Scott Hodge


WHO & HOW God sees us

Aug 30, 2010

These past couple of weeks we’ve been in a series at The Orchard called MIRRORS.  It’s been a pretty powerful series so far.  In fact, it’s been a completely unplanned series - meaning I’ve had no idea where I’m going in my teaching until the week of.  It’s a bit of a different approach for me, but it’s the direction I’ve sensed God leading me for this series in particular.  Ear to the ground….listening….watching….trusting….week by week.

So far, the overarching theme has been based on the idea that we live our lives out of the reality of WHO we believe God is….and HOW we believe He sees us.

Since most of us do not see ourselves how God sees us, we often begin trusting ourselves, others, and all the other mirrors we’re surrounded with in our lives.  The result?  A deep need for affirmation and approval from everyone we can get it from….and often times, an identity that’s filled with guilt, shame, condemnation, fear, low self-worth, fill in the blank.

This week I’m going to spend some time sharing some of my thoughts from the series here on my blog.  I’d love to see this become a conversation.  So I invite you to chime in, share your feelings, thoughts, insight, etc…

To help get us started, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this question:

How does our perception of WHO GOD IS…and HOW WE BELIEVE HE SEES US, impact our lives?

Do you believe it does?  Why?  Why not?

I’d love to hear from you!

Mirrors: For Me (Week One) – .mp3 download link

Mirrors: Enough (Week Two) – .mp3 download link

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3 Responses to “WHO & HOW God sees us”

  1. Laura says:

    Based on my pre-baptism mind, I always believed that God saw me as loser. A waste of time. I struggled with insecurity and low self esteem. Always needing that reassuring compliment to let me know that I was ok. Finally coming to the point in my life where I felt God truly wanted me to see myself as he saw me, Baptism was the means by which I allowed myself to be wrapped in HIS arms that had ALWAYS been open to me me. I no longer fought his love and instead embraced his hug! I still struggle with the wrong mirrors at times, but those days are fewer and further between.

  2. Roseann Gove says:

    This subject of has been something that has come and gone for me over the last 10 years,but I can honestly say that God is using so many opportunities,this series included,to help me settle the fact that He loves me,no matter what. The performance game is so ingrained in our culture that it crosses over into our relationship with God. Also,what helps those of us who are listening is to hear the tremendous honesty and willingness on the part of those in pastor/leader positions to share their own human struggles as well as their victories in Christ! I am seeing this more and more especially among young leaders… Thank you Scott for being one of those pastors…

  3. Tammy Helfrich says:

    I think it impacts us in so many ways. When we think He is mad or disappointed in us, we run and hide from Him. We try to fill out lives with other things. Approval from others, material things, addictions, and any number of other things we think will fill that gap. I read a blog from Rachel Olsen today that goes along with this. I had not really thought about it this way before, but I have been noticing this in my own life. The scripture she quoted is from Matthew.

    “You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others have not. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them. That is why I tell these stories, because people see what I do, but they don’t really see. They hear what I say, but they don’t really hear, and they don’t understand.” Matthew 13:11-13 NLT

    What I am learning from this is that God doesn’t hide the truth from us when we truly seek it. When we open our eyes, ears, hearts and minds and truly listen, He reveals truths we have skipped right over (or have been afraid to wrestle with.) If we believe that we don’t matter to Him, and He is upset with us, we will never truly grasp the full knowledge and understanding of how He wants us to live.

    I think we all have a hard time seeing ourselves as God sees us, because of our upbringing, our culture, and so many other factors that are AGAINST us every day. The world teaches you from a very young age that nobody is ever for you and that you need to learn to make it on your own. That’s why I absolutely love and cherish the song from the last two weekends titled “You are for me” by Kari Jobe. We need to continually remind ourselves that God is for us so that we can continue to see ourselves through His eyes. It completely changes us when we do.

    I am loving this series!!

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