The Girl in the Dress, a book written just for girls about the importance and beauty of holiness, helps us realize why it is important to take a stand for modesty and purity in today’s world. Apostolic authors Lori Wagner and Gwyn Oakes take an excellent approach concerning the way the Bible teaches us to walk, talk, and dress to help us overcome feelings of inadequacy.
Adapted from the Girl in the Dress
When you dedicated your life to God, your value and identity became rooted in your relationship with Him. You were born into God’s royal family! From your first day until now, your value has been solidly, permanently established as a daughter of the King of all creation. (See I John 3:1.) The first problem with rating self-esteem is that for a Christian, the concept itself is twisted. Our esteem (our worth) is not in self at all. It is in God and His love for us.The first problem with rating self-esteem is that for a Christian, the concept itself is twisted. Our esteem (our worth) is not in self at all. It is in God and His love for us. Click To Tweet
Overcoming Feelings of Inadequacy
If Jesus esteemed (valued, approved, or prized) our worth as the price He paid for us—brutal beatings, false accusations, betrayal, crucifixion, His own life—then we can know without a doubt we are of enormous value to God. Not only are we of great value to God, Colossians 2:10 says we are complete in Him. Everyone has some type of flaw, some place we feel we don’t measure up, with some more obvious than others.
God-esteem is an awareness that all our worth and abilities come from the one who made us.
There will always be someone smarter, prettier, more talented, more popular, from a better background—and the list goes on.
We must learn to be comfortable living in our own skin and realize God made us the way He wanted us to be. Moments of self-doubt are part of everyone’s life. Everyone has areas in which they feel inadequate or that they just don’t measure up. But when, through faith, we have a healthy God-esteem, we can walk with confidence.
God-esteem is an awareness that all our worth and abilities come from the one who made us. “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God” (II Corinthians 3:5, NASB). You are a child of God!
Prayerfully ask God to help you overcome your feelings of inadequacy and know He is with you in all situations.
*Adapted from The Girl in the Dress
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