I saw a quote today attributed to Mohammad Ali. He said “I am the greatest. I said that before I knew I was.”
He wasn’t the greatest at the time he said it, but was aware of his destiny and what he was created to achieve. I imagine that when he first said it, there were very few that believed him. Undetered, he kept telling himself that he was the greatest, and once he believed, he went about convincing others that it was true too.
Many people in the church (certainly in the UK) are very cautious about saying things that are not true. Often this is borne out of wisdom, but my concern is that in doing so we prevent some to fulfil their destiny by speaking out truth as God sees things. At its heart, prophecy is seeing a little further ahead, and a little deeper than can be seen in the natural realm. It is speaking the truth that will be, rather than what appears to be.
James tells us that the power of life and death is in the tongue, so speaking positive things about people, including ourselves, will help us to experience life to the full. It could also be said that the opposite is true. If you constantly tell yourself that you are no good (generally, or at something specific), or that you can’t, or that no one loves you, it will not be long until you believe that. The more you believe it yourself, and tell others, many of them will believe it too. It won’t be a conscious thing, but they will.
I know that being British puts a bit of a hold on being able to be too positive about ourselves, so, if that is the case for you may I encourage you to listen to what God says about you.
You are known. God knew you before you were formed (Jeremiah 1:5). He has had a plan for you since before you were even thought of.
You are His workmanship, created to do good things. (Ephesians 2:10) We are created in His image.
You are a child of God (John 1:12, Romans 8:17) We have been adored into His family, and we are joint heirs with Christ.
You are friend of Jesus (John 15:15) He doesn’t call you servants or slaves, He calls you friend, and shares things with you.
You are not subject to any condemnation (Romans 8:1) (and if He doesn’t condemn you, it is a pretty good bet that you shouldn’t condemn you either)
Called to be a saint (1 Cor 1:2). I think we spend to long believing (even if we don’t actually say it) that we are a sinner. That isn’t how God sees us. My experience is that if we believe that we are sinners, we will end up doing just that. If we tell ourselves that God sees us a saints, we will begin to live like saints.
You are being transformed into His image.(2 Cor 3:18). The closer we walk with Him, converse with Him and listen to what He says about you and what you are capable of, the more like Him you will become.
The bible says that you are glorious (2 Cor 3:18). He is transforming us from one degree of glory to another. Even if you don’t feel as glorious as someone else, the truth is that you start glorious and become more glorious.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. The bible is full of messages about His feelings about you. I guess the most obvious one is that He loved each of us so much that He sent His Son, who willingly offered His life to make it possible for relationship with the Father to be restored.
Perhaps that is the greatest statement of all. He considered you to be worth it. How much more evidence do you need?