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Monday, March 15, 2010

Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" About Themselves Part 1


Soulful Sunday - "Lies Women Believe" About Themselves - "I Am Not Worth Anything"

Over 49% of the woman surveyed for this book, have believed this lie.  
Listen to what others have said:
"Feeling inferior has been a lifelong struggle.  Many times it has caused me to withdraw from relationships, even though I am a people person and outgoing."

"I feel the need to have constant reassurance from those around me of my value because I feel worthless!  If people knew me, they would agree."

"Because of the hurt in my  marriage, I felt that I was useless and that nobody, not even God, could love me.  I just didn't measure up, and since I have always felt that I had to be perfect to be loved, then obviously God would not love me either."

"I was told as a child that I was worthless as tits on a bear.  I soon believed that I was.  I still have trouble with i this at times.  I believed that i would never be anybody in this world because that is what I heard when I was growing up.  People saw me as a retarded person who didn't know anything.  At the that time I believed it.  I used to lock myself up and wouldn't want to do anything with anybody.  I have believed all of my life that I would never have any good friends or family and that I would rot away with the suffering and pain that I went thought most of my life." 

"The problem is that our view of ourselves and out sense of self worth are often determined by the input and opinions of others. What we believe about ourselves determines how we live.  If we believe and act on lies, we will end up in bondage."

"For the longest time I thought I was not worth anything.  Even after I was saved, I thought I was equal to pond scum. This threw me into a depression.  I began to isolate myself, and as a result, was not living the life of joy that God had intended for me."

"'I am not worth anything' is a lie I believed.  I have always struggled with this lie and with a constant "need" for the approval of others.  It got to the point of being maddening ---trying to please everyone, trying to have the appearance of what I thought I should look like." 

"I find that women today are desperately seeking affirmation; they are driven to gain the approval of others.  It's as if they were trying to balance the scales of the negative input they have recieved from others. But, in most cases, no number of positive "strokes"  can out weight those negative, hurtful expressions that have led them to believe they are worthless. No amout of affirmation is enough. 
There is a wonderful verse in 1Peter that shows us how Jesus' sense of worth was determined, not by what others thought of Him - good or bad - by by the Truth as expressed by His heavenly Father: He was "rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him" (2:4).  Jesus was rejected by men - those He had created for Himself, those He loved and for whom He laid down His life.  But that is not what determined His value.  He was chosen by God; that is what made Him precious; that is what determined His worth.  
When God sent His only Son, Jesus, to this earth to bear your sin and mine on the cross, He put a price tag on on - He declared the value of our soul to be greater than the value of the whole world.  Whose opinion are you going to accept?  Believing a lie will put you in the bondage.  Believing the Truth will set you free."

Some things to think about till next time:


Read Psalm 139:1-18.  What do you learn from this psalm about God's heart and thoughts toward you?

Is there someone's whose affirmation you crave?  Whose approval matters more to you than God's?

How has that longing for human acceptance affected your thoughts? Your emotions?  Your behavior?  Your relationships with others? 

Read Romans 5:6-11.  What makes it possible for us, as fallen sinners and enemies of God, to be accepted by God?

Lord, thank You for loving me so much.  Thank You, for choosing me and saving me.  thank you that through Christ I have been made acceptable to You and that I am Your treasured possession.  Help me to think of myself as Your beloved daughter and to rejoice in the privilege of my relationship with You. Amen.

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