by Stacy Sanchez
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5 NIV
Critical people are THE worst!
They can hurt us, make rude comments, judge our decisions, talk about what we’re doing wrong, and rarely have anything nice to say. One way to deal with them is to stop being around them. But this is hard to do when the critical person is YOU.
Sometimes the most powerful voice we believe is the critical voice inside our own heads. And we can’t get away from us.
- “I can’t.”
- “I’m not good enough.”
- “I’m not smart enough.”
- “I’m not pretty enough.”
- “My personality is too strong.”
- “Who do I think that I am?”
These are just some of the lies that frolic freely in our minds, because we allow our brains to become playgrounds for self-defeating aphorisms. The lies could have come from our childhood. An adult may have said we will never amount to anything, and we now believe it.
The lies can be our way of sounding humble. “Oh, she is so much more (fill in the blank) than I. Let her do it. She will do it better than me anyway.”
Maybe we find ourselves defining who we are by our past mistakes. We love to beat ourselves up because of something we did a long time ago.
Whatever the source of the lies, the enemy of our souls would love to use our perceived inadequacies to keep us handcuffed to him. But Jesus came to free us from him. He wants to free us from our own self-defeating thoughts.
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:14-17 NIV).
God has proven himself over and over to be faithful and true. Has he ever turned his back on us or let us down? NEVER!Why do we believe the self-condemnation over him? Probably because if we believed God’s truth, we would be responsible to act on it. Ouch! That’s scary. He might want us to step out of our comfort zones. Yikes!
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5 (NIV)
Because you said so… Those are four small words, but they sure pack a powerful punch. We can say, “Because you said in your word”:
I am loved: This is real love-not that we loved God, but He love us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:10 NIV
I am beautiful: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV
I am free from condemnation: So now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 NIV
I am never alone: God is in the midst of her; she shall not me moved; God will help her when morning dawns. Psalm 46:5 NIV
I have value: She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 3:15 NIV
I am who you say that I am: chosen, adopted, blessed, holy, blameless, loved, daughter, redeemed, forgiven, have purpose, united and included with Christ, predestined, sealed, have inheritance, have a spirit of wisdom, enlightened, have calling, have mighty power and strength. Ephesians 1 NIV
… I will believe you.
“Now with the voice of truth and power of God—armed on the right and armed on the left with righteousness from God—we continue. 2 Corinthians 6:7 NIV
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About the author: Stacy Sanchez has been married to her beloved husband, John, for 32 years, is a mother of 5, and a very young grandmother of six (soon to be seven) yummy grandcherubs. She is a pastor, author, and speaker. Her passions include teaching Christians about the Jewish roots of their faith, as well as helping to empower women to become all that God has created them to be. When not teaching or writing, you will find Stacy and John walking on the beach and playing with their grandchildren. You can connect with Stacy at her blog, writetotheheart.org, and on Facebook and Instagram.
Join the conversation: Armed with the truth about who says we are, what will you believe today, because He said so?