Do You Know What God Thinks about You?
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At Agave Sozo in Chandler, AZ, we have the privilege of creating a space where people can encounter God and hear his voice. In our ministry, we’ve seen people set free from depression, fear, anxiety, unforgiveness, anger, and so much more. While every testimony and story is sweet, one of our favorite aspects of this ministry is when people get a chance to hear what God actually thinks about them, through revealing a special name, an identity or even an image.
When Sin Becomes Our Identity, We Shrink
Due to the guilt and shame culture that can (unfortunately) be present in the church, many people struggle with believing God thinks negatively about them—that He’s constantly judging their performance and keeping track of where they come up short. And while it’s important to have accountability in our lives, it’s also vital to not make an identity of our sins and shortcomings.
In addition, many of us have negative self-talk running wild and free in our thoughts and imaginations. These messages often come from our childhood and are then reinforced over and over again throughout our lives.
Perhaps you can relate to some of these thoughts:
- “I’m unworthy of love.”
- “I’m a failure.”
- “I don’t read my Bible and pray enough.”
- “I’m a sinner.”
- “There’s something wrong with me.”
- “I don’t do enough for God.”
- “I’ll never be good enough.”
Sadly, with these messages constantly replaying in our minds, we often think that this is what God must believe about us as well.
When God Speaks, We Come to Life
At Agave Sozo, we strongly believe God is in the business of declaring life over people. This can take many forms: a word of encouragement, a Bible passage, the beauty of the sunset, and even a direct communication from God when we listen to His voice. In fact, when we start listening, we realize He always has something to say.
When it comes to our identities, we see in the Bible that God was always calling out the truth in people.
In Judges 6, we enter the scene where Gideon is beating out wheat in his family’s winepress. Suddenly, the angel of the Lord comes along and says, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” Gideon’s response is to ask this stranger why God appears to have forsaken them at this time. And again the angel says, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” Seemingly surprised by the angel’s repetitive use of the word mighty, Gideon pushes back, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” To this, the angel declares, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” Gideon goes on to ask for a sign. But in the end he believes the word of the Lord to him that he is a “mighty man of valor.” Because of this newfound belief in who he is, Gideon gathers 300 men who go on to defeat the whole camp of Median.
What I love about this story is the humanity it shows. At first Gideon doesn’t believe he’s a mighty man of valor. Rather, he believes the opposite—that he is weak and insignificant. I suspect many of us can relate. But when Gideon chooses to embrace the way the Lord sees him, he gets to join the Lord in accomplishing incredible things for the Kingdom of God. From this story, I take away the truth that when God tells us who we are, we are set free to fulfill our true identities.
Do You Want to Know What God Thinks about You?
This may sound too simple, but if you want to know what God thinks about you, just ask Him. And when you ask, there’s one key: listen to the first thing that pops into your head. But how do you know if what you heard was God? If what you hear brings a smile to your face, makes you want to cry or makes you feel seen and known, then you’re on the right track. If it’s contrary to scripture or makes you feel judged and condemned, there’s a good chance you’re hearing your inner critic.
We all need to hear the truth about what God thinks of us. I make it a habitual practice to sit and listen to His thoughts about me. Sometimes He says the same things, and sometimes he tells me something new that I really need at that moment. At times, it can be helpful to have someone facilitate a conversation between you and God. I find my mind flows a little more freely when I’m not the one asking the questions. So if you’d like to know more about our Sozo ministry in Chandler, or you would like to schedule an appointment with an experienced facilitator, give us a call today!