One of the first things God does to change our future is to change our view or picture of ourselves. Our view or picture of ourselves is always linked to our purpose and destiny. A wrong view is a major limitation to our advancing into all that God has prepared for us. No Christian can fulfill their God given purpose in life if they think they are the same person they used to be before they received salvation. This is why Romans 12:2 exhorts us to be transformed (changed) by the renewing of our mind. Our mind needs renewed to see ourselves as God sees us as In Christ. That is our new identity from becoming new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). We can see examples of how we need to see ourselves as God sees us in several Old Testament Bible characters. Notice how He had to change Moses, Gideon, and Jeremiah’s view of themselves before their purpose could be fulfilled.
Exodus 3:10-14 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. 11 And Moses said unto God, WHO AM I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? 12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee.
Moses needed to see that he wasn’t alone but that God was with him and was going to use him. God spent more time talking to Moses than anyone else (Read Exodus 3 and 4). Moses had a hard time accepting God’s thoughts over his own thoughts partly because Moses focused on his own limitations instead of God’s greatness. He finally yielded to God’s thoughts and His assignment for his life.
Judges 6:12-16 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. 13 And Gideon said unto him, OH MY LORD, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. 14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? 15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. 16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
Gideon needed to see that he was a mighty man of valour and that God was with him.
Jeremiah 1:4-8 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6 Then said I, AH, LORD GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7 But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.
Jeremiah needed to see that God’s claim on his life was before anyone else had a claim for it was before he was born.
Seeing ourselves like God sees us is important to our fulfilling our purpose. We cannot fulfill it if we think we are the person we used to be before we got saved. It is so important to God that we forget our past in terms of its ability to hinder the future He has planned that He emphasizes the destruction of our past in our new birth or new creation experience (at salvation). “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new 2 Cor. 5:17.” The Good News is that we don’t have to generate or strain to work up a proper view of ourselves but simply BEHOLD IT (in the Word) and BELIEVE IT. Second Corinthians 3:18 says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
WE ARE WHO GOD SAYS WE ARE.
WE HAVE WHAT GOD SAYS WE HAVE.
WE CAN DO WHAT GOD SAYS WE CAN DO.