ImageBeing a Christian isn’t the easiest thing to do sometimes, especially when you feel totally misunderstood.  It can be quite painful.  Someone has judged you without knowing all the facts, or from deliberately ignoring your point of view, but the beauty is knowing that when others misunderstand who you are, God says loud and clear, “I understand you, My child.”  He offers us His complete care and concern for our well-being.  What an awesome God we serve!

Followers of Jesus Christ know that being misunderstood was one of the hardest trials He suffered while here on earth. His message was rejected. People often talked about Him and those who followed Him.  They laughed and taunted them, but not one time did Jesus turn around and become bitter at those people.  He still loved them and showed them the mercy of God!  So you’ve got to know the closer you follow Jesus, the more you’ll be misunderstood. It’s a simple fact!  Get used to it!

To keep from getting discouraged, you’ve got to stay on your knees, and keep your eyes on God.  I mean, Only God!  Don’t look to the left or the right.  For if you do, you’ll be left feeling very disappointed.  I guess that’s why the Word of God says not to put all of your faith in man.  Let’s face it, some people can be downright nasty and mean, but don’t forget about those who may not say much around you.  Later you find out they have been spreading rumors based on the misunderstanding.  It’s sad, but true!

Of course there’s another aspect to this.  Sometimes others may misunderstand us because we may be unaware of certain things we do or say to cause the misunderstanding.  It is in those times that we step back and reflect on ourselves.  We should go before God, and seek a clear understanding of who we really are in Him.  If we don’t understand that we can’t expect others to understand us.  With this, we must learn foundational truths that will strengthen our faith and help us break free from circumstances holding us hostage.

First we must understand who we are in Christ!  Take heed. I found this write up by Lifeworks Ministries.  Check it out:

“We can only be changed by the renewing of our mind. Renewing is
like housecleaning. Get rid of the clutter. A good thorough housecleaning
means tossing out the old: the trash, the unnecessary stuff that no longer
fits our lives. Trying to layer new belongings on top of the old or just
stuffing the old items into an already overflowing closet doesn’t free us up
to embrace a new life. It only makes things more cluttered and blocks us
from lasting, substantial change.

It is the same way in our body, mind, and spirit. We can’ t just cover
up the old, we have to get rid of it. Cleansing your beliefs means holding
the old ones up to light of God’s truth and letting Him take them away.
Since we can never have a vacuum, (a place in our heart that is empty), we
must be consistent to fill up our heart with all that is good, so there is no
more room for the bad. Philippians 4:8 says ‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever
things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things.’

You have to set your determination on thinking about and meditating
about , the truth of what God says about you. Those old self images will try
mighty hard to keep coming back. If you give them any consideration, if
you let yourself contemplate the possibility that maybe you aren’t all that
God says you are, those old thoughts will take up residence again and
begin to draw you back into your old life.

This is not easy. It looks easy, it doesn’t take the effort of, say,
climbing Mt Everest, but I don’t want to minimize the struggle, either.
Sadly, many of us were brought up in homes or at tended schools where
hurtful words and attitudes were constantly being dumped on us. We may
have been immersed in abuse that severely damaged our perception of
ourselves. The roots of negative beliefs are dug deep into our soul. The
only way to fully get them out is by a touch from Christ.”

As you spend time mediating on these scriptures, allow Him to
minister to your heart . Our Lord is a gentleman, He will gently start to heal
the wounds without asking you to let go of anything you are not ready to
release.

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• I am a branch of the true vine, and a conduit of Christ’s life – John 15:1-5
• I am a friend of Jesus – John 15:15
• I have been justified and redeemed – Romans 3:23-24; Romans 6:6
 • I am joined to the Lord and am one spirit with him – 1 Corinthians 6:17
• God leads me in the triumph and knowledge of Christ – 2 Corinthians 2:14
• The hardening of my mind has been removed in Christ – 2 Corinthians 3:14
• I am a new creature in Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:17
• I have become the righteousness of God in Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:21
• I have been made one with all who are in Christ Jesus – Galatians 3:28
• I am no longer a slave but a child of an heir – Galatians 4:7
• I have been set free in Christ – Galatians 5:
• I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God – Ephesians 1:4
• I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ – Ephesians 1:7
• I have been predestined by God to obtain an inheritance – Ephesians 1:9-11
• I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise – Ephesians 1:13
• Because of God’s mercy and love, I have been made alive with Christ – Ephesians 2:4-5
• I am seated in the heavenly places with Christ – Ephesians 2:6
• I am God’s workmanship created to produce good works – Ephesians 2:10
• I have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ – Ephesians 2:13
• I am a member of Christ’s body and a partaker of His promise – Ephesians 3:6; Ephesians 5:30

I pray this will lead you to a deeper understanding of who you truly
are meant to be and that others will come to understand your beautiful heart!

Love, Chiquita

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