How We See Ourselves



Numbers 13:33 KJV:
And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
How we see ourselves matters a LOT. Often times, it influences how others see us and ultimately, it affects the quality of life that we experience.
In the Scripture above, 10 of the spies sent out to scope the Promised Land came back with a negative but interesting report. Part of their report stated that when they saw the inhabitants of the land who were literally giants, in their own eyes they became like grasshoppers and then they became like grasshoppers in the sight of the giants.
This is really interesting stuff. They were first grasshoppers in their own sight and then they became as such in the eyes of the giants.
Their perception of themselves influenced the way others saw them.
Note that it was not that the 10 spies were grasshoppers or like one; weak, cowardly, puny, defenseless, etc. nor was it that the giants, in relation to or because of their own size, saw them as such. It was simply that they allowed what was on the outside (the sight of the giants) affect their perception of who they were (and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers) which in turn influenced their external experience (and so were we in their sight).
This dynamic happens to most of us. We sometimes let external things get to us, allowing them to reframe our beliefs and perceptions about ourselves which in turn influences how others see and treat us.
For example, a particularly intimidating or challenging experience could leave us feeling unsure of ourselves. It could be a failed exam, a mistake, a sub par performance, a sin (habitual or otherwise), or even the way others treat us. Whatever it is, we let it get to us and that begins to shape or alter the way we see ourselves, changing or perpetuating the way others see us and ultimately our experience of life.
Now, I am not saying that in all cases, we are responsible for the way others treat us- some people are just going to be mean, spiteful, disrespectful,etc. regardless.
What I am saying is that often times, the solution to changing the way others treat us and ultimately our quality of life lies in changing the way we see ourselves; our deep seated beliefs about ourselves.
The way we change how we see ourselves and develop the right set of beliefs is by looking unto Jesus because He is who God wants us to be- Rom.8:29; Eph.1:5; and who we are- 1 Cor.6:17; Heb.2:11,12; 1John 3:2a.
Looking unto Jesus involves fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit because it is He who guides us into all of Jesus: John 16:13-15; 2Cor.3:18; 1John 2:20,27. He essentially reveals to us Jesus in all of His glory thereby causing a change in our beliefs about ourselves because we are one with Christ.
One of the ways we fellowship with the Holy Spirit is by speaking in other tongues. The Bible teaches-1Cor.2:13-
that in speaking in other tongues we are being taught by the Spirit whose job as we have just seen is to guide us into all of Jesus.
Constant fellowship with the Spirit is the key to maintaining the right perspective and belief no matter what.
Let's give ourselves to constant fellowship.

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