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Just Be Yourself

We are admonished and encouraged to be ourselves. Yet, a strange thing happens when we get involved in relationships.

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What was considered attractive, becomes unattractive. Where there were once praises, there are expletives. Those things which were adored, now are despised.

Why is that?

Suddenly, you are no longer able to be yourself, because being “yourself” is unacceptable.

You sit back and try to analyze where things went wrong and how you got to this point? Why you feel less than adequate? Where you don’t quite measure up.

Believe me, I know exactly where you are at and how you feel. You are not alone.

I’m here to tell you there is nothing wrong with you. You are fine just the way you are. Despite what anyone else around you says or thinks.

Think about it a minute…, what gives anyone the right to judge, criticize or put you down?

No one has the right to be allowed to make you feel like you are not good enough or don’t measure up. Who are they?

You shouldn’t have to feel stigmatized for being who you are, and who God created you to be.

You shouldn’t have to feel “less than” or “inadequate” based on someone else’s opinion of you.

No one reserves the right to put you down or make you feel like there is something wrong with you.

This is something I have been battling for years. I have been subjected to people wanting to change me.

I implore you to live your life. If someone doesn’t accept who you are, don’t deal with them. Life is too short to be wasting your precious time and energy trying to please others by becoming someone you are not.

God made you the way you are for a reason and if someone doesn’t resonate with who you are, you don’t need to be around them.

Just be yourself.

Is this something you struggle with? What are the ways in which you deal with it?

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By The Word Of Our Testimony

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the Word of their testimony.” Revelation 12:11

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What makes Jesus real to others? Is it what we say? What we do? How do the unsaved come to believe Jesus is real?

Revelation 12:11 says, it is by our testimony.

When I think about my testimony, I cringe.

Do I really want to tell others what I have done and been through?

Truth be told, I never share my testimony. I may share bits and pieces of it, here and there, but I never get around to actually telling people what God has delivered me from.

I remember when a close friend of mine who is a missionary introduced me to other missionaries. She began telling them a little bit about my testimony and I was mortified. She saw the expression on my face and pulled me aside to apologize. I told her I wasn’t comfortable sharing my story with others, whether they are Christians or not.

I am not comfortable sharing my past, which is why I don’t share my testimony.

Recently, I listened to a message where a pastor said, “God did not deliver you for yourself. He did not deliver you, so that you could live a comfortable life, sitting on your sofa, eating popcorn. He delivered you so that you can go tell others about what Jesus has done for you, so that others may believe.”

Boy, did I feel convicted.

All these years, I have been sitting on my testimony because I don’t want to be judged and criticized by others.

Yes, God has delivered me of much, but yet, I want to tuck it away somewhere, go on with my life and forget about it.

We can continue to use prescriptions and formulas to bring others to Christ. We can also act like we have it figured out and attempt to do everything with our own reasoning.

However, as you can see from the above verse, it isn’t by our logical antidotes or persuasive words that brings others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

It is by the Holy Spirit, the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony.

This is God’s prescription.

The real question is, will we continue to follow our own way or do it His way?

Do you also find it hard to share you testimony?

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