Judges 6:12 “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor”
It is said and proven that as humans, we cannot operate at a level that is outside of the image that we have of ourselves. This means that if you see yourself as a nobody, worthless, of little value, even if you hold the solution and the key to other people’s success and happiness, you wont be able to function at that level. If you have an image of you not being able to earn more than $50,000 in a year, you wont. If in fact you did earn that much, you will find something irrelevant and wasteful to spend the money on in order to get you back down to the mark of a $50,000 lifestyle. In essence, your perception of yourself will guide your actions and decisions.
This was the story of Gideon. He was born a mighty man of valor. He was born as the deliverer of his people, but his self image was one of a ‘whimp’ (Judg.6:15). Likewise Moses, when God called him to deliver Israel, he gave numerous excuses why he felt God had the wrong guy. He said he was a stammerer (Exo.4:10), and that he was wanted for his crimes etc. But God looks beyond what we imagine of ourselves but He sees the potential within us.
Paul in writing to the Romans said, not to think more highly of ourselves as we ought to (Rom.12:3). Many have read this to mean do not think highly of yourself. This is not what he is saying, rather you must know what God has said about you, and agree with God. Until Moses and Gideon agreed with God, they couldn’t fulfill their destiny. Likewise if you and I don’t begin to develop a healthy self image based on God’s Word, it will be impossible to fulfill our God given destiny.
So what has God said? You are the head always (Deut.28:11-12). You are always victorious (1 Cor.15:57). You can do all things (Phil.4:12). The greater one is in you (1 Joh.4:4). You are the light of the world (Matt.5:14-16). Nothing can stand against you (Josh.1:5). You are not forsaken (Isa.49:15-16). You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps.139:14)