KEY SCRIPTURE:2Corinth 5:15 KJV” And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
Psychology tells us to have a very good self-esteem of ourselves. Self-esteem is defined as an individual’s subjective evaluation of their own worth. This is good, yet falls short of God’s standard and plan for us. As Christians self-died with Jesus on the cross. Gal 2:20 KJV” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. “We died with Jesus and although we are alive it is the Spirit of Christ who is actively living in us. If there is anyone to esteem it is the new self who we are now. It is Christ who has become our true selves.
AS we would have esteemed ourselves, we must now esteem Christ. What does it mean to esteem Christ? We must understand who Christ is. He is master under all conditions. He was never afraid of anything, anybody or condition. He knew He had power over every devil, disease or disaster. Just consider what He said about Himself. John 16:33 KJV” These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. The person we are to esteem, has overcome the world. We must see ourselves to have overcome the world. This makes our faith in Christ a mystery. Self-esteem is rather esteeming a defeated personality. Christ esteem is bringing the glorious nature of Christ and personalizing it as our own. (This is what grace is all about)
Christ esteem is a complete revolution of who we are. We see life from a conqueror’s point of view. We cannot be a victim no matter the opposition that rises against us. Christ esteem means sin cannot control or Lord itself over us under any condition. It means diseases cannot destroy us. Dear child of God take time off to meditate on who Christ is. It was with this understanding that apostle Paul said,” I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me ” Phil 4:13. When you really come to appreciate these things, you would spend most of your time expressing your love for the Lord Jesus. He has transformed you from an ordinary man to a superhuman.
I esteem the Christ person, which is now my very nature. As He is, so I am. I am more than a conqueror. I cannot be a victim. I am a lifter of them whose life has been cast them down. Sin sicknesses and Satan are subjected to me.
Philemon 1:6 KJV” That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus”.
Romans 8:29 KJV “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren”.