When Jehovah called Jeremiah to the prophetic office, he said to God, “I don’t know anything, I am just a child.” His response was based on a weak self-assessment and the thoughts of others. God’s response was, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you” (Jeremiah 1:5, 7).
God gave us our identity before we were conceived. When we enter into an intimate relationship with our Creator, He reveals to us who He has designed us to be. Our identity is generally discovered as we continually listen to Jehovah speaking his word to us over time. We must agree with what He says and not shrink from our purpose.
People, at best, can only agree with who and what God says that we are. We must be careful not to become a product of their thoughts. How do we become their thoughts? We become their thoughts by believing their words.
In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey said that everything is created in two stages: They must be created mentally before they can be created physically.
Words stimulate the imagination and immediately create mental images. The mental stage is released by our words and the physical stage is created by our actions. Proverbs 23:7 states, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he”. You are becoming what you are thinking right now. We are not victims of our environment as much as we are victims of our thoughts. God forbid that we listen to the two-faced and double-tongued lies of Satan that rob us blind and pick us clean.