By Micah Ballweber
Words are mechanisms that create.
If you are who you say you are, who are you today? If all the thoughts sorted and shuffled through your brain today became true about you and your loved ones, what kind of person would you be? What kind of people would they be?
Your thoughts turn into words. Your words turn into actions. Your actions define your life.
Recently, I took a poll and asked the question, “What are some negative things you say to or about yourself on a daily or weekly basis?” The responses were sobering.
“I don’t belong here.”
“I’ll never live up to my potential.”
“My dreams are beyond my reach.”
“I am not good enough, and I’ll never be good enough.”
“I’m so fat.”
“You’re not pretty.”
“You idiot… You impostor.”
“No one sees you.”
“Just stop talking. You talk too much.”
“Grace is only for other people.”
“I’m a failure as a person, as a mom, and a wife.”
“God is disappointed in me.”
“You’re failing again, aren’t you?”
“I won’t impact anyone.”
“I have to make myself better in order for God to love me.”
“You missed your chance at marriage. You’ll probably be someone’s third wife and, by that time, they probably won’t want kids.”
“No man will ever fully love you. You won’t be enough to meet his needs.”
These are lies that convert into thoughts. Lies, when spoken often enough, begin to look like truth to you.But let me tell you something –
YOU are NOT who YOU say you are.
YOU are NOT who OTHERS say you are.
YOU ARE who GOD says you are. Period.
Lies can begin to feel like truths if you continue to speak them, think them, and live them. But they’re not. They don’t come from God.
God says so much more… and His words are truth. In Christ:
- You belong.
- You will surpass your potential.
- You will reach beyond your dreams.
- You are good enough.
- You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
- You are qualified.
- You are beautiful.
- You are smart.
- God sees you.
- Someone needed to hear the words you spoke today.
- Grace is for all who accept it.
- God is not disappointed in you.
- You are not a failure; you are a victor.
- You will impact more people that you will ever imagine.
Stop listening to, thinking about, and rehearsing the lies! Step into the truth. Speak life. Be thankful. Count your blessings.
In the book of John, Jesus says “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 (ESV)
Dig into the Word of God. How much time will you set aside each day for the next 30 days?
I will set aside ________ minutes.
Reading the Word will take you further than you could ever imagine. It will change you, remake you, and heal you. It will replace lies with truth. Your identity in who Christ is and who He says you are will strengthen!
It’s worth it.
You’re worth it!
He’s worth it!