We are bombarded with messages from the moment we are born. Messages that tell us how to be sexy. Messages that tell us we are not enough unless we make more money, have more things or in general how to conduct ourselves. These messages come from multiple sources – advertising, friends, family, strangers and impact who we are, what we think of ourselves, and how we want to be.
But we need voices of truth that are louder than all the critics. God gives us a beautiful picture of who we are. He says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. His masterpiece. His child. AND! He tells us who He is. He is God Almighty. Abba, father. The Great I Am. The Comforter. The Provider. The list goes on.
It is in these identities that we find freedom. Freedom to explore God’s Word – the Bible – and see what He’s written about Himself and us. When we understand, accept, and believe these identities, we strip ourselves of the unreachable standards screamed at us from everywhere else. We settle into these truths and walk in the gifts, talents, and personality traits that He gave us.
If you still struggle with judgement and disapproval of yourself in any area (as many of us do), I hope the following lists of attributes of God help pave the way for a new outlook on yourself and a greater trust in Him.
Jehovah Jirah – The Lord who Provides Genesis 22:14, Philippians 4:19
Jehovah Raah – The Lord our Shepherd Psalm 23:1
Jehovah Rapha – The Lord who Heals Psalm 30:2
Jehovah Shaamah – The Lord is There Deuteronomy 31:8
Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord our Righteousness 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jehovah Mekoddishkem – The Lord who Sanctifies you Leviticus 20:7&8, 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Jehovah Shalom – The Lord is Peace John 14:27
And more! There is way too much that God is to describe Him fully here. You can learn more about God through reading the Bible and seeing all it has to say about Him or find a Bible study about who God is and following along that way.
I am Beautiful Psalm 45:11
I am Unique Psalm 139:13
I am Loved Jeremiah 31:3
I am Special Ephesians 2:10
I am Created with a Purpose Jeremiah 29:11
I am Cared For Ephesians 3:17-19
I am Lovely Daniel 12:3
I am Precious 1 Corinthians 6:20
I am Strong Psalm 18:35
I am Important 1 Peter 2:9
I am Forgiven Psalm 103:12
I am a New Creation 2 Corinthians 5:17
I am Empowered Philippians 4:13
I am Chosen John 15:16
I am Family Ephesians 2:19
I am God’s Isaiah 43:1