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Last month a bunch of us made 5 resolutions. If you weren’t with us feel free to jump in now.  You can review them here.  This week I am blogging on Resolution #1 which is:  
I resolve to see myself as God sees me. 

One of the biggest obstacles to overcome in order to keep this resolution is the temptation to compare ourselves to other people.  This temptation exists for men and women alike, however, in the realm of comparing physical appearance and measuring beauty I don’t think anyone could argue the fact that women have it way worse. We are bombarded with an endless stream of images and messages luring us to measure our worth by what we look like.  So let’s all feel sorry for ourselves for a second.

Ok that’s it…now let’s get over it and fight to keep ourselves from falling prey to it.
The onslaught is not going to end anytime soon so…

Let’s stop buying into it.  (we could make that Resolution #1a !)

 “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”   1 Samuel 16:7

In context, God was correcting Samuel’s thinking.  I need that sometimes ~ a little readjustment of my thinking. Samuel was trying to figure out who God’s anointed one was based on looks and physical ability alone.  But God had chosen David because of his heart. He was described as a brave man, a warrior who chose his words well.  A man after God’s heart.  He also happened to be handsome but it’s interesting that God went out of his way to point out that it did not factor into His decision to choose him as His anointed one.

I love that David was chosen for his heart and yet this same man wrote the Psalm that cried out,

“Create in me a new heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me” Psalm 51:10

That Psalm was written out of David’s brokenness from making a mess of things and succumbing to temptation.  But the good news that everyone needs to hear is in Psalm 51:17.  The word tells us that God will not despise a broken and contrite heart.

God sees straight through to your heart and no matter what condition it is in, if your desire is for it to be clean, He will wash it white as snow.  Now that is beautiful.

Some days I wake up feeling strong.  I love those days! But other days I feel…, well…, not so convinced.  Some days no matter how I try to push through and put on the full armor of God I just feel like this..

girl warrior

Overdressed in a clunky outfit!

When God told Gideon that He was going to use him to save Israel, He told him to go in the strength that he had and then he said these five words…”I will be with you.”

Those five words make all the difference in the world.  It is the difference between operating solely in our own strength and operating with whatever strength we have and allowing God to add His strength to ours. 

There is an old song by Twila Paris called The Warrior is a Child

It goes like this…

Lately I’ve been winning battles left and right
But even winners can get wounded in the fight
People say that I’m amazing
Strong beyond my years
But they don’t see inside of me
I’m hiding all the tears
They don’t know… that I go running home when I fall down
They don’t know… who picks me up when no one is around
I drop my sword and cry for just a while
‘Cause deep inside this armor
The warrior is a child

I think we all feel like that child at times.  No matter how strong you appear on the outside. But He is right there with you.

And THIS is how He sees you!
You ~ the Warrior

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”  Ephesians 6: 10-13

Well, we are 2 months into the new year and usually by now I have long forgotten my resolutions or have chosen to block them out of my mind if they had anything to do with diet or exercise!  But this year is different.  This year I made some resolutions at our first GNO of the year (along with some of you) that I am trying hard to keep top of mind.  
At our kickoff event for FTGI this year I challenged everyone attending to make 5 resolutions for this year that will keep us moving towards our dreams and will help us to live a fulfilling and successful life. I would love to extend that challenge to anyone reading that may not have attended and encourage you to come on this journey with us.  At the end of the evening last month we each made these declarations….
1. I resolve to see myself as God sees me
2. I resolve to lighten up! 
3. I resolve to refuse to settle.
4. I resolve to be fearless 
5. I resolve to never give up!
The message of the evening was inspired by the story of Gideon.  I have spent a lot of time entrenched in his story because I can relate to him on so many levels. When we are introduced to Gideon in Judges 6:11 we find Gideon threshing wheat in a wine press.  He was trying to stay hidden because his tribe was under constant attack.  He was not able to do his job in the normal way because if he did he would be an open target for his enemies.  
Have you ever been there?  You have a job to do (one you thought God asked you to do) but circumstances just keep making it more and more difficult to accomplish!   I have definitely been there.  I remember even recently having a little bit of an attitude with God ( I know that’s shocking) because I was trying to carry out a task I knew He had called me to do but it seemed like all the powers in the universe were coming against it making it more and more difficult.  I just felt like giving up.  I knew it was not ultimately what I wanted to be doing forever but I did believe that it was what He was asking me to do in that season.  So I found myself asking…”if I am here, doing what you clearly told me I should be doing then why is it SO hard?” (hence, the attitude)  But reading Gideon’s story encouraged me.   I don’t want to read into the text too much but I find it interesting that it was during Gideon’s time of persistence under persecution that the angel of the Lord showed up out of nowhere.
There, in the drudgery of the work at hand…work I’m sure he didn’t feel like was his ultimate calling in life…work that he probably would have traded places with anyone for… there, in that place of faithful persistence God finds him.  But here’s the thing.  God did not just accidentally stumble upon him.  He actually saw him all along.  I believe that God was developing character in him that would sustain him for the much larger assignment God had for him.  It is often during those character proving times of hardship that God is preparing you for a bigger assignment.  But we want to just get through it as fast as we can.  I know I do.  
But the angel of the Lord showed up and when he addressed Gideon he said, “The Lord is with you mighty warrior.”  MIGHTY WARRIOR? Gideon must have looked around as if to say, “Are you talking to me?” Gideon did not see himself as a mighty warrior.  In fact he let the angel know that he was, in fact, the weakest in his clan and not only that…his clan is the weakest of all the clans.  The weakest of the weak!  And yet God saw something that Gideon himself could not see.  God knew the plans He had for Gideon.  He knew that His power would be perfected in Gideon’s weakness.  
So Gideon had to start seeing himself as God saw him.  If he continued seeing himself with his own eyes he would see only his weakness, his fragility and his faults.  He would never have been able to accomplish the big assignment that was waiting for him.  And the salvation of a nation depended on it.  
It is so important for you to start seeing yourself as God sees you not only for your sake but for the sake of the lives that you will impact when you are living the life you were created to live.  
For the next few weeks I would love to have the privilege of encouraging you on your journey to live by these resolutions.  I’m going to take one resolution a week and expound on them and see where it takes us…
I would love to interact with you so feel free to leave your comments.
Lots of love fellow warriors!!
The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”
Judges 6:11-12