Devotional 12/7

Descendants of Jacob, I, the Lord, created you and formed your nation. Israel, don’t be afraid. I have rescued you. I have called you by name; now You are mine. Isaiah 43:1

Self -Value: How you hold your Self within yourself, and what you expect to get in return.
Iyanla Vanzant

Society tells us that expensive things have value. We pay the most money for something we say has high value, we wait on line for sneakers and the latest iPhone. Some people steal, in order to get what they consider to be a valuable thing. Society says that women and men who look good and have money are valuable. But value does not come from the material things we possess, neither from our looks and appearance. Our worth is not based on what people can see, or in who we think we are, or by what we have. Image result for made in God's image quote -bible

What is the most valuable thing you have? How much are your shoes or sneakers worth? Whose phone is more valuable in your household? A broken phone can have unpublished books, songs and movies which just need to be sent to a manager to be worth 100 million. While the most expensive phone will only have personal info and pics, which are not worth money, but are valuable to each individual.

Worth: to the fullest extent of one’s value or ability; having monetary or material value-estimable;

  • Self-worth: Confidence in one’s worth or abilities; self-respect, pride, dignity. Faith in oneself, self-confidence; Self-regard, self-consideration, self-concern; giving of attention to self.

Self-respect: pride and confidence in oneself; a feeling that one is behaving with honor and dignity.

  • Respect: a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

We are the spiritual Israel, who was engrafted by God into His plans of salvation. Why would God even bother with saving us? 

Let’s pray:

Lord God, you know the end even from the beginning. Thank you for calling us into fellowship with you, thank You that we have been called and chosen. Help us to make our election sure. May having your Holy Spirit in our lives, make us confident in Your work in us, despite our flaws and shortcomings. Thank you that I am beautiful, made in Your image and with your creativity: may this belief be implanted in the hearts of your children. May we appreciate our unique qualities, understanding that you are making a masterpiece out of us. In the Almighty name of Jesus, Amen.  

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