By Sheri Yates
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:13–15 (NIV)
Everyone was talking about who other people said Jesus was, but Jesus turned and asked His disciples, “Well, who do you say I am?”
This is a really important question. When you’re in the middle of a faith crisis, you cannot rely or stand firm on who someone else says God is. You can only stand firm on who you personally know Him to be.
During a period of discouragement, I began listening to messages I had recorded of myself. When you know something to be true or you’ve experienced God in a certain way, I highly recommend you record yourself talking about it. To hear yourself share what you’ve learned about God and how He has rescued you is a very powerful tool. As I listened to my recordings of how God has encouraged me, they helped me stand firm, taught me truth after truth, performed miracles on my behalf, and moved in my life—I was remarkably encouraged.
Some days, discouragement will come out of left field and punch your lights out. Discouragement, if left alone, will eat your lunch and leave you for dead. But if you choose to cast down discouraging thoughts and negative imaginations and replace them with truth, their impact will lose its power. Don’t wait on someone else to encourage you. Encourage yourself daily!
How do you encourage yourself daily? Start by remembering who God is to you. In SOAR, Amy says, “If you can trust God with your yesterdays, you can trust Him in your tomorrows.”
What has God already done for you? How has He rescued you?
There’s a song Bethel Church wrote called “Good, Good Father.” As I encouraged myself recently, I meditated on the words of this song. I began to replace the lyrics and make my own version based on my personal walk with God:
You’re a good, good Doctor. It’s who You are. And I’m healed by You. It’s who I am. You’re a good, good Shepherd. It’s who You are. And I am safe in You. It’s who I am.
I encourage you to click here, play this song and consider the lyrics. Pray about it. Ask yourself, “How am I experiencing God right now?” What if Jesus asked you face to face, “Who do you say that I am?”
Now, add your lyrics and share it with us! We’d love to be encouraged by you and your faith journey!
It’s impossible to reach or teach someone if your tank is empty. Daily (Truth-packed) bread is fuel to our beings and our ministries! “As iron sharpens iron,” we can sharpen one another (Proverbs 27:17 NIV). As you share your song, it will help another sister experience God through your eyes, see Him in a new way, and trust Him more today than yesterday.
Don’t let technology or lack of time become a barrier today. Just pause (Selah) and listen to the song. Read the lyrics and then toss out your own to us.
Who do you say He is?
If this has encouraged you in any way, share it to encourage someone else.