esteem wasn't working; she needed Christ-esteem because He has already done everything already and He could carry her through. If Jesus suffered as He did, then He could certainly carry her. He mentioned to her that she didn't need self-esteem but Christ-esteem. I loved that.

Psalm 54:4 "Surely God is my help; the Lord is the One who sustains me."

Psalm 55:22 "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken."

Isaiah 46:4 "Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you."

Romans 8:31b "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

As we experience Christ-esteem, it builds our faith. Faith should be the governing factor in how we live our lives daily. Don't be self-focused but experience the joys of being Christ-focused.

James 1:2-4 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

It's not about me; it's all about God! It's not about you; it's all about God! We are to become the person that God called us to be. He has a purpose for each and every one of us. So how do your emotions and attitudes reflect Christ? Are you focusing on self- or Christ-esteem?

"God often reminds us that all our concerns and complaints are centered on one person: ourselves." Margaret Feinberg

The following image was on flickr by Lisa Bevere. I hope you enjoy it also.

So, what part of "self" do you need to lay down and trust Christ?

The Art
I created another art journaling page for today. And for our Glory Art {Tips} today, I have listed the step-by-step instructions so that you can see how I created this page. Click here to see that post. I hope you find it helpful.

Feel free to join us on the Facebook page where some people will be sharing their creations. We also have some discussions that will be going on there too about the study. If you don't use Facebook and want to share your creation here, do so below by using Inlinkz! To see all of the information regarding this challenge and the previous studies and art tips, please see this post here. Have a blessed week!

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Melanie Lewis said...

Wonderful reminder!! Thank you!! Our sufficiency is in Christ.

Team Clark said...

Great page, awesome layers!

Margaret Feinberg said...

Beautiful pieces of art, and a reminder I needed to hear today!

Susan Carol said...

What a wonderful post. I love the concept of Christ-esteem. Love your page too.

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