First, since childhood, people all around us try to make us into who they want us to be. If we fall short of their expectations, they criticize, ridicule, and scold us, leading us to think we are worthless. They withdraw their love, telling us indirectly that we are not worth caring about. They tell us, sometimes silently, we are "bad" and should be someone else.
Second, our sense of identity changes as we go through life because those we come in contact with, and our experiences, change our sense of who we are. Sometimes that's good; sometimes it's bad. If we fall into bad company, we may see ourselves as good-for-nothing; if we sit among those who are proud, we may become arrogant. If we are around those who appreciate us, we get a stronger sense of who we are or can be; if we surround ourselves with those who put us down, we get a sense that we don't deserve to be respected.
And, just for the record, when a child is exposed to homosexuality it confuses their developing sexuality and destroys their young developing minds, it is pornographic by it’s very nature to each child it is presented to.
What we come to believe about ourselves is a powerful influence on who we think we are! You may even wonder where to go to find out who you are. Because while other people may inflate our sinful egos or crush our tender hearts, we may be utterly wrong in our view of ourselves. So, where can we turn for a true picture of our real nature?
Since GOD made us, HE alone knows us through and through, better than we even know ourselves! HE has revealed the Truth about us in HIS Word, the Holy Bible! There we find GOD’S Plan for us. HIS Truth, in its entirety.
This nature is imputed to us when we become Believers, and is being Created in us as we continue Trusting in our LORD, our GOD, JESUS CHRIST and while HIS HOLY GHOST conforms us to HIS image, perfectly ours in glory. What is our True Nature? JESUS CHRIST! It was HE Who taught me how to be a man through Scripture and HIS Example.
Dear Heavenly FATHER, I know I fall short of living and giving YOU Glory in all I do, and I Thank YOU for YOUR Patience, YOUR Strength, YOUR Guidance and YOUR Mighty Presence. Please grant that I may continue to discover my True Nature in YOUR Name and allow YOUR Light to shine brightly through my every word, deed and action. Thank YOU, JESUS. Please keep me and watch over me. I Praise YOU & I Glorify YOU with all that I am! I Pray to YOU, JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth, in YOUR Precious Name. Amen.
Reading 2Peter 3:1-18 this morning….