The Key of Alignment: Self-Worth - David Mitts


Divine Alignment: Self Worth

But one has testified somewhere, saying, "WHAT IS MAN, THAT THOU REMEMBEREST HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT THOU ART CONCERNED ABOUT HIM? "THOU HAST MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; THOU HAST CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAST APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF THY HANDS; (Hebrews 2:6-7 NAS77)

Listen to Self-Worth

We began to speak last week about divine alignment. When we align ourselves to reality then life works the way it is supposed.  The biblical term for this alignment is justification. Like a typewriter of old or a word processor, there are margins and tabs of alignment, so there are margins and boundaries of alignment for those who have been made justified. 

When we are aligned correctly our margins are right.  By margins, I am speaking about the belief boundaries of our heart.  We act in accordance to what we believe to be true.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; (Romans 3:23-24 NAS77)

A lot of folks like to emphasized the “all have sinned” part but what about the justified part?  Justified means set in the right alignment.  Now, like all things of the spirit, they exist in resource form like books in the library, but they need to be activated spiritually.

All of us know people including ourselves who have great potential but have not crossed the threshold of effectiveness.  A way to think of that is like a see-saw.  The thing we or they want to accomplish is on one end of the see-saw, but their belief boundary is too close to the middle to lift the goal.  As they move backwards on the see-saw they reach a point where the leverage of their position allows them to lift the boundary with their weight.  Weight is called glory or kavod in Hebrew.  The weight or glory of a person is based on the position of their belief boundary.  As they shift their position their boundary changes and they can control larger accomplishments.  It is NOT a question of calling or potential but of where they see themselves and what they will allow themselves to do based on that belief. Look with me at 2 Timothy1:5-7.

For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. And for this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. (2 Timothy 1:5-7 NAS77).

Timothy had a spiritual inheritance from his mom and grandma but he still was instructed to activate it. Notice that the Apostle Paul is dealing with timidity.  So Timothy must have had the call, the potential for greatness!  Yet he was struggling with timidity or fear.  Why was that?  Because even though Paul had laid hands on him and believed in him and he had a great mom and grandma, he still had to activate afresh the “gift”of God that was in him, his potential.

In a similar fashion, we have divine alignments which we need to activate.
One of these central to our breakthroughs is self-worth or how we see ourselves. 
How we see ourselves and how we feel about ourselves affects every aspect of our lives.  Self-worth is a key component to fulfilling our destiny in life.

We can know our worth through one standard, or one unit of measurement.  We are worth the price that was paid for our redemption.  Let’s look at Psalm 8:
O LORD, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory on [or above] the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and unweanedinfants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger. [Mat 21:15-16

When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth!"  Psa 8:1-9 (AMP)

First of all, the book ends of the Psalm are the statements of how excellent is the name of the Lord in all of the earth.  The Hebrew word for excellent is “Adir”.  It is the word picture of a swelling, or a round shape.  It has many uses but the one that caught my attention in today’s context is the feeling of pride that a father has for the accomplishments of a child.  The Name of Yeshua causes a swelling of pride in all the earth.  This is connected directly to self-worth.  His name in all the earth is a declaration of how He feels about His Sons and Daughters.

We see this with Yeshua as a firstborn of many brothers and sisters at the River Jordan and again on the Mount of Transfiguration:
"and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.""  Mat 3:17 (NASB)

"While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, "This is My belovedSon, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!""  Mat 17:5 (NASB)

We are designed with a God approval need in us.  God made us with a need for His approval and so He demonstrates that with Yeshua and it is reflected in Psalm 8. If we don’t receive our approval from God, then we will need to get it from other earthly or demonic sources. Approval is a key to our effectiveness in life .Psalm 8 continues with:
Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger.

Babes and infants are the most vulnerable, the weakest in the natural.  But because our self-worth is from God and NOT from our own strength, our weakness establishes His strength.  The enemy taunts our weaknesses, accuses us and reminds of our imperfections and God in that place of humility when we reach out to Him establishes who we truly are because of our weaknesses and that revelation transforms us.

Next in Psalm 8, we see the true worth of man, a little lower than God (Elohim) and created in His image so empowered with glory and honor!  We can be as BIG as our God is as long as we are small in our own strength.  It is a paradox, our worth is from Him and is unlimited but requires a humility, a dependence on Him to give us His words of approval.

You determine value by what you pay for something.  God values us by giving up His Own Son to draw us back to Him.  This is because He knows we need to hear His voice of approval.  In that place of love the fear we were born into is silenced.  Religion starts from fear and tries through performance to earn approval from God.  God through His Love, starts with approval based in love and then in that place of love we trust Him through faith and we transform into the glory He has for us.
"In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."  1Jn 4:9-11 (NKJV)

He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us! Try to grasp that kind of love.  This is the ground of being that we live in.  We are loved, accepted, valuable and then we do.  The opposite ungodly way of life is that we do and if we do well enough then we are someone, we are significant.  This is called the life of the flesh.  The flesh life is not just the evil strategies of sin, lust, jealousy, envy, greed, murder, stealing etc.  No the flesh is any strategy or action that is from the ground of being of lack of approval, lack of worth.  

Once our essential worth is established in our being, then we do things out of a place of worth, value, being loved and treasured.  We cannot hear  that enough because every message we have ever received came from the other kingdom.

This is why we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We need to set our thoughts, ground ourselves continually in the reality, the alignment that we are loved, treasured and valued.
"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."  Rom 8:5-6 (NKJV)

Peace is the condition of the heart and mind when we are approved of.  We are hungry for approval because we were made that way.  It is not wrong to seek approval.  It is very right!  But we need to get our approval from the right source or we will be in bondage to our own need.

Activation:
1. Do you have a general sense of approval or disapproval?
2. Do you feel that you will lose approval based on performance?
3. Did you grow up in an environment of conditional approval?
4. Do you have a clear distinction between who you are and what you do?
5. Do you have a difficult time giving acceptance and love to others when they don’t perform up to your standards?
6. Is your approval based on your works or the finished work of the cross?

Partner up and share with your partner what the Lord has shown you today.  OK, now let’s pray in the spirit and then ask the Lord: “Who am I to you?”

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