Monday, March 28, 2011

I took back what he stole from me!

How is it possible that we believe that we are being self-less by not loving ourselves?  What a fallacy!  Self-hate is one of the most selfish ways to live.  How can you serve the Lord while you are consumed with negative self-talk?  Without confidence and strength in the Lord it is impossible to succeed, impossible to carry out God's will. 

Those were my thoughts this morning as I read my daily devotion.  Mr. Kummerow and I picked up the book Daily Readings from Become A Better You by Joel Osteen.  It includes 90 devotions for improving your life every day.  This book piggy backs on what we learned during the Outlive Your Life study we just completed.  It continues to teach us ways to use our life to serve God.  This morning's devotions was all about self-love.  What a coincidence! How great is God?

The lesson in this morning's study was very different than the self-love lesson I learned over the weekend, and it was profound.

Genesis 3:9-11
Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked?

Joel Osteen explains it like this: "God is saying to you today, Who told you that you were naked? Who told you that you don't have what it takes to succeed?  Who told you that you are not attractive enough to succeed in your personal relationships or talented enough to flourish in your career? Who told you that your marriage is never going to last?  Who told you that something was wrong with you?"

Adam and Eve were aware of their nakedness because of the Enemy.  These lies we tell ourselves are also from the Enemy.  We must reject the Enemy's lies and discover what God says about us.

So when negative self-talk rears its ugly head, you can jump back at it with "Who told me that?" Was it God?  No.  Because we know, "We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us." (Phillipians 4:13)  Loving your self is all about appreciating the gifts and talents God has created you with and using them.  Self-hatred only stands in the way of your calling.

I need to lose weight.  Who told me that?
I talk too much.  Who told me that?
Someone else could do this job better than me.  Who told me that?
I am not fast enough.  Who told me that? 
I shouldn't eat as much.  Who told me that?

Make your own list.  And then pray that God will show you the truth that you will no longer listen to the lies of the Enemy.



"I went to the Enemy's camp and I took back what he stole from me.  Took back what he stole from me.  I took back what he stole from me.  He's under my feet, he's under my feet, he's under my feet, he's under my feet.  Satan is under my feet!"

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