Doubting our worth and ability
On any given day, how often do you have negative words run through your head? Words and statements that tell you that you are not enough. That you are a failure. That you need to change to measure up. How often do we convince ourselves that we are not as good as somebody else? That we aren’t pretty enough. We aren’t strong enough. And on and on it goes. How many times do we run these dialogues through our heads and how often do we believe them? Why are we constantly doubting our worth and ability when we could be focusing on higher things.
When we doubt ourselves and our abilities, we often don’t perform at our best. We can get frustrated faster, burn out quicker, lose interest or motivation, and we escalate the negative thoughts as soon as things don’t go one hundred percent according to the plan.
We all know that negative thoughts do us no good, yet they still penetrate our thoughts.
Read more: Do your self images give you life?
The battle for our minds and hearts
We have to know that these thoughts aren’t by accident. They are part of our experience because the negativity oftentimes leads us further away from Christ; this is the perfect strategy for a skilled opponent.
43 Why do you misunderstand what I am saying? It is because [your spiritual ears are deaf and] you are unable to hear [the truth of] My word. 44 You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths.
John 8:43-44 AMP
In these lines and the passage, the scripture is telling us that by believing lies and half-truths, our spiritual ears are deaf and we are not listening to the Word of our Heavenly Father. By believing the lies, we are being deceived by another “father”, the enemy. God’s Word tells us the truth but we don’t believe those words when we muse the lies in our heads; we need to listen to God and place our trust in His Word and stop believing the lies of the enemy.
Each and every day the integrity of our hearts and minds are constantly having a war waged over. By believing the lies, we are allowing the enemy to win. We need to stand firm in the person God has created us to be.
8 Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]
1 Peter 5:8-9
Now if this isn’t a strong mental image, I don’t know what is!
Guarding our minds and hearts
In scripture, we are told to guard out minds and hearts (Proverbs 4:23, 1 Peter 1:13, Romans 12:2, Colossians 3:2). By guarding our hearts and minds, we are protecting it from the negative thoughts and ideas that make us feel inferior and less than what God has created us to be.
6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
Philippians 4:6-7 AMP
By praying through every situation and thought and bring Christ into our battlefield, our minds can experience the peace of God. We just need to make sure we keep allowing Him to have authority over the thoughts we possess.
Why we need to stand guard
If we let the lies and half-truths of the devil penetrate our thoughts and beliefs of ourselves, we place ourselves in the position of becoming the person of those negative thoughts (Proverbs 23:7, 27:19).
If we become the person the lies want us to believe, we place ourselves further from our loving, forgiving Heavenly Father. He always welcomes us back, but with too much distance, we risk being led astray.
The only way to prevent this is to cast aside the negativity in our minds.
Doubting our worth
One scheme of the enemy is definitely to have us doubt our worth. As we question our worth further and further, we absolutely run the risk of believing this and then falling away from our relationship with Christ because we begin to believe these tricks.
I know for me, one defining moment in my spiritual journey was the day I heard Jesus speak to me ever so clearly. I was in the midst of a difficult season after the birth of one of my girls. There were so many negative thoughts in my head and felt like I couldn’t handle everything on my plate. At the height of it, I was sitting in silence and questioning my worth in my head. Very clearly I heard:
You are feeling unworthy.
But I see your worth.
Can I just say that this hit me like a ton of bricks. This was exactly what I needed to hear at that time, and I am so glad He chose to speak to me when he did. I am unworthy. I am a flawed, imperfect human being. But, and this is a very, very big but, God sees my worth.
God sees the worth of each and every one of us. That is why he is in constant battle with the enemy for our souls. He wants us to have a relationship with Him free of the manipulation and deceit of the devil if we just let Him fight our battles and seek His guidance for how He wants us to navigate the battlefield.
31 What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us?
Romans 8:31 AMP
By allowing our heads to be filled with negative thoughts and feelings, we are allowing the enemy to exercise control over a battle that has already been won by Christ dying for our sins. We need to remember our worth and to focus on that each and every day.
Use your heart and mind to bear good fruit
God has a purpose for you and it is a good one. Don’t let that purpose and plan go astray because of the tricks and schemes of the enemy. Put on the armor of Christ and fight the deceptions head on. Don’t believe you are less than you are, because you have so much potential beyond what the enemy wants you to believe.
16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting.
John 15:16 AMP
May you bear good fruit throughout all your days. May it nourish and help flourish the Kingdom of God.
This. This is my prayer for you today.
Many blessings to you!
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