YOU HAVE BEEN HIGHLY ESTEEMED AND THE JUDGE SAYS “NOT GUILTY”!


How do you see yourself today?  Do you depend on how you feel about yourself or do you take what people say about you and apply that to your mind and heart?  Who has the right to say anything about who you really are?  Who sees the inside and who tells you the truth?

Paul says that the mark of a true believer is that we put no confidence in the flesh; we put no hope in our selves.  He explains all the things he could have ‘esteem’ in about himself, his heritage, his passion for the Church, his knowledge of Scripture, or being a good person is not how  a Christian or God bases esteem.

You hear people talking about our journey with Christ must be a relationship.  That relationship involves a Holy God, His son, His Holy Spirit imparting knowledge into your heart.  Heart knowledge…heart esteem…heart relationship.  So, we allow these God personalities to block what the “Evil One” or flesh would say to us as individuals.

Those of us who are married or have been married, know that relationships involve open honesty and transparency.  The same applies to the ultimate relationship with God.  Listening to the Holy Spirit (thereby gaining insight and strength), telling Him the secrets of your heart (He will not condemn), He will encourage and speak truth, and responding in obedience.  (You can only be in relationship when you submit)

Healthy Esteem?  God provides that.  Will you accept it?

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“Wildflower Bride in Dry Creek, by Janet Tronstad


So many times in real life, the Holy Spirit chooses family members or close friends to show someone visibly how Christ came into their world and accomplished an overhaul on their lives.

Tyler Stone, as did his brothers, went through the first part of his life with low self-esteem based on poverty, lifestyle, a dysfunctional family and without God. He seemed to feel that no matter what he did or how good he did it, he would never be a stable or loving husband or father.

When he finally visits his former hometown, he sees miraculous changes in other people’s lives. He also is at his point of need and begins to note that God does seem reachable.

A young woman whom he served as a body-guard in their teens still shares a special relationship with him. After a family secret is revealed, he begins to understand more about the root of his insecurity and then opens his heart to God’s care and redemption.

It is amazing how so many people have trusted Christ in this small place and how the power and strength of God permeates and continues to reach others.

This story by Janet Tronstad, from the “Return to Dry Creek” series, is again one that could easily be real and in any Montana cowboy town. I recommend this easy and enjoyable read! Continue reading