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How To Overcome Low Self-Esteem With Four Scriptures

Self-esteem refers to how we value and perceive ourselves; it’s based on our opinions and beliefs about our worth. In this article, I delve into the our worthiness found in four scriptures. Following this exploration I discuss biblical passages that illuminate how the enemy can distort our self-perception and further provide ways to thwart this.

To lay the foundation, it is essential to acknowledge that the word of God is truth. All his declarations become truth. While time, eras, and seasons may shift, His word remains steadfast and unchanging. Even God himself will never change His word, for He has exalted His word above His name. This means the word of God is permanent, it cannot be altered, it’ll remain the same for generations until eternity.

With this foundation established, we can rely steadfastly on the wisdom contained within the word of God, as its truths remain constant throughout our entire lives.

When we study the word of God, the objective is not merely a religious exercise but rather an opportunity to gain insight into our true selves. Within its pages lie numerous passages that illuminate our identity in the eyes of God, our Creator, showcasing His profound love and esteem for us. Below, I present four of my most cherished verses on this subject.

1. For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever shall believe in him shall not die but have eternal life (John 3:16)

The love God has for us is so expansive our finite minds would never fully understand. In Ephesians 3:18 Paul prayed this: “May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully”.

If we seek to assess our value to someone, we may evaluate the gifts they bestow upon us. These gifts can manifest in various forms, such as time, tangible assets, knowledge, or advice.

Giving is an act of showing love. The value of a gift often symbolizes the significance of the recipient to the giver. This verse truly shows us how valuable and worthy we are – we are worth the son of God.

Moreover, we are worth God himself, because Jesus was God incarnate. God became a human being in the form of Jesus, His greatness and majesty all packed in man, He descended from His throne to take the position of a servant so that Jesus can be crucified that we may have eternal life. This is truly a mind-blowing unshakeable truth!

Even our financial net worth is a severely impoverished estimate of how worthy we are in the eyes of God. His way of measuring value is not the same as men (Isaiah 55:8-9), for His ways are far more superior that we should align ours to His.

2. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children then, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:16-17)

This verse is so profound it gives me chills! We are children of God, born of the Spirit and we are co-heirs with Christ. This means whatever that has been bestowed by God onto Christ has been bestowed to us too.

A case in point is with regard to the Holy Spirit. When Jesus was on earth John testified that he saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him, (John 1:32). The same Spirit that descended on Jesus is the same Spirit that came on the day of Pentecost as described Acts 2:4, “Everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit.” The same is true for us, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we receive the Holy Spirit of God.

We must live our daily lives being cognizant of this truth, we are not ordinary, we are extraordinary human beings, children of God, filled with the Holy Spirit of God. It is through the Holy Spirit that Jesus was able to perform many signs and miracles and preach the word of God with boldness, similarly the apostles began preaching the word and healing the sick after receiving the Holy Spirit. People may see our physical features but what resides within is great power, enough to change circumstances to bring them in alignment with God’s will.

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3. For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:10)

Workmanship refers to something that is skillfully made, a masterpiece and a true work of art. To exemplify this, when a carpenter creates an item, he considers the purpose of the of the item, designs and carves it to fulfil its purpose. He considers the best wood to allow for its durability, every inch, every corner and every aesthetic is carefully considered, yielding a great masterpiece of high value. In the same way, God created us so meticulously that He even knows the number of hair strands on our heads, (Luke12:7). Most importantly He imparted His own Spirit in us, meaning we are not just mere human beings, but godly beings filled with the essence of God, (Psalm 82:6; 1 Corinthians 2:12).

4. I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)

We usually gaze with wonder at God’s creation, in awe and admiration we look at His marvelous works – sunsets, waterfalls, animals, landscapes and space images. All these are the works of God and I’m delighted to share that we are also God’s creation, wonderfully made. I know in the secular world there’s a 1 to 10 scale in which people are rated in terms of value and beauty, yet God tells us we’re wonderfully made. It’s inconceivable how men can understate God’s wondrous creation by a 1 to 10 scale. His infinite power that created the heavens and the earth created us too, the fact that we were made by God is so profound no scale can adequately measure how wonderful and valuable we are.

Final Remarks

Now the enemy does not want us to believe the things God says about us, he typically sows confusion by disputing what God already said. We see this strategy when the serpent tricked Eve into eating the fruit of the middle of the garden where it disputed what God had already said about the tree.

We observe the same strategy when devil tempts Jesus. Matthew 3:17 reads, “And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved son who brings me joy”, this was God proclaiming that Jesus is His son. After two verses we read that the devil came and said to him in Matthew 4:3, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread”, the word “if” suggests that the devil wanted Jesus to impugn God’s word. Jesus’ response is a quote from scripture, showing that indeed the word of God is supreme and is beyond reproach.

We should keep affirming these scriptures daily and reading the word to discover more truths about God and ourselves. Joshua 1:8 reads, “Keep this book of Law always on your lips”, God meant that always say what he says, not what we think and not what people say. Even Jesus employed this method, he always quoted the word of God. Every morning read the aforementioned verses out loud and bring your awareness to God’s word. Meditate on His word and expand on the four verses I shared and see how life changing this will be.

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