God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Genesis 1:26 (NKJV)

Imagine this scene: a young boy lives in a small frame house in the inner city. He is surrounded by poverty and crime. His days are filled with emptiness and despair. There seems to be no way out. He does poorly in school because he has no motivation.

One afternoon a gentleman knocks on the door. He shares staggering news—the young boy is a direct descendant of a writer of world renown. From that moment on, the boy is never the same. He studies hard; he goes to the library; he helps his parents. Yet all that is changed is his view of himself.

Do you see why it is so important to see ourselves in the light of God’s truth? We are not plain Joes and Janes; we are God’s sons and daughters. We are not rescued sinners with streaks of goodness; we are saints—the holy people of God. You are now an heir with Christ. All that God has is yours as you receive His blessings humbly by faith (John 16:13-15).

How do you see yourself today? Lonely, inadequate, defeated, afraid? The truth of who you are in Christ will set you free.

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