Unworthy, unloved, unintelligent, unattractive, burdened and the list can go on and on. These words, if we let them, can hover and fly throughout our brain in any capacity. All of us, at some time, have degraded ourselves in some magnitude, most often without realizing that we are destroying our inner self-confidence and who God says we are.
Imagine if everything you whispered and thought throughout the day was uttered and you were forced to listen to yourself and the words that everyone else thought. What would those words be and how would you feel hearing them come out of everyone else’s mouths? Would you be proud if everyone could hear your thoughts?
Unfortunately no, most of us would not be proud to have these words uttered let alone have anyone else hear them and in turn be repeated. But why do we still allow these words to flutter throughout our minds, why do we tell others that it’s disrespectful to not only themselves but to God when they demean themselves yet to us it is an entirely different story, we are somehow exempt. If we really took the time to compare what we said to who God says we are, would we be proud?
For so long we have degraded ourselves thinking that we are unworthy of whom God says we are because we allow the voice to speak. But God always has a word to say to us, He always has a loving word to refute every negative word that we press upon ourselves. In order to start living out the way that God says we are, we have believe the truths that He says within His word. We have to start accepting that we are not the words of the devil but that we have an identity in a real God who speaks only words of truth. He says:
1. I am a child of God ~ John 1: 12
The first and foremost thing that we need to come to believe and accept is that we are children of God and that He created us in His image and we are not mistakes. It is so easy to look at everyone else and see the “picture-perfect” lifestyle and think that somehow God loves them more but this is far from the truth.
God loves each of us equally and He has specifically called each of us His own children. What a beautiful notion it is to realize that we are not only accepted into His family but we are His children. There is nothing more enduring to be called a child and to feel the love of a father.
2. We are justified and redeemed ~ Romans 3: 24
Christ came down to save us, and we are no longer condemned to a life of self-condemnation. We are given the opportunity to live in freedom in Christ. If we continue to degrade ourselves, we are denying God’s love and redemption for our lives and forgetting that Christ redeemed us through His death and resurrection. Being justified and redeemed gives us the strength to realize that every fault we have made has no permanence in our minds.
3. We are accepted by Christ ~ Romans 15: 7
So often in our lives we try to be accepted into a group that we alter who God wants us to be. We try to fit the status quo without realizing that in Christ we are already accepted for who we are. He created each of us individually and uniquely in order for us to seek out what He has paved for our lives. It is so easy to succumb to the ways of the world and struggle to recognize our uniqueness but Christ calls us His own and we are loved in Him.
4. We are made new in Christ ~ 2 Corinthians 5: 17
Accepting Christ into our lives means that we are no longer bound to our old lives. We are made new in the One who gave His life for us. Everything from our past can no longer be used to hold us captive.
This is probably one of the hardest to accept as we always bring our past and even our present state almost as if we fail to accept that the old is gone. How often have we thought to ourselves that in a moment of regret, there is no way that God will forgive us this time, this time we have gone too far? This thought confines many of us because we assume that God has limits on how far and how much He can love us. But this is far from the truth, for in Him we are made new and whole. No matter how often we fail, we are restored and renewed in Him.
5. We are chosen ~ Ephesians 1: 4
To be chosen in a world where we all seek to be found and wanted, without having to prove anything seems almost dreamlike. However, this is no dream, for the One True King chose us over 2,000 years ago when He laid down His life for us, and He chooses us again and again without a second thought.
How incredible is that to realize that the One who reigns across the universe chooses you and me, with all of our faults and mistakes. To me that is one of the most glorious things to realize that no matter what we do or how hard we try to push Him away, He will continue to choose and love us day in and day out.
6. I am beloved ~ Romans 9: 25
Treasured, precious, adored, much loved, the expressions could go on and on about who and what God calls us. This is such an enduring term and God specifically calls each and every one of us beloved, for we are His treasures and we are precious in His eyes.
Imagine someone you hold dear and how they look at you in your moments of accomplishment and the intense emotion that swells within you, knowing that you have made them proud. Now try and times that emotion to a number beyond existence, and realize this is how God looks down upon you and how joy and delight radiates from Him. For you are His beloved and He sees your worth for He created you, you were and are not a mistake.
7. We are fearfully and wonderfully made ~ Psalm 139: 14
There was no mistake in making you, every piece of you was made purposefully and you have worth as you are. God created you without making a mistake and He wants to know you intimately and wholly, all you have to do is believe that God has never and will never make a mistake.
Just a twenty-year-old girl currently heading into my junior year at Iowa State University! I am studying in Child Adult and Family Services with a minor in Psychology and plan on heading onto graduate school to pursue a degree in Counseling! If I'm not hanging out with friends and family I can be found in a coffee shop reading the Bible or a good book, hiking or running, baking, and adventuring. My journey as a Christian in college has been one of the most challenging and influential times of my life so far and I have gotten to experience the fully grace and peace that comes from an intimate relationship with the Lord.