Are you struggling to believe what God says about you? If you are, you’re not alone. Every day many Christians struggle to believe what God says about them. Oh, we may not say it out loud, but sometimes it’s hard to believe God sees us when we’re in an abusive relationship or when funds are short. A lot of us may not truly know what God says about us. We may have heard a few verses in passing, but how many Christians actually take the time to find out what God says about us?
Today, we’re going to answer the question “What does God think about me?”
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What Does the Bible Say About You?
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” Genesis 1:26 NKJV
When God decided to create humanity, he made a conscious decision to do a number of things:
- To make us in his image. That means we have many similarities with God. We are capable of deep emotion. We were designed for relationship. We are intelligent. And, we were given the ability to take care of things, that is, we are meant to be stewards.
- To put his hands on us. Up to that point, every created thing had been spoken into being. But not man. No, God knelt down in the dust of the earth and formed us with his hands. And when he was done, he leaned over and gave us his breath. It didn’t have to be that way. But God wanted humanity to know they were special to him.
- He decided to give us stewardship over everything he had created. We were designed for responsibility. We were created on purpose, for a purpose.
That’s still true. We’re special to God. And his actions tell us that we will always be in his hands.
God says you are the apple of his eye:
For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.” Zechariah 2:8 NKJV
If you’re the apple of someone’s eye, it means you’re always within their sight. God is protecting and caring for you. You are valuable to God. He cares about what happens to you.
I know it’s hard to hold on to this promise when life gets hard. It’s nearly impossible to believe when trouble surrounds you on every side and you can’t see any help coming. But despite what you may say, remember what God says.
The Bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). But how can we believe when the world says our body type is wrong? How do we claim that identity when ethnicity or religion seems more important than being made in the image of God?
God’s Word says you’re complete in Jesus (Colossians 2:10). But how do you superimpose those words over the ones that say children are a blessing (Psalm 127:3) when your womb remains empty and your husband looks at you as if it’s your fault?
You see, God’s Word is in constant competition with the self-talk that runs through our heads. His promises clash against what we believe about ourselves. What we believe about ourselves is partly what the world says and partly what the Bible says. The sad thing is: sometimes the world’s voice gets so loud it can drown out the truth. You can get so overwhelmed by that voice you forget everything God says about you.
And you may think to be a Christian means you should have it all together.
But sometimes being a Christian just means choosing to align yourself with Christ instead of against him. It means making the decision to ground your identity on what God says about you. Or, if it’s wrapped up in the negative self-talk that runs constantly through your head.
What Does God See When He Looks At Me
Sometimes we look in the mirror and all we can see the labels people have put on us:
We superimpose these words over the image of God. We were made in God’s image and shaped to be like him. Sin marred that image but it is still there. When you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you don’t have to worry what God sees when he looks at you.
When God looks at you he doesn’t see your sins or your past mistakes. He sees his beloved daughter, the child that he has loved since the beginning of time. And God gives you new labels:
You Are What You Believe You Are
When we doubt God, we are choosing to believe someone. Sometimes the enemy’s voice sounds like the world’s. Those chattering voices that tell us things that are not quite true. Oh, some of them sound so good to the ear, but they are bitter when they get into your spirit.
When we believe the lies of the enemy, we become who he says we are. It can become confusing because sometimes the enemy’s voice sounds like yours…not those positive affirmations that you tell yourself…no, he’s hidden in the sly voice that mocks you when you try to speak positively to yourself.
Knowing Your Identity
When I was younger I used to wonder why all the Christians I knew looked so sad. They did not seem to embody the joy they told me was found in Christ. But I’ve come to realize that joy is not the same as happiness.
Joy is that feeling that goes soul-deep.
It digs under the places of doubt, and lack. And need, and want…and shame…way down deep where nobody can see but God. Joy reminds us that these afflictions that we suffer are but for a little while.
True joy is knowing your identity and grabbing hold of it with both hands. Because if we can hold on—really hold—even when our fingers are blistered and our strength is almost gone…
If we can hold on there is a beautiful reward waiting.
The key to knowing your identity is remembering that God knows us intimately. Your life matters to God. He values you.
God Values You
At times like this, I can identify with the father in Mark 9:23-25. He desperately wanted to believe that Jesus could heal his son. For years, he had watched his son being tormented by evil spirits. He had tried everything he could to get help, but nothing worked.
Then he heard that the disciples were in town. For a short time, hope was alive again. Until it wasn’t. Because they couldn’t help him either. By the time he met Jesus, his faith was paper-thin. He couldn’t believe that God could help when no one else had been able to. But he had a choice—he could believe that Jesus could heal his son. Or, he could take the boy home once again and watch as he was tossed about by the enemy.
My friend, I get it. You may be asking: “Am I important to God? Allow me to answer that question for you today. Yes, you are. You’re so important to God he sent his only son to die for you. Though it may be hard to believe what God says about you, I encourage you to cling to his promises even more.
You Matter to God Bible Verses
Here are just a few verses to show how much you matter to God:
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us Romans 5:8 NKJV
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 NKJV
“When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take care of me.” Psalm 27:10 NKJV
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NKJV
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:3-6 NKJV
How to Believe What God Says About You
The process of believing what the Bible has to say about us is not an easy one. It will take effort and time on our part, but it’s something worth doing. Here are four steps to start believing what God says about you:
- Give it up to God. The first part of the process requires confession. Tell God how you feel. Let him know that you doubt what his Word says about you. We’re not doing this in rebellion or in an attempt to defy him, we’re doing this because we’re struggling with our feelings. God made us who we are. He created us to experience the full spectrum of emotions that we do. He can handle our feelings. And the last thing he wants is for us to walk around living a lie.
- Remember his faithfulness. There are so many instances in the Bible where God said he would do something and he did it. Read those stories again. Remind yourself that when he says he will do something, he will. Even if you have been a Christian for only five minutes, I’m sure God has done something for you. Meditate on that. Better yet, write it down so it becomes a record you can refer to in the future.
- Write his promises. Go through your Bible and write down at least ten promises you want to claim. Copy the words exactly as they appear. And then, write a prayer that personalizes it for you. Restate it as a declaration. You are taking God at his Word and you are his child. Every time your mind (or the enemy) tells you something negative, remind him (and yourself) what God says about you.
- Pray his promises back to him. Now, this may seem a little silly because God knows everything. He never forgets and he does not need to be reminded. But you see, this is not for him. This is to remind you that God is faithful and his words are true and will not return to him without producing some fruit. Good fruit. Plenty of fruit.
Whatever may be happening in your life today, remember what God says about you: you are enough and you’re complete in Jesus.
Be sure to also read:
- Never on the Sidelines Because God Chose Me
- 102 Life-Changing Reasons for Going to Church
- Unity Among Christians
**We use verses from different Bible translations. To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit our Scripture Citations.