Building Scriptural Self-Esteem Bible Study Part 2
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Building Self-esteem Part 2 is a continuation of Part I of this 2-part study. It will lead you to the development of strong inner growth.
Putting On The Full Armour Of God
Sometimes, you may wonder if some people are born leaders or positive thinkers. Why do some people seem to have everything going for them when others, especially Christians, seem to be on the losing end of life?
Being positive, and staying positive is a choice an individual makes. But as Christians, we can be positive through the Word of God which has life and which is always leading us in the path of Jesus Christ. As we continue to follow Jesus by living according to the Word, our confidence grows to do those things which on our own would be difficult, but with God are never impossible.
By conquering what we, as individuals, find difficult or impossible, a high self-esteem level is developed and our ability to change is continually developing us for success. This is having a victorious life in Christ! We’re not perfect, but always being “perfected.”
So we can say that building self esteem and drawing lines for self-improvement is a choice and a blessing from God that we receive by putting on the “new man” at salvation. It is not a talent that we are either born with or without.
God would never come down from heaven and tell you, “George, you may now have permission to build self esteem and improve yourself.” We were created in His image, so all we have to do is take on His characteristics by becoming the “new man” in Christ Jesus at salvation.
Ephesians 6 :16-17 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God:
In life, it can be difficult to stay firm in who you are, especially when things and people around you keep trying to pull you down. But as long as you are fixed in knowing who you are (in Christ) you only need to carry the shield of faith, the sword of truth (the Word of God) and wear the helmet of your salvation to remain strong and win your battles.
This approach, according to Ephesians 6 :16-17, will give you a deeply rooted and God-given self-esteem and greater wisdom through “change” from within, resulting in a better attitude, productive behavior and “Word-based” thinking that you can do all things through Jesus Christ.
Building self-esteem by identification in Christ will eventually lead to self-improvement if we start to become responsible for who we are, what we have and what we do. Its like a flame that should gradually spread like a brush fire from inside and out. When we develop self-esteem, we take control of our mission, values and discipline.
The Building Blocks Of High Self-Esteem
High self-esteem brings about self improvement, true assessment, and determination. So how do you start putting up the building blocks of self-esteem?
- Here are a few major ways:
- Be positive.
- Be contented and happy.
- Be appreciative.
- Never miss an opportunity to compliment.
- Always walk in God’s love
A positive way of living will help you build self esteem, which will lead to self-achievement and ultimately success in whatever you do.
What I just said is all good and well, but it is only positive thinking. However, add God’s Word to that and you’ll experience success by God’s standards, which is more fulfilling.
Here are three ways in which you can do this:
1. It is not enough to give up things for Christ. Know that you must set your mind on heavenly things and the wrong things will drop off for a permanent change.
2. See yourself in Christ daily and in all that you do. If you can’t do something in the name of Jesus, then don’t do it! Doing this will help the Spirit of God guide you in all things.
3. It is not enough to stop something. You must also start something else. So, when you quit a bad habit, begin a positive action from the Word of God.
scriptural Self-Esteem Guide
Here is a practical guide that will help you overcome some of the most common areas where our self-esteem is attacked.
If you can remember that you are always the victor, then you will remain composed and confident no matter what the challenge. And when you feel a bit more challenged than you can handle, meditate on scripture that is appropriate for you.
A good example of scripture is Matthew 19:26. “…With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Another example is Philippians 4:19.
Building Self-esteem #1: Negative Work Environment
Beware of the “dog eat dog” theory where everyone else is fighting just to get a head. This is where non-appreciative people usually thrive. No one will appreciate your contributions even if you miss lunch and dinner, and stay up late. Stay out of this, it will ruin your self esteem. Just walk in Godâ€™s love toward your co-workers.
With God, you don’t have to worry about competition, he will promote you in due time as you center on doing your work for Him and not others (1 Peter 4:6). He appreciates you and will always find a way to lift you above those who are fighting for the top.
Center upon Christ, do your work at the best of your ability, and you will move forward without having to worry and be upset with others. Always make it a point to enjoy your work day and your life.
Building High Self-esteem #2: Other People’s Behavior
Bulldozers, brown nosers, gossipmongers, whiners, backstabbers, snipers, people filled with self-pity, controllers, naggers, complainers, exploders, patronizers, sluffers and some of your own family members; these types of people will pose negative feelings toward your self esteem, as well as toward your self-improvement efforts. However, if you look to God you will see who you are in Christ.
God describes the above behaviors as abominable. He does not and cannot favor such people because they go against His nature (although He does love them).
Follow God’s nature and speak well of others rather than bad things (unless they are harming someone or stealing). Never pity yourself, try to back stab for any position, or take your negative past or problems out on others. Doing so says that you have little or no faith in God. Stop whining and trust Him. Philippians 4:6-8 says it all for how you should think and act for success. Please look us these verses and meditate in them daily.
Building High Self-esteem #3: Changing Environments
You can’t be a green bug on a brown field. Changes challenge our comfort zone without a doubt. They test our flexibility, adaptability and alter the way we think. Changes will make life difficult for awhile, they may cause stress but they will help us find ways to improve ourselves. This is the way God shapes us into the people He can use as He prepares us to fulfill our destinies.
If you want to avoid the mediocre, then move up to God’s ways and let Him test, challenge and refine you into the great creation you are.
Building Self-esteem #4: Past Experience
It’s okay to cry and say “ouch!” when we experience pain. But don’t let pain transform itself into fear. It might grab you by the tail and swing you around. Treat each failure and mistake as a lesson.
Every mistake you make can be turned around by God into a success. See mistakes not a failures, but stepping stones to greater things that are unknown to you in the present. Your past is dead, so don’t let it haunt you.
Building High Self-esteem #5: Negative World View
Don’t get involved with all the negativity in the world or dwell on the negative that is happening to you. In building self-esteem, we must learn how to look to God and trust Him to turn what is happening to us into a victorious situation.
Building High Self-esteem #6: Your Identity
The way you are and your behavioral traits is said to be a mixed end product of your inherited traits (genetics), your upbringing (character), and your environmental surroundings such as your spouse, the company, the economy or your circle of friends. However you have your own identity through Jesus Christ.
If your father is a failure, it doesn’t mean you have to be a failure too. You are free to be the success God made you to be after His own image.
To learn more about changing the patterns of your genetics and patterning yourself after Christ, take the Seed Of Recreation Bible Study.
Building High Self-esteem #7: Learning From Others
God’s wisdom is at play through the mistakes of others. Never be too stubborn to learn from them. Many times God uses people to help us, but we need to be close to God to know His leading. Listen, and then take time to wait upon God for answers.
Follow these steps as they arise in your life and you’ll rise to greater heights with God to accomplish greater confidence and ability in Him.
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