7.1. Study Material

Précis:    To dispel erroneous concepts regarding self; point out the Biblical view of self; engender courage to enjoy who you are.

Text: 1 Sam. 10:6, 9

Introduction:

Medical technology has reduced many of the fears which once plagued mankind. Terms such as the black death, leprosy, polio and tuberculosis no longer strike horror in our minds. Tragically, we have been unable to conquer such routine concerns as family power struggles, marital discord, emotional and functional nervous disorders, sexual dysfunction or simple indebtedness. The resulting effects can be demeaning, discouraging and debilitating. Rather than celebrating effervescently, most people are lamenting lugubriously!

“Rather than sagasuating celebriously, most people are lamenting lugubriously!”

It was for this very reason that Jesus the Christ (Yeshuah Hamasheah) came, that He might … preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19)  He thus earned the right to be called the Mighty Counselor, the Prince of Peace, the Everlasting of the Father.

The good news is that a happy alternative for this social madness has been provided for. Jesus made this clear when He declared, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. (John 14:1-6) He continued by asserting, I have come that ye may have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) Living a life that is abundant is the Christian’s rightful heritage. The question that must be asked here is: has this been your experience? The majority of Christian people live far below their potential. How contrary this is to the testimony of David who opens his Psalter with these words: 

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. – Psalms1:1-3

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  Some corrections that must be made in our thinking:

Meekness is not to be equated with weakness!

Holiness is not synonymous with nothingness! 

Benign passiveness is not Godly spirituality!

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Lesson:             The Proper Self Image

19.1 The Dynamics Of Change – Becoming A New You

1.  Programming; The reason for who I am – Past input – Prov. 7:1-3; 22:6 

2.  Etched in the mind by our senses – Deut. 6:1-6

3.  Reinforced by experiences – Josh. 1:5-9

4.  Reprogramming; The process of becoming a New You! – Rom. 12:1-2

19.2 Self Respect

1.  Definition: Sense of personal worth; self regard; feelings of value

2.  Faulty concepts regarding self-respect – Not how well I perform

3.  Correct premise for determining self respect

4.  Biblical examples: Rahab – Josh. 2:1-3;  6:17-25, Matt. 1:5, Heb. 11:31

19.3  Self Acceptance

1.  Definition: Secure with self value; worth and adequacy of one’s self

2.  Faulty concepts regarding self acceptance – Not from external regard 

3.  Correct premise for determining self acceptance

4.   Biblical examples: Saul – 1 Sam. 9:21; 10:22; 10:9

19.4  Self Fulfillment

1.  Definition: Satisfaction with personal potential; accomplishment

2.  Faulty concepts regarding self-fulfillment – Not from activity

3.  Correct premise for determining self respect

4.   Biblical examples: Esther – 4:14

19.5  Self Renewal 

1.  Definition: Restoration to fullness; refreshing, rejuvenation

2.  Faulty concepts regarding self respect – Not in the abundance of things

3.  Correct premise for determining self respect

4.   Biblical examples: Jesus & His disciples – Mark 6:31; 1 Cor. 14:4

19.5  Self Extended

1.  Definition: Confident to reach out to someone; replicate self in others

2.  Faulty concepts regarding self respect – Not in talents or abilities

3.  Correct premise for determining self respect

4.   Biblical examples: Philip – Acts 8:30-39

    Question:

   1.  Are you pleased with who you are?   ❒ Yes   ❒ Uncertain   ❒ No

   2.  Do you feel valuable? ❒ Yes   ❒ Uncertain   ❒ No

   3.  Is your influence on others positive? ❒ Yes   ❒ Uncertain   ❒ No