The whisper in the ear.
Dr. James McDonald told a story about a little girl who was born with a cleft palate. She was very self-conscious of her disfigurement. Many people would stare at her. She grew up with a false self-image. She felt that she was not loved. She felt unwanted. Then one day in school her teacher, who she really liked, was doing a hearing test with the students. She would say something to them and have them tell her what she said. The teacher whispered in the little girl’s ear, “I wish you were my little girl.” This changed her life.
What is your self-image? What is the cleft palate in your life? Has the world beaten you down? Are you discouraged? Are you stressed over your job, marriage, financial situation, appearance and performance?
How does God see you? Here is how God sees you. In the blank spaces below put your name. This is what the Great Teacher is whispering in your ear, little child.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed ________ in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose ______ in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined __________ to be adopted as His sons / daughters through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will – to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given _________ in the One He loves. In Him ____________ you have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on ___________ with all wisdom and understanding. And He made known to ___________ the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. Ephesians 1:3-10
God does not see your faults as terrible failures. HE loves you and has given each of us a cleft palate as a means of spiritual growth. God views you completely differently. God is so incredible that even before you were born or even thought of by your parents, he had already decided you would be His son or daughter and you would be Holy in His eyes. It defies all human logic. God is not human, He is God and as the scriptures say, ‘who can know the mind of God?’ God does know you. In Jeremiah we read, “before I formed you in the womb I knew you through and through.”
HOLY means to be like God. It is awesome to think God sees you like HIM. God has washed away all of your fear, shame, guilt and sin. Walk in HIS favor as a child of God today. Love as Christ loved you and has forgiven you.
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