Spiritual Self-Esteem (SSE) is the confidence of the mature believer in living the Spiritual life.  It is contentment with Love and fellowship with God and confidence in the power and wonder of the new Spiritual life in Christ Jesus.  Although Spiritual Self-Esteem begins with recognition of the Salvation work of Jesus Christ in Eternal Security, it becomes effective in Spiritual Maturity at the beginning of the Spiritual adulthood.  SSE includes confidence in the use of the divine operating assets of the Spiritual life in separation from the world (Cosmic System). Tabernacle PlanIt is symbolized by living in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle, which includes Grace Orientation (G/O), Doctrinal Orientation (D/O), the function of the Priesthood, and Light.  SSE requires alignment of the X, Y, Z, and Time axes of the Spiritual life with God.

The Road to SSE

The road to SSE begins with Salvation by Grace and continues with subsequent decisions to follow the Lord in the Spiritual life.  The priority must become the Spiritual life over personal interests and worldly counterattacks (Rom 12:2).
And stop being conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your thinking, that you may prove by testing what the will of God is, the Good, well-pleasing (to God), and complete (Spiritual Rapport). (Romans 12:2)
Spiritual Self-Esteem is symbolized by living in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle, where every furnishing corresponds to an aspect of the Spiritual life that must be mastered.
Grace Orientation
The Door of Grace Orientation must be entered to get to Spiritual Self-Esteem.  God's plan for advance to SSE requires orientation to His Grace, which includes learning Bible Doctrine under a qualified Pastor-Teacher (Eph 4:11-12).  Every believer has a Right Pastor, and that pastor can be found by the positive believer just as a dog can find his feeding bowl or a donkey his feeding trough.  If the new Spiritual life is not learned and lived by Grace, it will fail.
Doctrinal Orientation
In the Holy Place, the Table of Shewbread symbolizes Doctrinal Orientation.  The complete realm of Bible Doctrine must be learned by the disciple (serious student).  Bible Doctrine must be metabolized, and the believer must learn to eat the manna from Heaven (food provided in Logistical Grace) (Matt 6:31-33).  The believer who cannot find what God provides for his dinner plate will not advance very far in the Christian life.  There must be a hunger for what God provides from physical to Spiritual food.
Every Church Age Believer is a Royal Priest.  The function of a priest is symbolized by the Altar of Incense with incense rising to Heaven corresponding to prayer.  The believer must learn to function as a royal priest to represent himself and others before God (1 Pet 2:9).  This includes orientation to divine authority (Matt 11:29) and prayer (1 Thess 5:17).  The Spiritual life is a Spiritual relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ, our High Priest.


The only light in the Holy Place was provided by the Golden Lampstand, which symbolizes Christ, our Light.  the Lord Jesus Christ is the Light of the world.  The believer must become enlightened by the true Light of the world and learn to walk in the Light (1 Jn 1:7).

but if we walk in the Light as He Himself (God the Father) is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, (with God) and the blood of Jesus His Son purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
Only the believer in the Light can have fellowship with God, who dwells in unapproachable Light.  Satan lives in darkness.  The believer must choose Light over darkness.  Just as the olive oil lamps of the Golden Lampstand produced light, the function of the Holy Spirit in the Church Age Believer produces Light and divine Good.  Those in the Light have Eternal Life, while those in darkness have spiritual death.
The Ark of the Covenant on the other side of the Veil symbolized the relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ, the Mercy Seat.  The believer must also respond to divine Love.  He can only Love God with divine Love, which he receives first from God.  Christianity is not a religion with man trying to love God with human love.  Christianity is a Love relationship with God through Jesus Christ, where the Love is divine Love - not human love (Rom 5:5).
and confidence does not disappoint us, because the Love for God has been poured out in our hearts through the personal agency of the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us for our benefit. (Romans 5:5)
Inside the Ark of the Covenant were the Tables of the Law, corresponding to impersonal Love for all mankind (Matt 19:19).  Impersonal Love is divine Love in the believer for others.  Just as God Loves the world, so the believer must Love his neighbor as himself, which indicates Spiritual Self-Esteem.   Loving self symbolizes human self-esteem.


The divine operating assets of the Spiritual life must be used to pass tests of suffering along the way to qualify for Spiritual Maturity (1 Pet 4:12-19).  The Spiritual life is not all prosperity, sweetness, and light.  It is also a life of punishment, trial, and suffering.  God's provision for suffering must be demonstrated to be equivalent to His provision for prosperity.  One of the true signs of Spiritual Self-Esteem is when the believer trusts God in suffering as Daniel did in the lion's den.

Spiritual Self-Esteem

Spiritual Self-Esteem requires alignment of the X, Y, Z, and Time axes of the Spiritual life with God.  The believer who is on God's side will have confidence in God's Plan and His protection.
Faith (X-axis)
Living the Spiritual life requires walking in Faith.  Bible Doctrine must be used to define and decode the mysteries in every aspect of the Spiritual life (2 Cor 4:18; 5:7; Heb 11:6).  The temporal life is not the Spiritual life.  Spirituality is a totally different realm.  The events on the Stage of Life must be understood by means of Bible Doctrine.  The believer with Spiritual Self-Esteem will understand the meaning of the events in his own Spiritual life.  Those who cannot think spiritually will not have a clue.
Hope (Z-axis)
Alignment of the Z-axis in relationship to God requires obedience to divine authority and the function of the Priesthood (Jn 14:23; 1 Jn 2:5; 1 Pet 2:5).
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone Loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will Love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him. (John 14:23)
Obedience to God requires obeying the Word, which requires knowledge of Bible Doctrine and a willingness to obey.  Obedience to God leads to Spiritual fellowship with the Father and the Son.  The believer in sin cannot have fellowship with God.  Sanctification and the Filling of the Holy Spirit is required of the believer-priest.  This is accomplished through Rebound (1 Jn 1:9).  Only the sanctified believer can maintain his relationship with God as a priest.
Love (Y-axis)
Executing the Spiritual life requires walking in Love (Eph 5:2).  Response to divine Love must replace love for the world and the things in the world (1 Jn 2:15).
Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John 2:15)
Divine Love in the soul of the believer is not human love.  Divine Love first comes from God.  It cannot be manufactured by a human being.  The believer with divine Love will be able to Love God as well as other people with that Love.
Maintaining divine Love in the soul requires Spiritual integrity, which has been called the completion of the Integrity Envelope or Edification Complex of the Soul.
Time (Time-axis)
Synchronization of the Time-axis with God requires waiting expectantly for the Lord and not sleeping through the Spiritual life.  God's time is the right time.  The believer must be willing to patiently endure and persevere through the trials, tribulations, and tests of life in order to receive the divine solution (2 Cor 4:6-7; Gal 6:9; 1 Pet 5:6).
Grace is the free gift of God.  The believer must live by Grace after Salvation.  This includes orientation to God's predetermined Plan to live the life that God created (Rom 6:4; Gal 2:20; 6:8).  Every believer has a divine calling.  He was created for a purpose, and he must be willing to live the life for which God created him in order to glorify God in his life on Earth.

Spiritual Maturity

Spiritual Self-Esteem is the confidence in living the Spiritual life that is exhibited in Spiritual Maturity.  The believer in Spiritual Maturity has stability from the Edification Complex of the Soul.  He can think spiritually and has Spiritual understanding.  He has Capacity for Life to exercise authority or function under legitimate authority and to withstand the pressures of life, and he  doesn't fail due to worry, fear, and bitterness.  He has Capacity for Love to maintain the Love relationships with God and the Lord Jesus Christ as well as impersonal love for all mankind. He is never insecure in love and affection and never feels threatened by arrogance or jealousy. He never feels threatened by inordinate competition for someone else's love.   And he has unconditional love for Right Man or Right Woman.
The believer with Spiritual Self-Esteem enjoys the fruit of the Spirit with divine Love, Happiness, Peace, endurance, graciousness, Divine Good, faith, humility, and self-control. (Gal 5:22-23).  He has Spiritual Freedom with cognitive independence (Rom 8:1-2; Gal 5:1).  And he has rest from his own works in that state of maturity (Heb 4:1, 3).


Unlike human self-esteem, which is weak because of the flesh, Spiritual Self-Esteem is the confidence of the mature believer in God's provision of the Spiritual life.  The believer with Spiritual Self-Esteem is prepared to meet prosperity and adversity with the confident expectation that God is in control and His divine Plan is sufficient to handle any trial or exigency of life.  The believer in Spiritual Self-Esteem has grown Spiritually and been tested.  He understands fully the divine operating assets of the Spiritual life.  He has Capacity for Life and Love to face all of life's challenges and to live life to the fullest in the Spiritual realm.  He enjoys fellowship with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  And he has the fruit of the Spirit with divine Love, Happiness, and Peace.  He is living proof that God Loves us and will never leave nor forsake us.  And he looks forward to Eternal Life with great reward and blessing in the presence of God forever.

Author:  Larry Wood,   Released June 30, 2010 - Revised Oct. 3, 2013

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