It’s Ok 2 Believe: You Are Beautiful!

Happy Monday!

Church was super yesterday. I did however, find myself saying several very controversial things… and no matter how much I tried to normalize my verbiage, everything just kept flowing out raw. I was more nervous about offending people yesterday than I normally am. Bizarre. Everyone said the service was epic and I hope it was for every person. Sometimes, things just don’t come out the way I prefer for them to come out. Does anyone else have this problem?

I was spending some quality time with my dear friend Kent Henry a few years ago. As mentioned in a recent blog: Kent Henry has been known as an apostle of worship music for a few decades. He’s transcended a few generations… still making a tremendous impact worldwide, especially through the school he founded a few years back: Revolution School in St. Louis, Missouri.

Out of nowhere, Kent leans over, turns down the radio, looks over at me, and says, “Do you ever get tired of hearing yourself talk?” I was like, “YES, how did you know that!”

Kent continued by explaining how this is a gigantic hindering factor for so many people with great potential. Because we have to live with ourselves all day, every day… we often get tired of hearing our own voices. We get burnt out being us!

And since we know our personal flaws so well, we often become our own worse critics! Don’t get me wrong… it’s good to desire and ASPIRE after personal IMPROVEMENT. What I’m alluding to here-is, that self destructive kind of self-loathing we sometimes fall into!

Kent explained how vital it was (and still is today) for me to overcome this… because there is a message in my heart this world needs to hear! He explained how desperate the world is to hear my voice… how much they NEED ME to LIKE ME so that I will KEEP ON SPEAKING!

Are you bored with yourself… too hard on yourself… always condemning yourself, over critiquing yourself… no longer able to applaud your greatness?

I believe this is what happened to me yesterday morning! While I was giving my message, my subconscious mind was saying some very mean things to me, about myself! lol Here’s a short clip of what I HEARD while I TALKED: “Come on Chuck, nobody really wants to hear this… some of these people have been listening to you for upwards of 7 years… look at them, they are so bored with your voice… and besides, listen to how unprofessional you’re sounding right now… everything you’re saying this morning could be said so much more eloquently… you really should find something different to do with your life!”

Come on, be honest with me today friends… does this ever happen to you guys?

If so… today is the day to SHUT IT DOWN! No more NEGATIVE self-talk for any of us! Stop it RIGHT NOW! We need to PRAY over our subconscious minds… and invest whatever time is necessary for reprograming the way we THINK about ourselves! This blog will help in a pretty big way. Just recognizing this devious little CULPRIT takes away its ability to keep on sneak attacking us!

The Bible says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for PULLING DOWN strongholds, CASTING DOWN arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing EVERY THOUGHT INTO CAPTIVITY to the obedience of Christ.”

In other words, we should not allow ROGUE THOUGHTS to run around in our minds-sabotaging our emotional and spiritual state of being! We have to POLICE our minds! We have to ARREST all our stinking thinking… and force ALL ROGUE THOUGHTS into obedience to Christ!

Psalm 139:14-18
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!

Read these verses TEN times before you go to bed tonight… read them OUT LOUD and with ENTHUSIASM… knock out all that negative self talk… overcome the overwhelming temptation to TURN DOWN THE VOLUME OF YOUR GREATNESS.

We need YOU to LIKE YOU… we need YOU to RAISE THAT BEAUTIFUL VOICE and GIVE US WHATEVER YOU HAVE to make our world a better place!

We’re not demanding your perfection. You don’t need to be perfect. We are CHEERING FOR YOU… so take a deep breath and give us your BEST! And when Gods GRACE connects with your BEST… your best will ALWAYS be absolutely PERFECT… and you will always be EVERYTHING you ought to be!

I hope todays blog adds tremendous value to your AMAZING LIFE! I’m praying for you and thanking God for you! Please leave your comments and have a most triumphant day!

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11 thoughts on “It’s Ok 2 Believe: You Are Beautiful!

  1. I don't know abut anyone else, but I NEEDED this today! I struggle with this more than anything else! Most people tell me that I seem so sure of myself, but I will be completely honest, I am my own worst critic. I do exactly the same things Pastor!

    I went to a fallfest with the girls I work with in Tupperware this weekend. I had a great time, but I have to share one of my experiences. While I was on this trip at one point I was having a conversation about how excited I was about my business, where God was taking me with it, and also where God has me in life in general. Through the entire conversation I was saying to myself, shut up no one wants to hear all about you! Everyone is tired of hearing you talk. Later on that day I had someone share with my how awesome they thought it all was and how it moved them. I thank God that I had not cut the conversation short as I sometimes do when I talk to myself this way.

    I know this is the area I need the most focus on. I know who I am in Christ and now I just need to keep on moving forward and loving myself. Even now as I say that I think, wow that sounds conceited! These are the thoughts I need to shut down! It is true, you have to love yourself before you can truly love others the way God wants us to love! I pray everyone who reads this blog today will be able to love themselves the way God wants us to love ourselves!!! I pray you all have a blessed day.

    BTW Pastor, I never get tired of hearing you preach! You are awesome!! You are always preaching something that in one way or another I need to hear! Keep on keeping on! Jeremy and I will be here to keep cheering you on!!!

  2. Yes, Sunday's message WAS epic. It was very encouraging–the way The Lord wants to encourage us. I believe there was a certain amount of attack going on, which was why you heard the lies about yourself, while you gave your listeners God's truth.

    And for me, since I was urged the other day to "FOCUS ON WHAT I CAN'T SEE", (how ever tired an expression that is), I have been meditating on it….You CAN'T focus on what you can't see!!! It's impossible. With human eyes. So, as I listened Sunday, I knew that your sermon was connecting two separate ideas in my spirit–like hooking up two electrical lines together.

    It seems so simple now, I am kind of ashamed to write this. But "TRUTH" and "FAITH" have been made the SAME in my thinking!!! If "truth" doesn't need to be conjered up, why do people struggle that way with "faith"?

    Is faith, then, as simple as acknowledging the TRUTH? Wow, is this what really "having faith" feels like? I guess I have shifted my inner definition of faith from "what could be" or "what's supposed to be" to "what IS".

    I hope you, Pastor Chuck, your entire family, and everyone who visits this site, will have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Sorry, my comment kind of went off the subject, but I am so greatful for the work God does in us at DFC!

  3. Kristen~ I just have to say what an FANTASTIC comment! Love the "Truth" & "Faith" comments! What a revelation! I never really thought about it like that before! That is great! An AWESOME blessing! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kristin, I see what you are saying here and I know you are asking Pastor that question but I say yes, Faith IS NOW. I remember and check me Pastor if I am wrong here please. I am going off my memory here….. The first class in bible college. Wasn't one of our teachings about faith this? …."Faith begins where the will of God is known and understood"

    When our brains think into the "what could be" or What's supposed to be" that is a future tense, a "tomorrow moment" and not a "NOW moment". If we think always in the "tomorrow realm of things when will we truly catch up with our tomorrows? I am speaking for having faith NOW that is.
    Like Heb 11:1 promises us.
    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. and Romans 4:17b
    and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

    That is where Anxiety comes from too. Our brains can't go there, its a future moment. Just like Worry, is a PAST moment being played over and over in our head.

    Have a Blessed Thanksgiving everyone!

  5. It such a WOW; and its not a coincidence that I wrote a note on my facebook about this topic too. I find out that we MUST learn and gain a BIG HEART to do 2important things in life:

    1. BIG heart to encourage others.

    Well yeah I do believe 100% that you guys are EXPERT on doing this. But we need to have

    2. BIG heart to encourage ourself. Well, this "self encouragement" seems hard to find and hard to do.(Including me).I might be GOOD (well yeah) encouraging others, but many times I failed to encourage my self. And hey, we need this. I need this ..

    I'm often hazard to myself, and I'm my own worst enemy.

    But again, the word of God heals and DRAG me out from this thinking. And I'm like SHINING again, GLOWING again.

    And yes girls, I agree with the "NOW" word, let me add the "today" word, amazingly there is only one BOOK that has a word "TODAY" like the bible. And I love the idea that BIBLE is for OUR TODAY and as well FAITH begin with TODAY.

    Cheers everyone! 🙂

  6. Great message Chuck. I love the how you relate our self-image to what the Word says. I'm with ya on it too. So many times in second guessing my decisions, actions, and attitudes I have towards other… I have to remind myself of how selfish I'm being by looking at me and not others.

    Everyday you blow my mind on the tiny nuggets of knowledge in your messages. I step back and try to figure out how you and my business mentor echo the same words from time to time. Then I think… well they're both Christ following men (not males) that lead as the head and not the tail, and they both have the fruit on their tree to prove it.

    Thanks again for what you do.

    Josh

  7. I'm telling you, the Sunday messege was great. I got there a lil late so I sat in the back but I got alot out of it. Very encouraging and thank you for sharing my comment. I hope people remember that God really is bigger than our problems. It's amazing what reading a few paragraphs that come from a man of God (you) can do for someone. Thanks again:)

    The service was just what I needed to hear (there I go sounding like a broken record) lol. I had been a little discouraged because I hadn't had any communication from Erik for a couple days. I was a little worried but your sermon gave me hope. I remembered that he was in Gods hands and no news is good news. (that has basicaly been my motto for the last 6 months) but I never get tired of saying it because it's the truth.

    I hope you never get tired of telling us the truth Sunday mornings. We all need to hear it and you are the (ordained) man for the job. The truth ain't always pretty but we need to hear it.

    Mel

    P.S. I woke up Monday morning with SIX EMAILS from Erik!:) YAY

  8. The biggest thing I am hardest on myself about is my weight. I was a size 9/10 115 pounds at the age of 20. Then I started putting on weight…..150…..then more……200….and more 250. I put on the most on in a 4 month period. Yes, i ate a lot, but not over indulging and sure I wasn't eating the right things all the time. It took me a few years to get over myself and now I know that I am beautiful. I can and will lose weight slowly!!!!! But despite my weight I am beautiful.

    The 2nd thing I had to get over was that I wasn't a good teacher, but now I know I am a great teacher. I still have things to learn, but I know now that I have so much to offer.

    God is amazing and will help you to see your beauty if you let Him.